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On Aug. 3, members of local nonprofit, The Brian Bill Foundation, participated in the 31Miles for 31Heroes walk in Washington to honor fallen soldiers. [Brian Bill Foundation]
Published Aug. 23
Updated Sep. 16

Local nonprofit walks 31 miles to honor fallen heroes

St. Petersburg residents, Scott and Jennifer Bill, and members of the Brian Bill Foundation recently participated in the 31Miles for 31Heroes walk in Washington to honor to fallen soldiers of Extortion 17. The event honors the 30 active duty military members and one military working dog killed in action when their helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011. The couple started the foundation to honor Scott’s Bill’s son, Navy SEAL Brian Bill, who was on the helicopter. The Brian Bill Foundation provides therapeutic support to active-duty and retired U.S. Special Operations warriors dealing with post-traumatic stress, mild, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain. The event spanned 13 hours, and began at The Lincoln Memorial and ended in Arlington National Cemetery. The walk successfully raised $16,198 for the foundation, which offers therapeutic retreats to special operators and their spouses free of charge.

St. Petersburg Elks Lodge #1224 members receive 75th anniversary of D-Day medals

On June 6, six members of St. Petersburg Elks Lodge No. 1224 were apart of a group of Elks who traveled and attended the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy. Florida Elks past state president Frank Palladini presented them with medals on Aug. 3 on behalf of historical programs, France and the first city U.S. forces liberated, Sainte-Mere Eglise. Those recipients included Rudy Masi, Sr., Dolly Masi, Joanne Matos, Robert Matos, Toni Goodrich and Marlene Evans.

St. Petersburg native exemplifies “We Build, We Fight” legacy of U.S. Navy Seabees

Petty Officer 3rd Class Linda Fitzgibbon, a 2016 Boca Ciega High School graduate and native of St. Petersburg, builds and fights around the world as a member of the naval construction battalion center located in Gulfport, Miss. Fitzgibbon serves as a Navy utilitiesman, who is primarily responsible for plumbing and HVAC systems.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Linda Fitzgibbon, a 2016 Boca Ciega High School graduate and native of St. Petersburg, builds and fights around the world as a member of naval construction battalion center located in Gulfport, Miss. Photo courtesy of Navy Office of Community Outreach. [ , NAVY OFFICE OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH | Navy Office of Community Outreach]

St. Petersburg native serves on Navy’s forward deployed aircraft carrier

Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Conner Chambers, from St. Petersburg, serves on the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

Largo City Commission celebrates police and fire rescue personnel

The Largo City Commission celebrated the city’s commitment to public health and safety with three ceremonies at their Aug. 20 meeting. The ceremony honored three new Largo police officers, newly promoted Fire Rescue Lrt. Mark Sherwood and recognized Fire Rescue Division Fire Chief Chris McDonald and Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Manning, for completing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program.


  1. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. TMCCARTY  |  times staff
    The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy intentionally struck a car to keep up from spinning into oncoming traffic along Curlew Road.
  2. Cassidy Dylan Daniels, 27, of 944 Oak Arbor Circle in St. Augustine, faces two counts of carjacking, one count of aggravated fleeing and eluding and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with back-to-back carjackings in Pinellas Park. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    The victims were a woman leaving work and a teen arriving at his home.
  3. Former nursing assistant Falo Kane, 32, of Clearwater, faces seven counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person. Clearwater police are now looking for more potential victims at other health care facilities. [CLEARWATER POLICE DEPARTMENT]  |  Clearwater Police Department
    Falo Kane is accused of assaulting six patients at four facilities since 2016. Clearwater detectives want to know if there are other victims.
  4. A company called Flock Safety is selling automatic license plate readers to neighborhood associations to cut down on crime, and Tampa neighborhood Paddock Oaks is one of their customers. Pictured is a Flock camera on Paddock Oaks Dr. | [Luis Santana | Times] LUIS SANTANA  |  Times
    Atlanta-based Flock Safety has provided 14 area communities with high-speed, high-definition cameras for surveillance.
  5. Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos listens to a speaker share an opinion about a city matter during a city council meeting at Clearwater City Hall in Clearwater, Fla. on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  On Thursday, the Clearwater City Council rejected the mayor's resolution urging lawmakers to ban assault weapons.  [Times files] TIMES FILES  |  Tampa Bay Times
    However, the city did pass a resolution calling for more modest gun control measures.
  6. Lilly Beth Rodriguez, left, Laura Robertson and Linda Lamont work on a Habitat for Humanity house in north Pasco. [Times (2013)]
    The increase is expected to happen in the first half of next year. CEO hopes other nonprofits follow suit.
  7. The number of single-family homes sold in the Tampa Bay area during August rose 2.8 percent when compared with the same month last year, according to a monthly report from Florida Realtors. (Times file photo)
    The midpoint price in the bay area rose to $250,000, which is still lower than the state and national median prices.
  8. Michael Robert-Jose Harbaugh has pleaded guilty in the 2017 slaying of Safety Harbor neighbor David Sommer, a former reporter. Harbaugh also pleaded guilty to a charge he tried to have a witness in the case killed. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    Former journalist David Sommer was killed in 2017. Michael Harbaugh, 42, agreed to serve 30 years in prison for his crimes.
  9. Homeland Security agents have arrested St. Petersburg police Officer Matthew Enhoffer, left, on child pornography charges. In this 2015 picture, he received the St. Petersburg Police Department's Medal of Valor for Enhoffer's actions in a shootout with an armed suspect that year. Tampa Bay Times
    The arrest comes after Homeland Security agents raided Officer Matthew Enhoffer’s home last week.
  10. A team of a dozen victims' rights attorneys on Wednesday filed the third lawsuit in three months against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige. The complaint states a woman was repeatedly sexually abused as a child in Scientology's care and that church policy enabled the abuse. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU  |  AFP/Getty Images
    The third lawsuit filed against Scientology and leader David Miscavige in three months accuses the church of sexual battery, racketeering and conspiracy