Pictures prove Captain Wally was feeding alligator

WINK News -- EVERGLADES CITY, Fla - Pictures taken by an Indiana tourist are released to WINK News following a six week investigation into an Everglades City airboat captain. In June, Wally Weatherholt, an airboat captain at Captain Doug's Airboat Tours lost his hand when an alligator bit it off. … [Read more...]

Nominees for Seventh Circuit Court Judge

NOMINEES FOR SEVENTH CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE The Judicial Nominating Commission for the Seventh Judicial Circuit is pleased to announce the following named nominees have been submitted to Gov. Rick Scott for his consideration for appointment to the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit: Elizabeth A. Blackburn David Gillespie K. Judith Lane Judge Thomas Portuallo Catherine Swain Joseph Warren … [Read more...]

Clay jury awards $1.6 million to family of teen killed by CSX train

High school football star was killed in 2008 on a creek bridge By Charles Broward -- A Clay County jury found CSX Transportation negligent in the May 2008 death of a 17-year-old football star who was hit by a train while fishing from a trestle, awarding his family about $1.6 million  in damages Tuesday. Wesley Whiddon and two friends were on the railroad bridge over Black Creek when the train approached, forcing them to run barefoot to the end where they could jump off instead of taking a 50-foot plunge into the water below. Whiddon, positioned farthest from the end of the 150-foot trestle, was hit just as he tried to jump to safe ground. Read more at … [Read more...]

Debate Rages over Sitting Ban

By Paul Mueller, Reporter, Bay News 9 -- The Clearwater City Council saw a very heated debate Thursday night over a proposal to ban sitting or lying down on sidewalks and other public rights of way. The proposed ban would cover the downtown area, Clearwater Beach and the East Gateway neighborhood. City Council members said the ban would address a public safety issue and affects not only the city's image as a premiere tourist destination, but also the economy. Opponents are shocked this ban is even up for debate. "They've got no heart for the people, the homeless people," said Paul Almeida referring to the city council.  "They've got no heart." Almeida has lived in Clearwater since the mid 1980's and lives on a fixed income. … [Read more...]

Ninth Circuit Nominating Commission meets on Monday

The Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a conference call to discuss administrative matters and election of a chairman for the JNC, on July 30 at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Patrick T. Christiansen, Chair Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission at (407) 419-8545 … [Read more...]