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


    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.

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


    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]
  3. Mystery property buyer in downtown Clearwater brings questions about Scientology's involvement


    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.
  4. 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.

  5. 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.
  6. 'Good Samaritan' walks off with woman's purse



    'Good Samaritan' walks off with woman's purse

  7. 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.
  8. 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

  9. 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]
  10. Pinellas licensing board will negotiate settlement with ex-leader Rodney Fischer

    Local Government

    LARGO –– The governing board of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board voted unanimously Thursday to hire an interim executive director and to negotiate the exit of its old executive director.

    Rodney Fischer, former executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, asked the governing board to give him a $100,000 payout at Thursday's meeting. The board voted to negotiate a settlement with its former leader. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  11. Clearwater to explain groundwater project at open house

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The city will host an open house Feb. 28 to educate residents about the $32 million groundwater replenishment project currently under design after seven years of study.

  12. Oldsmar adopts marijuana moratorium

    Local Government

    OLDSMAR — The City Council gave final approval for an ordinance calling for a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensing organizations and medical marijuana treatment centers. The ordinance is designed to help city officials move forward on how to handle the new state law concerning medical use of …

  13. Patient meets paramedics who saved his life

    Public Safety

    Seconds after Angela Johns went to get a glass of water for her husband, Jerry, on a break from yard work, she heard his body hit the garage floor.

  14. Roller Derby opportunities in Largo

    Human Interest

    LARGO — Revolution Roller Derby, a coed flat-track roller derby league established about five years ago in Pasco County, has expanded to Largo. Practices are starting on Sundays at Northeast Park and Paw Place, 4630 E Bay Drive. Enthusiasts are invited to come check out both playing and volunteering opportunities …

  15. Pinellas County Urban League expands help

    Human Interest

    The Pinellas County Urban League has expanded into Hernando, Lake, Marion, Pasco, Seminole and Sumter counties.