Posts Tagged ‘Florida Department of Law Enforcement’

Florida hired owner of Hollywood nursing home where patients died to plan for disasters

Monday, October 16th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Twice in the last five years, Florida hired to review area disaster planning a hospital run by the owner of the Hollywood nursing home where elderly patients died after Hurricane Irma cut power to air-conditioning.
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FBI boss Comey and ‘inexplicable’ delays in matters of ‘highest national importance’

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI’s renewed push to dismiss a Miami Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking records of the enigmatic 9/11 Review Commission and FBI activities “of the highest national importance” should be denied, court papers contend.
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FDLE consultant arrested in fraud scheme

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

John Leland Goelz
A consultant with more than two decades’ experience working with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) was arrested and charged with grand theft and organized scheme to defraud the state government, a spokesperson confirmed Thursday.
John Leland Goelz, a non-sworn technical consultant to the FDLE for 23 years, oversaw the cellphones used by agents and employees throughout the agency, said FDLE spokeswoman Gretl Pessinger.
Investigators believe Goelz purchased cellphones for himself and his family using FDLE’s mobile device contract, a violation of ethics, Pessinger added.
FDLE began examining Goelz after a member reported not being able to get an

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Appropriations Committee approves bill removing police ‘discretion tool’ in first-time cases with juveniles

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
A bill introduced and passed unanimously in the Appropriations Committee on Criminal and Civil Justice Wednesday would take away a tool long since considered useful, but increasingly controversial – the power of discretion.
The measure – SB 196 — could drastically limit what those in the policing community could do when responding to calls involving minors, detractors at the meeting — which included representatives from the law enforcement associations — argued, as the bill’s sponsor, Miami Republican Sen. Anitere Flores looked on.
“We cannot agree to a bill that takes away from law enforcement discretion,” Matt Dunagan, executive director of the

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Florida child protection investigator arrested for lying in possible sex abuse case

Monday, February 20th, 2017
A former child protection detective in Florida was arrested for lying in an ongoing investigation involving the possible sexual assault of a child, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Children and Families confirmed Monday.
According to court records, Brittanee Sharmayne Carter, 27, was taken into custody by agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) after a warrant was issued for her arrest.
She was charged with two felony counts of altering or destroying the records of a minor in study under custody, court documents confirmed.
DCF spokeswoman Jessica Sims said Carter was terminated from her position in February 2016.
“The

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Broward insurance firm-turned-‘Ponzi scheme’ cost Florida, policyholders $100 million

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The final act in the little-noticed liquidation of a Fort Lauderdale-based insurance company that regulators say evolved into a “Ponzi scheme” that cost Florida and its policyholders more than $100 million is set to unfold in court this spring.
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Five nominees slated for Law Enforcement Hall of Fame

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
As many as five people – including a former FDLE head and two late county sheriffs – will likely be added to the Florida Law Enforcement Officers’ Hall of Fame, according to documents filed for the next Cabinet meeting.
Cabinet aides meet today to prepare for the next meeting, set for next Tuesday.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen will present Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam with the latest nominees. In alphabetical order:
— Richard M. Beary. He served more than 39 years in state and local law enforcement,

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Rick Scott wants 5% raise for state law-enforcement

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants the state’s highway patrol troopers, wildlife officers and state law-enforcement agents to get a 5 percent pay raise next year.
Scott will announce the proposal Thursday during a visit to a Florida Highway Patrol station in Orlando.
The governor said in a statement that the state’s nearly 4,000 sworn law-enforcement officers deserve the pay raise for their work in the past year, which included responding to two hurricanes and responding to the Pulse Nightclub shootings this summer.
Scott will include the $11.7 million request in budget recommendations he’ll give state legislators early next year. The Florida Legislature

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Florida A&M University official sought bribes to admit students

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
A former Florida A&M University official is being charged with bribery after he allegedly asked parents to give him money to help their children get admitted to the college.
State law-enforcement agents on Tuesday arrested Leman Junior Ulee. The 46-year-old man was charged with two counts of bribery and one count of official misconduct.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Ulee was placed on administrative leave in April and fired by FAMU in August. The agency says FAMU asked state authorities to investigate.
Court records allege Ulee contacted the mothers of two students who unsuccessfully applied to FAMU and offered to

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