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Some believe senate bill will help Pinellas public transit


St. Petersburg, Florida – Voters will decide on a sales tax increase in November that will support Pinellas County Transit Authority.

The one cent increase is part of a project called "Greenlight Pinellas," which seeks to use the money to build light rail from Clearwater to St. Petersburg and purchase new buses for the county.

Currently, PSTA is supported by a property tax, but that would be swapped out of the sales tax increase is approved.

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Pedestrian in St. Pete hit and run identified, new info on car

St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg Police are looking for a car that hit and killed a pedestrian early Sunday morning.

Police say a little after 3 a.m., a man -- identified Wednesday as 24-year-old Michael Sproul -- was hit by a car described by witnesses as a newer model, black Chevrolet Impala near the north crosswalk at the intersection of 5th Avenue South and 4th Street.

Police say it appears the car tried to stop, but hit Sproul, sending him onto the hood and into the windshield before being projected onto the pavement. The vehicle then left the scene. 

Pinellas County sees drop in crime despite budget cuts

Pinellas County, Florida -- Numbers released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Wednesday show crime last year saw a 5.8% decrease in the most serious crimes and a 5% drop in the overall crime rate.

This marks the fifth consecutive year with a decrease in the most serious crimes for the area, with an overall five-year decrease of 23.8%.

PCSO investigated 17 homicides in 2012, which was one of highest number of homicides in recent years and in 2013 that number dropped to 6, which is one of the lowest in recent years accounting for the 64% reduction.

Staff Sgt. surprises kids after 9 months in Kosovo

Largo, Florida -- After nine months serving his country in Kosovo, a Bay area father is back home, and giving his children the surprise of their lives.

10 News was at Ponce de Leon Elementary School in Largo when Staff Sergeant Patrick Parker surprised his son, six-year-old Gabriel.  The two hadn't seen each other in about a year.

School administrators at Ponce de Leon helped set up the surprise.  They had all the kids go outside for a P.E. class, then Sgt. Parker arrived with balloons and a big hug for his son.

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10 News anchor serves as grand marshal in Dunedin celebration

Dunedin, Florida -- 10 News anchor Reginald Roundtree served as this year's grand marshal for "Big Mama's Cajun Carnivale" as it rolled through Dunedin this evening.

Thousands in attendance enjoyed a free concert along with the party and plenty of beads.

The festive event was one of many Mardi Gras celebrations across the country prior to the religious observance of Lent.

Police search for "Stun Gun Robber"

St. Petersburg, Florida - There is a search underway for a thief dubbed the "Stun Gun Robber," who struck twice last week, once in St. Petersburg and once in Tampa.

The Tampa incident took place on Thursday February 28th outside the Medicine Pharmacy at 10905 North Nebraska Avenue. Surveillance video shows the suspect creeping up behind his victim as he carried a bad of medication, zapping him in the back, grabbing the meds and taking off.

10 News prompts change to St. Pete bridge work

St. Petersburg, Florida -- The City of St. Pete is taking action after 10 News revealed to the Water Resource Department that hired contractors were dumping paint chips into the water.

On Tuesday, painters were back at the 40th Avenue NE bridge, but things were different than before.

"What do you guys see on a normal basis on the water?"

"Manatees. Dolphins. Snook," says Scott Gramling and Lou Schovanec, neighbors who live along Placido Bayou.