Leon County Commission Meeting Briefs: April 9th

Leon County Commission Meeting Briefs: April 9th

Below are the news briefs from the Leon County Commission meeting held on April 9th, 2024. After a lengthy discussion, the Board voted 5-2 to accept a status update on the implementation and ongoing efforts related to the Lake Munson Action Plan, as approved by the Board at the October 11, 2022, meeting and modified […]

TPD Releases “Entire Video” of DUI Incident

TPD Releases “Entire Video” of DUI Incident

On Tuesday the Tallahassee Police issued a press release related to the Riley DUI case. The release, provided below, provides links to the video footage of the incident. From TPD: On Monday, April 8, following a two-day trial, Calvin Riley Sr. was found guilty by a jury of his peers for driving under the influence. […]

TPD Chief Revell Addresses DUI Case, Commissioner Matlow

TPD Chief Revell Addresses DUI Case, Commissioner Matlow

Following the jury’s guilty verdict in the controversial Riley DUI case, Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell sent an email to TPD employees. Revell began with, “I’m sure you have heard by now, but the defendant in this case was found guilty of DUI.  Although they tried to discredit our officers and our department, the jury […]

Florida State, TMH Cement Partnership With Memorandum of Understanding

Florida State, TMH Cement Partnership With Memorandum of Understanding

By TMH, FSU TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Monday, April 8, 2024) — Florida State University (FSU) and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) formalized their long-term partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will create a governance structure for a new academic health center in Tallahassee and a medical campus in Panama City Beach.  The MOU is […]

COT Projects $3.8 Million Budget Deficit for FY2025

COT Projects $3.8 Million Budget Deficit for FY2025

On Wednesday, the City of Tallahassee held a budget workshop and report on the first seven months’ financial results for the 14 funds that comprise the City’s FY24 operating budget. The agenda for the workshop noted that the city’s general fund currently has a FY25 projected deficit of $3.8 million. Significant contributors to the deficit […]

Guilty Verdict Returned in Controversial DUI Case

Guilty Verdict Returned in Controversial DUI Case

On Monday, a jury returned a guilty verdict in a Leon County DUI case which made headlines when an edited video was included in a story with a misleading headline published by a left-leaning blog, Our Tallahassee. After the verdict, Judge Jason Jones sentenced Calvin Riley to 10 days in jail, six months of probation, […]

Centerville & Harpers Ferry Intersection Turn Lane Approved

Centerville & Harpers Ferry Intersection Turn Lane Approved

On April 9th, the Leon County Commission approved a counteroffer received from Ox Bottom Mortgage Holdings, LLC in the amount of $200,000, for the County to acquire the property interests needed for the Centerville Road at Harpers Ferry Drive Turn Lane Improvement Project. The parcel needed for the project is 0.84 acres in size. If […]

Leon County Commission Votes to Honor Judge James C. Hankinson

Leon County Commission Votes to Honor Judge James C. Hankinson

On April 9, the Leon County Commission voted unanimously to dedicate Courtroom 3A in honor of Judge James C. Hankinson, by placing a plaque in appreciation of his service to the people of the Second Judicial Circuit. The cost of creating the dedication plaque is estimated at $1,500. Hankinson died on July 6, 2023 after […]

Leon County Commission Allocates Opioid Settlement Funds

Leon County Commission Allocates Opioid Settlement Funds

On April 9, the Leon County Commission voted unanimously to distribute $2,395,366 in opioid litigation settlement funds and approved an agreement with Big Bend Community Based Care, LLC, doing business as Northwest Florida Health Network (NWFHN) , on behalf of the State of Florida. The agreement states the settlement funds will be used for the […]

TPD, Police Union Responds to “Planted Evidence” Allegations

TPD, Police Union Responds to “Planted Evidence” Allegations

The Tallahassee Police Department and the Big Bend Police Benevolent Association have responded to allegations that a TPD officer “planted evidence” during a DUI traffic stop in May, 2023. The allegations were posted on the left-leaning political blog, Our Tallahassee, along with edited clips from a officer worn body camera. The official arrest report says […]