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  1. Pinellas sheriff's office: Corporal injured during assault by inmate

    Crime

    LARGO — A Pinellas County Sheriff's corporal underwent three surgeries for a broken rib and a punctured spleen after being assaulted inside the cell of a jail inmate.

  2. Records: Kriseman's chief of staff told employee to not talk negatively about transfer

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG –– After Mayor Rick Kriseman transferred his longtime personal secretary to the Fire Department, his chief of staff ordered the employee to not say anything negative that could hurt the mayor, records show.

    Chief of staff Kevin King says he did not harass the woman when she was transferred.
  3. Legal barriers complicate Clearwater's waterfront redevelopment

    Growth

    CLEARWATER —Although the City Council formally approved the 10-year, potentially $55 million downtown waterfront revitalization plan this week, a centerpiece of the design will immediately be stalled in legislative red tape.

    Moving the band shell at Coachman Park to the green space south of the park must wait for an amendment by the Florida Legislature in its 2018 session.
  4. Free park and ride to Clearwater Beach offered for spring break

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Beachgoers can hitch a free ride to the beach starting today until April 30 through the city's Spring Break Park and Ride promotion.

    Beachgoers can hitch a free ride to Clearwater Beach during spring break.. [Cherie Diez | Times]
  5. Artists needed to help in Safety Harbor's flamingo fundraiser

    Human Interest

    SAFETY HARBOR — Safety Harbor Library Foundation is seeking artists of all ages to donate and decorate an artsy plastic flamingo for its second annual Flamingo Fundraiser. Group entries are also encouraged. Artists must supply their own flamingo and will not be paid for their time or materials; however …

  6. Dunedin City Commission votes down mixed use plaza planned for downtown

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — The City Commission blocked a sprawling mixed use development proposed for the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue after fierce public opposition and questions about compatibility.

  7. Early results in on Pinellas pre-arrest diversion program

    Public Safety

    A Pinellas Sheriff's Office report released last week summarizing the first quarter of the Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion program showed that 179 people have completed it since the start date in October.

  8. County Code Enforcement office closes for move

    Local Government

    The offices of Pinellas County Code Enforcement will be closed today, and Monday, as staff moves to a new location at 631 Chestnut St., Clearwater.

  9. Largo obstacle and zipline course on hold after questions of restroom, parking capacity

    Local Government

    LARGO — It was about five months ago that commissioners approved a zip line and obstacle course for the woods north of Highland Recreation Complex in the face of strong objections from dozens of residents.

  10. Answers to questions on parking in downtown Dunedin

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — After months of criticism coming from residents and merchants frustrated by the downtown paid parking pilot program, city leaders have come up with some changes.

  11. City to buy vacant Clearwater Marine Aquarium lot eyed by Church of Scientology

    Briefs

    CLEARWATER — The City Council is moving forward with buying a vacant 1.4 acre lot across the street from City Hall owned by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

  12. Killers hid body of their Clearwater landlord, 69, for two weeks, police say

    Crime

    CLEARWATER — Jameka Evans often helped her neighbor Mary Ring carry in groceries and saw her pass out gummy worms to kids playing in the street.

    Lawrence Edward Cannon, 42, left, is facing a first-degree murder charge and Jennifer Elam, 44, is facing a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. They were arrested on Feb. 20, 2017, after police say they fatally shot Mary Ring, 69, in the early morning hours after the Super Bowl but spent spent the past two weeks trying to decide how to dispose of Ring's body, which had been kept in the house since her death. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  13. Mystery property buyer in downtown Clearwater brings questions about Scientology's involvement

    Growth

    CLEARWATER — An Ybor City real estate broker has been snapping up downtown property on behalf of a buyer working very hard to remain secret.

    The Atrium, Clearwater’s largest office tower, sold this month for 
$13?million, a deal brokered by newly formed LLC 601 Cleveland.
  14. 17-year-old stages robbery, slashes pregnant stepmother, Largo police say

    Crime

    LARGO — A 17-year-old boy was arrested after he stabbed his pregnant stepmother while in disguise and staged a burglary to make it look like someone else committed the crime, police say.

  15. Pinellas man shares connection through drums

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG

    Steve Turner stood with his drum strapped across his shoulders at the center of a circle of chairs assembled in at the multipurpose room at PARC.

    Steve Turner, founder of Giving Tree Music, leads a monthly drum circle with developmentally disabled adults at PARC in St. Petersburg. Students from left, are Mark, Bruce and Jono, far right.