CRIME & SAFETY
Fire at the St Petersburg Conservatoire
A substantial fire broke out yesterday afternoon on the first floor of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire during the course of construction work. It appears the building was successfully evacuated. No casualties have been reported.
Central Florida Proud Boy Sentenced for Jan. 6 Capitol Breach Actions
A Central Florida man was sentenced in the District of Columbia after he pleaded guilty to assaulting law enforcement officers during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election.
Discover the 5 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Largo, Florida
Based on the results of my web search, Largo is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, with about 86,000 people living there. The crime rate is about the same as the national average, so most people think it’s a pretty safe place. There are, however, some areas of Largo that have higher crime rates than others, as there are in any city.
St. Pete police: Woman seriously hurt after losing control of car, crashing into light pole
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A woman is seriously hurt after she crashed into a light pole Thursday afternoon in St. Petersburg, authorities say. The single-car crash occurred on 4th Street after the woman lost control of the vehicle and struck the light pole, a spokesperson for the St. Pete Police Department told 10 Tampa Bay.
St. Pete antique shop owner desperate for help after thief crawls away with $18K of merchandise
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — One small business owner in St. Petersburg is begging for the community's help to identify a man she said robbed her antique shop. St. Petersburg Police believe that same man is accused of robbing several other stores in the area. It was a strange Saturday,...
Speeding car leaves path of destruction behind in St. Pete neighborhood: Residents
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Residents in a St. Petersburg neighborhood got a terrifying wake up call Tuesday morning. They said a car sped down their street, 85th Avenue North, at more than 100 miles per hour around 6:15 a.m. Domenic Capobianco and his daughter were in their driveway getting ready to go to work and school.
Listen: Maya Kowalski and attorney discuss her story of 'medical imprisonment'
Last month, a Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg faced a staggering $261 million settlement after allegations of “medically kidnapping” a 10-year-old girl. The high-profile case, spotlighted in the Netflix documentary "Take Care of Maya," results from the 2016 controversial treatments for a child’s rare pain...
Column: A year of progress and success
As the year comes to a close I want to take a moment to look back on 2023 at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. We had some trying times, but overall, 2023 has been a year of progress and success. Our Cold Case Unit has had a great year,...
Join us for a powerful event on domestic violence and medical errors
Get ready to mark your calendars for an enlightening event that is sure to leave you with a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective. The WCDHA Medical Errors/Domestic Violence event is scheduled to take place on Sat, Dec 09, from 11am to 4pm. This pivotal gathering will be hosted at the Mugs Sports Bar and Grill, 13563 Icot Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33760.
Deadly crash on Skyway Bridge shuts down SB lanes
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A deadly crash shut down the southbound lanes of Interstate 275 on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge late Wednesday night. Florida Highway Patrol troopers responded to the crash just after 10:30 p.m. FHP confirmed that the crash was deadly but did not say how many people...
Pinellas sheriff: Don’t fall for scam
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is encouraging the public to be on alert to recent phone scams occurring in the county. The suspects are calling residents and identifying themselves as PCSO employees. According to deputies, a suspect called a business and identified himself as "Capt. Melvin Jackson." The suspect informed...
Tarpon Springs crash leaves 18-year-old bicyclist dead
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — An 18-year-old bicyclist who died Monday following a crash in Tarpon Springs has been identified, police said Tuesday morning. Oni Mercado, 18 of Tarpon Springs, died after the bicycle he was riding was involved in a crash. The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 4 on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and North Avenue.
Middle School Student Arrested for Allegedly Threatening School Shooting
A Florida middle school student has been arrested after allegedly sending messages to a group chat threatening to carry out a school shooting.
St. Petersburg Dec 05 Weekly Crime Report: 1508 Incidents and 10 Crime Stories
St. Petersburg Dec 05 Weekly Crime Report: 1508 Incidents and 10 Crime Stories. Last week, the city of St. Petersburg reported a total of 1508 crime cases. The data reveals a diverse range of criminal activities with the majority falling under 'Other' (448 cases), followed by 'Theft' (373 cases), 'Arrest' (154 cases), and 'Trespass' (137 cases). The city also experienced a considerable number of 'Suspicious Situations' (87 cases), 'Burglaries' (76 cases), and 'Assaults' (75 cases). The less frequent crimes included 'Domestic Related' issues (49 cases), 'Civil Problems' (31 cases), and 'Hit & Run' incidents (30 cases). The data paints a concerning picture of the city's safety situation, highlighting the need for increased vigilance and law enforcement efforts.
Death investigation ongoing after body found near Westchase pond, sheriff's office says
TAMPA, Fla. — An investigation is ongoing after a woman's body was found near a pond Monday morning in the Westchase area, according to the sheriff's office. The Sky 10 helicopter flew over the scene near Nine Eagles Drive and found several Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies and vehicles.
Man Jumps from Sunshine Skyway Bridge
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suicide that occurred on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which spans Lower Tampa Bay to connect St. Petersburg to Terra Ceia in Central Florida. At the end of November, deputies were called to the bridge for reports of a suspicious man. Once...
Pinellas Police Officer Rescues Pup From Moving Traffic
A pup spotted wandering in and out of moving traffic was rescued by a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy, a social media release states. According to the Instagram post shared by @PinellasSheriff, on Sunday, November 26, Lt. Thornton noticed Maltese Puppy, Bumper, wandering in and out of traffic in the rain on 113th Street.
Months after fatal shooting, California murder suspect arrested in Florida
The San Diego Police Department has arrested and taken into custody the suspect linked to a fatal shooting in Barrio Logan earlier this year, investigators announced. On June 2, 2023, reports of a shooting led officers to the scene, where they discovered a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.
Hit-and-run victim gifted new bike
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — A man involved in a hit-and-run that destroyed his bike got a surprising gift on Wednesday. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said Kenny Gamble, 40, was gifted a new bike by Neptune Cyclery in Tarpon Springs after owner Eddie Mullally heard his story. On...
Truck kills man trying to cross US 19
A pedestrian trying to cross U.S. Highway 19 on Friday was hit and killed by a truck, officials said.