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Melanie Bevan serves final day at St. Pete PD; heading to Bradenton to serve as top cop

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Friday was Assistant Chief Melanie Bevan’s final day with the St. Pete Police Department. Bevan announced last month she accepted the top spot with Bradenton Police as their chief. “Today will be my last Facebook post with St. Petersburg Police Department as I was recently named Chief of Police for the City of Bradenton,” Bevan wrote on her Facebook page. “I’d like to thank all who supported me throughout the years with SPPD.” Bevan had been considered for St. Pete…

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High wind advisory moves Rick Kriseman’s State of the City to Palladium

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The sun won’t be shining on St. Pete City Hall on Saturday for the Mayor’s State of the City address. St. Pete Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin recently praised her boss, Mayor Rick Kriseman, for waiting until the last minute the day of his inauguration to decide whether or not to move his event inside. Ultimately the sun came out for Kriseman, whose city slogan involves lots of sunny rays and includes modern versions of songs all things sunshine. Well, he’s…

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What happens to the homeless in Williams Park when the buses go away?

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On a sunny day, the lush green lawn at Williams Park in downtown St. Pete is scattered with people lying on the grass on tattered blankets with garbage bags full of clothes and other belongings propped under heads as pillows. Last Saturday, the scene was different. Heavy rain and thunderstorms rolled through St. Pete most of the day sending the dozens and dozens of people taking up residence in Williams Park scattering to shelter in one of the many bus…

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St. Pete City Council takes first step in adopting civil citation program for marijuana offenders

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A St. Pete City Council committee unanimously approved taking a closer look at implementing a civil citation program for adult marijuana offenders. The ordinance would likely apply to individuals over the age of 18 caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana. State legislation already provides a similar provision for juveniles. Instead of being charged with a misdemeanor, the offenders would be given a citation. For those who couldn’t afford the ticket, a community service option would also likely be…

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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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Wednesday is International Walk to School Day

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Wednesday is International Walk to School Day. Thirteeen St. Pete elementary schools will be participating along with St. Pete Police officers. Officers will walk with groups and talk to students along the way. In some areas police cruisers will block traffic at cross streets with their lights on. City Council members will join students at three of St. Pete’s public schools. City Council chair Charlie Gerdes will walk with students at Westgate Elementary. Bill Dudley will participate in the event…

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City Council all talk, no action on school zone tickets

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St. Pete City Council took no action on recently surfaced reports that the city is issuing more speeding tickets in school zones than the rest of Pinellas, Hillsborough and Polk counties combined as a result of improperly marked zones at several locations. St. Pete City Council Chair Charlie Gerdes scheduled a staff report for Thursday’s meeting to get more information following a WTSP investigative report uncovering numerous locations where signage was not in compliance with rules set by the Florida…

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