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.

Jonchuck judge is willing to experiment with jury selection

John Jonchuck, now 29, is will stand trial for first-degree murder.  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
The defense plans to argue John Jonchuck was insane when he dropped his 5-year-old daughter Phoebe off a bridge into Tampa Bay

Kriseman to focus on growth at upcoming State of the City

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman delivering his 2017 State of the city address. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
St. Petersburg's mayor will also touch on sustainability, public safety and infrastructure

Michael Drejka lawyer John Trevena walks back allegations, apologizes about Reginald Roundtree connection

SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
Criminal defense attorney John Trevena, left, talks to his attorney Oxalis Garcia, right, Friday, January 25, 2019 in court at the Pinellas County Criminal Courts Complex, Clearwater. Trevena was in court after filing two petitions for protection against Michael Reeves and Deena Marie Covell.
Trevena filed notices withdrawing his bids for no contact orders against Roundtree's sister-in-law and her supposed former fiance.

Two more file for St. Petersburg City Council

Trenia Cox, left, and Chico Cromartie recently filed to run for St. Petersburg City Council.
Trenia Cox filed for District 5, while Chico Cromartie filed for District 7.

Call 911 for something minor? A new Pinellas plan might have you waiting a bit longer

Callers to 911 with minor injuries may see just an ambulance respond in the future, rather than both a fire & rescue truck plus an ambulance. [Times files]
The county and cities are weighing a plan that would slow the response for the most minor 911 medical calls, saving the resources for more serious calls.