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Student V.P. claims he was wrongly expelled from USFSP after ‘false’ rape accusation

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A former student government leader at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is accusing the school of wrongly expelling him over allegedly false accusations of sexual wrongdoing. In a suit against the University filed June 28 in Pinellas County Circuit Court, “John Doe” says that he and the female student — identified as “Jane Roe” — had “entirely consensual” vaginal and anal sex Sept. 28, 2016, in his on-campus dorm room.

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Pinellas County wage-theft law challenged as unconstitutional

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A Largo executive search firm is challenging the constitutionality of Pinellas County’s recently enacted wage-theft ordinance. KLA Industries is an Ohio-based executive search firm located at 801 W. Bay Dr., Suite 203 in Largo. Zachary J. “Zach” Burns, 30, is a Madeira Beach resident and former KLA employee who recently moved from West Chester, Ohio. State records show Burns incorporated the recruitment company Stratus Search in March 2017. Stratus Search has its office at 3530 1st Ave. N, Suite 203,…

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Pinellas nurses may have allowed spoiled vaccines to go to low-income kids

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Two nurses at a Pinellas County pediatric clinic serving low-income children are accused of allowing distribution of damaged vaccines. A court filing suggests they may have also deceived state regulators of the spoiled medication. Board-certified pediatrician Stephen George Nelson founded a pediatric medical practice in 1981. As of April 2017, Dr. Nelson, 67, has five pediatricians working for his practice with three locations in St. Petersburg and Seminole. Pinellas Park resident Shannon Rochelle Best, 37, is a licensed practical nurse who works (or…

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Bad week for Bubba the Love Sponge; bank says he owes $75K

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Bubba the Love Sponge Clem is not having a good week. In addition to a former girlfriend seeking an injunction for domestic violence, the well-known and controversial Tampa radio shock-jock is being sued by Bank of America over a $75,000 line of credit. The 50-year-old Clem, who owns Bubba Radio Network, Inc., obtained the line of credit in July 2013 from Bank of America for his business, with Bubba Clem personally guaranteeing repayment. According to a suit filed Feb. 24 in…

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Bubba the Love Sponge hit with restraining order for domestic violence

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Bubba the Love Sponge Clem, the well-known and controversial Tampa radio shock-jock, is once again facing legal action, this time by a former girlfriend seeking an injunction for domestic violence. In a complaint filed Feb. 23 in Pinellas County Circuit Court, Nicole Maria “Nikki” L’Ange – also known as Nikki Lange — says she first met Bubba in 2002 and later lived with him at his home in St. Petersburg. L’Ange was a merchandise/event coordinator at Beasley Media Group, which…

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Burrito Boarder accused of defaulting on 2011 small-business loan

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Burrito Boarder, a St. Petersburg-based chain of “extreme” Tex-Mex restaurants, is being accused of defaulting on a 2011 small-business loan which the company’s founders personally guaranteed payment. In 2008, Lisa and Giorgio Bertrand opened the first Burrito Boarder restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg at 17 3rd St. North, which is still in operation. The eatery’s corporate owner was (at one time) listed as Burrito Boarder Group LLC, formed in 2008 by manager Lisa Marie Bertrand, but was dissolved by the…

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Seminole tae kwon do instructor in jail for child molestation faces first lawsuit

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A tae kwon do instructor accused in 2016 of multiple child molestations over a period of years faces his first lawsuit in Pinellas County Circuit Court. In early 2016, Andrew Jin Kim, an instructor at Oh’s Taekwondo in Seminole, was arrested and charged with molesting two female students, aged 6 and 7. Shortly after, WFLA reported that a third child came forward to accuse Kim, now 24, of molestation. Detectives said, Kim, a native of Illinois, worked at the dojo…

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