Pinellas County

Pinellas County, Florida criminal law news and events

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]

Tampa Man Charged with DUI Manslaughter After Collision with Motorcycle

A St. Petersburg man is dead and a Tampa man is facing a charge of DUI manslaughter after a collision last Sunday afternoon in Pinellas Park. According to police, Anthony Robert Davis was driving a blue Ford Mustang on Gandy […]... [Read More]

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]