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  1. Suspicious device at Pinellas Park home was a spent artillery round, police say

    Public Safety

    PINELLAS PARK — Bomb squad investigators determined that a "suspicious device" found at a Pinellas Park home Tuesday afternoon was a spent artillery round, police said.

  2. In prison for stealing from dad, man now makes claim to will in Pinellas court

    Courts

    In the last years of his life, James ZeBranek grappled with his oldest son's decision to steal $800,000 from him.

    Jim ZeBranek Jr., accused of money laundering, perjury and grand theft, was sentenced in 2013 to 20 years in prison.
  3. St. Petersburg hopeful Congress will add a NOAA facility, research vessel to downtown waterfront

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city's efforts to energize its downtown port could get a big boost from the federal government.

    There is vacant land next to SRI International, 450 Eighth Ave. SE, that could be the site of a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration center in downtown St. Petersburg.
  4. St. Petersburg's mayor, police chief promised dashboard cameras, but City Council hits the brakes

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Over the objections of the mayor's office, the City Council voted 5-2 on Thursday to delay buying dashboard cameras for new police vehicles.

    A screen-grab of a dashboard camera mounted in a St. Petersburg Police Department vehicle that shows a cruiser in pursuit of a speeding Dodge Charger on Fourth Avenue N in downtown in 2015. City Council member Karl Nurse on Thursday convinced his fellow council members to delay buying more dashboard cameras for police vehicles. Instead, he wants to spend the money on audio technology that could pinpoint the location of gunfire. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg Police Department]
  5. Deputies identify dead man found at Fort De Soto Park

    Crime

    TIERRA VERDE — Authorities have identified a man who was found dead Thursday morning at East Beach in Fort De Soto Park, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

  6. EMS professionals of the year honored by Pinellas County

    Public Safety

    Three first responders were awarded the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners' Emergency Medical Services Professionals of the Year.

  7. St. Petersburg's sewage problem also a legal issue

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — It's no secret that federal agents have been looking into St. Petersburg's sewage crisis since at least 2016, when the issue boiled over into the congressional campaign between Charlie Crist and David Jolly.

  8. Local craft beer of the week: 1888 Russian Imperial Stout at Pinellas Ale Works

    Bars & Spirits

    Some local breweries maintain such a dominant presence in particular style categories that it's easy to forget there are others out there. For example, when imperial stouts come up, who doesn't automatically think Cigar City, Cycle and Angry Chair?

    Local craft Beer of the Week for 5/19: Pinellas Ale Works 1888 Russian Imperial Stout. Photo by Justin Grant
  9. Homeowners upset that city of St. Petersburg owns land under their docks, requires them to sign lease

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — More than a decade ago, Scott Willis got permits to extend and repair his dock and add a boat lift at his property.

    Scott Willis and his wife bought their Placido Way NE home in 1995. He says they were never told about the submerged land at the time. He wanted to extend the dock and add a boat lift.
  10. Raising dollars and raising hopes

    Human Interest

    5.3.17

    There's a place where teens can go after school to practice their art— be it dancing, acting, singing, writing, drawing or video production— and escape the pressures of school, life and beyond while getting instruction and inspiration from teachers. The Arts Conservatory for Teens offers arts …

  11. It's round two for mayor's idea to hire social media 'influencers' to promote St. Petersburg

    Tourism

    ST. PETERSBURG — The "influencers" are back.

    Visitors fill the third floor of the Salvador Dali Museum under the museum's Enigma's 75 foot- tall bubble window, which is comprised of 1,062 triangular pieces of glass. Mayor Rick Kriseman wants City Council to approve spending $92,500 to hire "influencers" to promote the city's brand on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  12. Belleair approves sale of town-owned golf course

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — The town is selling its public golf course to a local family who officials say will continue to uphold its efforts to maintain the acres of land as a green space.

    Jim Mathews of Belleair Bluffs, from left, Carmine Restino of Largo and Linda Mathews of Belleair Bluffs collect a trio of bogeys on the 17th hole recently at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club.
  13. Hometown Pinellas

    Briefs

    St. Petersburg native serves aboard USS Oscar Austin

    Ed and Edna Goudy, 94 and 93, of St. Petersburg celebrated 70 years of marriage. (Photo Courtesy of Regina Clifton).
  14. Arrest warrant issued for man wanted in slaying of St. Petersburg father

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — Police have identified the man they believe fatally shot a 34-year-old father of six in Jordan Park on Monday evening.

    Denzel Rashad Tarver
  15. New facilities will help St. Petersburg Free Clinic grow

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — For decades, the bustling St. Petersburg Free Clinic has operated largely out of an old post office building.

    That will soon change.

    Workers move food at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic’s loading dock May 3. A Lealman warehouse will host the new food bank.