Pinellas County

Pinellas County, Florida criminal law news and events

St. Pete Adds $500 Fine for Vehicles Impounded in DUI Arrest

The already high cost of a drunk driving arrest became even higher last week after the St. Petersburg City Council added an additional fine for towing and storage of a vehicle driven by individuals charged with DUI. The new law, […]... [Read More]

Largo Man Charged with DUI After Crash with Deputy Less Than One Block from Bar

A Largo man made it less than a block from a local drinking establishment before he allegedly caused an accident involving a Pinellas County sheriff’s deputy. According to deputies, John Gregory Clark left a bar on Seminole Boulevard near the […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter, Sentenced to Twenty Years

A man from St. Petersburg was sentenced to two decades in prison last week after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide. According to Pinellas County investigators, Taurus Randall Frederick became involved with an angry exchange with Jeron Anthony Davis last summer. […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Police Say Clearwater Man’s DNA Links Him to Two Sexual Assault Cases Almost Two Decades Ago

St. Petersburg police arrested a man last week whom they say committed two sexual assaults almost twenty years ago. Investigators say Terry Dewayne White’s DNA was entered into the FBI’s national database by another agency investigating a different set of […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Couple Arrested in Miami-Dade After Allegedly Slaying Boss

Pinellas County deputies say a St. Petersburg man and woman murdered the man for whom they both worked, then attempted to evade justice in South Florida. According to investigators, Jaritza Maribel Diaz and Christopher Lee Robertson II were hiding in […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Woman Facing Murder Charges After Allegedly Shooting Live-In Boyfriend

St. Petersburg police say a domestic dispute turned deadly last Thursday when a woman allegedly gunned down her boyfriend at their shared residence. According to authorities, Megan Lewis and her live-in boyfriend Craig Cutson became embroiled in an argument on […]... [Read More]

Violent Argument Leads to Murder Charges for 69-Year-Old St. Pete Man

A 69-year-old St. Petersburg man has been charged with murder after police say he stabbed his roommate to death. St. Petersburg police say that Willie James Jefferson and his roommate, 59-year-old Willie Edward Evans, became embroiled in an argument last […]... [Read More]

Tarpon Springs Woman Accused of Defrauding PTA of $5,000

A Tarpon Springs woman has been accused of stealing money from her parent-teacher association to pay personal bills. Pinellas County deputies say Lisa Enger McMenamin defrauded the Brooker Creek Elementary PTA out of over $5,000 between October 2015 and July […]... [Read More]

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]