Kathryn Varn - Pinellas Sheriff, Clearwater Police, St. Petersburg Police Reporter

Pinellas Sheriff, Clearwater Police, St. Petersburg Police Reporter

I cover breaking news and public safety in Pinellas County. That includes police and fire departments, hurricanes and any other topics in the death and destruction arena. In other words, I’m really fun at parties. Before coming to the Times in 2015, I was a student at the University of Florida studying journalism. I picked the major as a prerequisite for law school, but once I started covering crime for my college newspaper, I couldn’t get enough. When I’m not sweating under deadline, I’m singing with my rag-tag adult A Cappella group, Weird and Wonderful, or hanging out with my fat cat, Rose. Phone: (727) 893-8913

  1. St. Petersburg police Assistant Chief Antonio Gilliam is one of three finalists for chief of the Tallahassee Police Department. Gilliam has spent his career in St. Pete but was born and raised in Tallahassee. [Courtesy of Antonio Gilliam]
    Antonio Gilliam, who oversees the department’s investigative services bureau, said he couldn’t ignore an opportunity to lead his hometown police department.
  2. Check for the latest breaking news and updates.
    An SUV crossed over the center line on S Fort Harrison Avenue and caused a head-on collision. The 70-year-old driver died at the scene.
  3. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has sued Odessa-based Adams Arms, a gun manufacturer that sold more than 300 AR-15s to the agency.
    The agency recalled 309 rifles from Odessa-based Adams Arms and demanded a refund of more than $300,000.
  4. Nov. 4• Breaking News
    Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement agencies investigate at the scene of an ATM explosion at a BB&T branch located at 3902 Tampa Road Monday in Oldsmar.
    Detectives are asking anyone with information about the explosion at a BB&T branch at 3902 Tampa Road to contact the agency.
  5. Check for the latest breaking news and updates.
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says it was a murder-suicide.
  6. Joshua Michael Riffel, 28, was arrested on two video voyeurism charges after hiding a camera in his roomates' bathroom, deputies said.
    Joshua Michael Riffel filmed a woman, 58, and her daughter, 18, as they were undressing and showering, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
  7. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri on Thursday refused to say what he thought of the Florida Senate's vote to oust former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel but did say the process to remove sheriffs needs more clarity. Here, he speaks at a news conference last year at the Sheriff's Administration Building in Largo. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
    But the top cop in Pinellas refused to say what he thinks about the Senate vote to oust Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
  8. Pat and Harvey Partridge visit Waiheke Island in New Zealand in April.
    The husband-and-wife team that founded St. Petersburg’s Partridge Animal Hospital were known for their compassion and kindness to all creatures great and small.
  9. Ex presentador de noticias del canal 10 WTSP Reginald Roundtree, que se muestra aquí con su esposa Tree, presentó una demanda el viernes contra su antiguo empleador alegando que fue despedido por discriminación por edad y represalias.  [Archivo de Times]
    La demanda se produce después de que una agencia federal no tomó ninguna medida sobre las quejas de discriminación por edad que había presentado.
  10. Former WTSP-Ch. 10 news anchor Reginald Roundtree, shown here with his wife Tree, filed a lawsuit Friday against his former employer alleging he was fired because of age discrimination and retaliation. [Times file]
    The suit comes after a federal agency took no action on age discrimination complaints he had filed.