Kathryn Varn, Tampa Bay Times

Kathryn Varn

Tampa Bay Times

Saint Petersburg, FL, United States

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Past articles by Kathryn:

Pinellas judge’s neighbor another possible victim of St. Petersburg landlord

Three cases in which historic Kress building owner Samuel Boutros is accused of exposing himself to delivery drivers were reassigned to a new judge after the potential conflict came to light. → Read More

Could Curtis Reeves movie theater shooting case finally go to trial?

A date is set in February — eight years after Reeves shot and killed Chad Oulson in January 2014. Reeves faces a charge of second-degree murder. → Read More

In St. Petersburg shooting, murder charge dropped and new man arrested

One man spent 23 days in jail for a shooting police now say was carried out by a different man. → Read More

Hillsborough jail inmate, 61, dies at hospital

Darryl Lowery died weeks after experiencing an “undisclosed medical condition,” the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. → Read More

Inaugural Sun Country flight from Minneapolis to St. Pete-Clearwater takes off

Sun Country Airlines’ direct route will operate four days a week. → Read More

Thanksgiving in Tampa Bay: What’s open and closed

Find out where you can pick up last-minute ingredients or a cup of coffee. → Read More

St. Pete landlord exposed himself to delivery drivers, complaints say

A winding trail of court records spells out accusations against Kress building owner Samuel Boutros. → Read More

St. Petersburg police investigation yields guns, drugs, 21 arrests

It began as an effort to address violent crime amid one of the city’s deadliest years in recent memory, Chief Anthony Holloway said. → Read More

St. Petersburg bar manager invokes stand-your-ground defense after patron’s death

A judge denied Darren McFarland’s request for immunity from prosecution during a hearing Friday. → Read More

St. Petersburg police bodycam video of officer shooting teen not being released, officials say

The Pinellas Sheriff’s Office said the footage won’t be released until investigations into the shooting and the teenager’s criminal charges are complete. → Read More

Hillsborough firefighter dies from coronavirus complications

Giovanni Ciancio, 55, was assigned to Station 15 in Palm River and worked for the department for more than 19 years. → Read More

Tarpon Springs cops who shot, killed teen shielded by Marsy’s Law

The two officers and five others who were at the scene but didn’t fire their guns invoked their right to stay anonymous. → Read More

Pinellas daycare owner once convicted in baby’s death set free after guilty plea

Stephanie Spurgeon maintains her innocence in the death of 1-year-old Maria Harris. She pleaded guilty Friday to move on from the 13-year legal saga. → Read More

2 St. Petersburg mothers were killed within a week — by the same man, police say

Police say both K’Mia Simmons and Emily Grot were shot and killed by Tyron Jackasal in separate incidents. Neither woman was his intended target, police say. → Read More

St. Petersburg billboards battle over whether bigger is better

You may have seen the phallic-humored billboards on Interstate 275. Here’s the deal. → Read More

Hillsborough prosecutors drop charges against Tampa protesters

Jamie Bullock and Chukwudi Uche were set to go to trial Wednesday. Then, prosecutors announced they would drop the most high-profile charges the pair faced. → Read More

Public defender withdraws from Shelby Nealy case but won’t say why

The man accused in four murders will now be represented by two private attorneys. → Read More

Pinellas deputies arrest two men in murder of woman, 21

The men went to Adisyn Mudd’s home to rob her, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said. → Read More

Portion of Pinellas road named after fallen Deputy Michael Magli

The Florida Department of Transportation unveiled signs on East Lake Road honoring Magli, who was hit and killed on the same stretch in February while trying to stop a suspected drunken driver → Read More

Largo woman smoked in Capitol during riot. Now she, husband face charges.

Marilyn and Thomas Fassell turned themselves in Wednesday. “This is a joke if you ask me,” the wife said of their arrests. → Read More