Kathryn Varn, Pinellas Sheriff, Clearwater Police, St. Petersburg Police Reporter

Kathryn Varn

Pinellas Sheriff, Clearwater Police, St. Petersburg Police Reporter

I cover breaking news and public safety in Pinellas County. That includes police and fire departments, hurricanes and any other topics in the death and destruction arena. In other words, I’m really fun at parties. Before coming to the Times in 2015, I was a student at the University of Florida studying journalism. I picked the major as a prerequisite for law school, but once I started covering crime for my college newspaper, I couldn’t get enough. When I’m not sweating under deadline, I’m singing with my rag-tag adult A Cappella group, Weird and Wonderful, or hanging out with my fat cat, Rose.

Michael Drejka sentenced to 20 years in parking lot shooting

Michael Drejka is fingerprinted Thursday in a Pinellas County courtroom after he was sentenced to 20 years Thursday in the shooting death of Michael Drejka. JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |  Times
Supporters stayed away from the Thursday hearing, his attorney said, out of fear for their safety.

Michael Drejka, facing 30 years in prison, set to be sentenced

July 19 marks a year since Michael Drejka, left, shot and killed Markeis McGlockton outside a Clearwater convenience store. [Times files] Times (2018)  |  Times (2018)
The hearing comes six weeks after jurors convicted him of manslaughter in the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.

Pinellas sheriff, state attorney raise bar for pot arrests

Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe, left, and Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, right. Times files
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and State Attorney Bernie McCabe caution deputies in light of a new law legalizing hemp.

Power boat runs up on rocks overnight near Demens Landing Park

A power boat appears to have run up on the jetty across from Demens Landing Park downtown.
Two people were hospitalized. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating.

Pinellas sheriff yanks 309 rifles over ‘serious manufacturing’ issues

In purchasing AR-15 rifles for his deputies, Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri relied on a memo from a training deputy that cited internet research. Gualtieri experienced a progression of problems with the weapons and now he wants his money back.
The final straw came when one of the weapons made by Odessa-based Adams Arms failed to fire.