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PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- A recent program that helps people committing minor offenses avoid jail time is working by cutting costs at the jail, according to the PINELLAS COUNTY Sheriff's Office. In 2017, PINELLAS COUNTY avoided booking more than 1,700 people into the county jail through their ...
The global rideshare company Uber is expanding its partnership with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority to provide trips to and from bus stops, the company's General Manager in the Southeast U.S., Kasra Moshkani said Thursday. His remarks came as part of the Synapse Innovation Summit in Tampa.

According to ATTOM, the annual income needed to buy a median price home in Pinellas County is $53,427. An average wage earner was not qualified to buy a home in Pinellas County. According to the report, based on average weekly wages from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average wage earner ...
Detectives say one setback is boat owners only documenting their boat -- not writing down each serial number to each gadget or electronic on board. Those numbers may be the best way to track what's stolen after a boat is stripped and tossed away. Most of the boats being taken from the Pinellas ...
And what we can come together as people of — not only Pinellas County — but people in the United States can come together and basically March for Our Lives, that exactly, as students. “Even just today there was another school shooting in D.C. We should never have to feel not safe in our schools and we ...

Just like cigarettes in past decades, Merryweather says vapes are glamorized. She's not sure what's causing the sudden rise, but says school staff have been on the lookout for these often inconspicuous devices. Nurses from the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County often forward websites of new ...
SCHOOL SECURITY: Florida lawmakers' plan to have at least one armed officer at every public school in the state is running into reality. School and law enforcement officials in the Tampa Bay area say they need millions more dollars than the state is providing to make it happen. In Pinellas County alone, ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - The scam usually goes like this: a man says he's from the sheriff's office and he has warrant for your arrest for missing jury duty. Pay up, or you'll be arrested. Palm Harbor resident Michael Brigmond got a call Jan. 23. Caught off guard during a busy work day, ...
LARGO – Pinellas County Schools Superintendent Michael Grego says the budget approved by state legislators for education and student safety is not enough. Speaking during a School Board meeting March 13, Grego said while he is grateful for the increase in funding for school safety and for mental ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - A Pinellas County sheriff's lieutenant arrested early Sunday morning has been fired, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office news release said. Christi Ruhtz, 41, was thrown off the force after she was arrested on one count of driving under the influence. She served as a lieutenant in the ...
At the most recent Pinellas County Commission meeting, Economic Development Director Mike Meidel showed just how much the county has recovered since the Great Recession, saying the county replaced all the jobs lost and then some. More than 60,000 jobs were lost in Pinellas County between 2006 ...
The operation is part of the Pinellas County Sheriff's on-going commitment to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage associated with traffic crashes related to impaired driving. The goal of the wolf pack is to educate people and create public awareness about the dangers of operating a motor vehicle ...
Mayra Umanzor filed a complaint Feb. 14 in Pinellas County Circuit Court against Richman Property Services Inc. and The Richman Group Inc., alleging violation of the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) under race discrimination. According to the complaint, on June 6, 2016, after being promoted to senior ...
Investigators say there are no signs of suspicious activity and this appears to be an accident. They believe food on the stove possibly caught fire. The state fire marshal will continue to investigate the cause and the source of the flames. The Pinellas County medical examiner will determine the cause of death ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – Sure, Wallethub.com may have named Tampa among the top best cities in the country to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. But everyone knows the honor really goes to all of Tampa Bay, which pulls out all the stops as well as the green beer each year to celebrate this uniquely American ...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For travelers in Pinellas County, getting across the bay to Tampa International Airport on public transportation is not an option – at least not until June. That's when the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will launch a direct bus route to take passengers directly to the airport for just ...

The scammer says they can either turn themselves in at the county jail or post bond by going to a nearby convenience store and purchasing a pre-paid debit card. Once they obtain the pre-paid debit card, residents are told to meet a deputy at the Pinellas County Justice Center at 14250 49th St. N., ...
A Florida man burned two churches in Seminole in early February. Detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office say Brody Allen Seiger told them he “set the fires for God.” That won't win Seiger any points down here. Pinellas deputies arrested Seiger, 33, on Tuesday after interviewing him.
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pinellas County detectives assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit arrested an Oldsmar father and son on Wednesday for sexually abusing multiple juvenile victims over the span of many years. According to detectives, the investigation began on Jan. 30 after a ...
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Empath Health and Pinellas County Schools are set to hold a special evening of conversation to cope with the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Specially-trained grief counselors will attend Thursday's event, which is set from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Counselors ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Pinellas County deputies have arrested a man for allegedly starting two fires at churches claiming that he "set the fires for God." Deputies say that Brody Allen Seiger, 33, set the fires at two Tampa Bay area churches between 11 p.m. on Saturday, February 3 and 1 a.m. on ...
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - Schools with poor performing ratings in Pinellas County could soon have a private company step in to turn things around. Last summer, Fairmont Park Elementary and Azalea Middle School received an F grade from the Florida Department of Education for their performance.
Republican Nick DiCeglie announced Monday that Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Ken Burke has endorsed his campaign for House District 66. “Nick has all the qualities to make for an outstanding legislator,” Burke said. “He is a leader in his community and church. He is a good ...
"There's nothing funny about this, especially when it comes to guns or any type of weapon or any type of threat," said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. A message saying there would be a shooting on Tuesday at Pinellas Park High School was found written on a bathroom wall. Another student texted ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI agents raided four locations in Pinellas County on Thursday. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office confirms Dion Gregory Fisher was arrested on charges of trafficking fentanyl. The DEA declined to confirm any information about the ...
More than 20 people have been arrested in Pinellas County in relation to unlicensed contracting, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. "Operation Drop the Hammer" resulted in 26 unlicensed contracting related arrests and more than 57 criminal charges. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says undercover ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI agents raided four locations in Pinellas County on Thursday. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office confirms Dion Gregory Fisher was arrested on charges of trafficking fentanyl. The DEA declined to confirm any information about ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Sheriff's deputies have identified the man who died in a fire at a Pinellas County condominium complex. The sheriff's office says flames broke out around 9 p.m. Friday at 7233 Parkside Villas North in unincorporated St. Petersburg. The location is in the Lealman fire ...
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is looking for a woman suspected of cashing forged checks at several banks in Florida. A woman is shown in surveillance footage on Tuesday, Feb. 27, submitting forged checks at four Achieva Credit Union branches in Pinellas County. The woman used the drive-thru ...
More than 90 percent of those answering a citizens satisfaction survey said they would recommend Pinellas County as a place to live and retire. Pinellas County - Ninety-three percent of Pinellas residents have confidence and trust in their local government, and most would recommend the county as ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla.-- Have you had trouble finding child care, especially infant care, in PINELLAS COUNTY? You're not alone. Local parents are finding one waiting list after another in PINELLAS COUNTY, and some providers tell us the situation is about to get more difficult with new rules taking effect ...
The Boys and Girls Club, known nationwide for its quality of after-school care, is actively stepping up security protocol for its Pinellas County locations thanks to a free program offered by the Pinellas Park Police Department. When we visited the Pinellas Park center, we quickly found out anyone entering the ...
... high school just four hours away, Pinellas County schools are dealing with a rash of rumored safety threats, all of which have determined to be unfounded. ... a vague safety threat involving Gibbs and Dixie Hollins high school was investigated by St. Petersburg Police and Pinellas County Schools Police.
Broward County schools superintendent and Florida Association of District School Superintendents Robert Runcie (left) named Pinellas County superintendent Mike Grego (center) as the 2018 Florida Superintendent of the Year in November. Grego said he reached out to Runcie this morning in light of the ...
A local couple -- both altruistic living organ donors got to meet one of the recipients on Valentine's Day. Steven Schmitz and his wife April Scott both decided to donate their kidneys after watching an episode of Grey's Anatomy about living organ donors. The donor and recipient surgeries took place at Largo ...
At St. Petersburg High, Pinellas County school officials talked to 25 students about allegations that biology teacher Eugene "Skip" Walker acted inappropriately. Some came forth with statements like the one above, which told of Walker's pet names for students and actions that made some of them ...
If you ask her Principal, Carmela Haley, she will tell you that Bauer is a problem-solver. Bauer has proven that skill isn't just used in the classroom. She noticed there was a serious issue among her and her friends and the answer was not in a textbook.
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is calling Richard J. Niger a “predator of the elderly.” Investigators accuse the unlicensed contractor of collecting money for remodeling projects, doing shoddy work or not finishing work and then disappearing. “He's not going to get ...
A peacock has been euthanized in Pinellas County after it was shot with a pellet gun multiple times. Nancy Murrah with Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue tells ABC Action News they found two different peacocks with wounds. The birds were discovered on Thursday near Albermarle Court around two in the ...
DOH Pinellas County offering free flu shots in response to flu epidemic, Tamiflu shortage. Mary Stringini. 4:31 AM, Feb ... The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) is offering flu shots at no cost at its centers with immunization clinics, as of Tuesday, February 13. No appointment is ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri believes someone at CareerSource forged his signature. Now we're learning the culprit may have been incentivized to do so. “They forged my signature and they forged Evelyn Jones' signature on those forms so that they could get ...
The Sheriff of Pinellas County is accusing a job placing agency of forging his signature on several documents. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri made the accusation in a written response to a request for information by an Ad Hoc committee investigating Ed Peachy, the Chief Executive Office of CareerSource Pinellas ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Sheriff's deputies have identified the man who died in a fire at a Pinellas County condominium complex. The sheriff's office says flames broke out around 9 p.m. Friday at 7233 Parkside Villas North in unincorporated St. Petersburg. The location is in the Lealman fire ...
Breaziel also stole a Taser, a bullet-resistant vest and a helmet, Largo police said. Breaziel ran from the cruiser, police said, which was parked at the Largo home of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Detective Jerry Creaser. A Largo police officer driving on Starkey Road saw Breaziel running across the road ...
SEMINOLE, Fla. — Pinellas County deputies are investigating after two Tampa Bay area churches were hit by vandals. Deputies say there were 2 small fires and they consider both fires "suspicious." The first incident happened at First United Methodist Church in Seminole. Deputies received a call around ...
PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is looking into how a car burglar was able to steal guns and ammo from a deputy's vehicle over the weekend. According to an arrest report, two witnesses watched 18-year-old Devon Breaziel enter the deputy's unmarked vehicle and ...
Pinellas County Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to remove Aundre Green from the CareerSource Pinellas Board of Directors. The move could affect whether or not the agency's embattled CEO retains leadership, after Green placed Ed Peachey on paid administrative leave last week following ...
“I can't imagine a better way to share the beauty of our coastal waters and support our troops than this unique, first of its kind memorial,” said Pinellas County Commission Chair Ken Welch. “Circle of Heroes will be an iconic attraction for the region, highlighting the service and sacrifices of those who have ...
Applications are being accepted for one appointment to the Board of Directors of the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. Applicants should have experience with affordable housing. Mandatory applications found at www.pinellascounty.org/boards must be received no later than Feb. 12, at 4 p.m..


 

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