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Rick Scott orders flags at half-staff for north Fla. deputy

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Gov. Rick Scott ordered flags at half-staff on Saturday in honor of Taylor County sheriff’s deputy Michael Scott Williams.

The order came in a memo to Taylor County Administrator Dustin Hinkle and county Sheriff L.E. “Bummy” Williams.

The governor “direct(ed) the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff” at the Taylor County Courthouse and Sheriff’s Office in Perry, and City Hall in Steinhatchee.

The flags will remain at half-staff “from sunrise to sunset” this Saturday.

Williams, 46, was killed early Halloween morning “when he rear-ended a logging truck near an intersection … about five miles south of Perry,” according to WCTV6 Tallahassee.

The deputy, who’d been with the department since May 2015, was in his patrol car on the way to work, the station reported.

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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