Recently suspended Liberty County School Superintendent Gloria Gay Uzzell was a no show for her court date Monday. She entered a written plea of not guilty to charges of one count of grand theft, one count of official misconduct and one count of failing to disclose information in a public records request.
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Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee Regional Operations Center and State Attorney Willie Meggs obtained a warrant for the arrest of Gloria Gay Uzzell, 51, of Bristol, Fla., last Wednesday on one count of grand theft, one count of official misconduct and one count of failing to disclose information in a public records request.
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BRISTOL – Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tallahassee Regional Operations Center and State Attorney Willie Meggs obtained a warrant for the arrest of Gloria Gay Uzzell, 51, of Bristol, Fla., earlier today on one count of grand theft, one count of official misconduct and one count of failing to disclose information in a public records request.
The investigation shows Uzzell opened a credit card in the name of the Liberty County School Board without its approval or knowledge. Investigators allege she made numerous personal purchases on the Visa card including clothing, lodging, lingerie, fuel, beauty supplies and alcohol.
Investigators believe Uzzell altered the credit card statements, blacking out personal purchases and changing travel vouchers to match her credit card purchases. She is accused of making more than $2,000 in personal charges on the credit card.
Uzzell turned herself into the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office around 1 p.m. today and was booked into the Liberty County Jail on a $10,000 bond. Uzzell was elected as Liberty County School Superintendent in November 2012.
The State Attorney’s Office, 2nd Judicial Circuit will prosecute this case.
No word on who will be appointed interim superintendent.
Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Walter Lee “Buddy” Money, Jr. to serve as Liberty County Sheriff on an interim basis.
Money, 57, has served as the victim’s advocate with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office since 2008. Previously, Money served with the Coral Gables Police Department from 1983-2005. Money serves on various community boards including the Liberty County Senior Citizens Boards, the Liberty County Children’s Coalition, and the Bristol Youth Academy Community Board.
Governor Scott said, “Buddy is a seasoned and effective law enforcement officer and I am confident that he will serve the families of Liberty County with honor and distinction during this interim term.”
Money temporarily replaces the suspended Liberty County Sheriff. He is appointed for a term beginning July 5, 2013.
A Bristol man has been airlifted to Bay Medical Center following a crash on the Apalachicola River Bridge this morning. Sources say the accident occurred just before 7 a.m. when a man was on a motor scooter traveling westbound in close proximity to a garbage truck. The two vehicles made contact and the motor scooter driver was thrown, landing on the concrete. The bike was then run over by the truck. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating. Traffic was delayed for over an hour. More details as they become available.
Three additional applicants stepped forward this week to apply for an appointment to the Liberty County Sheriff's post. Gene Revell, who served as a captain at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office from 1975 to 2011, submitted his application early this week. The County Record had already printed when two additional names were announced Tuesday afternoon. Eddie Joe White, a deputy with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office from 1997 to 2003 who ran for the sheriff's position in 2012, threw his hat into the ring, along with Jimmy Faircloth, who served as a Liberty County Sheriff's Office investigator and deputy from 1979-2004. Former Franklin County Sheriff Lloyd Alton “Skip” Shiver, Jr., and Rudolph Matas Hinson, who served as a sergeant with the Tallahassee Police Department from 1982 to 2012, have also applied for the appointment. Governor Rick Scott is expected to fill the vacancy by July 4.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating a death at a home on Hwy. 73 South in Clarksville. A family member discovered a man dead in the home around 7 p.m. Thursday night and alerted authorities. Investigators arrived to find blood all over the house. The man appeared to have died from several lacerations. After a thorough investigation, a suicide is suspected. As a precaution, the Sheriff's Office requested the FDLE Crime Lab collect evidence at the scene and an autopsy is being conducted. Results are expected by Saturday morning. Investigator Jared Nichols says there is no sign of foul play and he feels confident the death will be ruled a suicide. The name of the deceased is not being released until next of kin can be notified.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office has advised the Silver Alert issued this morning for Cliff Henson of Mossy Pond has been cancelled. Mr. Henson has been located in Marion County. More details in this week's print edition.