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Ethics panel faults sheriff on free use of car
Published November 17, 2007
Police Chief John Timoney should have disclosed to the county and state the gift of a sport utility vehicle that he drove for more than a year, according to an ethics finding. Timoney did not dispute the facts of the finding Thursday by the Miami-Dade County Ethics Commission's public advocate, Michael Murawski. But the chief maintained that the SUV had not been given to him. "Bottom line, I don't think this is a gift," Timoney said. He drew criticism for his free use of the $54,000 Lexus RX Hybrid, provided by a dealership, for more than a year. Timoney eventually bought the vehicle at sticker price. The incident fueled tension between Timoney and the Fraternal Order of Police, which called for the chief's ouster in an unusual no-confidence vote in September.
PORT ST. LUCIE
Mother accused of neglect over filthy home
Police say a Port St. Lucie mother is charged with child neglect after living with her three children in a filthy home. A police report says officers found 25-year-old Jaileen Lorraine Soliman living with her children in a home where several pets were running loose. Police say there was trash and dirty clothing all over the house, with pet feces on the floor and furniture. The report says the children - ages 10, 7 and 1 - were dirty, and one of them had insect bites covering his body.