Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Kathryn Varn, Times Staff

Kathryn Varn, Times Staff

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.



Deputies found the body of Daniel Gillespie Jr., 71, after responding about 9:30 p.m. Thursday to his home at 1506 Meadow Dale Drive off Nursery Road. [KATHRYN VARN | Times]

Man found dead at home near Clearwater had been fighting with family in court

Deputies found the body of Daniel Gillespie Jr., 71, after responding about 9:30 p.m. Thursday to the home at 1506 Meadow Dale Drive off Nursery Road.
Published: 11/19/18
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Pinellas deputies investigating death at Clearwater home

Deputies responded to a deceased person call about 9:30 p.m. Thursday at 1506 Meadow Dale Drive in unincorporated Clearwater.
Published: 11/16/18
Lynnie, a female mixed breed dog, was euthanized after fatally attacking 7-month-old Khloe Williams of Clearwater.  [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]

Review places no blame on child welfare system in fatal dog attack on Clearwater infant

A review of 7-month-old Khloe Williams' contact with the child welfare system provides new details on her path to foster care and the tragic dog attack that killed her.
Published: 11/16/18
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St. Petersburg motorcycle crash kills 44-year-old man, shuts down traffic

The motorcycle collided with an SUV. The other driver is cooperating with investigators.
Published: 11/15/18
Updated: 11/16/18
Friends said Jim Costello, 68, loved to classic rock and blues songs on his acoustic guitar. Costello’s son, Evan, is accused of fatally shooting him, according to Tarpon Springs police. [Courtesy of Gina McNairy]

Slain father: ‘If something happens to me, it’s going to be my son.’

Friends mourn the loss of Jim Costello, who said he feared his son. Tarpon Springs police say the son fatally shot his father after a fight over a dog.
Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18
Argument over dog led Tarpon Springs man to shoot and kill his father, police say

Argument over dog led Tarpon Springs man to shoot and kill his father, police say

The 25-year-old faces a first-degree murder charge for fatally shooting his 68-year-old father, according to Tarpon Springs police.
Published: 11/13/18
Woman killed by stray bullet in St. Pete shooting was a nursing assistant, mother of 5

Woman killed by stray bullet in St. Pete shooting was a nursing assistant, mother of 5

Aesha Kendrick, 38, fell victim to a shooter who was firing at another target, St. Petersburg police said. Her death left family members reeling Monday and her five children, ages 1 to 17, without a m
Published: 11/12/18
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
John Karl, 45, plays with his newly adopted son Riley Karl, 5, after the Adoption Day ceremony held at the Pinellas County Justice Center on Friday. John and his wife, Tracey, tried to conceive children of their own but after a few failed adoption attempts they were successful in adopting Riley.

Amid tragedies, adoptions bring hope to Tampa Bay kids

LARGO — They arrived at the courthouse almost matching.The boy’s button-down was the same shade as his mother’s shirt, although that wasn’t planned. The boy’s short blond hair was swept into a miniature mohawk like his dad’s, and that was,...
Published: 11/09/18
Redington Beach is being sued by two two residents over access to the sand above the mean high water line. [Florida Beach Insider photo]

Beach access debate lands in Pinellas court

REDINGTON BEACH — Two homeowners are suing their town over beach access, highlighting ongoing confusion sparked by a new state law making it harder for local governments to guarantee public rights to Florida’s sand.The lawsuit filed recently by...
Published: 11/08/18
Updated: 11/09/18
Two Pinellas deputies received reprimands for not appropriately investigating a shots-fired call in which a woman died. [Times files]

A 911 call said shots fired. These Pinellas deputies didn't even leave their cruisers.

A Pinellas deputy and corporal were recently disciplined after they didn't thoroughly investigate a possible shooting that turned into a homicide.
Published: 11/08/18