The Tallahassee Reports Morning Briefs: Friday, Jan. 20

The Tallahassee Reports Morning Briefs: Friday, Jan. 20


The Tallahassee Police Department is currently conducting a homicide investigation following a shooting that occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of S. Meridian Street. One victim, an adult male, was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. This remains an open and active investigation and updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident but did not speak with an officer on scene, to please call 850-891-4200. They may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

The latest information from the Tallahassee International Airport shows that December 2022 passenger traffic was 63,489. December traffic decreased 7.6% when compared to traffic one year ago. The number of passengers was down 5,312 from the 68,703 reported during December 2021. Get the details here.

The City of Tallahassee and Vet Events Tally seemed to reach an agreement after the City charged the nonprofit group with a $3,245.11 bill in order to put on the event. Because of the charge, the organization was on the verge of disbanding. Mayor John Dailey offered to use grant money that would’ve gone to the group in order to cover the cost of the charge. Vet Events Tally President Joe West said that his organization is glad they could come to an agreement.


Former Florida Secretary of State and now Congresswoman Laurel Lee now has a post on the House Judiciary Committee and House Homeland Security Committee. Many are saying the Judiciary Committee is a good fit for Lee since she was appointed to Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit as a circuit judge for Hillsborough County. The Chair of the Judiciary Committee is Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan who has launched an investigation into President Joe Biden over alleged mishandling of classified documents after his time as Vice President.

The Florida Legislature just unveiled a universal voucher bill that will expand Florida’s school choice options. The bill would allow parents of a K-12 public school-age child in Florida to receive a voucher to send their student to a private school next year. The bill is priority legislation for House Speaker Paul Renner and Florida’s Democrats are pushing back saying the bill erodes and attacks public schools.


FSU women’s basketball got a come-from-behind win over the Louisville Cardinals last night 77-68, after trailing by 13 points near the end of the third quarter. Ta’Niya Latson had 15 points and became the fastest player in FSU history to reach 500 points in a season, doing it in 21 games played. The Noles will host the Pitt Panthers Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


13 Responses to "The Tallahassee Reports Morning Briefs: Friday, Jan. 20"

  1. Let’s ban American history in High Schools to rewrite and paint the lies being circulated by this governor who apparently doesn’t know the difference between fact and lies.

  2. Thank you David. Most of the little fees and charges billed by the City likely go into the General Fund. They may be coded for tracking and allocation to an associated department for budgeting purposes.

    I just find it curious that the City was aware of a grant available to VET, then billed VET… then offered to use the grants funds to pay the City bill. I wonder if the grant parameters even allow for the use of the grant funds to pay this bill. If it is a City-provided grant – with our tax dollars of course – then it seems the City is just paying itself by washing the money through a fee-for-service accounting process Money laundering comes to mind.

  3. @ Edward Lyle:
    Question #1 = YES.
    Question #2 = I believe it was $5,000.
    Question #3 = YES

    The Question that I have is:
    What does the City do with all the Money they received from Billing these Organization’s?

  4. Regarding “The City of Tallahassee and Vet Events Tally” brief. So, if I have this right, and I think that I do…

    The City is in possession of “grant” money earmarked for Vet Events Tally to be used at VET’s discretion I presume… and just by coincidence, The City billed VET $3,245.11 in order to put on their event. And then the City offers to use VET’s “grant” money to cover the City’s bill?

    There’s a word for this… let me think on that a bit…

    In the meantime…

    1. Was The City aware of the grant money BEFORE it billed VET?
    2. What is the total amount of the grant?
    3. Will there be any grant money left after the bill is paid, and where is it?

  5. I’m puzzled, amused, and frustrated by a city government that will waste taxpayer dollars to paint large “BLACK LIVES MATTER” postings in the middle of the street but sends a $3,000+ bill to a veterans group to hold an event.

    Hello, Tallahassee. Those veterans are the reason you’re free to perform such foolishness. How about a little more respect where it’s deserved!

  6. The city spent 300k to spruce up the “Bus Stop” at Orange Avenue and Meridian Road…for the drug dealers and prostitutes!
    They play Tonk, sell drugs and women all day long in broad daylight and no one seems to care one wit.
    If you are a kid in Apalachee Ridge all you have to do is cross the street and you can have any drug you want, a prostitute, and a friendly game of craps. Of course, you’ll have to rob someone for the money first.

    Ain’t Tallahassee Great?

  7. In regards to the top brief – beginning around an hour after sunset each night on the S. Meridian St strip from Magnolia St south to Orange Av local law enforcement tolerates males and females standing on the corners selling drugs and sex. It is a hotspot where locals go to get “IT” on the Southside. Whatever your “IT” may be.
    Now I dont know for sure if we had active law enforcement each night, beginning around sunset, on the “Southside Sex and Drugs Strip” if that adult male victim would be alive today. But there is my comment on that. For what its worth.

  8. The DAILEY crime report, airport traffic down, mayor spends money for salary increases and a communications director, but sends veterans a bill for their parade. The mayor is blaming others… of course the mayor could blame the Secretary of Transportation, Buttigieg, for the downturn in air traffic.

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