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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. Gary Hudge, 54, paid an undercover detective to kill his brother, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
    Gary Hudge also offered to buy the hitman a bus ticket, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
  2. 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.
    Matthew Enhoffer once received the Medal of Valor from the St. Petersburg Police Department. Now a federal judge will decide his fate.
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    The resignation is the latest in the unusual saga that resulted in an accused child molester, James Rybicki, going free.
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    Firefighters saved an 80-year-old woman and her 54-year-old son. The blaze caused about $250,000 in damage.
  5. Larry Eugene Gould, 54, is facing a charge of armed sexual battery after Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives linked him to a 1988 rape.
    This is the second Pinellas rape in a month that authorities have solved using genealogy.
  6. 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.
    The 56-year-old mail carrier was killed by her 13-year-old grandson, Javarick Henderson Jr., according to police. Records reveal new details about the murder case.
  7. 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.
    Javarick Henderson Jr. appeared with his lawyers, wearing navy blue jail scrubs.
  8. Hunter Sakadales, 18, of Tarpon Springs emerges with the cross at Epiphany on Monday.
    Hunter Sakadales, 18, retrieved the cross from Spring Bayou as 25,000 watched, including the highest-ranking official from Greece to ever attend Epiphany.
  9. 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.
    Javarick Henderson Jr. is accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother in St. Petersburg. The adult criminal justice system will decide the child’s fate. Is there a better option?
  10. Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
    The incumbent has drawn one opponent so far: James McLynas, a former business owner with no party affiliation.