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USFSP accused of failing to protect student sexually assaulted in parking garage

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A University of South Florida student who was sexually assaulted in 2016 is accusing the school of not providing adequate protection for her safety. The student, identified in documents as “L.E.,” was a USF St. Petersburg undergraduate who had been sexually assaulted by a non-student Feb. 22, 2016, after entering the elevator at the Parking Garage on the USF campus. The building, at 260 5th Ave. S in St. Petersburg, also holds the Barnes & Noble USFSP bookstore, and has…

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Pinellas County Jail earns three-year re-accreditation

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After a roughly two-month evaluation process, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department of Detention and Corrections received a three-year re-accreditation. The American Correctional Association (ACA), the world’s oldest and largest international correctional association, visited the Pinellas County Jail at 14400 49th Street N. in Clearwater, from May 18 to May 20, to perform the review. Around two months passed before the approval was unanimously passed and finalized on Aug. 16 by an ACA accreditation commission in Indianapolis, Ind. The jail’s organization, management, operations, and administration were…

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Pinellas judge accused of over-reacting

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A Pinellas court judge’s attention to fairness is once again being called into question after having a woman in her courtroom arrested for “threats” of physical harm. Judge Susan Bedinghaus was presiding over a hearing for 19-year old Sherrod Robinson for charges of robbery with a firearm. The felony charge comes with a possible life sentence. Lawyers representing Robinson requested a reduced bond, but were denied. It was then his 22-year old sister, LaPorsha Robinson, exclaimed from the gallery, “are…

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Must-read: Thousands of Pinellas jail inmates released without a judge ever setting bail

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Now, don’t you all go get in a panic, but… Since November, more than 3,000 people have been released from custody this way in Pinellas County. Their charges ranged from minor misdemeanors to felonies like grand theft, battery and heroin possession. The Pinellas Sheriff’s Office saved at least $126 per person, the cost to house an inmate for a day — a total that jail officials think could come close to $1 million by year’s end — and had one…

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Pinellas woman arrested after her children ‘steal’ $12 in McDonald’s Happy Meal toys – kept in jail for 12 days before released

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Pinellas County does not have a jail. Pinellas County has a debtors’ prison. Before I explain why, let me be clear, Yvonne Maafu is not an angel. She’s got a criminal record. She’s been to jail before. She very well may end up in jail again. But there’s no excuse for what’s happened to her over the last two weeks. On January 10, Maafu was arrested by the Largo Police at her home for retail theft. She was booked into…

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Pinellas woman arrested after her children ‘steal’ $12 in McDonald’s Happy Meal toys – kept in jail for 12 days before released

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Pinellas County does not have a jail. Pinellas County has a debtors’ prison. Before I explain why, let me be clear, Yvonne Maafu is not an angel. She’s got a criminal record. She’s been to jail before. She very well may end up in jail again. But there’s no excuse for what’s happened to her over the last two weeks. On January 10, Maafu was arrested by the Largo Police at her home for retail theft. She was booked into…

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Video and blow-by-blow account of fight at St. Petersburg City Council

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This is a picture of 76-year-old Frederick Dudley, brother of City Council member Bill Dudley, being hauled away (dude, I know the feeling) by the St. Petersburg Police after starting a fight. A fight broke out during a city hall meeting Thursday, leading to the arrest of two men. The men, one of them the brother of Council member Bill Dudley, were arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. They are being transported to the Pinellas County Jail. The fight…

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