Tuesday, April 30, 2013
St. Pete Police helped collect unused prescription drugs as part of the semi-annual Operation Medicine Cabinet event on Saturday.
Since Operation Medicine Cabinet began in May 2009, officers across Pinellas County have collected nearly 13,000 pounds of medications including the collection from this past Saturday. On April 27, officials across the county collected 1,545 pounds. The event is held twice a year to encourage people to safely discard unused or expired prescription medications. It is a multi-agency effort aimed at addressing the problem of prescription drug abuse and keeping a clean environment, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. If you missed the event, you may drop off medications at two Pinellas County Sheriff's Office locations during regular business hours. The Sheriff's Administration Building The Sheriff's North District Office …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The sheriff's office has ID'd the woman as 51-year-old Pamela Sue Simon. Detectives say the death is not suspicious in nature.
A 51-year-old St. Petersburg woman was found dead at about 7:10 a.m. Feb. 21 on Gandy Beach. According to detectives, a passerby walking along the area discovered the body and called 911. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said Pamela Sue Simon, 7230 4th Street North, was found in an inlet near mangroves, just east of the Banana Boat. First responders pronounced her dead at the scene. The Medical Examiners Office has conducted an autopsy and the final determination of cause and manner of death is pending toxicology reports, according to authorities. The sheriff's office says the death is not believed to be suspicious in nature; and may be health and/or alcohol or drug related.
Monday, June 18, 2012
In a multi-agency operation, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, St. Petersburg Police Department and Largo Police Department put several suspected drug dealers and career criminals in jail Friday.
Ten people were arrested on 23 various drug charges by multiple Pinellas law enforcement agencies in a drug sting Friday night. Three of the people arrested are suspected gang members and another is set for deportation. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, over the past several months, law enforcement agencies, including the Sheriff's Office, St. Pete Police and Largo Police, had conducted investigations and listened to the community regarding concerns over drug problems and criminal activity in their neighborhoods. Friday night several of these concerns were addressed and multiple drug dealers and career criminals throughout the county are now behind bars. Law enforcement personnel began the evening in the Coral Way …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The next Pinellas County Sheriff candidate debate, set for July 17, will feature all candidates who meet the June 8 qualifying deadline.
Organizers are searching for a venue large enough to hold around 500 people for an upcoming Pinellas County Sheriff's candidate forum. That's double the number of attendants at the first National Armed Services & Law Enforcement Memorial Museum-sponsored forum in April. The upcoming forum, scheduled for July 17, will feature all candidates meeting the June 8 qualifying deadline. The first NASLEMM-sponsored forum drew an audience that included ex-sheriff Jim Coats, who resigned from his seat in November to care for his ailing wife, and many city and county officials. The six approved candidates — Interim Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Randy Heine, Tim Ingold, Greg Pound, former sheriff Everett Rice and Scott Swope — fielded questions on handling …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Four of five remaining Pinellas County Sheriff candidates participated in a forum last week touching on topics like high-speed chases, human trafficking, budgets, non-violent drug offenders, synthetic drugs, pensions and prostitutes.
A crowd of more than 100 citizens learned what Pinellas County Sheriff's candidates think about issues impacting the county during a candidate forum last week. Four of the five remaining candidates participated: Interim Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Greg Pound, Everett Rice and Scott Swope. Randy Heine did not appear. Tim Ingold announced he would drop out during an April 18 forum at VFW Post 2550 in Dunedin. The forum consisted of pre-selected questions followed by audience-submitted questions. Topics included high-speed chases to human trafficking, budgets, non-violent drug offenders, synthetic drugs, pensions and men soliciting prostitutes. One question revealed issues that candidates feel are important when it comes to possible changes. …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect who fled from a deputy and subsequently flipped his car on I-275 Thursday.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash in which a vehicle flipped over on I-275 after the car was fleeing from a Pinellas deputy. According to investigators, a deputy attempted to conduct a stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The deputy was behind the suspect's vehicle that was heading northwest on Roosevelt Boulevard at 28th Street in St. Pete. When the deputy attempted to conduct the stop, deputies said the suspect did a u-turn over the grassy median and proceeded southeast on Roosevelt Boulevard and fled. The deputy had initiated a brief pursuit, but then terminated it. According to the Sheriff's Office, a citizen then informed the deputy that a vehicle had flipped over on I-275 and had become engulfed in …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri terminated three deputies and one sergeant for failure to work during their assigned shifts.
Imagine watching a movie, visiting family or going home while on the clock Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fired three deputies and one sergeant and suspended two more deputies for doing just that. During their work shifts, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office investigation found the deputies intentionally concealed their cruisers, disconnected their agency-required GPS and left their assigned posts. The Sheriff's Office is describing their actions as "extreme loafing and idling" and "excessive inactivity." The deputies did respond to calls if dispatched, but they did not initiate law enforcement activities for hours at a time, according to the Sheriff's Office. The six-month investigation found the deputies actions cost taxpayers more…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The memorial service for Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Shoulta will be Thursday in Clearwater.
The Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieriannounced the visitation and service arrangements for Deputy Jason Shoulta. Shoulta died April 27 in an off-duty motorcycle accident in Pasco County. Shoulta had been with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office since March 3, 1999. He was currently assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau. He has also served as a Bailiff in Court Security and was a member of the SWAT Team, among other assignments, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Before coming to Pinellas County Shoulta served as a police officer in Kentucky and in the Air Force. The visitation for Shoulta will be on May 3 from 1 until 3 p.m. with a service to follow at Countryside Christian Church, 1850 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater. At the …
Monday, April 30, 2012
A 56-year-old Clearwater woman apparently drowned in shallow water near the North Beach picnic area at Fort De Soto Park on Sunday.
A Clearwater woman who was pulled unconscious from shallow water off Fort De Soto Park today has died at a St. Petersburg hospital. Just after 11 a.m. on Sunday, a lifeguard spotted 56-year-old Michelle Dresser of Clearwater floating face down, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The lifeguard performed CPR on the scene, and the woman was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where she later died. According to deputies, the woman was at North Beach with friends and was seen floating and paddling in shallow water. At this point, deputies say there is no evidence of foul play. The Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Operation Medicine Cabinet is a nationwide program, held Saturday April 28, which will collecting unused and unwanted medications safely and with no questions asked.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
If you have prescription pills that are expired or unused, you can dispose of them safely on Saturday. The St. Petersburg Police Department is participating in the seventh annual "Operation Medicine Cabinet" in Pinellas County. Local law enforcement will be at three local Sweetbays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday to collect medications. No biohazard items or needles will be accepted. St. Pete and Gulfport Dropoff Locations: Last year, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office collected more than one thousand pounds of unwanted and unused medications. Officials called that amount an "all-time record" for the program. To date, the total collected weight of all OMC operations amount to more than 2.5 tons of medications. Those who cannot participate…