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Clearwater, Florida criminal law news and events

Pair Of Clearwater Employees Charged With Separate Instances Of Theft From The City

A pair of employees of the city of Clearwater government are facing felony charges related to alleged theft of money and materials from their employer. Investigators say Christopher Andrew Pieslak altered two checks written to the city government by replacing […]... [Read More]

Charges Laid Against Clearwater Man In “Stand Your Ground” Shooting

Three weeks since the incident, Pinellas County authorities charged a Clearwater man with manslaughter in a case seen by many as a test of Florida’s “stand your ground” law. Deputies arrested Michael Drejka last week on allegations that he shot […]... [Read More]

Long-Time Clearwater Parks And Rec Supervisor Charged With Defrauding Department Of $148,000

A former Clearwater city employee was charged with defrauding the government of tens of thousands of dollars over several years in his position as a Parks and Recreation employee. Per investigators, a department employee noticed an odd discrepancy in a […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Faces DUI Charge After Allegedly Wrecking Stolen Car And Fleeing With Bottle In Hand

Clearwater police apprehended a man last week they say stole a vehicle, ran a red light, and careened into another vehicle prior to their arrival on the scene. Per the arresting officers, Rico L. Hayes drove the stolen vehicle with […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Firefighter Allegedly Asleep At the Wheel Arrested for Drunk Driving

A Clearwater firefighter found himself arrested on suspicion of drunk driving last week after a passer-by alerted authorities to a motorist apparently unresponsive at the wheel. Pinellas authorities received reports in the early evening of April 10 that a man […]... [Read More]

Spring Hill Man Sentenced to Life for Slaying of Wheelchair-Bound Octogenarian in 2015

The first of four men charged in the murder of a wheelchair-bound octogenarian was sentenced to life in prison late last week, with the jury deliberating slightly more than an hour on the case. Allegedly acting upon information he received […]... [Read More]

Drug-Induced Paranoia Allegedly Leads Largo Man to Murder Pregnant Woman

Pinellas County authorities say a drug-fueled state of paranoia led a Largo man to take up a high-powered rifle and fatally shoot a pregnant stranger. Javier and Elizabeth Rosado were driving home from church in their Nissan Sentra with Elizabeth’s […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Pro Se Defendant Sentenced to Life in Prison on Second-Degree Murder Conviction

A Clearwater man who acted as his own attorney at trial was convicted of second-degree murder last week by a Pinellas County jury. Prosecutors say Daniel Edward Richards returned to his home via taxi cab after a significant stretch of […]... [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Clearwater PD: Couple Hid Body of Alleged Murder Victim for Two Weeks

A Clearwater couple are facing charges relating to the murder of their landlord after authorities say the duo slew her and spent two weeks determining how to dispose of the body. Lawrence Edward Cannon and Jennifer Dianne Elam were arrested […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Out on Bail on Vehicular Homicide Charges Arrested Again After Allegedly Absconding

A man from Clearwater who is awaiting trial on charges for initiating a car crash that took the life of a school crossing guard was arrested on Friday after he allegedly fled from police while in possession of illegal drugs. […]... [Read More]