Pinellas County

Pinellas County, Florida criminal law news and events

St. Pete Man Charged in 2015 Slaying

St. Petersburg Police arrested a man they allege was involved in the killing of a teenager in the course of a robbery of his home in 2015. Jesse Paul Greene was taken into custody last week after an investigation that […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Charged with Murder After Fatal Stabbing

An argument last week landed one St. Petersburg man in jail facing charges of first-degree murder and another in the morgue. According to authorities, Thomas Peruchi drove to the St. Petersburg home of Trevor Scott last Monday, initially intending only […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Woman Charged with Murder in Deadly Love Triangle

Deputies of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest last Thursday in the 2015 slaying that ended an alleged love triangle. Priscilla “Dawn” Houck of St. Petersburg is alleged by authorities to have shot to death the long-time boyfriend […]... [Read More]

Pinellas County Detention Deputy Terminated After DUI Arrest

A corporal of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was terminated last month after deputies from her department arrested her on suspicion of DUI. JoAnna Michelle Barker was stopped by deputies at Gulf Boulevard and Coral Avenue at a quarter to […]... [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]

Former Jabil Exec’s Death Penalty Trial to Go Forward After Florida Supreme Court Ruling

A Florida Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for a retrial of a former executive at Jabil Circuit, Inc. who is accused of murdering his wife and her friend. Patrick Albert Evans of Saint Petersburg Beach was a vice […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Among Seventeen Defendants Charged in Alleged Mortgage Fraud Scheme

A St. Petersburg man is one of seventeen defendants facing charges of mortgage fraud stemming from loans taken out on condominiums on Florida’s west coast. Carlos Mesa, Jr. is accused by attorneys from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern […]... [Read More]

Former Michigan Police Officer Charged with First-Degree Murder in Alleged Shooting at Oldsmar Bar

A former Michigan law enforcement officer was arrested last Wednesday, accused of shooting to death a cook at an Oldsmar bar and restaurant. Deputies of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office say Brian Paul Mytych shot David Brown early Wednesday morning, […]... [Read More]

Deputies Say Treasure Island Woman Impaired by Prescription Drugs in Alleged DUI Manslaughter

Authorities say a Treasure Island woman was impaired by prescription drugs when she struck a septuagenarian with her vehicle in Madiera Beach last Wednesday. Twenty-six-year-old Ashley Nicole Konforte is accused by Pinellas County Sheriffs deputies of hitting 73-year-old Nancy Durham-Jones […]... [Read More]

Morning Shooting Leads to Afternoon Arrest of Pinellas Park Man on Felony Drug Charges

A shooting early in the day in St. Petersburg last Saturday led to an arrest on felony drug charges later that day. St. Petersburg Police responded to a report of gunfire at a residence near 22nd Avenue N. and 49th […]... [Read More]

Retrial Begins for Man Accused of 2013 Murder

Jury selection began on Tuesday in the retrial of a St. Petersburg man whose original first-degree murder trial in 2015 ended in a hung jury. Pinellas county prosecutors say that Oscar Freemond Fowler fired more than twenty rounds into the […]... [Read More]

Suspect in Fatal St. Pete Shooting Surrenders to Police

The main suspect in a fatal shooting turned himself in to officers of the St. Petersburg Police Department last week. Chaz Ezekiel Bynum, of St. Petersburg, was wanted in the slaying of Emmanuel Isaiah Sims. The alleged incident took place […]... [Read More]

Brunvand and Futerman Win Aquittal in Murder Trial of Indian Rocks Beach Teacher

The fact that Cara Alane Ryan fired the fatal shots that spring Saturday in 2015 is not in question. The reason she shot John Joseph “J.J.” Rush is the issue, and a Pinellas County jury took just two hours to […]... [Read More]

Man Convicted of Killing St. Pete Officer As Juvenile Seeks Reduced Sentence

Nicholas Lemmon Lindsey, Jr. was sixteen when he allegedly shot to death St. Petersburg PD Officer David Crawford in February 2011. He has twice been sentenced to life in prison since then, but he began a third attempt at leniency, […]... [Read More]

Tampa Postal Worker Found Guilty in Theft of $2MM in Social Security Checks

A former federal mail handler was convicted of charges relating to the theft of thousands of Social Security checks worth approximately $2 million dollars on Wednesday. A federal jury found Stacy Darnell Mitchell guilty of theft of government property and […]... [Read More]