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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Thompson, Stephen

Tribune Staff

Man pleads guilty in crash that killed bicyclists


CLEARWATER — After he finished his shift as a barback at Shepard’s Beach Resort, Christopher Weed had three to four shots of liquor, drank one or two beers, and, when a friend failed to show up to give him ...

Clearwater man acquitted in slaying

- Prosecutors had said Michael McKinney had told a friend he always wanted to kill somebody and he had named Casey Garber as a good target.

Pinellas judge tosses lawsuit by police killer’s widow


ST. PETERSBURG — A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit filed by Christine Lacy, who wanted to be compensated

Elderly woman who leapt to death identified

- The woman who leapt to her death and whose body was mistaken for a mannequin was identified Friday as Nancy Yates, 96.

Elderly woman who leapt to death named

- The woman who leapt to her death and whose body was mistaken for a mannequin and thrown in a trash bin was identified Friday as Nancy Yates, 96.

Jury convicts child molester of trying to have aunt killed


CLEARWATER — David Tyler, who had spent more than 25 years in prison in Ohio for raping and stalking boys, didn’t like life behind bars.

Man who mistook body for prank fired

- The company that runs a St. Petersburg building where a 96-year-old woman committed suicide says it has fired the man who mistook her corpse for a mannequin.

Suicide mistaken for April Fools' prank

- When the guard found the body of the woman who had jumped from the 16th floor, he thought it was a joke. Later, it was tossed into a trash bin.

Pinellas horticulture center at jail marks 10 years


CLEARWATER — After being booked into the Pinellas County Jail in January, James Brown was told he could either clean up after the homeless at Pinellas Safe Harbor, the nearby county shelter, or help at the jail&#x...

Manhunt ends: Child porn suspect caught


A New York man accused of producing child porn was taken into custody, hours after he was released by Pinellas Park police when they could not get an FBI warrant confirmation, authorities said.

St. Pete police have high hopes for new chief


ST. PETERSBURG — One city police officer wants a chief who is a strong leader with a public profile.

Fire destroys boats, RVs at Palm Harbor storage facility


An overnight fire caused millions of dollars in damage to about 40 boats and RVs at a Palm Harbor storage facility.

Store owner charged with selling synthetic marijuana


CLEARWATER — After warning the owner of a food mart eight times that he shouldn’t be selling synthetic marijuana, Pinellas sheriff’s authorities swooped down on the convenience store Tuesday and arre...

Police: Speeding St. Pete driver dies after crashing into porch


A man is dead after crashing into the porch of a home in St. Petersburg, closing a portion of 49th Street North.

Police: New information gets wife charged in husband’s death


CLEARWATER — So much of what Rebecca Fenton said about her dead husband didn’t add up.

Pinellas judge refuses bond for soldier accused of murder


CLEARWATER — A Pinellas Circuit judge on Friday refused to release on bond a U.S. Army major accused of killing his wife’s ex-husband, despite assurances from three army majors that he posed no flight risk ...

St. Pete electronic sign law ruled unconstitutional

- A judge ruled Thursday that St. Petersburg’s electronic sign ordinance was unconstitutional because it allows some billboards to change messages more frequently than ones used by average citizens.

Man sues Largo police to get back $8,000


LARGO — After Largo police pulled over Antonio Patterson for a traffic infraction, they found the Largo man was traveling with $9,800, his attorney says.

Pinellas animal services lets woman keep her cats


ST. PETERSBURG — Dorothy Yeakle gets to keep 10 cats after all.

Pinellas sheriff tightens pursuit policy

- A new Pinellas sheriff’s policy aims to reduce the risks associated with police chases by specifying conditions that must be met before deputies pursue a fleeing suspect.

St. Pete officer fired after shooting allowed to return


ST. PETERSBURG — An arbitrator has ruled that a fired police officer who shot at a stolen car should be rehired and said the department may have used selective judgment to “appease its critics” in d...

Kriseman puts police promotions on hold


ST. PETERSBURG — Two days after black police officers complained of inequitable treatment by city police administrators, Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Thursday he was putting on hold a promotion process under whic...

Pinellas County Files Suit Against Alleged Cat Hoarder


ST. PETERSBURG — In September, Pinellas County Animal Services confiscated 127 cats from Dorothy Yeakle, and the felines were in such bad shape, all had to be euthanized, according to court documents.

Gualtieri: Violent crimes continue five-year decline


LARGO — Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri reports a slight dip in the crime rate in his jurisdiction during the last two years, which he says is part...

Sarasota man dies after being pinned by dump truck


ST. PETERSBURG — A commercial hauler was killed this morning while he was trying to address a problem with his dump truck at the county’s Waste-To-Energy Facility, authorities say.

Man convicted of running down, killing Pinellas Park girlfriend


CLEARWATER — A jury today convicted a man of intentionally running down his estranged girlfriend with her car and killing her as her three children watched in horror.

New jury rejects 30-year-old death sentence


CLEARWATER — Richard Cooper on Tuesday got the best news he has had in 30 years — a chance to be taken off death row.

Last suspect convicted in prostitute’s death


CLEARWATER — His defense attorney tried to portray Darryl DeWayne Williams as different from the other two men accused of killing a crack-addicted prostitute before her body turned up in Lake Maggiore on Christmas...

Clearwater men charged with sex trafficking of teen


CLEARWATER — The FBI has charged two men with giving drugs to a 16-year-old girl and then offering her for sex, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa on Monday.

Officials aim to quell Pinellas Trail crime fears


Auxiliary rangers are worried about their own safety following a string of robberies on a part of the trail that cuts through south St. Petersburg.

Pinellas jury deadlocks in murder case


CLEARWATER — There were roughly 15 friends and family members at the card game in south St. Petersburg that night, with anywhere from $200 to $900 in cash on the table, when two armed men burst through the door an...

‘Bizarre’ killing of mom stuns neighbors

- Matthew Lohoski had his ups and downs in life, but neighbors said they couldn't imagine him capable of what Clearwater police say he did to his mother on Monday night.

Crimes surge in Childs Park, but officials say statistics are skewed


ST. PETERSBURG — Violent crime in the Childs Park neighborhood spiked by 30 percent last year, roughly five times the increase the city as a whole saw.

Trio arrested in counterfeit $20 bill scam


ST. PETERSBURG — Stephanie Reilley recently purchased some panties at the Dillard’s store in the Tyrone Square Mall.

Driver jailed on DUI-manslaughter charge


ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man was booked into Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday on charges he was drunk when his car struck another one in November, killing his passenger.

St. Pete woman gets probation in boyfriend’s death


CLEARWATER — Mandy Avis shot and killed her boyfriend in December, and she won’t spend a day in prison for it.