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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Soccer fans support St. Petersburg stadium referendum

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council chamber had plenty of soccer aficionados outfitted in green and gold show up last week to support the Tampa Bay Rowdies' bid to join Major League Soccer and expand their home at Al Lang Stadium.

    A rendering of the proposed Tampa Bay Rowdies Al Lang stadium.
  4. Costs for new St. Petersburg police station keep rising

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG— The potential price tag of a new police headquarters continues to rise as City Council members last week tentatively approved spending another $4.2 million to add energy efficient features and more parking.

    This is an artist's rendering of the St. Petersburg Police Department's proposed headquarters. [Courtesy of City of St. Petersburg]
  5. 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.

  6. Jury finds St. Petersburg woman not guilty of assaulting husband


    LARGO — Madeline A. Cadigan-Lettre, arrested in 2014 on charges that she attacked her husband in their St. Petersburg home, was found not guilty of aggravated battery by a jury this month.

  7. Inspiring and supporting art in St. Petersburg


    The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance recognized five local "muses" who contribute to the St. Petersburg arts community at its fourth annual Muse Arts Awards.

    MUSE Visual Arts Award recipient Kyu Yamamoto had some of his artwork on display during the MUSE Awards reception at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.
  8. Renovation of small St. Petersburg building gets big attention

    Real Estate

    ST. PETERSBURG — In the past few years, downtown St. Petersburg has gained more than 2,000 new rental units. But it was a 12-unit apartment building dating to Harry Truman's presidency that recently drew kudos from Mayor Rick Kriseman and other civic leaders.

    The 12-unit Prince Gregor apartment building, which was built in 1948, has been restored by Ali Sarrafian and Afsaneh Asayesh.
  9. 17-year-old stages robbery, slashes pregnant stepmother, Largo police say


    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.

  10. Pinellas man shares connection through drums

    Human Interest


    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.
  11. 'Good Samaritan' walks off with woman's purse



    'Good Samaritan' walks off with woman's purse

  12. Retrial of former Jabil executive facing death penalty can move forward, Florida Supreme Court rules


    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Monday that the retrial of a former Jabil executive charged with killing his estranged wife and her friend can move forward.

    The murder conviction of Patrick Evans, a former Jabil executive, was overturned in 2015.
  13. Pinellas news briefs


    Sponsors sought for wellness fair: The Shepherd Center, 304 S Pinellas Ave. in Tarpon Springs, is seeking sponsors for its Wellness Fair being held April 11. For information call (727) 939-1400 or email

  14. Pinellas detention corporal fired after DUI arrest


    REDINGTON SHORES — A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office corporal was fired after deputies arrested her early Monday on a driving under the influence charge.

    Jo Anna Barker, 35, was fired from her position as a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office detention corporal after she was arrested on a driving under the influence charge. Barker had worked for the Sheriff's Office since October 2011. [Pinellas County Jail]
  15. James Museum gives St. Petersburg a new option for downtown office space

    Real Estate

    Times Staff Writer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Amid a hub of construction and closed sidewalks, the opening of the new Tom and Mary James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art is months away, but leasing for its prime downtown retail and office space has begun.

    Mary and Tom James arrive at the Tampa Museum of Art in November. Their new downtown St. Petersburg project, the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art, is months away from opening with 400 to 500 pieces of the couple's extensive art collection. But it will also offer 35,000 square feet of commercial office space that is now being leased. [AMY SCHERZER   |   Times]