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Higher pay sought for FHP troopers

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Short about 200 troopers and seeking higher salaries to be more competitive with other law-enforcement agencies, the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is backing Gov. Rick Scott‘s call to boost pay as part of an election-year budget plan.

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Dunedin man, exonerated after eight years in prison, fights new battle

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A part-time Dunedin resident, exonerated after serving eight years in prison for arson, is fighting Florida’s effort to permanently take away his driving privilege. William Haughey is a 45-year-old Dunedin resident who splits his time between Florida and New York. In 2008, a New York court convicted Haughey of arson and criminal mischief for his alleged connection to a 2007 fire at a Putnam County, New York, tavern called Smalley’s Inn. After serving eight years of a 10-year sentence, he was…

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Charged with DUI, Cary Pigman resigns subcommittee chairmanship

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State Rep. Cary Pigman, HD 55

State Rep. Cary Pigman, who last week was charged with drunk driving, has stepped down as chair of the House Health Quality Subcommittee. House Speaker Richard Corcoran announced the move Tuesday. He appointed Jeanette Nunez, the House Speaker pro tempore, as acting chair of the the subcommittee. Pigman, an Avon Park Republican first elected in 2012, is an emergency medicine physician and U.S. Army Reserve doctor who served in Iraq.  “Having spent a career fighting for and defending this country, Dr. Pigman knows…

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Report: Cary Pigman charged with early morning DUI

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State Rep. Cary Pigman, HD 55

State Rep. Cary Pigman faces a misdemeanor drunk-driving charge in St. Lucie County after a traffic stop late Thursday, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The FHP charged the Avon Park Republican as he was driving on Florida’s Turnpike. Pigman, first elected in 2012, is an emergency medicine physician and U.S. Army Reserve doctor who served in Iraq. He chairs the House Health Quality Subcommittee. The Legislature concluded the third week of its annual Session on Thursday.  The arrest report says a…

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After driving through crash scene, Tampa nurse accused of DUI claims lack of due process

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After driving through an accident scene, a Tampa nurse accused of DUI claims the officers used “illegal search and seizure” and failed to give due process in her arrest. Mary Evelyn “Evie” Nordgren is a 42-year-old a registered nurse who works at 1412 W. Waters Ave. in Tampa, according to her nursing license. Currently, Superior Injury Care is at that address. Nordgren’s medical license records show no emergency actions, discipline cases or public complaints. She is married to Daniel Glen…

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Drunk is the new barefoot and pregnant

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Drunk is the new barefoot and pregnant. Both work equally well to keep women from posing a threat to men in the marketplace, which may explain why “heavy drinking has been normalized” for the sex that isn’t built to metabolize alcohol. Men can be stewed to the gills and nevertheless stay in high places for an entire career. For women, the distance from first drink to rode hard, put away wet is a lot shorter. It’s not fair, but the…

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‘Love Sponge’ lawyers permanently stripped of law licenses

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Two Florida lawyers accused of orchestrating the arrest of a rival attorney have been permanently disbarred by the state’s Supreme Court. The court on Thursday, in its first release of opinions after the 2016 summer recess, unanimously agreed with a referee’s earlier recommendation on Robert Adams and Adam Filthaut of Tampa. A third attorney involved, Stephen Diaco, already had been permanently disbarred. “We can only hope that our unanimous decision to … permanently disbar these attorneys… will serve to warn other attorneys of…

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