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New St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman wants to crack down on illegal guns listen

01/16/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: guns, Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Police

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St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is saying no to illegal guns in his city.

During a press conference Thursday at City Hall, Kriseman signed a pledge to crack down on people who own or sell weapons under the legal radar.

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St. Pete Police change policy to no longer pursue vehicles unless chasing violent felons listen

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WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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St. Petersburg Police will no longer be able to pursue vehicles unless the driver or occupants have been involved in a violent felony.

The new chase policy was announced Thursday by Mayor Rick Kriseman and Interim Chief of Police David Dekay. It replaces the...

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Police officers train in Tampa for RNC bike patrol listen

03/21/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Tampa Police Department will be purchasing 200 bicycles costing nearly $1,600 each for use during the Republican National Convention in August. This week, officers from five law enforcement agencies across the state are being trained on how to safely patrol from a bicycle. Tampa police captain Brian Dugan said there are several reasons why a bicycle patrol program will help with security efforts during a convention that is expected to draw 70,000 visitors.

“When you have that much, ...

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St. Petersburg Police Chief addresses Suncoast Tiger Bay, answers safety and ethics questions listen

07/19/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The St. Petersburg Chief of Police met with Suncoast Tiger Bay Club members today. Chuck Harmon spoke about added safety precautions the department has taken in the wake of three officer deaths. He also answered questions from members about public safety and ethics.

As Tiger Bay Club members lunched on orange glazed chicken, Harmon discussed his thoughts on the recent deaths of officers Jeffery Yaslowitz, Thomas Baitinger and David Crawford and told them what he plans to do to make sure s...

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Mayoral Candidates Bare Teeth at Debate listen

09/24/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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With fewer than six weeks left until Election Day, the St. Petersburg mayoral race has gaining steam. Last night marked the South St. Pete leg of the mayoral debates, which took place at Lakewood High School. Candidates Bill Foster and Kathleen Ford exchanged jabs over two very different visions for the Sunshine City. WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw reports.

With the economy on everyone’s minds, it didn’t take long for the mayoral candidates to dig in to the biggest issue of the election year. Two mi...

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St. Pete Police Chief discusses staffing levels, crime listen

02/05/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Because many of their constituents have told them they don’t feel safe, the St. Petersburg City Council questioned the city’s Police Chief during a two-hour workshop today.

Chief Chuck Harmon pointed to trends that show the city’s crime rate is actually declining.

A year ago, Robert Gordon, Sr.’s son was murdered and his body burned, but the case has not been solved. During the Council meeting that preceded the workshop with Chief Harmon, Gordon asked why the police haven’t found his s...

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St. Pete police officer cleared in Dawson killing listen

11/03/08 Seán Kinane and Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Police administrators have cleared St. Petersburg Police officer Terrance Nemeth of all wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Javon Dawson in June.

Nemeth had previously been cleared of wrongdoing by Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe. His supervisors were looking to see whether Nemeth had violated any departmental policy, while McCabe’s review focused on whether he broke any laws.

Both investigations concluded he was justified in shooting Dawson after the teen alle...

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Uhurus to protest at World Series listen

10/21/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Several groups plan to challenge two new St. Petersburg ordinances before the first World Series game tomorrow night. One ordinance calls for a “Clean Zone” surrounding Tropicana Field, and the other forbids handing out fliers and other activities in street medians. Some groups, including the Justice for Javon Dawson Committee, said this morning that the success of their leafleting campaign to challenge what they call the cover-up of Dawson’s murder by a St. Petersburg Police officer in June ...

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Brother of slain teen says police harassed him listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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In June, teenager Javon Dawson was shot twice in the back and killed by a St. Petersburg Police officer. Yesterday at school, his younger brother, Keon, was pulled out of class and his belongings were searched because the school received a tip that he had a gun.

Dawson’s family and supporters are calling it another example of the St. Pete Police harassing and intimidating people who witnessed his brother’s shooting.

At a press conference Wednesday morning at the Uhuru House in St. Pet...

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Uhurus react to police suspensions listen

08/22/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Two St. Petersburg Police officers were suspended Thursday for allowing their personal feelings to influence a decision to tow a truck in June.

The parked truck displayed posters supporting Javon Dawson, who had been shot and killed by a police officer a week earlier. One officer was suspended without pay for 20 days and the other for seven. Today, WMNF spoke with Nyabinga Dzinbahwe, press secretary for the Uhuru movement.

“I think what would effectively act as a deterrent for police o...

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