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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. A school threat circulating among students and parents in East Lake and Tarpon Springs originated in Texas on Snapchat, authorities said.
  2. Michael Drejka was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2018 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton in a Clearwater parking lot. He was attacked in prison, according to state officials.
  3. A dozen Florida law enforcement agencies have tried out or bought access to the facial recognition system from a little-known company called Clearview AI.
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  5. David Smith, a resident of the Palm Grove Village Mobile Home Park, Pinellas Park, shows the damage to his home, Friday, February 7, 2020, after high winds, Thursday night, toppled an Australian Pine tree onto the structure.  "I was in the bathroom when it hit," said Smith.
  6. Investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and Clearwater Fire and Rescue investigate the scene of a fire at 1506 Meadow Dale Drive in Clearwater on Wednesday. The property is the former home Daniel Gillespie, 71, who was found dead in the home in November of 2018.
  7. St. Petersburg police Chief Tony Holloway, left, and Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, seen in a 2015 photo.
  8. Delvin Ford, 22, of St. Petersburg, is facing a second-degree murder charge after his accomplice, Marquis Golden, was shot and killed by a Pinellas deputy Thursday night, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says.  He says the men -- armed with an AR-15 and a handgun, shown right -- confronted the deputy.
  9. Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, left, and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody were appointed to the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice by Attorney General Bob Barr.
  10. Gary Hudge, 54, paid an undercover detective to kill his brother, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
  11. Ex-St. Petersburg police Officer Matthew Enhoffer is set to plead guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. In this 2015 picture, he received the St. Petersburg Police Department's Medal of Valor for his actions in a shootout with a troubled teenager that year.
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  14. Larry Eugene Gould, 54, is facing a charge of armed sexual battery after Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives linked him to a 1988 rape.
  15. Pinellas-Pasco assistant public defender Stacey Schroeder, left, discusses a plea and waives arraignment for 13-year-old Javarick Henderson Jr., right, during a hearing Tuesday.
  16. Pinellas-Pasco assistant public defender Stacey Schroeder, left, discusses a plea and waives arraignment for 13-year-old Javarick Henderson Jr., second from right, during a hearing before Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley on Tuesday.
  17. Hunter Sakadales, 18, of Tarpon Springs emerges with the cross at Epiphany on Monday.
  18. Javarick Henderson, 13, in green, is led into court for his first appearance on Nov. 26. He is accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother in her St. Petersburg home. He now faces a charge of first-degree murder and will be tried in the adult criminal justice system.
  19. Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
  20. Clearwater police arrested Jeffrey Hazen, 38, after he left his dog and cat in his car for five hours. The dog, a 2-year-old mixed breed named Biscuit, died. The cat lived but was severely dehydrated.
  21. Traci Hudson, also known as Traci Samuel, used power-of-attorney to take more than $500,000 from the 93-year-old man whose affairs she was supposed to be managing, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
  22. Tarpon Springs police Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 21, 2014. His cruiser became a makeshift memorial outside police headquarters.
  23. St. Pete assistant police chief Antonio Gilliam speaks during a news conference Dec. 5 in St. Petersburg. Gilliam was set to be Tallahassee’s next police chief, but he pulled out of the job Thursday after contract negotiations soured.
  24. The Florida Supreme Court ruled the 2017 law switching the burden of proof in stand your ground cases is not retroactive.