Pinellas County

Pinellas County, Florida criminal law news and events

Homeless Man Dies During Arrest by St. Pete PD

A Tampa man expired in the course of an arrest by the St. Petersburg Police Wednesday morning. According to reports, officers were attempting to arrest Joshua George Dove, a thirty-five-year-old homeless man on a sidewalk on Fifth Avenue North near […]... [Read More]

Largo Man Accused of Murder in Fight Over a Woman

A nineteen-year-old Largo man is in custody after police say that he shot and killed another man on New Year’s Eve in an altercation over a female with whom he had a romantic relationship. Jared Tyler Compton is facing first-degree […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Charged with Boating Under the Influence After Alleged String of Collisions on Water

Two broken boats and an obliterated dock were left in the wake of a Clearwater man who, according to police, took to the waters in his own vessel on Thanksgiving in a state of impairment brought on by an excess […]... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Brothers’ First-Degree Murder Case Goes to Jury

A Pinellas county jury began deliberating the fate of two St. Petersburg brothers earlier today. The defense rested after making its closing arguments in the first-degree murder trial of Shirune and Gregory Green, both of whom are on trial for […]... [Read More]

Allegedly Impaired Driver Charged with Killing St. Petersburg Crossing Guard

Police say a man who appeared to be impaired while driving struck and killed a 72-year-old crossing guard on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. According to law enforcement, crossing guard David Roundtree was preparing school zone cones on Ninth Avenue N […]... [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]

St. Petersburg Police Officer Facing DUI Charge After Nearly Losing His Job for DUI Conviction in 2009

A police officer of the St. Petersburg Police Department was arrested on suspicion of DUI last week, seven years after a previous DUI arrest that led to his abstinence from liquor consumption to save his job. Thirty-six year old Officer […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Among Top Counties for Drug Arrests in Florida

A report from the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch identifies Pinellas County as residing among the top five counties in the state for arrest rates for drug possession. The report, entitled Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll […]... [Read More]

Sentenced to Life, Brunvand Wins Greenwood Man’s Freedom from Prison

Corey Rocker turned eighteen in prison, convicted of a murder in which he never touched the weapon used in it. He turned twenty one and twenty five there, too, and marked his twenty-sixth birthday there this spring, knowing nothing but […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Woman Apprehended on Suspicion of Torching Car She Thought Belonged to Ex-Boyfriend

A Clearwater woman was arrested on Saturday morning after being recorded while allegedly torching a car she believed belonged to her ex-boyfriend. Nineteen-year-old Carmen Chamblee was arrested by officers from the Clearwater Police Department after a week-long search. She is […]... [Read More]

Counties that Use Death Penalty the Most are Fraught with Error and Misconduct: Harvard Law Study

A recent study by Harvard Law School finds that, although death sentences have dropped nationwide, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are among an exceedingly small group where capital punishment is apparently bucking the trend. The report, entitled “Too Broken to Fix: […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Prosecutors Drop First-Degree Murder Charges in 2014 Homicide

A Clearwater man charged in the murder of a woman whose body was found near the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail was released on Friday after prosecutors dropped the charges against him. Dewayne Jones, who turned 20 almost two months ago […]... [Read More]

One Local Music Teacher Slain, Another Critically Injured by Alleged Drunk Driver

One elementary school music teacher is dead and another is in critical condition after allegedly being struck by a drunk driver early Sunday morning. Pinellas Park Police say that Bryce McCloud, a 36-year old man from St. Petersburg, was driving […]... [Read More]

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Settles with Man Paralyzed in Wreck with Deputy for $16 MM

A St. Petersburg man paralyzed in a collision with an unmarked Pinellas County Sheriff’s vehicle has agreed with the sheriff’s office on a $16 million settlement on Wednesday. Local media quoted Sheriff Bob Gualtieri as saying that his office accepts […]... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Unintentional Shooting

This week, Larry Jay Reed was sentenced to 15 years in prison plus five years of probation in the 2010 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend, Anastasia Boyd. A jury found Reed guilty of manslaughter after trial this spring. Prosecutors […]... [Read More]