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  1. New town homes sprouting in Oldsmar

    Real Estate

    BY PIPER CASTILLO

    Times Staff Writer

    OLDSMAR — City officials have been chipping away for several years on a downtown development plan, bringing new life to a 7-acre site on State Street. One day in the not-far-off future, they want to lively streets and walkways used by residents and …

  2. What do kids need to stay away from deadly auto theft epidemic?

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — More than a dozen black teenagers told U.S. Congressman Charlie Crist on Wednesday that children need stronger mentors and youth programs to steer clear of the auto theft epidemic plaguing Pinellas County.

    Congressman Charlie Crist (center) listens as Shenyah Ruth (right), a junior at Northeast High School, talks during Wednesday's youth roundtable meeting with community leaders and kids. They met to discuss the ongoing car theft epidemic among Pinellas youth and how law enforcement, elected officials, and community organizations can work together to put an end to this dangerous trend. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  3. Worker killed after being pinned beneath tumbling tractor

    Accidents

    PALM HARBOR — A Duke Energy contract worker died Wednesday after a tractor he was driving rolled down an embankment, pinning him underneath.

    Authorities are investigating a tractor accident that left one person dead in Palm Harbor on Wednesday. According to Palm Harbor Fire Rescue, a call came in about 1:40 p.m. that a worker was pinned under a tractor in a power line easement near Chatham Drive and Lake Saint George Drive. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene. It took rescue crews three hours and a crane to free the worker's body. [Courtesy of Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Deputies: Man feared other man was going to "steal his girlfriend" before armed assault

    Crime

    CLEARWATER

    Man dials 911 from strip club, then pretends to pass out, deputies say

  5. Pinellas education news: A campaign for school supplies, a leg up for disabled students and more

    K12

    Campaign seeks donations of school supplies

    This year's Stuff the Bus school supplies campaign in Pinellas County ends with a final collection from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Clearwater Chamber of Commerce, 600 Cleveland St. [SKIP O'ROURKE | Times]
  6. Proino Breakfast Club owner charged with not paying state taxes

    Crime

    LARGO — Just before noon on a recent Sunday at Proino Breakfast Club, the dining room was bustling as owner George Soulellis chatted with a customer.

    Proino Breakfast Club at 201 West Bay Drive in Largo. The owner was arrested last month on a theft of state funds charge, according to court records. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
  7. No compatibility in sight for E-ZPass and Florida toll system

    Roads

    When is the Florida DOT going to accept E-ZPass on its toll roads? Orlando's Central Expressway accepts it.

    Catherine Needham

    Lorrie Lykins
  8. Pinellas news briefs

    Briefs

    Chi Chi Rodriguez Ladies' Golf Association seeks new members

  9. Clearwater's pasture land in Hillsborough County could be saved for preservation

    Growth

    CLEARWATER —The 426 acres of pasture in Odessa have served the city of Clearwater well over the decades.

  10. Pinellas aims to close reading gap between boys and girls

    K12

    Principal Kristy Cantu pored over Sutherland Elementary's test scores last year, looking for trends.

    Pinellas County teachers are being asked this year to pay closer attention to how their lessons might better engage boys. The district has come up with a "gender equity self-reflection" rubric for teachers to follow, with the goal of improving boys' performance in English language arts. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  11. Algae bloom and fish kill confirmed in Old Tampa Bay

    Environment

    An algae bloom and fish kill have been confirmed in Old Tampa Bay from Safety Harbor to the south end of the Bayside Bridge.

  12. Pinellas deputies investigating death near Clearwater

    Public Safety

    CLEARWATER — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office's robbery and homicide unit is investigating a death at a retirement condo complex at 2426 Persian Drive, unit 34.

  13. Pinellas wants to see impact of tourism bucks spent on big events

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER –– Pinellas County relies on more than just beaches to attract visitors. County government also spends millions to help sponsor big-name events to draw even more tourists.

    The Pinellas County Tourist Development Council awareded up to $250,000 to help sponsor the 2018 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  14. Police: Man arrested in Largo had thousands of child pornography files

    Crime

    LARGO — A 43-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after detectives found thousands of child pornography images and videos on his laptop.

    Tyrone Jeffrey Russell, 43, was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges, according to Largo police. [Pinellas County Jail]
  15. Fire at the G Spot gentleman's club under investigation

    Fire

    CLEARWATER — Firefighters responded Thursday to a small blaze at the G Spot, a self-described gentleman's club.

    Clearwater firefighters responded to a fire at the G Spot, which calls itself a gentleman's club. [Clearwater Fire & Rescue]