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Clearwater / North Pinellas

  1. Pinellas sheriff's investigator fired, could face criminal charges for involvement in child custody battle

    Public Safety

    LARGO — A Pinellas sheriff's child protective investigator has been fired and could face criminal charges after an investigation found she made a child custody recommendation to a judge as a favor to a friend.

  2. Pinellas jury: Clearwater man representing himself is guilty of killing his mother

    Criminal

    LARGO — A jury found Daniel Richards guilty of second-degree murder on Friday for the fatal beating of his 83-year-old mother.

  3. Dolls come in all colors at St. Petersburg's Woodson museum

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — As a little girl, Terri Lipsey Scott played with a baby doll named Sindy in Savannah, Ga. Scott is black, Sindy was white. Dana Battle, also black, had a white doll named Toni, in Los Angeles. There weren't many affordable dolls that reflected their race in the late 1950s and early 1960s, said …

  4. Clearwater down to two finalists for CRA director

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — The next Community Redevelopment Agency director who will be tasked with trying to revive the long-struggling downtown has come down to two women, narrowed from a pool of 40 applicants.

  5. Pinellas judge: U.S. Army major found incompetent to stand trial can leave Florida

    Criminal

    LARGO — A Pinellas circuit judge ruled this week that Roman Izzo, a U.S. Army major charged with murder but found incompetent to stand trial after he was injured in a motorcycle crash, can move to Kansas with his family.

  6. Pinellas construction board prepares to lose independence

    Local Government

    LARGO — Members of the Pinellas County agency that oversees contractor licensing cried foul in January when elected officials sought to fold the board into county government.

  7. Unusual paddle design earns worldwide market

    Business

    Paddling on the heels of the last supermoon of 2017, Phil Hughes navigated an uncommonly low tide off Dunedin through St. Joseph Sound on an effortless but lengthy glide.

  8. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla offers Safe Boating Course

  9. Defendant asks jurors: Do I look like Charles Manson?

    Criminal

    LARGO — Daniel Richards, on trial for the murder of his 83-year-old mother, began his own criminal defense on Tuesday by asking a few questions to the pool of prospective jurors.

  10. Dr. Delay: St. Petersburg road projects for bikes and wastewater

    Roads

    What is the city of St. Petersburg doing on First Avenue S between Pa sadena Avenue and Park Street? They have installed a concrete bumper in the middle of the road for some reason. Also on Ninth Avenue N, they are installing something from 71st Street all the way to 49th Street in the middle of the …

  11. Judge denies former Clearwater fire chief's motion for a new trial

    Criminal

    A Pinellas circuit judge denied a bid for a new trial in the case of Jamie Geer, the former Clearwater fire chief serving a life sentence for sexually abusing a girl throughout her childhood.

  12. Tree trimmer shocked by power line in Clearwater, authorities say

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — A 38-year-old tree trimmer is in critical condition after he was shocked by a power line Monday, according to Clearwater Fire & Rescue.

  13. Clearwater woman charged with practicing medicine without a license

    Criminal

    CLEARWATER — In May, an undercover Clearwater police officer witnessed a woman diagnose a client with lupus using a headset attached to a computer that allegedly scanned the body.

  14. Indian Rocks Beach marries history with holiday

    Human Interest

    BY PIPER CASTILLO

    Times Staff Writer

    INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — In one morning, Billy Bie could walk out the back door of his house, do a cannonball into the Intracoastal Waterway, climb up the ladder, get back on land and go horseback riding.

  15. Car vs. Bar: 87-year-old driver crashes into Clearwater bar, authorities say

    Accidents

    CLEARWATER — An 87-year-old driver crashed into a bar Thursday.