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2007 Media Coverage of the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court


December 17, 2007
News Leader: Local governments can't tap millions frozen in state fund

By Michael Parnell
Local governments have withdrawn more than $12 million from a threatened state investment fund but more money than that remains frozen in state accounts and unavailable for local use...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

December 10, 2007
St. Petersburg Times: The Local Government Investment

Letter to Editor
Pool is a short-term investment pool used by a number of counties, school boards and other government entities in Florida. Withdrawals escalated at a significant pace over the past few weeks, decreasing the pool's original balance of $27-billion to $14-billion. Whether or not this "run on the bank" was fueled by legitimate concerns, we immediately acted to temporarily suspend withdrawals and hire a world-renowned asset management firm to conduct a thorough review of the investment pool and recommend a proposal with the best chance at preserving investors' principal...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

December 9, 2007
St. Petersburg Times: Draining risk from investment pool

A Times Editorial
It is the modern-day version of It's a Wonderful Life. Depositors hear bad news. Too many want all of their money back immediately, and there's a run that makes the situation worse. Jimmy Stewart makes everything work out fine in the movie, but the final scene for Florida's troubled government investment pool has yet to be written.....
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

December 8, 2007
St. Petersburg Times: State's investment fund closer to stability

By Helen Huntley, Personal Finance Editor
It wasn't exactly a return to normalcy, but Florida's battered local government investment pool had a better day Friday. While local governments pulled another $1.5-billion out of the fund, they also put $560.7-million back in...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

December 6, 2007
Bloomberg Financial: Florida Fund Caps Withdrawals as Towns Face Hardships (Update1)

By Michael Quint and Demian McLean
Schools and towns in a Florida fund that lost half its assets to withdrawals last month say their finances may be squeezed by limits on how much money they can access...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

December 5, 2007
St. Petersburg Times: State revises fund's rules

By Jennifer Liberto
TALLAHASSEE - Scrambling to restore investor confidence, state officials on Tuesday agreed to reopen a troubled local investment pool on a restricted basis to prevent another catastrophic run...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

December 4, 2007
National Public Radio: Florida Locales Divest Fund Tied to Bad Mortgages

Interview by Greg Allen
Renee Montagne, host: Meanwhile, some states are running into trouble because of investments they made in the subprime mortgage market. In Florida, local governments have yanked $13 billion dollars from a state investment pool; that's nearly half the fund's total value. The reason: investors learned some of the pool's funds were in securities backed by mortgages that had defaulted.
NPR's Greg Allen has more.
GREG ALLEN: In Florida at...
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW & REPORT HERE.

December 3, 2007
East Lake Blister: Clerk's Office Earns Award from Department of Defense

Ken Burke was presented the 2007 Family Advocacy Community Collaboration Award for his actions to help stop domestic violence by Major John Navarrow of MacDill Air Force Base's U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD) Family Advocacy Program (FAP)...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

December 1, 2007
Pensacola News Journal: Officials weigh options for state investment pool

By Paige St. John
TALLAHASSEE- Florida's local governments are struggling with a difficult choice: pull billions of dollars out of a troubled state investment pool that could trigger losses, or cross their fingers that the nation's mortgage crisis works itself out...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

December 1, 2007
C & N Publications: Clerk's Office Offers Wedding Photos

Couples who exchange their marriage vows at the local Clerk's Office may now purchase a wedding photo there too...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

November 30, 2007
St. Petersburg Times: State plugs drain on fund

By Steve Bousquet, Scott Barancik and Will Van Sant
TALLAHASSEE - Fearful local governments removed another $3.7-billion Thursday from a troubled state-run investment pool, causing Gov. Charlie Crist and other state leaders to pause the run on deposits by temporarily suspending withdrawals...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

November 29, 2007
New York Times: State-Run Florida Fund Hit by Withdrawals

By Bloomberg News
School districts and local governments in Florida have pulled $8 billion out of a state-run investment pool, or 30 percent of its assets, after learning that the money market fund contained more than $700 million of defaulted debt...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

November 28, 2007
Bloomberg Financial: Florida School Fund Rocked by $8 Billion Pullout Amid Defaults

By David Evans
Florida local governments and school districts pulled $8 billion out of a state-run investment pool, or 30 percent of its assets, after learning that the money- market fund contained more than $700 million of defaulted debt...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

November 27, 2007
Tampa Bay Newspapers: Clerk's Office offers photos to newly married couples

PINELLAS COUNTY – Couples who exchange their marriage vows at the local Clerk's Office may now purchase a wedding photo there too...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

November 21, 2007
St. Petersburg Times: Local governments bail out of state fund

By Helen Huntley, Personal Finance Editor
Concerned about the safety of their money, local governments are pulling their cash out of a $20-billion state-run investment pool. Pinellas County joined the exodus Tuesday, yanking out its entire investment, $290-million. Some $6-billion has left the pool in recent weeks, costing it nearly a fourth of its assets...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

November 20, 2007
Tampa Bay Newspapers: County pulls $468 million out of SBA

By Suzette Porter
PINELLAS COUNTY – Clerk of the Court Ken Burke told the Board of County Commissioners Nov 20 that $468 million of the county’s money had been transferred out of the SBA and into a Bank of Wachovia Jumbo Fund for safekeeping...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

November 15, 2007
Clearwater Gazette: What determines the issuance of an injunction?

There are several types of injunctions but the two most prevalent are an injunction for domestic violence and an injunction for repeat violence. Domestic Violence Injunctions involve a spouse, former spouse, person related by blood or marriage, a person who is presently residing together with you as if a family or who has resided in the past as if a family member, and a person who has a child in common with you...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

November 13, 2007
East Lake Blister: Clerk's Office Offers Wedding Photos

PINELLAS COUNTY – Couples who exchange their marriage vows at the local Clerk's Office may now purchase a wedding photo there too...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

October 15, 2007
ABC - Channel 10 News: Affordable legal help for Pinellas citizens

By Kathryn Bursch
Clearwater, Florida – Going to court and representing yourself, even if it’s just for a small claim, can be a confusing and even a frightening experience...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE (printed online as an accompaniment to the video stream of the news broadcast) HERE.

August 21, 2007
The Guardianship Association of Pinellas County from the Association's newsletter

The association was privileged to have Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Pinellas, as the Guest Speaker at the August Monthly Meeting held Tuesday,August 21, 2007. Mr. Burke and several members of his staff attended the meeting and addressed the membership bringing information relating to pending rule changes, trust accountings, audits of final accountings with special emphasison the explanation of Level 3 Audits and other items outlining the responsibilities of the guardians. Previously submitted questions were answered by Mr. Burke and suggestions made. This meeting was well attended with standing room only.

August 15, 2007
The Florida Bar: Clerk of Courts' Payment Kiosk Opens in Largo

link to Tampabay Newspapers' article from The Florida Bar's website
from the Largo Leader, http://www.tbnweekly.com, August 15, 2007. - As part of a pilot program initiated by the Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke’s office, one of the clerk’s payment kiosks has been placed at the Mid County Tax Collector’s Office in a one-stop shopping kiosk for traffic offenders. Now customers may go to the kiosk to pay fines using their debit or credit cards or by using their checking account numbers to pay by electronic checks, instead of waiting in line at the tax collector's office.

August 6, 2007
The Tampa Bay Business Journal: Pinellas clerk of court on college board of trustees

Kenneth Burke, clerk of court for Pinellas County, has been reappointed to the district board of trustees for St. Petersburg College...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

July 29, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (Local & State): Got a ticket? Show us the money

By Kameel Stanley
If you were one of the 105 drivers caught speeding earlier this month on Clearwater-Largo Road, chances are you harbor resentment toward Largo police's recent crackdown on those with a lead foot. But even if you weren't in that group, have you wondered what happens to your money after you pay off that pesky citation? After all, police officers write tickets to fill their quotas and fund their departments, right? Not quite. Law enforcement agencies get only a small piece of your ticket's pie. So, where does the money go? Take a look...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

July 25, 2007
The Florida Bar: Clerk of Court: Pinellas jurors to get pay on same day they serve

link to Tampabay Newspapers' article from The Florida Bar's website
from the BelleAire Bee, http://www.tbnweekly.com, July 25, 2007. - Within a couple of weeks, county residents serving as jurors in Pinellas County courts will have the option of waiting to receive a check in the mail or be paid $15 cash the day they serve, Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke said Thursday [July 19]. The change was made to help lower income residents who need the money for bus or cab fare to and from the county courthouse. Burke said jurors also have the option of donating their day's pay to one of three nonprofit agencies in Pinellas.

July 25, 2007
Tampa Bay Newspapers: Clerk of court: jurors to get pay on same day they serve

By Bob McClure
SEMINOLE – Within a couple of weeks, county residents serving as jurors in Pinellas County courts will have the option to be paid for their services the same day. While speaking July 19 at the monthly luncheon of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke said ...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

July 11, 2007
East Lake Blister: How Did My Name Get Picked For Jury Duty?

Q. I was recently summonsed for jury duty. How was my name picked and how long will I be there? And what if I have already booked my vacation for the date I am scheduled to report for jury duty?
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

July 5, 2007
Clearwater Gazette: The Clerk of the Court - Your Public Trustee

Q. I was recently summonsed for jury duty. How was my name picked and how long will I be there? And what if I have already booked my vacation for the date I am scheduled to report for jury duty?
A. Your name was selected at random from a list provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. This list includes all licensed drivers and persons who possess a Florida Identification Card who are 18-years- old and older and reside in Pinellas County...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

July 5, 2007
St Petersburg Times (Local & State): County's new justice database delayed

An audit says a county project that integrates public records is years behind schedule.
By Kameel Stanley
How much time and money does it take to revamp a 25-year-old criminal justice information system? Back in 2003, Pinellas County officials preicted three years and $12.2 million to build a new CJIS system, as it is commonly referred...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

July 2, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (Local & State): Criminal database timed out

The county's 23-year-old Criminal Justice Information System needs an upgrade to bring it into the Internet age.
By Jamal Thalji
Dinosaurs do, in fact, walk the earth. Want proof? Access the Criminal Justice Information System - or CJIS, the ancient criminal courts database of Pasco County...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

June 24, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (Local & State): Was gruesome garbage accident preventable?

There is little agreement, except for this: One man shouldn't have been driving, and another man was crushed.
By Thomas Lake
PORT RICHEY - Walter Lee Jones was crushed to death on a bed of asphalt, minutes into his shift, by the churning wheels of a garbage truck...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

June 16, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (Local & State): Ticket writing speeds up

With new technology, police can save time citing traffic violators and perhaps save more lives as well.
By Lorri Helfand
LARGO - Red light runners and speeders beware. The Largo Police Department has new technology that makes it easier for officers to issue tickets.
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

June 2007
C & N Publications - Top of the Bay Journal: What determines the issuance of an injunction?

There are several types of injunctions but the two most prevalent are an injunction for domestic violence and an injunction for repeat violence...
READ THE COLUMN HERE.

June 7, 2007
WTVT-TV FOX 13: Foreclosures up in Pinellas?

It's a sad end of the road for some homeowners: their properties in foreclosure and auctioned off at the courthouse. In Pinellas County, there's been a 73% increase in courthouse auctions, and some experts warns that next year could be even worse.
WATCH THE NEWS BRIEF HERE.

May 22, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (Local & State): Cars too pricey a perk, auditors say

By Jose Cardenas
PINELLAS COUNTY- Pinellas County could save tens of thousands of dollars a year by asking 10 high-ranking officials to hand in the keys to their take-home cars, county auditors have concluded. It cost $134, 300 to maintain the 10 cars over a three-year period, according to a new audit by the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

May 18, 2007
Fox 13 News (television and web broadcast): Pinellas government cars, fuel misused, auditors say

CLEARWATER - A stinging audit accuses Pinellas County workers of abusing car privileges, and government fuel stations of giving free gas to strangers....
Get a printable copy of the written article here.

May 11, 2007
The Jacksonville Business Journal: $80 million uncollected by Pinellas Clerk of Courts
by Larry Halstead

TAMPA BAY - Millions of dollars in court fines, fees, court costs and service charges remain uncollected or paid with pennies on the dollar through the Pinellas County court system...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

May 6, 2007
St Petersburg Times: In audit's wake, angry backlash

By Rita Farlow
TARPON SPRINGS - The recent report by Pinellas County auditors questioning how grant funds were handled by the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce president gave chamber critics a fresh opportunity to plead their cases before the City Commission last week...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

May 4, 2007
The Tampa Bay Business Journal: Audit: Clerk of Court's collection process needs improvement
by Larry Halstead

TAMPA BAY - Millions of dollars in court fines, fees, court costs and service charges remain uncollected or paid with pennies on the dollar through the Pinellas County court system...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

May 3, 2007
The Clearwater Gazette: Can the Clerk's Office help me with a passport?
By Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Your Public Trustee

Pinellas County - The Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Ken Burke's Office is a passport application and filing provider. You can apply for a new passport or receive the paperwork to renew your passport. Because we are a provider of this service, we stay abreast of all changes in laws and regulations related to passports and foreign travel. One upcoming change in foreign travel will affect you, if you are traveling to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada, and parts of Central and South America. ...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

May 1, 2007
St Petersburg Times: Auditors target chamber head

They say her printing company may have overcharged the convention and visitors bureau ...
By Rita Farlow
TARPON SPRINGS - Pinellas County auditors have questioned whether it was appropriate for the president of the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce to use her company to fulfill part of a grant contract with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

April 30, 2007
Self Service World: Behind the Screens: Norman Loy, County Clerk’s Office

By Rebecca Barnes
In Pinellas County, Fla., the Clerk’s office feels the need for speed. It wants its customers gone in 60 seconds. Speeding drivers are issued citations. They pay tickets. With a quick click they can pay online. In a quick trip they enter a PIN into the kiosk at the Clerk’s office. And they’re outta there...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

April 25, 2007
Tampa Bay Newspapers: Order begins process toward relieving jail overcrowding

By Suzette Porter
PINELLAS COUNTY- Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats received the go-ahead on April 17 to begin putting into place additional solutions to help relieve what is described as dangerous overcrowding conditions at the county jail...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

March 25, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (Local & State): Investor challenges notification ruling

The buyer says the county did not need to contact each timeshare owner.
By Cristina Silva
ST. PETE BEACH- Timeshare owners of a popular waterfront condominium said they are still fuming over what they consider the illegal closing of their property and irresponsible way the condo association has handled the sale...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

March 5, 2007
St Petersburg Times: Can court cases be hidden?

By Chris Tisch
CLEARWATER- The Florida Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today about how to resolve issues surrounding the use of secret dockets...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

March 4, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (Business): 10 tips

By Laura T. Coffey
CLEARWATER- Are you convinced that your contractor, landlord, dry cleaner or another person or business owes you money? Small claims court could allow you to resolve the matter quickly. But even if you win, it can be a challenge to collect. Consider these tips...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

February 15, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (Local Section): And they do - all 56 of them.

If you sensed love in the air Wednesday afternoon, it may have been the 28 weddings.
By Demorris A. Lee
CLEARWATER- There was the couple, ages 73 and 63, who had dated for six years...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

February 15, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (Digest: various local sections): Pay for infractions at county kiosks

TIMES WIRES
COUNTYWIDE - Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke has introduced payment kiosks for fines in misdemeanor and felony cases, municipal and county ordinances, and boating and traffic citations...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

February 6, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (Digest: various local sections): Group Wedding is scheduled for Feb. 14

TIMES WIRES
COUNTYWIDE - Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court Ken Burke will perform a group wedding ceremony in the main courthouse courtyard at 2 p.m. on Feb. 14...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

January 30, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (A Times Editorial regarding Hillsborough Clerk, Pat Frank): True public servant

Americans are so jaded about honesty in government that it's easy to forget that some officials still embody the ideal of public service...
READ THE COMPLETE EDITORIAL HERE.

January 26, 2007
Tampa Tribune (This article is about the Office of Hillsborough Clerk, Pat Frank): Clerk's Office Veteran Resigns Over Records Backlog

By Ellen Gedalius
TAMPA - A high-level employee of the Hillsborough County Court Clerk's Office resigned Thursday after a records backlog was discovered in his department...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

January 26, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (This article is about the Office of Hillsborough Clerk, Pat Frank): Court official resigns over paper jam

By Kevin Grahan
A department head at Hillsborough's Clerk of the Circuit Court Office resigned Thursday amid a records processing backlog that had grown as long as 12 business days...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

January 17, 2007
Tampa Bay Newspapers: Paying fines and traffic tickets now easier

CLEARWATER – A new process in Pinellas County allows those who get a ticket in the county to pay without waiting in lines...
READ THE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.

January 11, 2007
Clearwater Gazette: Paying fines and traffic tickets just got easier

Pinellas County's Clerk of the Court has added another convenient way to pay citations.
CLEARWATER,FL - Tired of waiting in line to pay a fine? If you get a ticket in Pinellas County, you don't have to...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

January 10, 2007
St. Petersburg Times (Digest: various local sections): Kiosks available for paying fines

CLEARWATER,FL - Maybe the only thing worse than paying a fine is waiting in line to hand over the money. Starting today, you might not have to....
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
Get a printable copy of the article here.

January 8, 2007
St. Petersburg-Clearwater Convention and Vistors' Association website: Valentine's Day Wedding Ceremony

CLEARWATER,FL - On Wednesday, February 14, 2007, Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court will perform a group wedding ceremony...
READ THE INFORMATION HERE.

January 3, 2007
Tampa Bay Newspapers: County Clerk's Office reports bogus checks being cashed

PINELLAS COUNTY – Several Pinellas County check cashing companies have accepted and cashed official-looking checks, which appear to have been issued by the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office...
READ THE COMPLETE NEWS ARTICLE HERE.
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