By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Cherry Lake Fire Rescue, Inc. announces its bass tournament to be held this Saturday, March 30, from 6 a.m.-noon.
The tournament will be held at the Cherry Lake 4-H Camp and Madison County Boat Ramp and Picnic Area.
There will be an entry free of $50 per boat (two fisherman) or $25 per fisherman.
Register for the Big Fish pot at $10 per boat.
Prize money will be paid to first through fourth places for 21 or more boats or first through third places for 20 or less boats. There will be a 100 percent payback to the winner of the Big Fish pot.
Registration begins promptly at 5 a.m.
For more information, please call Cherry Lake Fire Rescue at (850) 929-2354 and leave your name and return number.
By Jacob Bembry
Virginia Ester (Glotzbach) Thompson passed March 20th 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the Presbyterian Homes in Quitman Ga.
Virginia was born August 15th, 1922 to Otto J. and Irma E. Glotzbach in Paxico Kansas. Her family lived briefly in Lillis, Kansas, moving ultimately to Wamego Kansas. Virginia graduated from Wamego High School in 1939, and then attended Kansas State University. During this time she met her husband Louis Carlton Thompson who was stationed at Fr. Riley Kansas. They were married on November 13, 1943 and were married for sixty five years before her husband’s passing in 2008.
After Louis finished his Master’s Degree at Kansas State University the couple moved to Minneapolis Kansas, where Louis taught high school and Virginia was a domestic engineer. In 1967 the couple moved to Madison Florida. Louis became the Athletic Director at North Florida Junior College while Virginia became the college bookstore manager. They both worked for the college for over twenty years before retiring.
Virginia was known by her family as an excellent cook, mother and animal lover. She was also known as a superb dancer. Her family and friends have fond memories of their attending College dances where Virginia and Louis would liven up the crowd. Her two sons recall that every Sunday night the breakfast table would be moved as the couple would Swing, Waltz and Foxtrot to the Lawrence Welk Show. Virginia was the first Republican Committee Woman in Madison County and served in this position for many years. Virginia and Louis attended Grace Presbyterian Church in Madison County for many years before his passing and her moving to Quitman Ga.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Robert E. Glotzbach and her sister Alice E. (Glotzbach) Solden. She is survived by two sons Stuart Thompson and Andrew Thompson. As well as four grand-children, five great grandchildren and two sisters Joyce (Glotzbach) Green of Overland Park Kansas and Patricia Irma (Glotzbach) Huddleston of Camillus, New York.
Memorial Services will be held on April 28th , 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Grace Presbyterian Church in Madison Florida.
Patricia (Patty) Prince Marker, 88, passed away March 21, 2013 at her home in Madison, FL. She was born May 23, 1924 in Perry, FL, to Wm. Carey and Claudia Edwards Prince.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 27, 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Madison, FL. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, Madison, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 104 NE Horry Ave., Madison, FL 32340.
Patty grew up in Greenville, FL and graduated from Greenville High School. She attended the Florida State College for Women (FSU) and the University of Alabama – Dothan.
She worked in the family business, Greenville Plywoods, Inc. as secretary/treasurer and director with her father, corporation president and owner, until his death and dissolution of the business. She later resided in Tallahassee, FL where she was an accountant for the Florida State University Athletic Department until her retirement. In 2002, she returned to Madison County.
A member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Madison, Patty was also active in the DAR, the UDC, a charter member of Madison Co. Genealogical Society, Florida Pioneer Descendants, Madison Co. Republican Club, Cherry Lake American Legion and lifetime member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Patty was an avid gardener, history buff, outstanding home cook, and devoted Seminole fan.
Patty is survived by son, John L. Marker, Jr. (Elaine) of Waxhaw, NC and daughter Patricia M. Hinton of Greenville, FL; granddaughters Paige Hinton of Tallahassee, FL, and Eve Ingram (James) of Climax, GA; great grandsons Gage and Sean; sisters Mateel Mays (George) of Peachtree City, GA and Claudia Scruggs of Sugar Hill, GA, in addition to beloved nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by sisters Gloria Outler and Marjorie MacKenzie, and her parents, Wm. Carey and Claudia Prince.
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) urges residents and visitors to stay alert and use caution this weekend as a low pressure system is forecast to bring severe weather across Northwest Florida and the Suwannee River Valley on Saturday. Have a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio in your home of office to receive warnings from the National Weather and follow all instructions from local officials.
“The timing of the severe weather will be two-fold as this low pressure system causes a warm front to lift through the Panhandle and Big Bend on Saturday afternoon or early evening before a cold front sweeps through the area late Saturday night and Sunday morning,” said FDEM Meteorologist Brad Schaaf. “Be sure to pay close attention to the forecasts for your area and visit www.FloridaDisaster.org for more information on how to stay safe during severe weather.”
Primary threats from this potential storm system may include lightning, damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per house, large hail and isolated tornadoes. In addition, widespread rainfall of up to two inches is possible across North Florida with locally heavier amounts of up to four inches of rain. This could cause localized flash flooding in low-lying or urban areas.
The potential for severe weather will be greatly reduced on Sunday. However, a few storms across Northeast and Central Florida may become strong or even severe. These storms may produce dangerous lightning, gusty winds and small hail.
If severe weather threatens your area, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
Ensure your NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio is on and programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation. Ensure your disaster supply kit is prepared and heed all instructions from local officials.
Know what you would do in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch or warning. If a tornado warning is issued for your area seek shelter immediately in a interior room, away from windows.
NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and just one foot of fast-moving flood water can move most cars off the road.
If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter immediately.
To learn more about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan!, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, and follow FDEM on Twitter at @FLSERT, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/kidsgetaplan and on Google+ at FLSERT.
The Madison County Commission voted 5-0 to allow the Ten Commandments to be placed on the Madison County Courthouse Lawn. The monument should be placed there in a few days. Look in Friday’s Madison Enterprise-Recorder or online Herelater today for full story.
The Madison County Drug Task Force partnered with Investigators of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force and conducted “Covert” Drug buy operations in Madison County. The operations proved successful in purchasing a product that was sold as and presumptively tested positive for heroin. As a result of this investigation, the early stages of a heroin operation in Madison County have been shut down.
On Monday the 18th day of March 2013, the following have been arrested and charged:
Georgia Hopson, W/F, DOB: 02/16/1984 of Lee Florida. Charged: Possession of Heroin with intent to sell and Sell of Heroin. Bond set at $30,000.00
Alesha Wing, W/F, DOB: 11/06/1985 of Madison Florida. Charged: Principal Possession of Heroin with intent to sell and Principal to Sell of Heroin. Bond set at $41,500.00
Marvin Davis, B/M, DOB: 07/21/1970 of Madison Florida. Charged with Possession of Heroin with intent to sell (2counts) and Sell of Heroin a controlled substance (2 counts). Bond set at $50,000.00 for current charges and a No Bond on Violation of Probation.
Sheriff Stewart comments that this is the first reported incident of suspected Heroin use and sell that has been investigated by the Madison County Drug Task Force in several years. The Sheriff’s Office appreciates expressed concerns and information regarding potential illegal activities and will continue to be proactive and proficiently serve and protect the citizens of Madison County.
PATRICK W BROWN IS A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER.
DOB: 46 YEARS OLD
FDLE HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THE SUBJECTS NEW TEMPORARY ADDRESS IS:
160 SW CHRISTMAS TREE LANE
MADISON, FL 32340
Any questions or concern’s please contact the Madison County Sheriff’s
Office at (850)973-4001 ext.241
Madison County Sheriff’s Office requests all Grandparents be aware of the newest Scam reported to our office. The “GRANDPARENT SCAM” .
On March 19, 2013 a report was filed with MCSO that a couple had received a phone call from a young person only identifying themselves as their “favorite grandson”. When the grandparent called a name of one of her grandsons they answered “Yes, it’s me” explaining they were in jail and didn’t want their parents to find out and could they please help them by wire a large amount of money to a Bail Bondsman in Panama.
This person was so convincing, the grandparent went to Wal-Mart and tried to wire the money. Luckily the transaction did not go through and the grandparent was able to keep her money. And after contacting her children found out her grandson was at home and not in trouble in Panama.
Not any one of us wouldn’t drop whatever we’re doing to help a grandchild, but before making this happen, please verify and don’t be a victim.
Scam Safety Tips.
1) Listen to the caller and take notes, including the person’s Caller I.D.
2) Don’t give the caller any of your personal information.
3) Verify your family member’s location by using a valid phone number or speaking with other relatives.
4) Contact the U.S. Embassy in the country involved and ask for assistance or verification of an arrest.
5) Report the scam to your local police/sheriff’s office or FBI
Scammers have become more sophisticated in researching their targets, likely using social networking sites such as Facebook to learn about family members who are abroad. Other times, the scammers just cold-call their targets and hope for a easy victim.
The caller posing as the family member also will plead with the grandparent to not contact other relatives for fear of getting into trouble or worrying them, a tactic that helps isolate the victims into giving money.
Many of the scammers often make it sound as if the money needs to be sent urgently, but don’t fall for it. If someone actually is arrested or in the hospital, then there should be no such rush.
Unfortunately, once the money is gone, it’s gone for good. Victims rarely get their money back.
The scam works because it pulls on the heartstrings of grandparents. Stay alert and don’t be a victim.
Madison Fire Rescue will begin flushing fire hydrants on March 27. The City of Madison owns approximately 260 hydrants in the city and county. The flushing process normally takes up to two weeks to complete depending upon whether the Fire/Rescue Department is busy fighting fires or handling other emergencies.
The department will begin flushing at approximately 9 a.m., and will flush as many hydrants as possible until 5 p.m., each weekday. The department does not flush during weekends.
Hydrant-flushing signs will be posted in areas where flushing is occurring.
City and some county residents will need to let their water run if they start seeing rusty or dark-colored water. They should be cautious when washing clothes especially light-colored clothes or whites. If the water does not clear up within 15 to 30 minutes, the resident should call Madison City Hall at (850) 973-5081.
The department, says Acting Fire Chief Bruce Jordan, flushes hydrants for many reasons:
• Flushing helps remove rust and debris that accumulates in the city’s water system during the year and which can cause problems;
• Flushing ensures the hydrants are working properly and informs firefighters if there are problems in the hydrants’ operation such as leaking, not opening or closing, etc.
• Flushing helps firefighters remember where hydrants are located, which is part of the department’s weekly training; and
• Flushing is required by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) to maintain the fire department ISO rating.
Margaret Jean Richardson Brandies, 87, of Madison, FL., passed away peacefully at the Langdale Hospice House, Valdosta, GA, March 14, 2013. Jean was born Feb. 2, 1926 in Jacksonville, Fl to Warren Spencer Richardson and Kate Keel DuRant Richardson.
She spent much of her childhood living in South Carolina and met the love of her life, Cortez Martin “Buck” Brandies in St. Simons Island, GA. Jean was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Madison, FL. Buck and Jean made their home in Madison, where Jean was involved throughout the community. For years she coordinated the Madison Needy Children’s Christmas program and was recognized as Madison County Citizen of the Year for her dedication to the children of Madison County. She was a member of the Madison County Foundation for Excellence In Education, the Woman’s Club and Garden Club and was well-known throughout the community for her wonderful flower arrangements.
Jean was a loving mother, Nana, aunt and person whose life touched and influenced not only her family, but many other people from all walks of life. She was a blessing to all who knew her, and to the community of Madison. She will be sorely missed, but lovingly and most gratefully remembered….
Jean was predeceased by her husband, Buck, her granddaughter Elizabeth Ann Brandies and her sister, Barbara Hough. She is survived by her daughters, Frances Kate Brandies Marshall, of Tallahassee, Fl, Margaret Ann “Maggie” Davis (Andy) of Valdosta, GA, and her son, Cortez Martin “Corky” Brandies, Jr. of Madison, FL, and Jean Boothe Brandies her grandchildren, Benjamin Martin Brandies (Kim), Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Lauth (Jarrod), Corey Warren Brandies, all of Madison, FL; Amberbrooke Lodge (Justin) of Quitman, GA; Justin Davis (Brittany), and Hank Buckley Davis of Valdosta, GA, and six great grandchildren, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30pm, Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Madison First Methodist Church, Madison FL. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 5-7pm at Beggs funeral home Madison, FL. Memorials may be made to the Langdale Hospice House, 2263 Pineview Drive, Valdosta, GA 31602
Applications for the annual Miss Madison County Pageant are now available at Becky’s Dance Steps Studio, located at 438 E Base Street in Madison. New age divisions are being created this year! Ages are as followed; 0-11 months boys and girls, 12-23 months boys and girls, 2-3 years boys and girls, 4-5 years, 6-7 years, 8-9 years,
10-12 years, 13-15 will have the chance to compete for the title of Teen Miss Madison County 2013.
Contestants who are between the ages of 16 to 24 years old will have the opportunity to compete for the coveted title of Miss Madison County 2013, along with a chance to when a $1500 scholarship to attend North Florida Community College.
With the incredible success of last year’s Mr. and Miss Heart of Madison Program, we are pleased to announce once again that anyone who wishes to participate can do so without having to enter the actual pageant. This program raised a grand total that surpassed one thousand dollars for our Miss Madison scholarship fund which in return aided last year’s Miss Madison, Ashley Killingsworth. Since this program holds such a prestigious title everyone that participates and completes the requirements will walk away with a beautiful crown and sash.
The pageant is set for Saturday, April 13th. The event will take place at Van H. Priest Auditorium located at North Florida Community College, who is also a co-sponsor to this event. Applications may be picked up at Becky’s Dance Steps Studio. Be sure to submit applications early as spaces are limited!
For more information feel free to contact:
Toni Blanton Norris at (850) 253-5394 or email: email@example.com. Checkout madisonpageants on Facebook!
At the March 5 Lee Town Council meeting, council members discussed amending the contract with Jordan and Associates, to add a five-month time extension to the CDBG grant for extending sewer hookups to residences in Lee. The contract was set to expire in April, but will now run until September 2013.
Without the extension, the grant money would have to be sent back to the state, and the state would have to figure out how to reallocate the money from the 2009 grant.
Mayor Eddie Bell had asked how many more residents could be persuaded to jump on board during the extra five months. Upon learning that the state would rather have the town of Lee use the money than deal with the headache of deciding what to do with it if it were returned, council members discussed sit-down visits with residents to answer questions and explain the situation more thoroughly, and agreed that the extra five months would give them more time to canvass residents. Currently, about 27 have already agreed to the hook-ups.
“Seems like a no-brainer to me,” said Doug McNicol of the time extension, agreeing that the extra time was needed to go knock on doors. “Sooner or later that septic tank will go bad, and the health department is going to say ‘You can’t fix it.’”
The council voted unanimously in favor of the five-month extension.
Next up, the Council considered a request from the Florida League of Cities that the town sign a proclamation April 17 for “Military Family and Community Covenant Day.”
Since April 17 falls on a Wednesday, when many people would be working and involved in church activities after work, there were questions as to what kind of event a community the size of Lee could stage in midweek, as well as whether it would be better to do the signing during Lee Day, which falls on the previous Saturday (April 13). Doug McNicol also pointed out that Lee already did a pretty good job showing support to veterans and military families without having to sign anything. The Council voted 4-1 in favor of the signing in conjunction with Lee Day, when a lot of people would be in town. The Council also approved a funding request from the Lee Volunteer Fire Department for extra expenses related to Lee Day.
A request from the Tax Doctor to hold a customer appreciation event in Lee was tabled until the next meeting, because the business owner, Meshalene Love-Taylor, was not present.
The Council voted to adopt a resolution supporting the Consultants Competitive Resolution Act, and City Manager Sarah Anderson announced that since the Dept. of Children and Families had closed its Madison office, there was now a dedicated laptop that local residents who needed food stamps and other assistance could use at Lee Town Hall. Since these families often lacked transportation to out of county location, Anderson said it was a needed service for Lee residents, and expects it to be used by about five people a month, which would not impose a great burden on the town hall. The rest of the time, the laptop would be safely locked away.
In other items, the town of Lee has put in a request with the postal service to have the Annett Bus Line address located in Lee. The business was assigned a Madison post office address, even though it operates mainly in Lee.
By Friday, March 8, broadband capability will be coming to Lee, and Thursday, April 11, the town will be hosting the Suwannee River Water Management District meeting at Divine Events.
Finally, in order to comply with a new regulation that requires town water be tested every day for chlorine level rather than Monday through Friday, the Council approved a new work schedule for the Public Works department that would accommodate the requirement without incurring overtime expense for city employees.
The council then adjourned the meeting.
Just a reminder to everyone that you can read the actual Madison County Carrier and Madison Enterprise-Recorder newspapers online.
The online edition of the newspaper (called an e-edition) is available not only on computers, but also on iPads, Kindles, other tablets, iPhones and Android phones.
A one-year subscription to the e-edition is only $25 per year. The online e-editions become available for viewing every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.
If you would like to subscribe to the e-edition and the print edition, you simply need to add five dollars to the cost of the print subscription. Current print subscriptions are $35 in-county and $45 out-of-county.
To view a sample of the e-edition, go to online.greenepublishing.com.
To start your subscription today, or for more information, call (850) 973-4141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get the information on how to get the online edition to you.
Everyone in the county and surrounding areas are asked to please come show your support for Madison’s “Autism Support Kids” organization. ASK members are selling t-shirts to help raise funds for the children. The proceeds raised will go to helping the kids go to a camp at Cherry Lake this summer that is specifically designed to meet Autistic needs.
The ASK group will also be holding a walk on April 13 at Lanier field from 8 a.m.-noon. The run and walk events will begin at 9 a.m. There will be a one-mile fun run for kids, with a $1 entry fee. Adult will be able to participate in a 5K run/walk. For more information about the run or for vendor applications, please contact Becky Bennett at the Madison Extension Office (850) 973-4138.
Everyone is welcome to come participate in the walk if they are able, and if not to please come purchase a shirt to help the children. The costs of the shirts are $20 for adult shirts and $10 for youth shirts. If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, or if you have any questions, please contact Leslie McLeod.
Madison County High School will be hosting cheerleading tryouts for their 2013-2014 cheerleading squads on April 8-11. Tryouts for JV and varsity will be held during this week. Tryouts will begin at 4 p.m. each day and last until 5:30 p.m. They will be held in the MCHS Gym. There will be a mandatory pre-tryout meeting on Thursday, March 21 at 4 p.m. in the MCHS Gym. If you have any questions please contact Ruth Ann Latner by phone or text at (850) 464-0236 or email her at email@example.com.
~57 conspirators tied to running gambling centers under guise of “internet cafes”~
SEMINOLE CO. (March 13, 2013) – Local, state and federal law enforcement officials and prosecutors today announced the charging of 57 individuals for their roles in an organized $300 million conspiracy orchestrated by Allied Veterans of the World. Operation “Reveal the Deal” uncovered a sophisticated racketeering and money laundering scheme stemming from 49 illegal gambling centers operating under the guise of “internet cafes.” The organization falsely claimed to be a charitable veterans’ organization, but instead deceived the public and government while lining the pockets of its operators.
Law enforcement officers yesterday began executing 54 search warrants and 57 arrest warrants in 23 Florida counties and five additional states, rounding up individuals and evidence involved in the conspiracy. Investigators are seizing slot machines and records from Allied Veterans of the World gambling centers across the state, as well as 80 vehicles and vessels, 170 properties, and 260 bank accounts estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.
Allied Veterans of the World was led by four co-conspirators: Johnny Duncan, 62, of Boiling Springs, S.C., Jerry Bass, 62, of Jacksonville, Fla., Chase Burns, 37, of Fort Cobb, Okla., and Kelly Mathis, 49, also of Jacksonville, Fla. Duncan serves as the former national commander of the organization, Bass is the current commander, and Mathis is the organization’s attorney. Burns owns and operates International Internet Technologies and provided the software used by the gambling centers.
The organization is federally registered as a 501(c)(19), a tax-exempt veterans organization, and touts that it operates for charitable purposes. Instead, investigators allege it ran gambling centers and illegal slot machines, funneling the illegal proceeds through a sophisticated web of for-profit corporations that paid off the Allied Veterans of the World management, software provider and lawyer. More than 100 for-profit corporations and a combination of shell companies and internet cafes were utilized to conceal the illegal activity and funds generated by the gambling centers. Investigators found that during the period January 2008 to January 2012, less than 2 percent of the $300 million in gambling center revenues was given to charity.
Investigators believe the four co-conspirators received a combined more than $90 million in proceeds from the scheme. They were charged with Racketeer and Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO); RICO conspiracy; manufacture, sale, possession of slot machines; lottery; keeping gambling houses; and money laundering. Duncan was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Facility (South Carolina), Bass was booked into the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Jail, Burns was booked into the Caddo County Jail (Oklahoma), and Mathis was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Seminole County.
The other 53 conspirators (see attached list) are associated with the illicit enterprise and operated the gambling centers, hiding their portion of a combined $194 million in gambling proceeds. These subjects reside in Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia. They face multiple counts of gambling, slot machines, lottery, money laundering and RICO. As of 1 p.m. today, 49 have been arrested. Among them are Nelson Cuba, 48, and Robert Freitas, 47, both of Jacksonville, Fla. The two are law enforcement officers who serve as the President and Vice-President of the Fraternal Order of Police’s Jacksonville Lodge. The investigation found they received more than $500,000 through a shell corporation during an 18-month period. The two withdrew cash weekly, attempting to avoid detection by removing amounts just below mandatory federal reporting requirements. Cuba and Freitas both face the additional money laundering charge of structuring transactions to evade reporting or registration requirements. They were booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Seminole County.
All charges are first degree felonies and all of the subjects arrested will be initially held on a no bond status.
Operation “Reveal the Deal” began in July 2009 and was conducted by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Internal Revenue Service, and the United States Secret Service. The agencies worked in partnership with the Florida Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the United States Attorney’s Office.
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that on Tuesday the 12th day of March 2013, Cpl. Jason Whitfield stopped a 2009 Toyota sedan for unlawful speed on Interstate 10 in Madison County. Cpl. Whitfield observed a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance being thrown from the rear passenger side window as the sedan was slowing.
Cpl. Whitfield requested canine assistance and Cpl. Kevin Stout arrived with canine Onyx. While Cpl. Whitfield was taking enforcement action for the speeding violation, Cpl. Stout was able to locate two plastic bags containing suspected marijuana in the grassy ditch near the area that Cpl. Whitfield observed the bags being thrown from the Toyota.
Canine Onyx was utilized to conduct a free air sniff of the Toyota and gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotic odor. A probable cause search was conducted of the sedan and marijuana residue and a clear plastic bag containing more marijuana residue was located on the rear passenger side seat. The plastic bag from the vehicle matched the two plastic bags that were recovered from the roadside.
The rear passenger side seat was occupied by Braxton Decalos Wright of Riverview Florida. Wright admitted to throwing three plastic bags containing marijuana from the Toyota prior to stopping. Wright was placed under arrest without incident and transported to the Madison County Jail.
Arrested: Braxton Decarlos Wright, DOB: 10/05/1993, 8338 Moccasin Trail, Riverview, FL 33578
Charged: Possession of Marijuana less 20 Grams
Follow up to Lt. Gov. Resignation Story: Multi-agency press conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today
SEMINOLE CO. (March 13) – Officials from multiple local, state and federal agencies will hold a press conference today at 2:30 p.m. at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Orlando Regional Operations Center. The office is located at 500 West Robinson Street, Orlando.
The purpose of the press conference is to discuss the status of a joint investigation into the illegal activities of Allied Veterans of the World.
The following officials will attend:
Attorney General Pam Bondi
FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey
U.S. Attorney Bobby O’Neill
Seminole County Sheriff Donald F. Eslinger
Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson
Statewide Prosecutor Nick Cox, Office of the Attorney General
Undersheriff Dwain Senterfitt, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
Special Agent in Charge Dennis Martinez, U.S. Secret Service
Special Agent in Charge James Robnett, Internal Revenue Service
Colonel Jerry Bryan, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
No information regarding the investigation will be released prior to the event.