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In Interview, Michael Drejka Told Detectives He Feared Severe Injury

Aug 22, 2019
In a video shown to jurors during his manslaughter trial Thursday, Michael Drejka talks to Pinellas County Sheriffs detectives shortly after he killed Markeis McGlockton in a Clearwater parking lot in July 2018.
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The Pinellas County man who fatally shot an unarmed black man during a dispute over a handicapped-accessible parking space told detectives he fired because he had been pushed to the ground and feared the man was about to "finish" what he started, video played at his trial Thursday shows.

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A Florida police DUI enforcement effort ended up netting a police officer.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says it conducted what they call a "wolf pack" operation designed to seek drunk drivers late Friday and early Saturday. Among the 22 people arrested for driving under the influence was 44-year-old off-duty St. Petersburg police officer Lesandro E. Santiago.

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The Tampa Police Department can help protect your home if you're planning to leave town this holiday season.

Newly Released Records Show Lead-up To Parking Lot Shooting

Sep 25, 2018

Florida authorities on Monday released hundreds of new pages in the case of a white man accused of fatally shooting a black man in a parking lot dispute in July.

It's been one year since 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton was shot to death outside a Clearwater convenience store.
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The family of Markeis McGlockton urged authorities Tuesday to pursue a case against the man who shot and killed him last week.

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St. Petersburg will not take 29 police officers off the street and place them in elementary schools. The city – following suit with Hillsborough and Pinellas counties - will instead hire armed security guards.

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Just days after a Florida sheriff's deputy was killed in the line of duty, ceremonies were held in the Tampa Bay area Wednesday to remember fallen law enforcement officers.

A former child protective services investigator has been arrested in Florida for falsifying records.

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Two Pinellas County Sheriff deputies have been treated for minor injuries after being rear-ended in separate accidents while on duty.

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 Authorities say a Tampa attorney used his position to gain access to a women's jail and film himself having sex with a female inmate.

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Four Florida deputies have been suspended for allegedly neglecting their duties during Hurricane Irma.

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Authorities say they found three explosive devices and other weapons during a child porn raid at a Florida home.

The sheriff in Pinellas County has fired a decorated deputy who was recorded taunting an autistic student at the middle school where he provided security and guidance.

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A 27-year-old man broadcast live on Facebook as he sped down a Pinellas County beach, running over beach chairs and umbrellas while drinking from a bottle of Canadian Mist whiskey.

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A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy who wrote on social media about "almost" shooting someone and followed it with "lol" has been fired.

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A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy was terminated for stealing prescription pills and pawning a service gun.

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The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Palm Harbor man with aggravated manslaughter after his 23-month-old son was left in his pickup truck for eight hours.

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St. Petersburg Police officials say an officer was seriously injured Friday night during the arrest of a reckless driver. Police say the officer is hospitalized with injuries, but that they are not life-threatening.

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Authorities say three teenage girls have been found dead inside a car they stole after driving into a pond while fleeing sheriff's deputies in Florida.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the driver apparently missed a sharp turn near the Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Petersburg and went into the water early Thursday morning.

Central Florida Behavioral Health Network, Inc.

Florida ranks at or near the bottom when it comes to per capita funding for mental health services in the U.S. 

This week on Florida Matters, we'll take a look at just how that's playing out in Florida, along with the push for more funding -- and smarter spending -- for those services.

Law enforcement officials say that by the time a person reaches to the criminal justice system, the situation is at a crisis-level. Agencies that work with mental health patients say they serve thousands each year, but they are seeing just the tip of the iceberg.  

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Last week, media from all over the world picked up the story of the Pinellas Country Sheriff's Office's rug in their Largo headquarters that had the typo "In Dog We Trust" on it.

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A rug containing a misprint that has gotten the attention of news outlets worldwide is on the auction block.

A couple of months ago, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office installed a pair of rugs in the lobby of its Largo headquarters. Earlier this week, a deputy realized that one of them read "In Dog We Trust" instead of "In God We Trust."

Thursday, the Sheriff's Office released a statement saying:

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UPDATED at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 15:
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has released a very creative statement in regards to a rug in its headquarters bearing the typo "In Dog We Trust":

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will not "sweep anything under the rug."

In light of the continued and extensive interest regarding our plans for the "doggone" rug, at this time we can confirm that the rug will be auctioned online with proceeds to be donated to a local animal rescue group.

Tarpon Springs Police Dept.

UPDATE 12/22, noon with details on Parilla's first court appearance & info on fund for Off. Kondek's family:

A first appearance for suspect Marco Parilla will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the County Justice Center at 14250 49th St. N.

The following statement came from the City of Tarpon Springs:

Gualtieri: Medical Pot Vote Pushes Recreational Use

Aug 28, 2014
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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is helping lead an effort to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana. Both a lawman and an attorney, Gualtieri was appointed sheriff by Gov. Rick Scott in 2011. He was elected in his own right the following year.

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While a nice soak in a hot tub may sound pleasant to human beings, it's not exactly the same experience for wildlife, particularly a doe that needed to be pulled from a Palm Harbor spa by a trapper and Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a small doe ran through the pool screen of a home on Radcliffe Drive in the Lansbrook subdivision this morning and fell into the spa, apparently knocking itself unconscious.

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UPDATED January 2, 2014 6:30 p.m.

Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies discovered the boat belonging to two fishermen whose bodies were discovered on Lake Tarpon Wednesday.

Sheriff's officials say the aluminum Jon Boat was found submerged in about 13 feet of water off the east coast of the lake Thursday afternoon. They add that the boat didn't appear to have any significant damage, but a thorough inspection was going to be done on it over the next few days.

ORIGINAL POST January 1, 2014 9:29 p.m.