Official at the Pinellas County jail have been using X-Ray machines to spot counterfeit items on inmates since June. This past Thursday they found an inmate who had swallowed the very things he had been accused of stealing. Joseph Ramos, 21, was arrested for a burglary that occurred in Safety Harb ... More >>
Aside from Senator Bill Nelson, former CFO Alex Sink is the only Democrat to get elected statewide in Florida in recent memory, which makes her one of the party's highest profile pols. She ran a close race with Rick Scott for governor in 2010, opted out of a rematch, and now she's decided she's just ... More >>
In today's world of hyper-partisan political bickering, we're not even sure where the line of good taste lies anymore. But we're pretty sure making fun of cancer patient for having cancer is decidedly over even that murky line. Republican Pinellas County Committeeman Dan Tucker is in hot water for ... More >>
Never doubt a Floridian's ingenuity for breaking the law. David Michael Gavin, 30, ran a successful drug ring inside of the Pinellas County Jail, and managed to sneak the drugs in using a pretty ingenious scheme. Suboxone is a heroine-like opioid usually used to treat addiction. The substance can ... More >>
Prison guards make sure to keep their jails free of items that could be used as makeshift weapons, but what do you do when you have an inmate who is already in custody for allegedly killing his girlfriend with toilet paper? Do you treat toilet paper as contraband? Apparently the Pinellas County Ja ... More >>
Beer geeks across the state of Florida have tears in their beers as the bills legalizing 64-ounce growlers didn't make the final cut when the Florida legislature ended its session last Friday Senate Bill 1344 did not make it past the Commerce and Tourism committee and the House's version, HB 714, d ... More >>
The last time Brenda Heist's children saw her, she had dropped them off at school. They returned home to find dinner defrosting, and laundry half done, but mom was missing. An extensive search was undertaken, but Heist was never found. Three years ago, Heist's husband even petitioned to have her leg ... More >>
Yesterday a committee of the Florida Senate unanimously passed Florida SB 1344. The bill -- introduced by Bill Latvala, a Republican senator from Pinellas County -- doesn't have anything to do with campaign finance reform or tourist development taxes or ethics. It has to do with allowing Florid ... More >>
If your job is to run a department charged with protecting animal welfare, there are a few choice topics best left alone in conversations with your employees. Tijuana donkey shows are definitely on that list.Pinellas County's Animal Services director, Phillip Morgan, learned that lesson the hard way ... More >>
Charlie Crist was officially wed to the Democratic party today in a quiet ceremony attended only be close friends and family. The pair had announced their engagement over the weekend at a White House Christmas party.Just kidding. The former Republican governor turned a Pinellas County elections offi ... More >>
Eighteen years ago, New Times published an investigation into a Miami doctor accused of preying on his HIV patients. More than a dozen men with the disease accused Dr. Homer L. Kirkpatrick of manipulating them, sexually assaulting them, even offering them medication in exchange for sex. Despite our ... More >>
After last month's electoral loss, the Republican Party is desperately trying to make it self over as a Hispanic friendly group, but the fact that a group representing Hispanic Republican voters in Florida has now filed a lawsuit against Reince Priebus, the national GOP chair with a name that ... More >>
Swept up in Tea Party hysteria, Pinellas County --Florida's sixth largest county and home to St. Petersburg -- decided to stop the widespread practice of fluoridating its water supply in a surprising 4-3 county commission vote last year. Though, citizens soon got sick of sipping that right wing ... More >>
The joke about telling voters on the other side that they can vote the day after the election is almost as old as democracy itself, but this is Florida, and democracy here sometimes does look like a joke.Indeed, 12,525 people living in Pinellas County, Florida got a robocall this morning from their ... More >>
Florida cops, it seems, will do just about anything to find that marijuana plant growing in your closet. The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether Miami police violated the Constitution by routinely sniffing around suspected grow houses with drug-smelling dogs without first getting a search ... More >>
For the second time in the row, Florida politicians decided to ignore the rules of the Republican National Committee and moved ahead with their plan for an early primary. Like 2008, this means that Florida Republicans will lose half of their delegates at the national convention, but this time aro ... More >>
via WTSP The Lambert-JolleysAs Florida residents, Rachel and Charlotte Lambert-Jolley knew that their marriage in Connecticut, where same sex weddings are legal, wouldn't be recognized in their own home state. They at least hoped, however, that it would help expedite the process of legally changi ... More >>
Despite being a common practice in developed countries for nearly 70 years and dubbed "one of the greatest public health achievements of the century" by the CDC, water fluoridation has joined the likes of Charlie Crist and Barack Obama as the latest enemy of the Tea Party in Florida. Tea Par ... More >>
Terry Lynn Kimbell, 50, of Pinellas County, was in a classic conundrum Tuesday evening: He was drunk and wanted Taco Bell. But by that time of night, Taco Bell was serving its hot, meaty fast food only through the drive-thru, so he decided to walk through it. When employees refused to s ... More >>
You'd think graffiti would be a young man's game. Especially the kind of down-and-dirty, illegal type that requires taggers to covertly leave their mark while being prepared to run like hell if anyone catches them. Well, there's always an exception to the rule.Meet 71-year-old Charles Ignatius We ... More >>
Rubio has real estate right next to Glenn Beck on this year's CPAC bannerLast year Marco Rubio delivered the keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Headlining perhaps one of the most important centralized Conservative events in the country officially made Rubio a right wi ... More >>
Just ask Tupac, Lil' Wayne, or, hell, even Jim Morrison: sometimes a good stint behind bars is just what the spin doctor ordered for selling a ton of records. You may as well add Buju Banton to that list, because even as the reggae star languishes in a Tampa-area jail awaiting retrial on federal ... More >>
Now that it's official -- Obama is closing the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba -- and we've all given ourselves a hearty slap on the back, the tough questions are really starting to rear their ugly heads: What do we do with the 245 guys left in Gitmo? Especially the truly dangerous ones, who we ... More >>
Forget the awful past, say Alfonso and Pepe Fanjul, Florida's sugar barons. It's time to make nice and go into real estate.
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