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  1. Death threats take Madeira Beach strife to new level

    Local Government

    MADEIRA BEACH — Politics here took a nasty turn last week when someone called City Manager Shane Crawford nine times, threatening to kill him, his wife and her children.

    Madeira Beach City Manager Shane Crawford
  2. Hailed as 'pioneers,' students from St. Petersburg High's first IB class return 30 years later

    Education

    ST. PETERSBURG — The students came from all over Pinellas County, some enduring hot bus rides to a school far from home. At first, they barely knew what to call themselves. All they knew was that they were in for a challenge.

    Class of 1987 alumni Devin Brown, from left, and D.J. Wagner, world history teacher Samuel Davis and 1987 graduate Milford Chavous chat at their table.
  3. Flower boxes on Fort Harrison in Clearwater to go, traffic pattern to stay

    Roads

    I travel Fort Harrison Avenue in Clearwater often and I've noticed that the travel lanes have been rerouted to allow for what looks like flower boxes that have been painted by children. There are also a few spaces that push the travel lane to the center that have no boxes. Is this a permanent travel lane now? It …

  4. Palm Harbor boat dealer facing litany of complaints of bad deals

    Business

    PALM HARBOR — With an aging father sick in the hospital and a son just graduating high school, Andrew Kashella, in between jobs, knew what he had to do.

    A sign on a front window of Gulf Coast Boat Sales, 37517 Us Highway 19 N, in Palm Harbor, notifies people they are under restructuring  The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has received 20 complaints against Gulf Coast Boat Sales in Palm Harbor. Complainants say they sold the shop their boats and never got paid and/or paid for boats they never received. Pinellas County Consumer Protection is leading the investigation.
  5. Tarpon Springs psychic charged with defrauding veteran, widow out of $155,000

    News

    TARPON SPRINGS — A psychic was arrested Tuesday after police said she scammed two clients out of more than $150,000.

    Gina Wilson
  6. Clearwater officer fired after investigation reveals use of unnecessary force on 13-year-old (w/video)

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — When Michael Leonardo and two backup officers arrived at the youth shelter on the morning of April 2, the 13-year-old boy was still simmering from a fight.

    Surveillance video shows the events that led to Clearwater police Officer Michael Leonardo being fired for using excessive force while detaining a 13-year-old boy accused of battery.
  7. From the Netherlands to Largo: Bird enthusiasts search for healing answers

    Health

    LARGO — Nancy Konijn was an ocean away from Sarge and Shay, and the rest of the birds of prey at McGough Nature Park. But like their keeper, Patrick Bradley, Konijn believed raptors can help humans heal. And so, several months ago, when she came across newspaper articles on Bradley's success with the idea, she …

    Nancy Konijn, co-founder of Wings of Change, of Andijk, North Holland, Netherlands, handles Sarge, an American bald eagle, at the Narrows Environmental Education Center, at George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo.
  8. Pinellas construction licensing board looking for ways to fill financial hole

    Local Government

    LARGO — The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board's interim leader told the governing board Tuesday that the troubled agency is looking for ways to climb out of its

  9. 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.
  10. Zachary Bernhardt case in Clearwater to be featured on missing persons show

    News

    The story of a missing Clearwater boy will be featured next week on Disappeared, a documentary television series highlighting cold cases.

    Zachary Bernhardt disappeared from his Clearwater home at age 8 in 2000.
  11. Clearwater roads closed for projects, festival

    Roads

    CLEARWATER — Drivers will notice several road closures throughout the city this month due to various projects.

  12. Workshop offers business tips to beginners at Clearwater's main library

    Business

    CLEARWATER — Budding entrepreneurs can learn business tips from local experts during a free workshop this month.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.