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  1. Pinellas news briefs


    SHINE seeks volunteers

    SHINE, a Florida Department of Elder Affairs program through which volunteers provide free, one-on-one insurance counseling and information about Medicare options and prescription drug assistance for elders and their families and caregivers, is seeking volunteers. Volunteers assist …

  2. Pinellas detention corporal fired after DUI arrest


    REDINGTON SHORES — A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office corporal was fired after deputies arrested her early Monday on a driving under the influence charge.

    Jo Anna Barker, 35, was fired from her position as a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office detention corporal after she was arrested on a driving under the influence charge. Barker had worked for the Sheriff's Office since October 2011. [Pinellas County Jail]
  3. Pinellas licensing board will negotiate settlement with ex-leader Rodney Fischer

    Local Government

    LARGO –– The governing board of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board voted unanimously Thursday to hire an interim executive director and to negotiate the exit of its old executive director.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, asked the governing board to give him a $100,000 payout at Thursday's meeting. The board voted to negotiate a settlement with its former leader. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  4. Clearwater to explain groundwater project at open house

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The city will host an open house Feb. 28 to educate residents about the $32 million groundwater replenishment project currently under design after seven years of study.

  5. Oldsmar adopts marijuana moratorium

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — The City Council gave final approval for an ordinance calling for a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensing organizations and medical marijuana treatment centers. The ordinance is designed to help city officials move forward on how to handle the new state law concerning medical use of …

  6. Patient meets paramedics who saved his life

    Public Safety

    Seconds after Angela Johns went to get a glass of water for her husband, Jerry, on a break from yard work, she heard his body hit the garage floor.

  7. Roller Derby opportunities in Largo

    Human Interest

    LARGO — Revolution Roller Derby, a coed flat-track roller derby league established about five years ago in Pasco County, has expanded to Largo. Practices are starting on Sundays at Northeast Park and Paw Place, 4630 E Bay Drive. Enthusiasts are invited to come check out both playing and volunteering opportunities …

  8. Pinellas County Urban League expands help

    Human Interest

    The Pinellas County Urban League has expanded into Hernando, Lake, Marion, Pasco, Seminole and Sumter counties.

  9. Clearwater Marine Aquarium land a key question mark for city


    CLEARWATER — The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has held off on accepting an offer from the Church of Scientology to buy its vacant downtown lot for more than a year, giving city officials first dibs and time to decide if they'd like to buy the land.

    Mayor George Cretekos won’t say what he supports.
  10. Pinellas County records: Rodney Fischer logged one vacation day from August 2008 through 2011

    Local Government

    LARGO — Rodney Fischer worked so much from August 2008 through 2011 that the leader of Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board logged only one vacation day, records show.

    The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board listens to a St. Petersburg resident during an emergency meeting Feb. 9 to discuss hiring a temporary director and to discuss whether to keep Fischer on the payroll through June. [ JIM DAMASKE   |   Times ]
  11. East Lake man, former cop, arrested in fatal shooting at Oldsmar bar


    OLDSMAR — An East Lake man who is a former Michigan police officer shot to death a cook working at an Oldsmar bar and restaurant early Wednesday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

    Brian Mytych, 43, of Tarpon Springs, is in custody after deputies say he fatally shot a cook who was working at an Oldsmar bar on Feb. 15, 2016, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Mytych is shown during a Feb. 6 arrest following an altercation with David Brown, 33, the victim in the shooting. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  12. Pinellas news briefs


    Business professionals invited to 'lunch and learn'

  13. Pinellas construction licensing board to be focus of grand jury probe

    Local Government

    Pinellas County's top prosecutor has decided to open a criminal investigation into the local construction licensing board, which has been embroiled in controversy since a series of Tampa Bay Times reports raised questions about the agency's conduct.

    Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe said Friday his office will launch an investigation into the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. That was prompted by the governing board's failure Thursday to approve a new interim director to take over the agency. The former executive director was Rodney Fischer (standing), who announced his resignation Jan. 31 after a series of Tampa Bay Times articles that raised questions about the way the agency disciplines contractors and conducts itself. Fisher appeared at Thursday's meeting to tell the governing board it owes him a $96,000 payout. No decision was made on that matter. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  14. Hometown North Pinellas


    Clearwater Sun reunion seeks former employees

  15. Pinellas licensing board rejects Sen. Jack Latvala's plan, and he's not happy about it

    Local Government

    LARGO — Sen. Jack Latvala is not happy.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, speaks during a board meeting Thursday. Fischer was already seeking a $66,000 payout for unused vacation when he told the board that he should get another $30,000 called for in his contract if he's terminated. However, Fischer stepped down at the request of a state senator and was never fired by the board. No decision was made. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]