Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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Kathryn Varn

Kathryn Varn

Kathryn Varn covers public safety in north Pinellas County and news in the city of Largo. She is from the Jacksonville area and graduated from the University of Florida, where she studied journalism.



A screengrab of surveillance video showing the fatal shooting of Markeis McGlockton (left) by Michael Drejka on July 19. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

Markeis McGlockton’s autopsy shows he turned away from shooter

The autopsy for Markeis McGlockton, who was killed in a shooting that set off a debate about Florida’s stand your ground law, shows the bullet entered his body at an angle and tore through his heart and both lungs.The Pinellas-Pasco Medical...
Updated: 9 minutes ago
Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a case that set off a national debate about self-defense in July, as he was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Monday afternoon. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]

Michael Drejka released on bail in Clearwater parking space incident

LARGO — Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a case that set off a national debate about self-defense in July, was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Monday afternoon.Always Available Bail Bonds posted...
Published: 09/24/18
Updated: 09/25/18
A surveillance video recorded  the shooting of Markeis McGlockton by Michael Drejka [Screengrab from video provided by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]

Five new details on Clearwater parking space shooting

More than two months have passed since Michael Drejka shot Markeis McGlockton in the parking lot of a convenience store.While developments in the headline-grabbing case have slowed to a trickle as it crawls through the court system, the...
Published: 09/24/18
Police: Tarpon Springs man killed crossing road in wheelchair

Police: Tarpon Springs man killed crossing road in wheelchair

TARPON SPRINGS — A 58-year-old man was killed Monday after a car struck him as he was crossing the road in a wheelchair.According to Tarpon Springs police, Jon Pendleton, operating a manual wheelchair, started to cross U.S. 19 near Martin...
Published: 09/18/18
Juliet Warren (left) with her foster child, Jordan Belliveau. The 2-year-old toddler went missing for more than two days and was then found dead late Tuesday. His 21-year-old mother, Charisse Stinson, now faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her child. [Photo Courtesy the Warren Family]

Guardian objected to Largo boy being reunited with mother

LARGO — Five months before Jordan Belliveau was found dead, the person tasked with advocating for his best interests told a magistrate that the toddler should not be returned to his mother.Her objection was overruled.Tuesday, 2-year-old...
Updated one month ago
Jordan Belliveau. Jordan Belliveau, the 2-year-old toddler who went missing for more than two days, was found dead late Tuesday. His 21-year-old mother, Charisse Stinson, now faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her child. Photo Courtesy the Warren Family

Jordan Belliveau’s troubled history began at 3 months old, ended in death at age 2

Three months into Jordan Belliveau’s short life, his father was shot twice outside their house.After six months, he moved in with foster parents. Just before his first birthday, he was hit in the face during a fight between his parents...
Updated one month ago
Sam and Juliet and Warren with their foster child, Jordan Belliveau.  Jordan Belliveau, the 2-year-old toddler who went missing for more than two days, was found dead late Tuesday. His 21-year-old mother, Charisse Stinson, now faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her child. (Courtesy  the Warren Family)

Former foster parents: Jordan Belliveau more than ‘just the boy in the Amber Alert’

Jordan Belliveau was more than a boy in an Amber Alert.That’s what his former foster parents, Sam and Juliet Warren, want the public to know about the 2-year-old who went missing over the weekend and was found dead Tuesday in Largo.His...
Updated one month ago
Charisse Stinson, 21, of Largo, appears by remote television before Pinellas Circuit Judge Nancy Moate Ley at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center for her advisory hearing on Wednesday (9/5/18) in Clearwater. Stinson, the mother of a 2-year-old whose body was found in a wooded area Tuesday night, admitted to hitting the child, causing seizures and resulting in his death. According to the arrest affidavit, Stinson told police during questioning that she struck 2-year-old Jordan Belliveau in the face

Caseworker visited Largo family one day before child’s disappearance

LARGO — On Friday, a caseworker visited the apartment Jordan Belliveau shared with his mother, police said.On Sunday, phone screens lit up with an Amber Alert that the 2-year-old boy was missing, sparking an intensive search by police.On...
Updated one month ago
Michael Drejka arrives for a bond hearing in August in Pinellas County. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]

Michael Drejka, accused in parking lot shooting: ‘I followed the law the way I felt the law was supposed to be followed.’ w/video

Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton in a July parking lot dispute that touched off a national debate over stand your ground, said Friday that he was scared for his life when he pulled the trigger.Speaking...
Updated one month ago
Michael McGlockton, the father of Markeis McGlockton, holds a photograph of his son Markeis McGlockton Sr. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]

Markeis McGlockton: Artist, loving father, and much more than just a hashtag

CLEARWATER — Markeis McGlockton has become a hashtag, a name at the end of the phrase "Justice for," an identity that will forever be associated with Florida’s controversial stand your ground law since the man who killed him wasn’t initially arrested...
Updated one month ago