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    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A St. Petersburg Police Department officer has been suspended for conduct unbecoming in connection with an incident at a concert. A spokesperson for the department said Officer Curtis Wright attended a concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater on July 14, 2017. During the concert, Officer Wright thought someone had stolen his e-cigarette. In his attempt to locate it, he was separated from his girlfriend. It is alleged that Officer Wright encountered event security guards while he was looking for her and became belligerent and repeatedly pushed one of the guards. Officer Wright did not immediately cooperate with Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies who came to assist and they detained him. He was later released after the victim did not wish to prosecute for the simple battery. Deputies and guards described Officer Wright as appearing intoxicated during the incident. St. Petersburg Police Chief Holloway received complaints against Officer Curtis Wright for “Conduct Unbecoming an Employee” and committing an act that could have resulted in “Conviction or Guilt of a Felony or Misdemeanor.” Chief Holloway convened a command review board on Jan. 12 about the incident. The board decided on the following corrective action for Officer Wright: Work suspension of 160 hours No alcohol use for five years Random testing for alcohol use for 18 months Employee Assistance Program counseling Officer Wright has worked for the St. Petersburg Police Department since April of 2010. An official with the police department confirms this is the same officer who was arrested back in September 2016 for domestic battery. WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: Flu strain can kill, former News Channel 8 employee dies Murdered mom worked at same Kissimmee Ross store as woman targeted in murder-for hire plot Brevard Co. man survives 10+ hours of rape, torture, bleach injuries ‘Tide pod challenge’ latest dangerous social media fad among teens Cops: Armed, suicidal UPS employee prompted standoff, road closure in Pinellas Park Authorities identify 42-year-old woman who died in Port Richey casino shuttle boat fire

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  • List: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities across the Tampa Bay area Read Story Eric HeubuschList: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities across the Tampa Bay area Read Story Eric Heubusch

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    TAMPA (WFLA) – Today the nation honors the late Martin Luther King, Jr. The civil rights icon would have been 89 years old, if alive today. MLK Day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. And this year, it falls on his actual birthday, the 15th. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in 1929 and killed in April of 1968. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Government offices and the U.S. stock market are closed today. President Donald Trump is encouraging Americans to observe the federal holiday by doing “acts of civic work and community service.” In Tampa, People gathered early Monday morning for the 38th annual Martin Luther King Leadership Breakfast at the Hilton downtown. It is put on by the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs. The MLK Day parade steps off at noon at 15th Street and 21st Avenue in Tampa for its 29th annual celebration. Thousands line the streets of the 2-mile route winding through East Tampa beginning at Cuscaden Park and ending at Middleton High School. In St. Petersburg, the MLK Dream Big parade steps off at 11 a.m. There is a new parade route this year as it begins on 1st Avenue South at 3rd Street and proceeds west to 16th Street, turning south for two blocks and then west onto 3rd Avenue South and disbanding near Tropicana Field Lot 1. NBA champion Marreese Speights is the grand marshal. PTC St. Petersburg campus will also hold the Gathering Of Women Fifth Annual Youth Summit on campus, featuring arts and crafts for kids and a tribute to Africa. The 2018 Family Fun Day festival will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the east side of Tropicana Field in Lot 7A. And employees across Tampa Bay are taking part in the day of service. Duke Energy workers are helping at two events in St. Pete. – one at the Ronald McDonald House and the other in the Campbell Park community. MORE: King’s words still inspire nearly 50 years after his death "The time is always right, to do what's right." Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognize that we are stronger in our diversity. pic.twitter.com/rbAlHmB9bk — Bob Buckhorn (@BobBuckhorn) January 15, 2018

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  • Cops: Armed, suicidal UPS employee prompted standoff, road closure in Pinellas ParkCops: Armed, suicidal UPS employee prompted standoff, road closure in Pinellas Park

    PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) – A stretch of a Pinellas Park road was closed for much of Monday morning while police negotiated with an armed UPS employee who was threatening suicide in the parking lot of a UPS facility. Pinellas Park Police Department officers responded to a call at 4:15 a.m. about a suicidal adult male with a gun. A co-worker had seen the man holding a gun to his head in the parking lot. The co-worker notified security, who called police. Officers arrived on scene and found the armed man in the parking lot of the UPS Distribution Center holding a handgun to his head and threatening to shoot himself if officers approached him. The UPS building along with several other industrial type businesses in the area and Pinellas Safe Harbor were secured as additional officers continued to arrive on scene. A SWAT team responded as the armed standoff continued. Pinellas Park police SWAT negotiators arrived on scene and began negotiations with the man.  At 8:30 a.m., negotiators were able to convince the man to put down the gun and surrender peacefully.  He was taken into protective custody without incident or injury to anyone.  The man has been taken to a local medical facility under the provisions of a Baker Act. Because police contained the man to the parking lot, there was no other danger to the public. All of 126th Avenue west of 49th Street was shut down during the 4-hour-long standoff. People who drive on 126th Avenue had to park at nearby gas stations because the road was closed. Police reopened 126th Avenue at 8:35 a.m. No other details have been released. Pinellas Park police negotiated with an armed man who threatened suicide at the UPS distribution center located at 5720 126th Ave N. in Pinellas Park. STORIES OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON- Victim of Port Richey casino shuttle boat fire dies from injuries, 14 others injured Pinellas Park road closed while police negotiate with armed man at UPS facility Trump has kept many promises during his first year in office Port Richey 20-year-old Shane Missler claims $450M Mega Millions jackpot Sheriff: Mother mistakenly killed in murder-for-hire plot in Osceola County

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  • St. Petersburg Police targeting illegal vendors at MLK Day parade - ABC Action NewsSt. Petersburg Police targeting illegal vendors at MLK Day parade - ABC Action News

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  • Local Duke Energy workers heading to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria assistanceLocal Duke Energy workers heading to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria assistance

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  • Officials searching for Pinellas Park man last seen leaving Ben T. Davis Beach on canoeOfficials searching for Pinellas Park man last seen leaving Ben T. Davis Beach on canoe

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  • Spring Hill man arrested, accused in Kentucky triple murderSpring Hill man arrested, accused in Kentucky triple murder

    SPRING HILL, Fla. (WFLA) — A Spring Hill man was arrested Friday night after being named a suspect in a Kentucky triple homicide. Deputies with the Violent Crimes Task Force arrested 46-year-old Christopher Cruz Olivo around 10:15 p.m. in Pinellas County after stopping his car at US-19 and Ulmerton Road. Olivo is accused of murdering a man and two women inside a Louisville, Kentucky home. Two children found inside the home were not hurt, authorities say. Police say Olivo then left the home with his 3-year-old daughter. The child was later found safe in Hernando County. Deputies say Olivo was wearing a ballistic vest and had an AK-47 assault rifle on his passenger seat when he was arrested in Pinellas County. Olivo will be charged with three counts of murder and one count of tampering with physical evidence. Louisville Metropolitan police officers are now on their way to Florida. They are expected to hold a news conference on Monday at the department’s headquarters.

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  • Deputy Mayor to pull double dutyDeputy Mayor to pull double duty

    ST. PETERSBURG – Next month, Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin will take over as city administrator as well as being second in charge of the city. Current City Administrator Dr. Gary Cornwell will retire Feb. 9 after nearly 38 years with the city. He served as Human Resources Director prior to being confirmed as city administrator in 2014. “Gary has served our residents and employees exceptionally well for nearly 38 years, and I am especially grateful for his steady leadership and wise counsel throughout my first term,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “The state of our city and our government has improved thanks to Gary’s expertise and hard work.” Mayor Kriseman named Dr. Tomalin as the next city administrator, an appointment subject to city council’s confirmation. Similar to past administrators, she will also remain deputy mayor. “Her extensive administrative experience in the private sector prior to 2014 and her broad responsibilities as deputy mayor since 2014 make her the ideal person to ensure continuity and move us forward,” said the mayor. City Council Chair Lisa Wheeler-Bowman said Dr. Tomalin is not just a popular public figure in the community but an experienced and skilled executive. “She has already proven to be a respected leader and a thoughtful presence in meetings,” said Wheeler-Bowman. Tom Greene, the city’s budget director since 2013, has been promoted to Assistant City Administrator, a newly created position. Other changes include Liz Makofske, who has served as a Public Works Business Services Manager, Fire Administrative Services Manager and Senior Budget Analyst since 2006, is being promoted to Budget Director. Chief of Staff Kevin King will continue to direct mayoral policy and the day-to-day activities but will assume the title of Chief of Policy & Public Engagement to more accurately reflect his scope of work and our emphasis on policy development and external communications. John Rodriguez will replace recently retired Sally Everett, Sharon Wright was promoted from Sustainability Manager to Sustainability & Resiliency Director and Neighborhood Affairs Administrator Mike Dove is retiring but will continue his service to the city in a part-time capacity, focusing on assisting us in our affordable housing efforts through May. Codes Compliance Director Rob Gerdes is being promoted to Neighborhood Affairs Administrator, while Codes Compliance Operations Manager James Corbett will become the next talk Codes Compliance Director. Leisure Services Administrator Sherry McBee is retiring and Parks & Recreation Director Mike Jefferis will step into the role. Marketing Manager Nina Mahmoudi is being promoted to Marketing Director. Managing Director of Development Coordination Chris Ballestra will assume the responsibilities of recently retired Clay Smith’s position of Interim Enterprise Facilities Director. Ballestra will continue in his current role, which includes oversight of our new St. Pete Pier and Pier District.

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  • Pet of the week: Winston is a charming Shih TzuPet of the week: Winston is a charming Shih Tzu

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  • Trump's immigration remarks denounced...Trump's immigration remarks denounced...

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  • Bicyclist flown to hospital after crash in ClearwaterBicyclist flown to hospital after crash in Clearwater

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – A bicyclist was flown to the hospital after a crash in Clearwater Friday, officials said. Clearwater police and firefighters responded to a crash on U.S. 19 just north of Drew Street. According to an incident report, a 19-year-old male bicyclist was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg via Bayflite. One lane of the access road north of Drew Street. is closed as the incident is investigated. The northbound lanes of U.S. 19 were temporarily closed, but have since reopened. STORIES OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON- LIST: Sam’s Club to close store in South Tampa, more locations across country FHP: Drunk woman hit cars on I-4, urinated on roadside, let boy, 2, wander toward traffic Deadly strain of flu hits Florida Good Samaritan shocked that hospital patient was discharged in gown, socks on cold winter night Bear attacks man outside Naples apartment Theme park deals for Floridians at Disney, Universal, Legoland, Busch Gardens Woman returns ‘dead’ Christmas tree to Costco in Jan. for full refund Share this:

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  • Hotel Equities to Operate Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Trinity, FLHotel Equities to Operate Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Trinity, FL

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  • At Insane Clown Posse concert, Florida woman slips on Faygo and falls off stage -- then sues Jannus Live - Tampabay.comAt Insane Clown Posse concert, Florida woman slips on Faygo and falls off stage -- then sues Jannus Live - Tampabay.com

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  • A&E news around Pinellas County: Jan. 11A&E news around Pinellas County: Jan. 11

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  • St. Petersburg man arrested on 11 counts of possession of child pornographySt. Petersburg man arrested on 11 counts of possession of child pornography

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    TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (WFLA) – Lise Buck thought she was helping her mother hang on to her 100-year-old family heirloom piano. But now, it vanished from a Tarpon Springs furniture shop. Buck’s mother, Christine, was sad when she had to move into an apartment and found that her prized piano would not fit. So, Buck and her sisters banded together to help. They turned to Off The Beaten Path & Pistachios Antiques & Collectibles. Owner Paul Strope said he could turn the piano into pieces of furniture. “We figured this would be a way for her to have pieces of it that she could fit in the house and that were useful, and she could still have those memories and she could look at it and remember the good times that she had as a child,” Strope said. The plan was to turn the piano into a shelf, coffee table, end table and clock. The sisters paid $1,000 in April and then got excuses. Then, Buck said she was told to pick up the furniture on Dec. 15, but when she showed up, the shop was closed. Buck called Better Call Behnken and we paid the shop a visit and found it completely cleared out. A neighbor said customers show up every day looking for their furniture, some that was left there on consignment. The neighbor said a moving truck showed up weeks ago, loaded up furniture and left. Strope did not return phone calls from Better Call Behnken. A spokesman for the Tarpon Spring Police Department said they have had one other compliant and want victims to file reports so they can investigate. “I just want the pieces of the piano back, even if he didn’t get to do any work,” Buck said. “I’m willing to pay for what he did do.” Follow Shannon Behnken on Facebook WHAT OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON RIGHT NOW: Woman returns ‘dead’ Christmas tree to Costco in Jan. for full refund LIST: Sam’s Club closes store in South Tampa, more locations across country Deadly strain of flu hits Florida Bear attacks man outside Naples apartment Theme park deals for Floridians at Disney, Universal, Legoland, Busch Gardens

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  • Police: Nurse stole pain medication from patients at 2 Pinellas assisted living facilitiesPolice: Nurse stole pain medication from patients at 2 Pinellas assisted living facilities

    PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A nurse is accused of stealing pain pills from patients at least two assisted living facilities in Pinellas County. According to an affidavit, Franshemeka Wheeler, a former nurse at Jacaranda Manor Assisted Living Facility in Kenneth City, was responsible for a medicine cart that contained narcotics and other medication. Wheeler had the keys to the cart and kept a log of the medicine going in and out of the cart, police said. Nursing home administrators contacted police in November of 2017 when they discovered that nine hydrocodone pills were missing from the medicine cart. The administrators told investigators the pills were logged out on the forms, but they were not logged as administered in the nursing home’s computer system. It’s not clear if Wheeler was immediately fired from her position, but she no longer works at the nursing home and was last employed as a nurse at Bay Pointe Nursing Home in St. Petersburg. Administrators did not respond to News Channel 8’s request for a comment or statement. Wheeler was arrested Tuesday after police said she admitted to stealing five oxycodone pills from a patient at Bay Pointe. The patient went to management to complain when she wasn’t receiving her pain medication. “There was a patient that who was prescribed Oxycodone as needed. It wasn’t something that she was supposed to get at certain times, and so this nurse, Ms. Wheeler, took advantage of that to take these pills and use them for her own personal use,” said Yolanda Fernandez with the St. Petersburg Police Department. Wheeler is charged with grand theft and theft of controlled substances. No one on staff at Bay Pointe wanted to comment about Wheeler’s previous history. Bay Pointe Nursing Pavilion’s Regional Vice President Gerard P. Dahill released the following statement in response to our request for comment: Bay Pointe Nursing Pavillion is aware of the allegations made against a former employee and have taken immediate action in contacting the authorities. We are working closely with authorities during the ongoing investigation of this isolated incident, and will cooperate to make sure that the individual is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. As always we are committed to the safety and well being of our residents.” Online records show Wheeler’s license is still in good standing with the Florida Department of Health. DOH officials said the law prohibits them from disclosing whether there is an investigation. Wheeler is out on bond. Follow Jamel Lanee’ on Facebook  STORIES OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON- FHP: Drunk woman hit cars on I-4, urinated on roadside, let boy, 2, wander toward traffic Deadly strain of flu hits Florida Bear attacks man outside Naples apartment Bill could keep Florida from springing forward, falling back Sheriff: Alabama FEMA contractor traveled to Polk City, murdered man he met after Hurricane Irma Another GOP governor seeks exclusion from Trump drilling proposal Woman returns ‘dead’ Christmas tree to Costco in Jan. for full refund

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  • Pinellas Park man killed after truck loses control, crashes into pole, fencePinellas Park man killed after truck loses control, crashes into pole, fence

    PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A driver was killed after losing control of his truck and crashing into a pole and fence near a mobile home park in Pinellas County early Thursday morning. Florida Highway Patrol investigators say it happened at 4:11 a.m. on 71st Street. A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling southbound on 71st Street just north of 40th Avenue North. Investigators say the driver, Sean Willian Pinell, 40, lost control of the truck and went onto the shoulder, then hit a power pole and the fence while overturning. Pinnel, who lives in Pinellas Park, was ejected from the truck and transported to a hospital where he died. STORIES OTHERS ARE CLICKING ON- FHP: Drunk woman hit cars on I-4, urinated on roadside, let boy, 2, wander toward traffic Deadly strain of flu hits Florida Bear attacks man outside Naples apartment Bill could keep Florida from springing forward, falling back Sheriff: Alabama FEMA contractor traveled to Polk City, murdered man he met after Hurricane Irma Another GOP governor seeks exclusion from Trump drilling proposal Woman returns ‘dead’ Christmas tree to Costco in Jan. for full refund

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  • Crews respond to fire in St. PeteCrews respond to fire in St. Pete

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Officials say no one was home when a fire broke out at a house in St. Petersburg. Crews responded to a house fire in the 2100 block of 43rd Ave. North Thursday morning and extinguished the flames. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No further details are available at this time.

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  • YUM! Get Jimmy Johns subs today for just $1YUM! Get Jimmy Johns subs today for just $1

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — Who’s ready for lunch!? Jimmy John’s in downtown St. Petersburg is celebrating Customer Appreciation Day with $1 subs today. But get them while they’re hot because $1 subs will be served only from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store is located at 750 4th St. N. in St. Pete. You can choose from any of the sub sandwiches (#1-6 + BLT) on the menu. The deal is limited to one per person and is only available in-store. “We have received tremendous support from the people in St. Petersburg and we want to thank our customers for their continued support by offering fresh and fast subs on Thursday for just one dollar,” said Henry Weber, owner of multiple Jimmy John’s stores in the St. Pete area. >> MORE FROM LILA’S DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Stay with WFLA News Channel 8’s Lila Gross for the latest trending news straight from social media

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  • Man, 40, killed in St. Petersburg crashMan, 40, killed in St. Petersburg crash

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      ST. PETERSBURG – City officials announce a new source of grant funding for local organizations to develop programs for at-risk youth in St. Petersburg. In 2018, the Youth Development Grant Program will offer funding amounts from $1,500 up to $25,000 to non-profit local organizations in good standing who provide services to youth and are located within the municipal boundaries of St. Pete. Applications for the Youth Development Grants are available online at stpete.org/MBSK. Printed copies will be available city recreation centers and libraries. Two information sessions for the community to learn more about the program are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Enoch Davis Recreation Center 1111 18th Ave. S, and Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The St. Petersburg Greenhouse 440 Second Ave. N. Potential applicants must attend a Mandatory Pre-Application Instructional Session on Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. Applications are due Feb. 23. Youth Development Grants must be completed and delivered to: Mayor’s Office, Attn: Youth Development Grant Program, City Hall 175 Fifth St. N, by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. The Youth Development Grants are the fourth component of the My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper initiative started in summer 2016. MBSK features the Not My Son community canvass walks and intervention efforts; the Cohort of Champions youth training initiative; and the My Sister’s Keeper Just Be U! Girls Conference. “My administration continues to be focused on the youth of our city, particularly those at-risk,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “We want to not only help these young people develop marketable skills, but expand job training opportunities for them as well. We are working with community partners to build a qualified, prepared and ready workforce. That is good news for the young people of our city, and it’s good news for our growing business community.” For more information about the Youth Development Grants, contact Leah McRae, director of Education and Community Engagement at Leah.McRae@stpete.org.

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  • St. Petersburg Branch NAACP 2017 accomplishmentsSt. Petersburg Branch NAACP 2017 accomplishments

    “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” (Martin Luther Dr King Jr.) The St. Petersburg Branch NAACP has worked tirelessly since its reorganization in Sept. 2015 to take measured steps toward the goal of social justice within St. Petersburg.  We have also worked to regain the trust of our community and to reignite a fire for the quest for social justice of not only the oppressed but the oppressor. It is within that vein that the St. Petersburg Branch NAACP would like to report to its members and the community our accomplishments for 2017! Began advocacy for the City of St. Petersburg to increase representation of African American firefighters in the management ranks, there has only been 7 in the history of the St. Petersburg Fire Department Initiated public records request with City of St. Petersburg for plans for the $100,000 for a comprehensive plan for south St. Petersburg, to verify claims of reduction of poverty in south St. Petersburg, and laying the foundation to challenge the lease agreement of the Manhattan Casino to the Callaloo group Advocated directly on behalf of Assistant Principal as a result of disparate treatment Advocated for the termination of Campbell Park Principal Christine Hoffman Advocated for employment on behalf of African American police officer Began advocacy efforts to lobby St. Petersburg City Council and Pinellas County Commission to support the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Juvenile justice reform on direct filing juveniles to the adult system Began advocacy for discrimination against SPPD Police Cadet Advocated on behalf of Azalea Middle School Student Partnered with Upper Pinellas County Branch NAACP for the removal of 2 African American teachers from a hostile and racially tense school setting Hosted the 2017 Emancipation Proclamation Service & Installed new officers and executive committee members resulting from a successful 2016 election process Supported and participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Parade Recruited five youth facilitators and 25 youth for the youth works committee, laying the foundation to build a NAACP youth council Collaborated with other community groups to host a candidate’s forum for the St. Petersburg Mayor’s race and the St. Petersburg City Council District 6 race Organized and carried out a successful Get-Out-The-Vote campaign in conjunction with other community groups Hosted the 2017 Freedom Fund Celebration in honor of Juneteenth. The Celebration held in the community drew over 500 guests to the grounds of the Historic McCabe UMC Within the course of the year supported 27 Black owned businesses to support the Freedom Fund Celebration Hosted discussions on racism in our own city following the Charlottesville violence Hosted discussion on racism within the criminal justice system with focus on the juvenile justice system Hosted very successful parent education forums President participated in Fred G. Minnis Bar Association juvenile justice forum Partnered with Bill Edwards group, Jameis Winston and others to provide FEMA registration assistance for 600 individuals and fed 1,500 individuals for Hurricane Irma relief Underwent a successful audit and submitted report to the national NAACP office Received notification from the National Office that Branch No. 5130 is working in full compliance with the national procedures and expectations Increased Membership by 57% from 2016 Had representation at the NAACP Florida State Conference and all Quarterly Meetings Hosted 11 Executive Committee Meetings during the year with 90-100% of Executive Committee members regularly in attendance at these meetings… Hosted the Annual Meeting in conjunction with holiday celebration Maria Scruggs The work has been arduous but worthy.  It is our hope that as the St. Petersburg Branch NAACP continues its call for unity in our community, that community and political leaders in this city recognize that the sun will never shine on all, when concepts of sustainability and economic viability are discussed and those same leaders remain disengaged from the pursuit of social and economic justice for all. Maria L. Scruggs, President, St. Petersburg Branch NAACP

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  • Memorial service held for Pinellas family killed in Costa Rica plane crashMemorial service held for Pinellas family killed in Costa Rica plane crash

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  • Couple, 81 and 78, struck by vehicle in Madeira BeachCouple, 81 and 78, struck by vehicle in Madeira Beach

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  • 8 Dishes That Prove St. Pete Is Florida's Must-Visit Foodie Destination - Maxim8 Dishes That Prove St. Pete Is Florida's Must-Visit Foodie Destination - Maxim

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  • Crist continues push to capitalize more businessesCrist continues push to capitalize more businesses

    BY GYPSY C. GALLARDO, Contributor ST. PETERSBURG – This Saturday, Congressman Charlie Crist continues the push to help more community businesses leverage capital for growth. He will host and headline an “Access to Capital Fair” convening seven local lenders and open to entrepreneurs at every stage, starting at 10 a.m. at Pinellas Technical College, 901 34th St S, St. Petersburg. The event comes at the end of another banner year for new business growth and capital access in south St. Petersburg. According to city tax certifications, business formations are up for a fourth consecutive year. “Know that I will continue fighting in Washington and here at home for fair lending and expanded access to capital for everyone in our community,” Congressman Crist said. Crist’s D.C. office emphasizes that businesses of all sizes are invited, from “entrepreneurs who don’t know where to start” to “existing businesses looking to expand.” Lenders on-site this Saturday include Achieva Credit Union, Bank of America, Black Business Investment Fund, Florida Community Loan Fund, Regions Bank, Suncoast Credit Union, Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation and USF Credit Union. Staff of the Florida Small Business Development Center, which hosts an annual capital fair for Pinellas County, will be available to advise and support business owners who attend. Center Director Dr. Cynthia Johnson has personally advised several entrepreneurs who spawned high-profile successes this year, such as Kendrick Scott, owner of Heavy’s Soul Food and Tiffany Moore, CEO of Moore Eventful. “This will further energize our work in South St. Petersburg,” said Albert Lee, CEO of the Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation, which graduated 10 African-American entrepreneurs from its 16-week CATCH Program this past Monday. Lee is one of the key leaders of a three-year campaign to speed business growth in south St. Petersburg. Backed by the City Urban Affairs division, the 2020 Plan team, the Greenhouse and St. Petersburg Chamber, among others, community partners have intensively trained and supported 485 entrepreneurs since 2014. Dozens have accessed capital. For more info: 727-318-6770 or www.crist.house.gov

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  • The Resistance March ignites the African communityThe Resistance March ignites the African community

    BY AKILE ANAI ST. PETERSBURG — Barely a week after the general elections in St. Petersburg, grassroots organization Communities United for Reparations and Economic Development (CURED) partnered with the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement to conduct the Resistance March last Monday, Nov. 13. The march started at the police station and ended on the corner of 16th Street and 18th Avenue South, the site where a senseless murder took place 21 years ago. Nov. 13 marked the exact day in history that the Uhuru Movement and the African working class community were attacked by the City of St. Pete. The way was October 24, 1996, when two St. Pete police officers, James Knight and Sandra Minor, murdered an 18-year-old African by the name of Tyron Lewis. While the police collaborated with white power media outlets to criminalize Lewis and the rest of the African community, it was the African working class that rose up courageously to defend his life. Following this murder, the black community anxiously awaited the verdict of the two officers responsible for this murder. As the people were getting ready to attend the weekly Wednesday meeting, which that week intended to sum up what the non-indictment of Knight and Minor meant politically, the violent intervention by the city ended in part two of the famous “Battle of St. Pete.” It’s a scene still etched in the memories of what’s left of the black community. The city shooting every ounce of tear gas they had into the Uhuru House, no regard for the lives of pregnant women and children or revolutionary leaders such as Chairman Omali Yeshitela, the founder of the Uhuru Movement. In fact, it was clear that they hoped when the haze of the tear gas subsided, the Uhuru Movement would finally be extinguished. However, they foolishly underestimated the strength and the bravery of the African working class. Every ounce of tear gas, attempted fires, a helicopter and 300 police officers later, the African community was victorious as bloodied police fled the scene as an officer radioed, “Pull the troops back, we’re under heavy fire.” Killing an African with impunity is supposed to be a normal occurrence under this system of colonialism. That was not the case 21 years ago and it wasn’t the case on Monday as people gathered at the steps of the police station hearing the mobilizing speeches of Liu Montsho Kwayera, the local chapter president of InPDUM, Akile Anai, chairwoman of CURED, and Jesse Nevel, vice-Chair of CURED. The people took to the streets chanting “Tyron Lewis, Long Live!” and “We, the people, will not accept defeat, we still remember the Battle of St. Pete.” The African community was ignited. People watched from their homes or cheered on from nearby convenience stores, reciting the chants back at the marchers. Several people joined the march, many others honked their horns and thrust their fists out the window. This display made it clear that the African community is still ripe with resistance! To conclude the evening, Montsho Kwayera and Anai rallied everyone at the street corner where InPDUM members erected the third community memorial street sign renaming 18th Avenue as Tyron Lewis Avenue. It was a powerful and energizing demonstration that visibly lifted the spirits of the African community. While the city government is gentrifying our communities, forcing us into economic starvation and brutalizing/murdering us with the police, our vision of the future is still optimistic. With organizations such as InPDUM and CURED on the ground, social and economic justice, reparations, black community control of the police and more have been and will continue to be forced into the mainstream discussion. Because of these organizations, Tyron Lewis will not have died in vain.

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  • Alumni Singers Christmas concertAlumni Singers Christmas concert

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  • Residents asked to report illegal debris dumpingResidents asked to report illegal debris dumping

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  • FDOT changes design for Howard Frankland BridgeFDOT changes design for Howard Frankland Bridge

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  • Bridge construction closes Pinellas Trail in DunedinBridge construction closes Pinellas Trail in Dunedin

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  • Above and beyond - Pinellas County names fire professionals for 2017Above and beyond - Pinellas County names fire professionals for 2017

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