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Top St. Pete headlines in 2015: No. 8 – Phoebe Jonchuck

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As 2015 winds down we took a look back at the year’s news in St. Pete and came up with a list of the top 10 most memorable happenings. Whether the news evoked outrage in a community, excitement or even heartbreak, these are the top headlines of 2015. No. 8 – Phoebe Jonchuck Barely a week into 2015, the city was shaken by one of its most tragic and emotional headlines. A 5-year-old girl was thrown from the Dick Misener…

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Anthony Holloway would consider gun cameras for St. Pete officers

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St. Pete Police Chief Anthony Holloway would consider putting cameras on his officers if he could purchase ones that were mounted on officers’ guns. That way, video would start anytime an officer unholstered his/her weapon. “If I pull my weapon than it’s recorded and you’ll see everything that happened,” Holloway said during a City Council update Monday afternoon. “That solves the privacy issues.” Holloway was referring to his stance on body cameras in which he frequently sites concerns that victims’…

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St. Pete Police Chief Anthony Holloway bests Mayor Rick Kriseman for St. Pete Chamber’s Most Valuable ‘Burger

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St. Pete Police Chief Anthony Holloway walked away with the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce’s top honor in its annual Good ‘Burger awards. Holloway beat out St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, Bill Edwards and a handful of other business professionals in the city for the Chamber’s MVB, or Most Valuable ‘Burger, award. Others nominated for that honor include Studio@620’s Bob Devin Jones, Eckerd College President Donald Eastman, Chief’s Creole Café owner Elihu Brayboy, Working Women of Tampa Bay’s Jessica Rivelli,…

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Voting underway for Chamber’s ‘Good ‘Burger’ awards

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Residents have until August 21 to vote for their favorite businesses, leaders, hangouts and restaurants. The 2015 Good ‘Burger awards are currently underway. Categories this year include Arts and Culture, Eats and Treats, Hot Spots and Hangouts, Community Conscious, Cool companies – small, medium and large – and the “Most Valuable ‘Burger.’” Among those nominated for the Chamber-hosted contest’s top honor are St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman, entrepreneur Bill Edwards and Chief of Police Anthony Holloway. Studio@620’s Bob Devin Jones,…

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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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St. Pete top cop says agency will get body cams … after working out some kinks

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St. Pete Police Chief Anthony Holloway now says the department will move forward with plans to implement body cameras … eventually. “Right now there are a lot of problems with body cameras,” Holloway said in a YouTube video posted on the agency’s Facebook page last week. “Everyone’s trying to come up with the right policy to protect the privacy of the officer and also to protect the privacy of the citizen.” “If I go into your home and burglary and…

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Austin Goodner had ‘long history’ with police before shooting St. Pete cop

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More details have emerged in the officer-involved shooting Sunday evening that claimed the life of one 18-year-old boy and left an officer seriously injured with a gunshot wound to the leg. Austin Goodner, a former student at Northeast High School, fled to his home at 5236 Robin Lane just blocks from his former high school. Further investigation of the events show that Goodner was hiding in the yard, perhaps waiting for officers. According to police, when officers first arrived at the…

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