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St. Petersburg enacts emergency Irma curfew

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The City of St. Petersburg is enacting an emergency curfew as of 5 p.m. due to severe weather conditions from Hurricane Irma.

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Firefighter sues St. Pete Police for records in First Friday bathroom fight, tasering

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Two retired Marines are suing the St. Petersburg Police Department (SPPD) to obtain public records regarding their arrest from earlier this year. Clinton Walker and Robert Ramirez filed the complaint after they were denied access to records related to an arrest after a fight during First Friday in downtown St. Petersburg. On May 7, 2016, Walker and Ramirez headed out to celebrate First Friday. The two were at Del Mar Gastro Lounge when a fight broke out near the restrooms.…

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Cancer patient sues St. Pete PD claiming she was mistakenly arrested

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A cancer victim is suing the St. Petersburg Police Department claiming they used excessive force when they mistakenly arrested her. Among the multiple claims Carleen Tetreault is making in the suit, which was filed earlier this month by Clearwater attorney John F. McGuire: — She was denied her civil rights. — Police used excessive force when they took her from her home to the police station. — She was falsely arrested. — She was falsely imprisoned. — The officers were…

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Former St. Petersburg detective sues over denied PTSD-related disability benefits

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After a nearly 20-year career with the St. Petersburg Police Department, former undercover narcotics detective John Moseley says he now suffers post-traumatic stress disorder. Unfortunately for the now 48-year-old Moseley, the SPPD is saying the issue should have been mentioned earlier. Moseley, who worked for the department from 1992 to 2011, is suing the city of St. Petersburg’s board of trustees of the Supplemental Police Officers’ Retirement System for the disability benefits he contends he’s entitled. According to the former officer…

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Study finds St. Pete ranks poorly among big cities in police-spending efficiency

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St. Petersburg taxpayers may not be seeing such a great return on their investment in the city’s police force. According to WalletHub.com, of the 104 most populated U.S. cities, St. Pete ranked 95th in police spending efficiency. The personal finance website came up with the rankings — which they call their “ROI (return on investment) on law-enforcement spending” ratings — based on crime rates and per capita expenditures on police forces. St. Pete’s crime rate came in at 5.92 percent,…

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St. Pete police officers and firefighters receive top honors

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First responders in St. Petersburg are officially top-notch cops and firefighters. The City of St. Pete announced Monday that both departments were honored with various awards and designations. The city’s Fire and Rescue Department received the top classification from the Insurance Services Office as a result of its Public Protection Classification survey last month. The agency is responsible for protecting more than 260,000 residents and responds to some 54,000 emergencies each year. “Today, I am incredibly proud of each and…

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Times Ed Board chastises Scott Wagman, Bill Foster for position on police car chases

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Two candidates for St. Petersburg mayor seem to care more about garnering the endorsement of the city’s police than in the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Former City Council member Bill Foster and businessman Scott Wagman said they would alter the current no-chase policy of the St. Petersburg Police Department that restricts officers from instigating a car chase except when pursuing violent felons. The candidates said they would allow pursuit of nonviolent suspects, even though a looser standard would undoubtedly…

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