Pinellas County

Pinellas County, Florida criminal law news and events

Clearwater Woman Faces DUI Charges After Wreck on Courtney Campbell Causeway Critically Injures Another

Clearwater police accuse a 26-year-old woman of critically injuring another driver while allegedly piloting her own vehicle while intoxicated. Lina Marie Paige-Pettress was arrested early last Thursday after authorities say she caused an injury accident on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Park Man Charged with Murder, Aggravated Assault After Domestic Dispute

Police say an argument between a man and his girlfriend led to murder and a standoff with police last week at a home they shared in Pinellas Park. According to authorities, Thomas Lee Owens II and Nellie Collins began arguing […]... [Read More]

Palm Harbor Cancer Specialist Sentenced to 70 Months in Federal Prison for Chemotherapy Fraud

A Palm Harbor oncologist was sentenced to almost six years in federal prison after being convicted of fraudulent charges to Medicare for unapproved overseas cancer medications. Dr. Diana Anda Norbergs will remain free while her case is appealed. According to […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man’s Live-Streamed Drive Down Beach Nets DUI Charge

Clearwater Police say a local man was intoxicated while driving along the beach and attempting to emulate a popular video game, live-streaming it all on social media. Twenty-seven-year-old Ryan Michael Stiles is facing several counts relating to the incident that […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Charged with Murder After Domestic Dispute and Day-Long Police Search

Authorities say a domestic dispute led to murder last Tuesday, requiring the services of the sheriff department’s tactical team to aid in the search that led to his ultimate apprehension. Officers of the St. Petersburg Police did not describe the […]... [Read More]

Seminole Woman Charged with Murder After Allegedly Stabbing Husband to Death

Evidently developing a rage that turned murderous, a Seminole woman was arrested late last week after authorities say she plunged a knife into her husband’s chest, killing him. Fifty-one-year-old Mary Georgia Pender-Michielson of unincorporated Seminole dialed 9-1-1 early Monday morning […]... [Read More]

Clair-Mel Man in Hillsborough County Jail Charged with Manslaughter in 2016 Madeira Beach Death

Already a guest of the Hillsborough County sheriff, a Clair-Mel man is now facing manslaughter charges in Pinellas County for an altercation that led to the death of his girlfriend late last year. Michael Thomas Valenti was arrested in early […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Woman Charged with DUI After Allegedly Driving Into Home of Another While Drunk

A St. Petersburg family awoke to find a vehicle in their home that was not there the night before, allegedly deposited there by a woman who was piloting it while under the influence of alcohol. Elaine A. Ribeiro, also a […]... [Read More]

Sextet Charged with Stealing Credit Card Numbers from Hillsborough Co., Pinellas Co. Gas Pumps

Six Hillsborough county residents are facing fraud charges and a seventh individual is still being sought for the same for allegedly participating in a scheme to illegally harvest credit card numbers using scanning machines placed on gas pumps. Investigators with […]... [Read More]

Slaying Over Illegal Drugs in Largo Hotel Leads to Murder Charge for Transient Man

Pinellas County officials say an argument over illicit drugs precipitated a murder in a motel in Largo, and have charged a transient man in connection with the killing. Authorities say Angel Enrigue Martinez became enmeshed in a disagreement with Ricky […]... [Read More]

Brutal Slashing Yields First-Degree Murder Charges for St. Pete Man

A routine cab fare ended in a brutal murder last week according to St. Petersburg police, and prosecutors have charged a local man with murder in the first degree as a result. John Andrew Hutchens was dispatched to a residence […]... [Read More]

Arrest Uneventful of St. Pete Man Charged with Murder in Slaying at Jordan Park

A St. Petersburg man was arrested without incident last week after a warrant was issued for him in the matter of the killing of another man in Jordan Park earlier this month. Police say they arrested Denzel Rashad Tarver four […]... [Read More]

Seeds Planted by Brunvand in St. Pete Man’s Capital Murder Trial Blossom Into Conviction Reversal at Florida Supreme Court

A former United States Air Force sergeant’s death sentence for a pair of 2007 murders was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court last week thanks, in large part, to the work of Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney Bjorn Brunvand. […]... [Read More]

Former PCSO Deputy Tried on Charges of Drug Possession and Grand Theft

A former Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy went on trial last week on allegations that he stole prescription medication turned into the department for destruction and pawned his department-issued duty firearm. Steven Jared Smith is being charged with possession of hydrocodone, […]... [Read More]

Unflattering Remarks About St. Pete Man’s Girlfriend Leads to Alleged Knife Attack, Felony Murder Charge

Disparaging comments made about a St. Petersburg man’s significant other by his coworkers allegedly led him to attempt murdering one of them. So say authorities about an altercation at a Treasure Island eatery that took place early last week. Treasure […]... [Read More]