Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Kathryn Varn

Kathryn Varn

Kathryn Varn covers public safety in north Pinellas County and news in the city of Largo. She is from the Jacksonville area and graduated from the University of Florida, where she studied journalism.



Argument over dog led Tarpon Springs man to shoot and kill his father, police say

Argument over dog led Tarpon Springs man to shoot and kill his father, police say

The 25-year-old faces a first-degree murder charge for fatally shooting his 68-year-old father, according to Tarpon Springs police.
Updated: 2 hours ago
Woman killed by stray bullet in St. Pete shooting was a nursing assistant, mother of 5

Woman killed by stray bullet in St. Pete shooting was a nursing assistant, mother of 5

Aesha Kendrick, 38, fell victim to a shooter who was firing at another target, St. Petersburg police said. Her death left family members reeling Monday and her five children, ages 1 to 17, without a m
Published: 11/12/18
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
John Karl, 45, plays with his newly adopted son Riley Karl, 5, after the Adoption Day ceremony held at the Pinellas County Justice Center on Friday. John and his wife, Tracey, tried to conceive children of their own but after a few failed adoption attempts they were successful in adopting Riley.

Amid tragedies, adoptions bring hope to Tampa Bay kids

LARGO — They arrived at the courthouse almost matching.The boy’s button-down was the same shade as his mother’s shirt, although that wasn’t planned. The boy’s short blond hair was swept into a miniature mohawk like his dad’s, and that was,...
Published: 11/09/18
Redington Beach is being sued by two two residents over access to the sand above the mean high water line. [Florida Beach Insider photo]

Beach access debate lands in Pinellas court

REDINGTON BEACH — Two homeowners are suing their town over beach access, highlighting ongoing confusion sparked by a new state law making it harder for local governments to guarantee public rights to Florida’s sand.The lawsuit filed recently by...
Published: 11/08/18
Updated: 11/09/18
Two Pinellas deputies received reprimands for not appropriately investigating a shots-fired call in which a woman died. [Times files]

A 911 call said shots fired. These Pinellas deputies didn't even leave their cruisers.

A Pinellas deputy and corporal were recently disciplined after they didn't thoroughly investigate a possible shooting that turned into a homicide.
Published: 11/08/18
Republican Nick DiCeglie defeated Democrat Alex Heeren in the race for Florida House Distrcit 66. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

Florida House 66: Nick DiCeglie defeats Alex Heeren

The Republican owner of a garbage-hauling company will head to the Florida House.
Published: 11/06/18
Florida House District 67 incumbent Chris Latvala, a Republican, defeated opponent Dawn Douglas, a teacher and Democrat. CHERIE DIEZ | Times

Florida House 67: Chris Latvala defeats Dawn Douglas

The Republican incumbent will head to his third term in the Florida House.
Published: 11/06/18
Tampa police on Sunday arrested Lysa Clifton, a former lawyer for Clearwater parking lot shooter Michael Drejka, on a DUI charge. Clifton was part of a three-lawyer team representing Drejka until last month, when she withdrew from the case. She is also the subject of a Florida Bar investigation regarding her conduct with Drejka. [Courtesy of Tampa Police Department]

Ex-Michael Drejka lawyer arrested on DUI charge

Lysa Clifton was part of a three-lawyer team representing the Clearwater parking lot shooter until last month when she withdrew from the case. She is also the subject of a Florida Bar investigation into her conduct with Drejka.
Published: 11/06/18
Two first-time candidates are battling it out for the seat formerly held by Larry Ahern, a Seminole Republican who hit his maximum four terms this year. [Times files]

Nick DiCeglie, Alex Heeren face off for Florida House District 66: What you need to know

Two first-time candidates are battling it out for the seat formerly held by Larry Ahern, a Seminole Republican who hit his maximum four terms this year.
Published: 11/04/18
Dawn Douglas, a teacher and Democrat, is facing Republican incumbent Chris Latvala for a seat that represents parts of Largo and Clearwater. [Times files]

Chris Latvala, Dawn Douglas face off for Florida House District 67: What you need to know

Dawn Douglas, a teacher and Democrat, is facing Republican incumbent Chris Latvala for a seat that represents parts of Largo and Clearwater.
Published: 11/03/18