Top Headlines: Red Light Cameras, Firefighter Impersonator, Bank Robberies
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Mayor Halts Red Light Camera Citations in St. Pete: St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster is imposing a moratorium on red light camera citations immediately in response to Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke's concerns about flaws in the system.
Pinellas Clerk Asks St. Pete to Stop Writing Red Light Camera Tickets: In a letter to St. Petersburg and five other cities, Pinellas County Clerk of Court Ken Burke says there are flaws in the system and that his office spends too much time dealing with the fallout from violators.
Man Charged With Posing as St. Pete Firefighter at All Children's: When questioned by detectives, Robert Spalla also admitted representing himself as a firefighter on multiple occasions, often seeking concession for food and drink at businesses in Pinellas County.
Red Light Camera Company Fights Back Against Florida Critics: American Traffic Solutions, which provides red light traffic cameras for St. Pete and 70 other Florida municipalities, says court rulings are on their side.
Video: Gov. Rick Scott Calls for Tax Cuts: Governor Rick Scott says his proposal to eliminate sales taxes on manufacturing equipment will create jobs and help businesses grow.
The Shops at St. Pete Construction to Begin Soon: Crews are expected to break ground on the $30 million dollar renovation within 30 days.
Suspected Bank Robber Arrested: Police say 30-year-old Erik Durkin committed robberies at the SunTrust Bank on Feb. 25 and the TD Bank on Feb. 26.
SunTrust Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested: The suspect was arrested after allegedly committing a second robbery Wednesday morning at BB&T, 100 34th St. N.
Event-Based Media Entrepreneur in St. Pete Going to SXSW: Taylor Wallace, co-founder of WeVue, an app based on sharing photos and videos taken at events, will be traveling on the Startup Bus to the South by Southwest Conference in Texas.
Video: Basketball Star Surprises All Children's: Harlem Globetrotter Special K performed tricks, signed autographs and snapped photos with a group of very special children All Children's Hospital in St. Pete.
License Plate to Honor Fallen Officers Unveiled: Pinellas Park High School Students created the specialty license plate to honor officers that are killed in the line of duty. Lawmakers unveiled the proposed plate at the high school Wednesday.