Josh Solomon, St. Petersburg City Hall and Pinellas Courts Reporter

Josh Solomon

St. Petersburg City Hall and Pinellas Courts Reporter

I cover St. Petersburg and the Pinellas County legal beat. When I'm not roaming city hall or sitting in court, I’m sleeping late or watching cooking videos on YouTube. I’m proudly from New Jersey, with a tattoo to prove it, and I graduated from Northwestern University before coming to the Times in 2014. I've had the honor of documenting the most magical and tragic moments in Floridians' lives, including a rocket launch, an execution and three hurricanes. Off work, I like things that go — I have a pilot’s license and own a motorcycle — and things that are slow, like savoring morning coffee and a local brew at night. I’m in journalism because I believe the truth can touch hearts and change the world.

St. Petersburg suffers recent spate of minor wastewater spills

Signs at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg went up in 2016 to warn people to stay out of the water due to contamination from leaked wastewater from the city’s overwhelmed sewer system. [Times (2016)]
Most of the leaked reclaimed water made it to Tampa Bay.

Federal agency predicts average Atlantic hurricane season

This satellite image shows Hurricane Michael on Oct. 9, 2018, as it enters the Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall near Mexico Beach in the Panhandle as a Category 5 storm. [Photo courtesy of NOAA]
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects nine to 15 named storms this year.

St. Petersburg City Council races getting crowded

An exterior view of St. Petersburg City Hall. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
The overall field is up to 11

Trial date set in case of Jordan Belliveau's mom Charisse Stinson

Charisse Stinson enters the courtroom for a Tueday court hearing where Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Michael Andrews set a trial date. Stinson, 22, faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of her son, 2-year-old Jordan Belliveau. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Stinson, 22, is scheduled to stand trial in her son's death next spring.

Former Pinellas child protective investigator pleads guilty to falsifying reports

Steven Urban, 30, pleaded guilty to five counts of falsifying reports. [Photo courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office]
Steve Urban, now 30, was sentenced to five years probation.