Pinellas County

Pinellas County, Florida criminal law news and events

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]

Gulfport Man, Two Others, OD on Drugs He Allegedly Brought to Pinellas County Jail

Three inmates of the Pinellas County Jail landed in the hospital after overdosing on drugs allegedly brought into the facility by one of their number. Robert Gilner was booked into jail early last week for driving under the influence and […]... [Read More]

Seminole Man Charged with DUI After Allegedly Driving Eight Miles the Wrong Way on I-275 Through St. Pete

Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say a Seminole man drove almost eight miles the wrong direction on Interstate 275 through St. Petersburg last Monday while intoxicated and without striking another driver. Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas Michael Sanchez is alleged to have […]... [Read More]

Second Trial Yields Acquittal for Defendant in 2006 Oldsmar Homicide

The second time was a charm for a man first convicted six years ago for a 2006 murder, as a Pinellas County jury opted not to convict a Mississippi man again for the crime last week. Twenty-nine-year-old Hector Josue Vasquez-Padilla […]... [Read More]

Bail Remains at $1.5 Million for St. Pete Man Accused of Lighting Girlfriend Aflame

A St. Petersburg man who has been held in jail since last summer will remain there for the foreseeable future after his request for a lower bail was denied. Authorities say John Martin Riggins doused his then-girlfriend Sheron Pasco with […]... [Read More]

Fatal Bar Fight Leads to Manslaughter Charges for St. Pete Man

A game of pool at a St. Petersburg bar last week ended with one player dead and the other facing manslaughter charges. According to St. Petersburg police, Vincent Hollingsworth and Mario Renard Stephens were playing pool at a Bayview bar […]... [Read More]

Prosecution Pending of Pinellas Prisoner for Possibly Purchasing Personal Products for Peers with Purloined Proceeds

A Clearwater man who is already a guest of the Pinellas County Sheriff stands accused of using stolen credit card numbers to purchase supplies for others within the county’s jail. Robert Bryan Kinzinger was booked into the Pinellas County Jail […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Park Man Charged with DUI Manslaughter After Fiery Crash

Eight people were injured and a ninth was killed in a fiery car crash that officers of the Florida Highway Patrol say was the result of a Pinellas Park man drunkenly driving the vehicle several of them occupied. Eighteen-year-old Donavan […]... [Read More]