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Published Jun. 4

Pinellas residents graduate basic training

U.S. Air Force Airmen Cori K. Perri, Jordan T. Fuqua, Tristyn H. Crawford and Reserve Airman 1st Class Ronald A. Gan Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The airmen completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Perri is the son of Wendi and Joe Perri of Clearwater and a 2018 graduate of Countryside High School. Fuqua is the son of Debra and Anthony Fuqua of St. Petersburg and a 2018 graduate of St. Petersburg Catholic High School. Crawford is the daughter and step-daughter of Morris and Marina Crawford of Largo, and a 2018 graduate of Northeast High School. Gan is the son of Giselle and Naipaul Singh and Sobeyda Diaz of Poway, Calif., and a 2018 graduate of St. Petersburg College.

North Pinellas Woman's Club awards community service award to high school senior

The 2019 GFWC North Pinellas Woman's Club Community Service Award was recently presented to Caitlyn Coleman, a Countryside High School senior. The Community Service Award was initiated in 2013 to honor students for their outstanding dedication to community improvement through volunteer service. Coleman volunteered 300 hours at the Clearwater Main Library, 250 hours with the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church food pantry, youth at music program and 40 hours with various community groups through the Key Club.


  1. Check for the latest breaking news and updates. JAMAL THALJI  |  Tampa Bay Times
    John Clark used a shotgun to kill his mother and another man. Then he returned to the crime scene with a shotgun, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
  2. Reclaimed water rates are increasing 6 percent in St. Petersburg.
    Potable, waste and reclaimed water fees will all increase. So will garbage fees, though the stormwater fee will drop for some.
  3. Joshua Russell, 26, faces a charge of aggravated manslaughter, according to deputies. Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
    A dose of kratom caused the caretaker to fall asleep for hours inside a hot minivan with the disabled man in the back seat, investigators said.
  4. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri spoke Friday about a child protection investigator who was arrested on charges of falsifying reports. JOSH SOLOMON  |  Josh Solomon
    It’s the second time in two years a Pinellas child protection investigator has faced falsification charges.
  5. Former Tarpon Springs police Officer Steven Bergren, seen in this 2012 picture with his K-9 partner Dobies Jr. Bergren resigned before he could be fired by the Tarpon Springs Police Department for threatening a mass shooting. Bergren said he was joking. Tampa Bay Times
    The detective said he was joking. The Tarpon Springs Police Department said it would have fired him had he not resigned.
  6. The city is accepting applications for its Commercial Revitalization Program. The city has allocated $175,000 for the program this year.
  7. Plans for the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District Board of Commissioners referendum March 12 call for a $100 increase in the annual assessment for single-family units. Tom Germond
    The winner will fill the seat of a board member who moved.
  8. The Florida Association of Museums has named St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman its Outstanding Public Official for 2019.
    The organization recognizes those who contribute to the museum profession.
  9. The Walmart supercenter at 990 Missouri Ave. faced fines in December for these storage containers in the parking lot. City officials are debating whether to make a short-term arrangement with the city two’s Largo stores this year so they can store their holiday inventory. City of Largo
    In the end, city commissioners say yes, with some reservations.
  10. More construction is on the way to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, thanks to $19.75 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants to rehabilitate the airport’s runway. (Times file photo)
    The work is expected to be complete by spring 2021.