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Shean Cain. (Photo Courtesy U.S. Navy Outreach).
Shean Cain. (Photo Courtesy U.S. Navy Outreach).
Published May 14, 2019

Sunstar employees recognized by county

Paramedic Maya Daniels and emergency medical technician Kyle Turner, two Sunstar Paramedics employees, were recognized as Paramedic and EMT of the Year by Pinellas County for their service to the community.

High school senior wins national contest for driving safety PSA

Etame Kandy, a senior at Palm Harbor University High School, won the national Drive2Life PSA Contest, where his idea for a public service message about drowsy driving won over more than 800 entries. Kandy won a $1,500 prize from the National Road Safety Foundation. He was also flown to New York to work with an Emmy Award winning director to turn his script into a finished 30-second spot that will air on more than 160 TV stations.

Palm Harbor University High School students recognized

Stuart Chase recently received the Good Citizenship Award from the Sons of the American Revolution at the 23nd Annual Senior Awards Ceremony at Palm Harbor University High School. Nicholas Abbatiello recently won the men's Palm Harbor Civic Club Scholarship award for Turn Around student at the 23nd Annual Senior Awards Ceremony.

Oldsmar native recognized for high achievement

Emily Minteer, an Oldsmar native, recently received the Ann Sirmyer Ballard Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate for high academic achievement, excellence in clinical performance and outstanding leadership from the University of Florida's Occupational Therapy program. While pursuing her degree, Minteer was co-director of the OT Equal Access Clinic, offering those without means access to rehabilitation assistance. She is currently working on the stroke team with a Rehabilitation Center in Gainesville.

St. Petersburg native serves aboard U.S. Navy carrier

Petty Officer 3rd Class Shean Cain, a St. Petersburg native, is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington as an aviation electronics technician. Cain is responsible for maintaining electrical components in the aircraft and helicopters aboard the ship.


  1. Death row inmate James Dailey, left, awaits execution for the 1985 murder of 14-year-old Shelly Boggio in Pinellas County. His co-defendant, Jack Pearcy, now says he alone killed the girl. A judge wants to hear his testimony at a March 5 hearing.
  2. Jarvis Delon West was arrested for child neglect after failing to report an employee at AMI Kids who slammed a boy to the ground, according to police
  3. New Orleans-based Dat Dog offers exotic sausages like alligator, duck and crawfish, along with multiple vegan options and more than 30 toppings. The chain is seeking franchisees to bring a location to Tampa Bay.
  4. Shirley Elizabeth Rayner, 52, of Tarpon Springs, is facing a charge of elderly exploitation. Deputies say she forged or altered checks belonging to a 97-year-old woman she was hired to help.
  5. Jonathan W. Connors, 32, told a deputy he was “high as f---” after he was pulled over in North Redington Beach, arrest reports state. He faces multiple charges, including his fourth DUI.
  6. Booking photo of Gerardo Javier Garcia, 27, who is facing charges of child neglect, fleeing police and driving without a license.
  7. The candidates running for Clearwater City Council Seat 2 are (left to right): Mark Bunker, Michael "Mike" Mannino, Bruce Rector, Eliseo Santana Jr. and Lina Teixeira.
  8. The candidates running for Clearwater City Council Seat 3 are (left to right) Kathleen Beckman, Robert "Dr. Bob" Cundiff, Bud Elias and Scott Thomas.
  9. Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel momma with two girls and works full time as a marketing manager.
  10. Patrick Suiters, 10, left, and Gabriel Stanford, 9, both fourth-graders at San Jose Elementary School in Dunedin, fill out a survey after tasting falafel tots and nuggets during the 2nd Annual Student Food Connection taste test at Pinellas Technical College. About 120 students tasted and rated 28 new food items that could be added to school breakfast and lunch menus next year.
  11. People fill Community Cafe as drag queen Viktoria Sommers reads a Dr. Seuss book to children during Drag Queen Story Hour.  [Times (2019)]
  12. The Pinellas County school system is offering driver education camps to hundreds of students like this one over the summer. The program will be held over two sessions at nine high school campuses across the county.