Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Pinellas County Sheriff’s office

Pinellas County barrier islands remain closed after Irma, sheriffs say

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Update – Residents were allowed to return to Pinellas County at 9:30 a.m. and could return to the barrier islands at 4 p.m. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri sealed off the county after Hurricane Irma moved through so deputies could conduct damage and safety assessments. Now deputies feel the bridges for re-entry are safe to reopen. Deputies had warned citizens to stay off all Pinellas County roadways due to hazardous conditions that included traffic light outages, downed power lines and significant…

Keep Reading

USFSP librarian arrested on child pornography charges

in The Bay and the 'Burg by

A University of South Florida St. Petersburg librarian was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. James Anthony Schnur, 51, is facing 10 charges of possession of child pornography and two charges for the prohibition of certain acts in connection with obscene materials. According to PCSO records, his bond is set at more than $1 million. Deputies said they started investigating Schnur in January after getting a tip about him having the obscene material,…

Keep Reading

Body of missing yacht boatmate recovered in Gulf of Mexico

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

The body of a yacht boatmate missing nearly a week after jumping in to try and save a Colorado college student was recovered in the Gulf of Mexico Monday, according to a Florida law enforcement statement. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Largo issued a news release confirming the body of Andrew Charles Dillman, 27, had been recovered more than 7 miles from the point at which he had gone missing March 14. Dillman went missing after being swept away…

Keep Reading

House bill could transfer millions from FHP to Pinellas, Polk sheriffs

in The Bay and the 'Burg by

The Florida Highway Patrol came out against a proposed committee bill Wednesday that would hand over agency funding and jurisdiction in two counties. CRJ 17-01 from the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee could give the Pinellas County and Polk County sheriff’s offices a combined $6 million to handle crashes on state roads within county borders. FHP Lt. Col. Mike Thomas said the move “would be a stark change to our business model” and that FHP hasn’t “had the chance to really evaluate any of the fiscal impacts…

Keep Reading

Pinellas Sheriff’s deputy fired after assaulting inmate

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

A guard at a Florida jail has been fired following allegations that he assaulted and injured an inmate. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office reports in a news release that former Deputy Matthew Stanfield was terminated Monday. A misdemeanor battery charge was referred to prosecutors. Stanfield was making rounds in the jail in March when he saw derogatory graffiti about law enforcement in an inmate’s cell. Investigators say Stanfield questioned the inmate, who admitted to writing it. Officials say Stanfield then…

Keep Reading

1 dead after deputy-involved shooting in St. Petersburg

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by

Florida authorities say a deputy has been involved in fatal shooting in St. Petersburg. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says a call came in about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Detectives were gathering evidence near the scene at 23rd Street S. and 21st Avenue S. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Spencer Gross tells WFLA-TV that a suspect is deceased. Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

Keep Reading

Ken Welch: Sheriff not at fault for drowning deaths of 3 teen girls

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch took a field trip Friday to the cemetery pond where three teenage girls drowned in a stolen car. The drowning happened about 3:50 a.m. March 31. The girls, who were being followed by Pinellas sheriff’s deputies, turned into Royal Palm North Cemetery, 2600 Gandy Blvd. and drove into a pond. Deputies said they were unable to reach the car to get the teens out. But some community activists have charged deputies never made an effort…

Keep Reading

1 2 3
Go to Top