Thursday, May 23, 2013
Ashley Clark, 19, has been charged with procuring a minor for prostitution and deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution.
A St. Petersburg woman has been arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office for allegedly helping a 15-year-old girl into prostitution and then making money off the teenage victim. Ashley Clark, 19, has been charged with procuring a minor for prostitution and deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution. Clark's arrest is the fourth in a prostitution investigation stemming from an incident at the Knight's Inn in unincorporated St. Petersburg. Three others have previously been charged with forcing two teens into prostitution. According to the arrest report, the victim and Clark had been staying at the LaQuinta Inn and Gateway Motel for two weeks. Deputies said during that time, the victim and Clark engaged in prostitution. "…
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and mother Missy Peterson appear in a PSA talking about the dangers of Spice/K2.
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
A 20-year-old Pinellas Park man got away from deputies chasing him following a traffic stop, but not from an alligator that attacked him in unincorporated St. Petersburg.
A 20-year-old man fleeing authorities following a traffic stop was able to get away from the deputies chasing him, but not from an alligator. Bryan Zuniga, who was pulled over by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office at 2:47 a.m. May 9 for failing to maintain a single lane, later showed up at a local hospital with multiple puncture wounds to his face, arm and armpit area, telling authorities an alligator attacked him near a water treatment plant in unincorporated St. Petersburg. According to authorities, as they attempted to stop Zuniga, he jumped out of the passenger side door and fled from the scene near the 7100 block of 78th Avenue North. Zuniga, according to the sheriff's report, then broke a vinyl fence by kicking the fence line to …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Authorities said Dr. Richard Carpenter has illegally obtained more than 500 pills of Valium since October 2012.
Dr. Richard Carpenter, a surgeon at Baypines VA, has been arrested and charged with illegally obtaining more than 500 pills of Valium since October 2012. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the 58-year-old St. Petersburg resident would use an acquaintance doctor's name and DEA number to obtain the prescriptions illegally. Deputies said Carpenter, of 180 Beach Drive Apt #1501, would also use his health care insurance to offset the cost of the prescription. Authorities say Carpenter had called in several fraudulent Valium (Diazepam) prescriptions for himself since October 2012. Prior to his arrest on Jan. 30, deputies said he attempted to obtain more pills. Carpenter, according to the police report, is charged with five …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Deputies arrested the suspect when he jumped from a second-floor window at a St. Petersburg home, where he had hidden for several hours.
After hours of hiding from authorities inside a home at 4195 28th St. N. Wednesday night, a 24-year-old man jumped from a second-floor window and fought Pinellas County SWAT team members and deputies. "He violently fought. And there was a violent struggle on the south side of the house," said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. "It took several sheriff’s deputies and SWAT team members to take him into custody." During the struggle, Martiego J. Wallace allegedly reached for a SWAT team member's gun before being restrained. According to Gualtieri, no law enforcement personnel suffered any serious injures. Wallace is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, burglary to an occupied dwelling and resisting arrest with violence. …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The incident began when the victim allegedly shouted an ethnic slur at the suspect.
Phosy Kongmanichanh, 29, was riding his scooter near 3550 58th Ave. N when 61-year-old James Federighi allegedly made ethnic remarks to him as he passed. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Kongmanichanh got off his scooter, pulled out a chain and began striking Federighi. He continued striking Federighi even after he fell to the ground, deputies said. Kongmanichanh then left the scene and Federighi sustained serious injuries to his head, authorities said. The incident occurred on Dec. 12, 2012 and Kongmanichanh was interviewed during the evening hours of Jan. 16 at the Sheriff's Administration building. Kongmanichanh admitted to the crime. He was arrested for aggravated battery and transported to the Pinellas County Jail…
Friday, January 18, 2013
Police have arrested the suspect and charged him with attempted first-degree murder. The victim is in critical but stable condition.
Abraham Shedrack, 72, and Willie B. Brown, 58 were arguing over a radio station when the dispute became violent. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Brown allegedly attacked Shedrack and stabbed him 10 times at their home at 2500 54th Ave. N in the Palace Mobile Home Park. Shedrack was taken to Bayfront Medical Center where he remains in critical but stable condition. Brown was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder. Detectives say that during an interview with Brown, he admitted to attacking and stabbing Shedrack. Deputies say alcohol was a factor in the altercation, which took place around 8 p.m. on Jan. 16.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Sheriff Gualtieri said he believes Jamaal Jenkins is still in St. Petersburg/Pinellas County. Jenkins is considered a serious threat to public safety.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced Thursday that the department is offering $50,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Jamaal Jenkins. Jenkins, 25, is wanted on two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Destynee Burkes, who was shot and killed on Jan. 7, and Tieyannie Hollis who was shot Jan. 14 and died days later. Burkes was shot "execution style" in the back of the head, and Hollis was shot multiple times, including in the head. Gualtieri said Jenkins has recently been seen driving in a teal, newer model four-door Toyota Camry. He said Jenkins is stealing tags from other Toyota Camrys, which means when authorities run the tags, everything comes up clean. "We have been receiving good and credible …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A love triangle turned deadly in two shootings, one of them fatal. The suspect is on the loose, and considered armed and dangerous, investigators say.
For months, Destynee Burkes, Tieyannie Hollis and Jamaal Jenkins have been involved in a hostile love triangle, according to investigators. On Jan. 7, Burkes of Gulfport was found shot to death, execution style, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Investigators said she had been shot in the back of the head at the La Quinta Inn, at 4999 34th St. N., in Lealman. A week later on Jan. 14, Hollis was shot multiple times, including in the head at the Mariners Pointe Apartments, 1175 Pinellas Point Drive S., St. Petersburg. Hollis, 31, is in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center but may not survive, according to investigators. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and St. Petersburg Police Office held a joint press …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office announced that it suspects foul play in the death of 24-year-old Destynee Nekole Burkes of Gulfport.
On Monday night the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said a dead woman was found inside a La Quinta Motel in the Lealman area. Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office announced that it suspects foul play in the death of 24-year-old Destynee Nekole Burkes of Gulfport. Deputies responded to the La Quinta Inn, located at 4999 34th St. N, Monday afternoon after motel staff discovered a female patron deceased in her room. As crime scene specialists processed the room, authorities said it was discovered foul play might have been a contributing factor in Burkes' death. Homicide detectives are currently following up on several leads obtained from witness accounts and evidence collected at the crime scene, a news release said.