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  1. Pinellas deputies go door-to-door at dawn to arrest unlicensed contractors


    Pinellas deputies began pounding on doors at 5 a.m. Tuesday, part of a widespread roundup of contractors accused of working without licences and workers compensation.

    Pinellas Sheriff deputies J. Short, left, and T. Festa, right, arrest suspect Randy Ronchi, center, in Largo early Tuesday, as part of a joint roundup of unlicensed contractors. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  2. Pinellas news briefs


    Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber Transportation Panel

  3. Hometown Pinellas


    St. Anthony's Hospital Earns National Award for Stroke Care

    From left, Tom Roman, Ele Fox, Claire Cousins, Deputy Kakalow, Tom DuLaney and Wanda Burnside. (Photo courtesy Ele Fox).
  4. Pinellas deputy fired after investigation finds he invited woman he arrested to his home

    Public Safety

    LARGO — Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired a deputy Monday after an investigation found he offered to pay an 18-year-old woman he had recently arrested and her friend to come to his house while his young daughter was asleep in the home.

    Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired a deputy Monday after an investigation found he paid an 18-year-old woman he had recently arrested and her friend to come to his house while his young daughter was asleep in the home.
Deputy Brian Britt, 45, was terminated after 17 years with the department.
  5. Rick v. Rick: How have they handled St. Pete's homeless problem?


    ST. PETERSBURG — The homeless issue used to be front and center in city politics.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman (left) is being challenged by former former Mayor Rick Baker. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]
  6. Pinellas sheriff investigating deputies who hit suspect during arrest

    Public Safety

    The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has opened an investigation into the arrest of a 25-year-old man after dash camera footage appears to show deputies beating, choking and yanking him by the hair while he lay on the pavement.

    Dash cam video shows Pinellas deputies’ actions during Jimarez Donshay Reed’s arrest May 25. Watch at
  7. In St. Pete's District 2 race, candidates fight over PAC money


    ST. PETERSBURG — The two City Council candidates running for the District 2 seat waded Thursday into the city's debate about curbing the influence of political money in elections.

    St. Petersburg City Council candidates Barclay Harless (left) and Brandi Gabbard are running against each other for the District 2 seat. This is a combination image made from two separate photos. [SCOTT KEELER  |   Times]
  8. Friday the 13th: Fun facts about the unluckiest day of the year (w/ video)

    Human Interest

    It's the month of October, and it's also Friday the 13th.

    English film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 - so Friday, August 13, 1999 would have been his 100th birthday. [Times files]
  9. Madeira Beach chooses fire chief as new city manager

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the City Commission appointed a new city manager and heard warnings that two of its members may soon face a recall election.

    “Let’s move the city forward and stop arguing,” says the newly appointed  city manager Derryl O’Neal, referring to the political rift within the city.
  10. Pinellas deputies: Jail inmate committed suicide

    Public Safety

    LARGO — An inmate at the Pinellas County Jail was pronounced dead Thursday in an apparent suicide, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

    Dyer Kasakoff, 47, was found in a shower stall at the Pinellas County Jail.
  11. Special waste collection is Saturday in Largo

    Local Government

    LARGO — Residents can bring unwanted electronics, batteries and harmful chemicals to a collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Largo High School, 410 N Missouri Ave.

  12. Readings open holocaust museum exhibition


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Florida Holocaust Museum has rescheduled the opening reception for The Holocaust and the Book of Fire exhibition by Murray Zimiles.

  13. Prosecuters still seek death penalty in retrial of Jabil executive


    LARGO — A 911 call captured the final moments of Elizabeth Evans and Gerald Taylor before they were shot to death on Dec. 20, 2008.

    Patrick Evans talks with Allison Miller, one of his three public defenders, Wednesday before jury selection in his murder trial.
  14. St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market offers double the benefits


    ST. PETERSBURG — Those who shop at the Saturday Morning Market will be able to get double Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through the end of October. The offer comes in the wake of Hurricane Irma and is for hot foods and foods intended to be consumed at the market. The market is licensed …

  15. Find jobs, services at St. Petersburg career fair


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition, in partnership with the city of St. Petersburg and Pinellas Technical College, will present the 2017 Career Fair and Showcase of Services, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday.