Pinellas County

Pinellas County, Florida criminal law news and events

St. Petersburg Halfway House Founder Charged with Fraud

Patrick Jay Banks, the founder of a St. Petersburg halfway house, was arrested last week on charges of defrauding investors and a federal substance abuse treatment program out of as much as $50,000. Police allege Banks cooked up an elaborate scheme […]... [Read More]

Guilty Plea in St. Petersburg First-Degree Murder Case Without Plea Agreement

In a relatively unusual situation, Khadafy Mullens pleaded guilty this week to two charges of first-degree murder. The plea appears to have been made without any sort of plea agreement with the prosecution. A judge will now decide whether Mullens […]... [Read More]

Lealman Man Charged with Neighbor’s Murder

Sylvester Johnson, a resident of Palace Mobile Home Park in Lealman, has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his neighbor last week. According to Pinellas County sheriff’s detectives, Johnson went to Unit 447, where William David […]... [Read More]

First-Degree Murder Charges in St. Petersburg Houseboat Deaths

Authorities allege Raynaldo Figueroa-Sanabria stabbed and killed an 75-year-old man and 74-year-old woman on their 72-foot-long houseboat last week in the Loggerhead Marina in St. Petersburg. He has been charged with first-degree murder in Pinellas County. The bodies of John […]... [Read More]

MacDill Airman Charged with Second Degree Murder

A 22-year-old airman first class, stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend. Last weekend, officers responded to the Coves of Brighton Bay apartment complex after receiving a 911 call […]... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Convenience Store Owner Charged with Selling Synthetic Pot

For the first time, St. Petersburg police arrested and charged someone with selling synthetic marijuana. Meherun Nessa, the owner of a St. Petersburg convenience store, allegedly sold illegal “spice” or “K-2” to an undercover detective on February 4th of this […]... [Read More]

Pinellas County School District Social Worker Charged with Third DUI

School social worker Keeley Bremer of Clearwater was arrested and charged last week with driving under the influence in Pinellas County. She was pulled over at 10 p.m. on Thursday night on U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park after an officer […]... [Read More]

Man Charged with Pinellas County DUI Manslaughter

William Dion McClendon was arrested last week and charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide, relating to a fatal January 2012 collision in Pinellas Park. A warrant was issued last May for McClendon but it took 10 months for police […]... [Read More]

Pasco County Man Charged with DUI After Clearwater Crash

Randall Fowler of Holiday, Florida in Pasco County, faces a DUI charge after crashing his pickup truck into a house in Clearwater. He was caught by neighbors as he tried to run away, according to police. Law enforcement said Fowler […]... [Read More]

Pinellas County Man Represents Himself in Murder Trial

William Chad Routenberg went through three defense attorneys before advising a Pinellas County court that he would represent himself in a first-degree murder trial. The trial started this week. Routenberg claims admits killing his girlfriend in 2011 but claims it […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Jury Continues to Deliberate in Capital Murder Trial

The Pinellas Country capital murder trial of Ralph “Ron” Wright Jr. continues this week, the fourth week of trial. The case was submitted to the jury for deliberation and jurors in the trial deliberated for 12 hours before recessing for […]... [Read More]

DNA Challenged in St. Petersburg Double Murder Case

In July 2007, Paula O’Conner and her 15-month-old son, Alijah, were murdered in their St. Petersburg home. Detectives later found a left-handed black glove — covered inside and out with DNA — was found on a couch near her front […]... [Read More]

Dunedin Mortgage Broker Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud

Bruno Skoczynski, a 36-year-old mortgage broker from Dunedin, was sentenced this month by a Tampa federal court to two years in prison. Skoczynski owned E-Value Mortgage Services and E-Value Title Services. He pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud conspiracy charges in […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Woman Sentenced to Year in Prison for Student Loan Fraud

Shaneva Boyd of Clearwater was sentenced earlier this month to 12 months and 1 day in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for participating in a conspiracy to commit federal student financial aid fraud. The federal court […]... [Read More]

Palm Harbor Man Accused of Tax Fraud

Carlos Oscar Johnson of Palm Harbor was arrested last week by federal Internal Revenue Service agents and accused in a federal complaint of filing more than 200 fraudulent tax returns. He is accused of stealing at least $1.7 million from […]... [Read More]