Kathryn Varn, Pinellas Sheriff, Clearwater Police, St. Petersburg Police Reporter

Kathryn Varn

Pinellas Sheriff, Clearwater Police, St. Petersburg Police Reporter

I cover breaking news and public safety in Pinellas County. That includes police and fire departments, hurricanes and any other topics in the death and destruction arena. In other words, I’m really fun at parties. Before coming to the Times in 2015, I was a student at the University of Florida studying journalism. I picked the major as a prerequisite for law school, but once I started covering crime for my college newspaper, I couldn’t get enough. When I’m not sweating under deadline, I’m singing with my rag-tag adult A Cappella group, Weird and Wonderful, or hanging out with my fat cat, Rose.

‘Topless Handyman’ among 39 arrested in latest Pinellas contractor sting

Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies arrested 39 people in an undercover sting aimed at catching unlicensed contractors. The sting, called
‘Operation Punch List’ brings the total of the five stings to 152 arrests, 331 charges and about $700,000 in unlicensed work, the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office says

Police offer $10,000 reward to solve St. Pete double-homicide

Two men were fatally shot and another was wounded in a post-Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Jan. 21, 2019 at a Shell gas station on the corner of 34th Street and 18th Avenue S, according to St. Petersburg police. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
Two men were fatally shot during a large gathering outside a gas station. But police need help solving their murders.

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.

New attorney joins Clearwater parking lot shooter’s beleaguered defense team

Michael Drejka sits in a Pinellas County courtroom during a January hearing. He faces a charge of manslaughter for shooting a man during a July 18 confrontation in a Clearwater parking lot. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
St. Petersburg lawyer William Flores, who was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2014, has joined veteran defense attorneys John Trevena and Bryant Camareno on the case.

Pinellas sheriff: Jail deputy fired for driving while impaired in St. Pete crash

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office fired a detention deputy who investigators said was driving impaired when she crashed into another car. [KATHRYN VARN   |   Times]
Detention Deputy Kimberly Peck has not been arrested in this case. Nonetheless, the Sheriff’s Office terminated her for violating policy.