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Slideshow: Latest from Pinellas County
  • Sent via Bay News 9+ app: A Pinellas County resident struggles to get his patio canopy upright after severe thunderstorms knocked the patio furniture over. (Photo: Laura, viewer)
  • Rick Falkenstein, general manager of the Hurricane restaurant in Pass-a-Grille, said the months after Gulf oil spill was a difficult time for his business.
  • Judy Fielding is Florida’s West Central Coast Coordinator for Project Linus.
  • Pinellas Park Police Chief Dorene Thomas holds a picture from 1980, when she became the first sworn female officer with the police department. (Photo: Melissa Eichman, staff)
  • Sent via Bay News 9+ app: Viewer Star Bocsi sent in this photo showing the sun rising over Boca Ciega Bay on Friday morning.
  • Decorated bicycles are showing up in downtown Tarpon Springs. The bikes are the work of Warren Gregory, inspired by his years in Amsterdam.
  • Sent via Bay News 9+ app: Viewer Scott Reed submitted a photo showing the sunrise as seen from St. Pete Beach.
  • Viewer Jake Dean sent in a photo of Thursday night's storm clouds as seen from the Clearwater Memorial Causeway. (Photo: Jake Dean)
  • Cara Ryan leaves the Pinellas County jail Friday morning with her attorney Roger Futerman. She is accused of fatally shooting her former husband, an ex-St. Pete police sergeant.
  • The Pier Selection Committee began the process of selecting three finalists for the Pier design this morning at 8:30 a.m. (Photo: Caitlin Constantine, staff)
  • K-9 Officer Joe Lehmann is comforting his partner Ajax at the vet. (Photo: St. Petersburg Police)
  • The Bay area is among the Top Ten real estate markets in the country, according to one of the leading measures of U.S. residential real estate market.
  • The new ferry service will launch from Coachman Park and dock along the marina on Clearwater Beach. (Photo: Roger Johnson, staff)
  • Judy Bordignon created Sirius K9 Service Dogs and Training Center, a non-profit that trains dogs to be service dogs for those with PTSD.
  • This five-week-old puppy is in training to become a service dog for a wounded Army veteran.
  • The water leak happened near the corner of 7th Street and Central Avenue. The hole opened up underneath the Underground building at 670 Central Avenue and building partially collapsed, leaving a gaping hole in the wall.
  • The hole in the building is about 50 feet wide while the ground collapse is about 20 feet deep. There were no injuries reported.
  • Guitarist Cole Allen and Singer Sena Ehrhardt are playing the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival this weekend.
  • Police say store-employed security guards killed a man who produced a gun at the Obama Express Food Market on 18th Avenue S in St. Petersburg early Tuesday. (Photo: Chris Hopper, staff)
  • Everyday Hero: Pam Ora is the director of Random Acts of Flowers, which reuses flowers and sends them to hospital patients.
  • Everyday Hero: Veturia Colquett started the non-profit,
  • In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Museum of Fine Arts, the institution is hosting 'Monet to Matisse: On the French Coast,' opening on Feb. 7.
  • Christina Rosetti, an Eckerd College junior, recently traveled to Cuba, where her mother was born.
  • After campaigning against Amendment 2 last year, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri now says he supports a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The wording of the bill makes all the difference, he says.
  • Elizabeth Rivera said she left the car running because of the cold. Her 6-year-old son was in the back seat when the car was stolen. The car was found with the boy safe inside sleeping.
  • A 20-year-old man was killed Friday morning in Clearwater when he lost control of his Kawasaki motorcycle. (Photo courtesy City of Clearwater)
  • The victor holds up the cross after retrieving it from Spring Bayou as part of the 109th Epiphany Celebration in Tarpon Springs.
  • Five teenage boys await the annual throwing of the cross into Spring Bayou as part of the 109th Epiphany Celebration.
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