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Sheriff's Office says Sergeant killed himself

A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office sergeant committed suicide, the agency said Monday.

Deputies said they found the body of patrol Sgt. Michael Borland about 9 a.m. in the parking lot of St. Petersburg College's Veterinary Technology Center at 12376 Ulmerton Road.

Borland, 44, appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Sheriff's Office said. He was off-duty at the time and found next to his patrol vehicle.

He is survived by his wife, also a sergeant at the Sheriff's Office. Borland has been with the agency since 1996 and was promoted to sergeant in May.

ST. PETE BEACH

Postcard Inn sells for $47.4M

The Postcard Inn, the beachfront hotel and staple of the beach party scene, has sold for $47.4 million, according to the law firm representing the new owner.

Boston-based TPG Hotels & Resorts, whose website says it owns and manages more than 60 hotels across the country, closed on the 196-room hotel Oct. 19. It bought the property at 6300 Gulf Blvd. from the Carlyle Group, an asset management and private equity firm in Washington, D.C.

Lawyers said TPG plans to improve the property, though specifics were not disclosed.

"The sale clearly demonstrates that Hurricane Irma hasn't scared investors away from purchasing beachfront property; the market remains strong due to its limited supply," said Dan McCawley, an attorney with Greenberg Traurig, the firm that represented TPG, in a prepared statement.

Times staff

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