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Josh Solomon - St. Petersburg City Hall, Pinellas Courts reporter

St. Petersburg City Hall, 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.

  1. John Jonchuck returned to a Pinellas County courtroom last month to attend a hearing about whether he was entitled to a new trial. A judge on Tuesday ruled that he is not.
    Jonchuck was convicted of first-degree murder in April. He dropped his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe Jonchuck, off a bridge in 2015.
  2. Council member Amy Foster has spearheaded the tenant bill of rights.
    If passed, the rule would prohibit landlords from declining rental vouchers, and would also regulate late fees. City Council votes Sept. 19.
  3. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, right.
    The governor says corporate and municipal polluters should pay more for their environmental crimes.
  4. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was named chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors environmental committee.
    U.S. Conference of Mayors officials appointed Kriseman for his “strong voice on environmental matters.” They said they didn’t know about the sewage crisis.
  5. A Google Maps screenshot outside Lago Bello apartments, 13503 Gragston Circle, in Tampa, where a drug deal turned fatal on Friday night, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. [Google Maps]
    Deputies say the buyer was the shooter.
  6. Defendant Michael Drejka, front, enters the courtroom with his attorney William Flores, center, Aug. 23 in Pinellas County.
    The defense team has filed a motion asking a judge to vacate the manslaughter conviction in the shooting over a parking space.
  7. Left to right: Jason James Botes, 32; Eric Pasquale Melucci, 34; and Kleatis D. Webb Jr., 37, all of Largo, face first-degree murder charges in an August home invasion robbery that left a man dead with a gunshot wound to the head.
    The victim was shot through a door and struck in the head. The robbery was over drugs, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
  8. Capt. Joseph McGilley, commanding officer of Air Station Clearwater, center, gives an update on Wednesday about the air station's work in the hurricane-ravaged Bahamas. He stands inside a hangar on the Air Station Clearwater property in front of a Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, the same type being used in search and rescue efforts in the Bahamas. [JOSH SOLOMON   |   Times]
    Cargo planes, helicopters and people are all part of the effort.
  9. Left to right: Mike Clay of Bay News 9; Denis Phillips of ABC Action News; Paul Dellegatto of Fox 13; and Grant Gilmore of WTSP Channel 10.
    A total audience of 3 million hangs on their every word for directions on what to do as a monster hurricane approaches. If they’re off and the storm turns 20 miles earlier than expected, it could be...
  10. This satellite image from Wednesday shows Hurricane Dorian crossing over the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Forecasters say it could grow to Category 4 status as it nears the U.S. mainland as early as the weekend.  (NOAA via AP)
    A storm that hits us from land is different from one that hits us from the water. Yet it could still be deadly.