Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies said they were already called to the house in unincorporated Largo twice for complaints about a loud party.
They issued two warnings and told the host, 20-year-old Salvador Andres Contreras, to keep it down, according to his arrest report.
As they rolled up a third time just after 1 a.m. on April 23, an intoxicated 17-year-old boy jumped off the roof of the one-story house at 13461 Del Prado Drive S. They also saw several people drinking and smelled marijuana inside the house....
04/23/17 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — The rabbi pointed to his sign to explain why he and about 50 other people marched Sunday through downtown St. Petersburg.
"Never forget," it read.
"This is all about never forgetting," said Rabbi Steven Weiler of Shoresh David Messianic Synagogues, "because if we remember, we won't repeat it."
The group walked from the Florida Holocaust Museum to North Straub Park holding signs and Israeli flags as part of a worldwide remembrance of the 6 million Jewish people killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during the Holocaust. The march had three goals to keep in mind, Weiler said: never again, never forget and do not be silent....
Evacuation orders have been lifted in Collier County where a brush fire has been raging over the weekend along with two others in Lee and Polk counties and more than 100 across the state.
Collier County officials said Sunday the roughly 5,500-acre fire in Golden Gate Estates is about 50 percent contained and the rest close to being secured after firefighters were aided by rain.
"There was a lot of good work done last night, and Mother Nature gets credit for giving us a little bit of a break," said Dan Summers, director of Collier County emergency services, during a news conference....
04/21/17 Public Safety
CLEARWATER — The paramedics were in the 7-Eleven parking lot for barely a minute when the first call came in Tuesday.
Chris Johnson, heading into the convenience store, turned on his heel and got back into the driver's seat of the SUV packed with medical equipment. Within a few minutes, he and paramedic Carlos Rivera were outside a soup kitchen checking the blood sugar of a man experiencing a seizure....
Police: St. Petersburg man drops own poop into laundromat washing machine
A 57-year-old man defecated on the floor of a laundromat then dropped his poop into a washing machine, according to St. Petersburg police.
About 7:40 a.m. Saturday, a witness saw Michael Shannon poop on the floor of a laundromat at 3435 15th Ave. S. Shannon picked up the feces and pressed it into the detergent-loading compartment of a washing machine. The incident caused $475 worth of damage, according to Shannon's arrest report....
04/12/17 Public Safety
Pinellas County filled its top emergency services job last month with a former Clearwater fire deputy chief who spent the last decade leading a large emergency medical services system in Washington state.
Jim Fogarty, 62, was chosen from about four dozen applicants for his extensive experience managing EMS for King County, home to Seattle, said Assistant County Manager John Bennett. Before that, Fogarty spent about 25 years with the Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department, where he rose to deputy chief of emergency medical services....
04/10/17 Human Interest
TARPON SPRINGS — It began as a fishing trip like any other.
Gregory Lasnier stocked the commercial fishing boat he captained with ice, bait and groceries. He waited for a deckhand who never showed. A friend hugged him goodbye.
On Feb. 16, he set off alone, leaving his dock behind Holiday Seafood off Island Drive and steering the Daniel I into to the Gulf of Mexico as he had so many times before....
HERNANDO BEACH — A fire whipped by overnight winds burned through about 650 acres of brush Sunday near Hernando Beach.
Crews from the Withlacoochee Forestry Center and Hernando County Fire Rescue had put out about 50 percent of the blaze, which is contained within the 11,000-acre Weekiwachee Preserve. Hernando County officials said they expect the fire to burn about 1,000 acres.
No structures were threatened as of Sunday evening, although crews are monitoring some nearby businesses, said Hernando County Fire Rescue spokesman Alex Lopez....
Police: Man, 37, couldn't pay cab fare because he 'made it rain' at club
A 37-year-old man told police he had no money to pay his cab fare because he "made it rain" at a club, according to Largo police.
Just before 1 a.m. March 21, Cheler Destra requested a taxi ride from St. Petersburg to Largo. The cab driver took him to a 7-Eleven at 6333 Ulmerton Road so Destra, who is listed in his arrest report as transient, could take out money to pay the $37.25 fare....
CLEARWATER — An African-American man is suing a bank, claiming he was illegally detained. His lawyer attributes the incident to racial profiling.
Hne Yuoh visited the Fifth Third Bank branch at 2710 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. to deposit money on Dec. 27 when he was locked in a space between the doors connecting the entrance to the lobby, according to the lawsuit. He was later let go after Clearwater police officers determined no crime had occurred....
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — A small fire department that services several coastal communities spent more than 10 times what was budgeted for legal fees last year, the result of several lawsuits and personnel disputes.
While the district budgeted $20,000 for legal fees last year, the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District ended up shelling out about $230,000 to pay lawyers who represented them in a series of legal disputes....
LARGO — A sixth-grade social studies teacher was arrested Tuesday after police said they found child pornography on his computer.
The pornography, which police said was found on the personal laptop of Robert James Plotkin, was downloaded from the Internet and included images of children ages 3 to 17. But none of the teacher's students were included in those images, said Largo police Lt. Joe Coyle....
TAMPA — University of South Florida football player Hassan Childs, 22, was injured in a shooting Saturday night, Tampa police said.
Tampa police spokesman Lt. Steve Lee said the shooting started as a road rage incident.
About 11:15 p.m. Saturday, police received a call from a man later identified as Jovanni Jimenez, 26, saying that a man, later identified as Childs, pointed a gun at Jimenez and his wife and child at the Eagles Point Apartments at Tampa Palms, 14551 N 46th St....
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri rebuked in a statement Thursday the decision by Orlando’s top prosecutor not to pursue the death penalty for Markeith Loyd, accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton in January.
Loyd’s case is just one in a sweeping announcement by State Attorney Aramis Ayala that she will not seek the death penalty in first-degree murder cases....
03/16/17 Public Safety
A report released Thursday says Miami Marlins pitcher and Alonso High School graduate Jose Fernandez was the only operator of his boat when it crashed into a Miami Beach jetty, killing himself and two others.
The report, released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is the first to place Fernandez at the helm of the 32-foot SeaVee when the boat crashed in the early morning hours of Sept. 25....