NAPLES — The Florida Highway Patrol announced today that it is stepping up its enforcement operations and teaming up with other law enforcement agencies across the state to prepare for the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The FHP will increase visibility and enforcement efforts beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 29 through midnight Sept. 1, according to a press release. The agency will target three specific causes of highway fatalities: speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints. Auxiliary and reserve troopers will be volunteering their time to assist regular troopers during the heightened holiday enforcement weekend. Full Story: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2008/aug/28/fhp-law-enforcement-agencies-increasing-visibility/
Four teens have been charged with planning to rob a McDonald’s restaurant, including an employee who police say was text-messaging instructions on how to open the cash registers.The late Sunday night plot at 950 West Commercial Boulevard was foiled by a police officer who saw a suspicious vehicle in a nearby parking lot, police spokeswoman Detective Katherine Collins said.The officer approached the car and found three males with robbery tools and a cell phone that one of them tried to throw into the bushes, Collins said.On the phone was a text message sent from a McDonald’s employee describing how to open the registers and where the money was kept, police said.
The state attorney’s office is also looking at about six days of furloughs for its employees if they’re not granted an exemption from budget cuts.”I am concerned about a morale issue, because I look at our folks and I can’t even hold out any hope,” State Attorney Willie Meggs said.Meggs said his employees haven’t had a raise since 2006. He also said their caseloads are increasing, because attorneys are leaving and not being replaced.
Public Defender Nancy Daniels says attorneys in her office might have to turn down cases if they can’t get any relief from budget cuts.”It’s unethical for a defense lawyer to represent so any people that they can’t do an adequate job for clients,” she said.The Office of the Public Defender currently has 60 attorneys, not including the six positions that have been eliminated since last summer. Full Story: http://tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080821/BREAKINGNEWS/80821005/-1/BREAKINGNEWS
On August 1st, Jeffrey R. Garvin of Fort Myers, Florida, was appointed president-elect of FLABOTA. FLABOTA is the Florida chapter of ABOTA; American Board Of Trial Advocates, which is an organization of civil Judges and Attorneys from both sides, who are working to preserve the civil jury system in America. Click here for more info on ABOTA. “The general purpose of ABOTA is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation.”