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Garbage Piling Up at Gandy Beach


The Florida Department of Transportation is battling a trashy situation along Gandy Beach. Garbage is piling up faster than it can be cleaned up.

St. Petersburg resident John Mathieu is concerned about making the shores safer and is helping with the trash. "This is something that shouldn't be tolerated," Mathieu said. He loves Gandy Beach and hates to see the sand and mangroves littered with garbage, like beer bottles, plastic bottles, cans and Styrofoam cups.

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Two suspects arrested in connection to teen abuse


PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -- Detectives were contacted on Monday, June 16, 2014 after it was reported that a suspect was observed to be undressed with a 15-year-old victim.

Throughout the course of the investigation it became known that the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Colby Naler Smith and the victim had sexual contact on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

New home hopes to help revitalize St. Pete neighborhood


St. Petersburg, Florida -- Pinellas County Habitat for Humanity's 300th home built right in the heart of the Midtown neighborhood is a sign of hope for the historic St. Petersburg community.

People living in Midtown have complained to city officials in years past about how they've felt abandoned, left out of the city's economic plans. But this new house is all part of an overall revitalization project taking place right now in Midtown.

U.S. 19 now open after gas leak capped


Palm Harbor, FL - UPDATE: The gas leak has been capped. All lanes are now open.

Original Story:

Pinellas County Fire Rescue, Sheriff's deputies and Clearwater Gas Company are on the scene of a gas leak in Palm Harbor.

A construction crew cut through a gas line at 33805 U.S. Hwy 19 North at Nebraska Avenue in Palm Harbor.

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St. Pete officer arrested for DUI


Seminole, Florida -- A St. Petersburg Police Officer is facing charges of driving under the influence.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says 43-year-old Jason B. Irvin was pulled over for having a headlight out around 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of 102nd Ave. North and Thurston Groves Boulevard in Seminole.

Upon contact with Irvin, investigators say the deputy noticed an odor of alcohol. After conducting a DUI investigation, Irvin was arrested for DUI.


Father's Day surprise saves house from tree


Seminole, Florida -- Saturday's storms brought a tree down onto the Saxton family's home in Seminole, but a friend's Father's Day surprise inadvertently prevented any major damage from happening.

A blast of wind pulled a tall tree right out of the ground and knocked it onto the Saxtons' house. But a trailer parked in their yard caught the tree, and kept the limbs from doing any major damage.

2 pulled from Clearwater Beach waters, 1 died


Clearwater Beach, Florida -- Set beneath the gray, heavy skies of Clearwater Beach, the aftermath of tragedy remains on the sand.

Two men, on a group vacation from Gainsville, Georgia, were staying in Orlando and came to Clearwater for the day. During an evening swim on Friday, they got caught in a rip current.

Officer Christian Zarra, heard one man's cries for help and rushed in.

"I just tried to get his head above water and drag him to shore. I was just worried about him."