Kathryn Varn - Pinellas and Pasco Criminal Justice Reporter

Pinellas and Pasco Criminal Justice Reporter

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 county news release described Giovanni Ciancio as a "courageous and honorable firefighter."
  2. Tarpon Springs Police Chief Jeffrey Young identified Alexander King, 17, as the person who was shot by police officers Oct. 16 after pointing a rifle at responding officers.
  3. Stephanie Spurgeon is pictured before a hearing in 2019. She was set free on Friday after pleading guilty in the death of a 1-year-old girl at the Palm Harbor daycare she owned. She maintains her innocence.
  4. Tyron Jackasal faces murder charges in connection with the shooting deaths of two women, both shot in cars and both believed not to be his intended targets.
  5. Morgan & Morgan's "Size Matters" billboard, left, seen along U.S. 19. It's identical to one placed along Interstate 275 a few miles down the highway from the Berlin Law Firm's "BETTER IS BETTER" ad, right.
  6. Jamie  Bullock, 22, optó por participar en un programa de intervención por delitos menores por el cargo de resistirse al arresto sin violencia.
  7. Jamie Bullock stands with defense attorneys Michelle Lambo and Maria Pavlidis while addressing Judge Mark Kiser at the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Bullock was arrested last summer after protesting to defund law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd.
  8. Shelby Nealy, now 28, appears for an arraignment in 2019.
  9. A woman fell into this canal in the 1800 block of Fourth Street S and was attacked by an alligator, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue said.
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  11. From left, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Sen. Ed Hooper, Stephanie Magli with daughters Reagan and Maddie, Speaker of the House Chris Sprowls, and
Rep. Chris Latvala stand before a sign renaming a portion of East Lake Road after fallen Pinellas Deputy Michael Magli.
  12. Marilyn Fassell, of Largo, took a selfie smoking a cigarette in the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to federal court records. The photo and its corresponding GPS coordinates were included in a complaint filed Sept. 9.
  13. Marcus Anderson was sentenced to a year in prison in connection with a health care fraud case in St. Petersburg.
  14. Gary Steven Cannon, left, and Gary Elishi Cochran are serving life sentences in the 1997 murder of 9-year-old Sharra Ferger. Cannon's attorneys recently filed a motion saying they've uncovered new evidence that should grant him a new trial. Cochran's attorney plans to file a similar motion.
  15. The entrance to the Pinellas County Jail complex in Clearwater. An inmate at the jail died in the hospital after he caught the coronavirus while at the jail.
  16. The entrance to the Pinellas County Jail complex. [Times files]
  17. Gary Steven Cannon, left, and Gary Elishi Cochran were imprisoned in the murder of 9-year-old Sharra Ferger. But new DNA evidence may cast doubt on their convictions.
  18. The high number of cases among inmates at the Pinellas County Jail has prompted Sheriff Bob Gualtieri to limit the number of people being booked.
  19. Shelby Nealy appeared in April for an arraignment for the January 2018 slaying of his ex-wife Jamie Ivancic. He also is accused in the killings of three other members of her family.
  20. Anton Stragaj, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of accessory after the fact in the 2014 death of a Tarpon Springs doctor. Above, Stragaj is brought into a Clearwater courtroom for a hearing in January 2020.
  21. Pinellas-Pasco Assistant Public Defender Stacey Schroeder listens at a court hearing Tuesday while her colleague Maria DeLiberato discusses new DNA evidence in the 1997 rape and murder of 9-year-old Sharra Ferger.
  22. Seating for potential jurors at the start of the October murder trial of defendant Erin Lee Robinson at the George Edgecomb Courthouse in Tampa can be seen. The trial was the first in Hillsborough County since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Potential jurors were socially distanced and wore protective face coverings.
  23. Four Tampa Bay men were a part of a grand jury indictment that was unsealed Thursday that implicated 16 members of the group Unforgiven. Three had past criminal histories in Florida. From left to right is Jarrett Arnold, 31, of Zephyrhills, Scott Marshall, 45, of Port Richey, and Darrin Terranova, 51, of Beverly Hills.