Josh Solomon, St. Petersburg City Hall and Pinellas Courts Reporter

Josh Solomon

St. Petersburg City Hall and Pinellas Courts Reporter

I cover St. Petersburg and the Pinellas County legal beat. When I'm not roaming city hall or sitting in court, I’m sleeping late or watching cooking videos on YouTube. I’m proudly from New Jersey, with a tattoo to prove it, and I graduated from Northwestern University before coming to the Times in 2014. I've had the honor of documenting the most magical and tragic moments in Floridians' lives, including a rocket launch, an execution and three hurricanes. Off work, I like things that go — I have a pilot’s license and own a motorcycle — and things that are slow, like savoring morning coffee and a local brew at night. I’m in journalism because I believe the truth can touch hearts and change the world.

Girlfriend of man accused of houseboat murders testifies against him

Defendant Reynaldo Figueroa Sanabria leaves the courtroom Wednesday during his murder trial. Sanabria is accused of the stabbing deaths of John Travlos and his girlfriend Germana Morin aboard their houseboat. SCOTT KEELER  |  Tampa Bay Times
Reynaldo Figueroa-Sanabria faces the death penalty in the slayings of John Travlos and Germana “Geri” Morin.

St. Petersburg man facing death penalty now free after charges dropped

Prosecutors dropped the two first-degree murder charges against Charles Edward Hixon Jr. last month after a key witness changed her story. Josh Solomon  |  Josh Solomon
Charles Hixon was released after the prosecution’s key witness changed her story.

Two distinct views of St. Petersburg mark District 7 council race

District 7 City Council candidates Eritha
Incumbent Lisa Wheeler-Bowman and challenger Eritha "Akile'' Cainion disagree widely on most issues.

St. Pete houseboat murder prosecution begins with focus on timeline

John Travlos, 75, and Germana Morin, 74, were found dead April 12, 2013, on Travlos' houseboat. Courtesy of Michelle Robinson
Opening statements key on the accused killer’s movements, from an early morning phone call to an arrest in North Carolina.

St. Petersburg to homeowners: Fix your broken sewer pipes

Workers tighten a fitting on the bypass sewer pipe. Tampa Bay Times
The city is considering an ordinance that would require property owners repair or replace broken sewer lines if the city discovers a problem. City officials are working on a rebate program to help...