Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The 31-year-old suspect faces charges that include DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and murder in the second degree.
A 31-year-old St. Petersburg man faces multiple charges including murder in the second degree and DUI manslaughter in connection to an armed robbery and fatal crash. Alfonso Eugene Mackey was arrested Tuesday upon his release from Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Mackey faces charges in connection to the March 21 armed robbery of the Family Dollar Store, a police pursuit and fatal crash. A second suspect is still at large. He was hospitalized following the police chase and crash on March 21. Mackey was driving a getaway car after the robbery, when he crashed into a tree. Dijon Senay Jackson, 19, of Pittsburg, PA, who was a passenger, died in the crash, police say. St. Petersburg Police had responded to a call of an armed robbery …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The suspect flashed a gun and a badge at a drive-thru window at the fast food restaurant.
A St. Petersburg man who told McDonald's employees that he was a police officer Friday flashed a gun and badge in order to get a free meal, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department. Joseph Pineda, 33, was arrested for impersonating an officer and improper exhibition of a firearm, after deputies were summoned to the restaurant by workers who called 911. Deputies found Pineda idling his vehicle in the McDonald's parking lot, 5464 66th Street North. He was waiting for his free food. Instead the two McDonald's employees had frantically called police. The incident occurred at about 1:43 p.m. on Friday, when Pineda placed his order at the drive-thru speaker. When Pineda was told the cost, he said he was a police officer who did not …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The victim was nearly beaten to death by a 39-year-old suspect who stole a backpack, police say.
A 39-year-old St. Petersburg man faces charges of attempted homicide and strong armed robbery in connection to a mugging Saturday morning in Williams Park. Watson L. Haynes III was arrested at 20th Avenue and 16th Street North, after witnesses identified him as the suspect in the beating and robbery of a victim found unconscious in the downtown park, at 350 2nd Ave. North. According to police, Haynes stole the victim's backpack. Officers responded to a call at 8:51 a.m. about an unresponsive person lying on the ground in Williams Park. They found the victim unconscious, with severe upper body trauma, according to police. The unidentified victim was transported to Bayfront Medical Hospital with life threatening injuries. The victim's name …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Police Chief Chuck Harmon and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri each gave their opinions on what they would like to see happen with the call centers at Wednesday night's CONA meeting.
At Wednesday night's Council of Neighborhoods Association meeting, St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon and Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri each gave updates about their departments and took questions from members of the association. After providing updates to ongoing efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and pill mills, the discussion shifted focus to that of 911 call centers. According to the county: "Currently, all 911 calls in Pinellas County are answered at the county’s Emergency Communications/911 call taking center in the lower level of the Pinellas County Courthouse Annex in downtown Clearwater. All EMS/fire units are dispatched from there (ambulance vehicles are simultaneously dispatched from the Sunstar …
Monday, September 12, 2011
Firefighters and police gathered in St. Pete Sunday to commemorate the first responders who died during the 9/11 terrorism attacks.
ST. PETERSBURG – They represented the 343 firefighters and 77 police officers who died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, responding to the terrorism attacks on the Twin Towers. They are first responders from Tampa Bay communities and beyond who gathered in downtown St. Petersburg early Sunday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the men and women who sacrificed their lives trying to rescue others. Filling a large rectangle of North Straub Park, approximately 275 firefighters and police officers posed in full uniform for a group photo.They wore their heavy gear on a hot Florida morning, but there was not one word of complaint. Everyone wanted to be in the large group photo; several group shots were taken from cranes, which gave…
Sunday, September 11, 2011
St. Pete writer Rachel Jolley talks with her father, a retired St. Pete firefighter, about the 9/11 anniversary and how it affected him.
Retired Assistant Fire Chief William Jolley Sr. served St. Petersburg for 35 years. He rushed to a lot of serious calls during his career, from house fires that displaced families to an explosion that rattled 72 homes. I know firsthand the worries that families have for first responders. William Jolley is my father. He says that firefighters the world over do the same job. It's their duty to risk their own lives to help others. Yet, he adds, the calls that the New York City firefighters responded to on Sept. 11, 2011, were different. “There is no comparison," my dad explains. This portrait of my father was taken in the fire station where he was working 10 years ago, when the St. Pete fire crew got word of the terrorism attacks at the World…
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
A surveillance camera shows the suspect stealing a Dell computer. Police ask for help in identifying the burglar.
ST. PETERSBURG – A security camera has caught on video the burglar who broke into St. Petersburg High School and stole a computer, power washer and other items. On Aug. 21, police say the suspect forced his way into the ticket booth of the school gymnasium. The suspect appears to be a middle-aged man who is average height and weighs about 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a light color shirt and dark shorts. If anyone has any information, please contact Det. James Schafer at (727) 893-4880 or the police non-emergency line at (727) 893-7780.
Monday, December 13, 2010
The house did not have a smoke alarm.
A fire that started in an electrical outlet gutted a northeast St. Pete home early Monday, Dec. 13, St. Petersburg fire officials said. Morris Flowers, 59, told firefighters that he was asleep when the fire broke out in a front room. He said that the smell of smoke and popping sounds from the fire awoke him. Flowers fled the home, and was not injured. Flames could be seen in the front windows of the single-family home, which is located at 2710 1st Ave. N. Firefighters had the blaze under control within 15 minutes, after responding to a call at 5:51 a.m. The fire department reported that the home did not have smoke alarms. Flowers, who is the homeowner, has found temporary shelter through the American Red Cross. Acting District Chief Tim …