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HUNTING BAN Joshua Wayne Douglas, who has been indicted for the murder of Jamie M. Broxson, may have had early signs of trouble. In January 2007, Douglas pled guilty after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers charged him and a Milton teen with killing three small spotted fawns that they shot from a roadway on Christmas Eve near Munson on Division of Forestry property.Douglas was sentenced to 120 days in jail and 30 hours of community service, fined $1,000, and ordered to pay $330 in court costs. His hunting privileges were revoked for life. He also forfeited the shotgun used to kill the deer.

It was Douglas’ second time before a judge in a two-month period for shooting deer illegally or at night. He and an accomplice were charged Nov. 5, 2006 for night hunting deer after the pilot of an FWC airplane and ground units spotted the pair as they attempted to shoot a deer using a spotlight. In that case, Douglas had to pay $500 in fines and court costs, was sentenced to 10 hours of community service and had his hunting license suspended for three years.

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced on Feb. 3 that he will seek the death penalty against Douglas for the murder of Broxson, whose body was found in the woods on Gulf Power property on Nov. 29, 2010. She was found with duct tape over her forehead and arm. The autopsy found evidence of sexual assault, and the death was the result of asphyxia. Douglas was linked by DNA to the crime.

NOT ONE OF US Escambia County’s Republican Party took offense to the founder of the Aquarium for Pensacola identifying one of his former board as a member of their organization.

Bill Young, president of the Aquarium for Pensacola, wrote an apology letter to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and other elected officials concerning Rodney Rowe, who Young blamed for misrepresenting the support of Rubio and others for an aquarium that would use the tanks of the Main Street Sewage Plant.

His letter to Senator Rubio stated, “I met Mr. Rowe back in October when he called me from the Republican campaign booth at the Pensacola Interstate Fair, which he was manning.”

Local GOP Chairman Susan Moore issued a statement after the letter was published: “Although I am sympathetic to Mr. Young’s issues with Rodney Rowe and the aquarium, I want to be clear that I have never met Rodney Rowe and he is not, nor has he ever been, a member of the local Republican Party. Our booth at the Pensacola Interstate Fair was manned exclusively by Escambia County Republican Executive Committee members.

“No matter what he may have said to Mr. Young, Rodney Rowe never manned our Republican booth at the Pensacola Interstate Fair and again, is not a member of the local Republican Party.”

In the apology letter, Young also stated that his organization had legal concerns with Rowe. The IN pressed him to further explain what those concerns might be.

In an email, Young replied: “We are currently assessing the validity and impact of all actions, statements and transactions for which Mr. Rowe was responsible. We are also cognizant of the disturbing possibility of incidents with which his personal life may have been impacted, although the validity has not been determined. We will seek full remedy for all assets of Aquarium for Pensacola which Mr. Rowe may have converted or misapplied for personal gain.

“Additionally, Hancock Bank and the local authorities will have to assess whether any criminal activities have occurred. Mr. Rowe has been removed as a member of the board and all accounts on which he had signature support have been amended.”

SIGN-GATE CASE DISMISSED Greg Brown, II, a candidate for the Florida House, was charged last year for petty theft when he was caught removing the campaign signs of his competitor, Doug Broxson, from the property of J. LaDon Dewrell. Judge Gary Bergosh dismissed the case finding that Broxson’s signs were unlawfully on the Dewrell’s property or the right-of-way, and Brown had a lawful right to remove the campaign signs of Doug Broxson.

Brown, who lost the Republican primary to Broxson, released the following statement to the media:

“Today our faith in government was restored. Over the course of the campaign, we learn first-hand the cruel nature of some politicians who will do anything to not only win, but continue to maliciously attack ones character and cause irreversible damage. My wife and I never wavered from the fact that we did nothing wrong.

“It is clear from the order that either the signs were unlawfully placed on private property, or were illegally placed in the public right of way and considered litter by Santa Rosa County.

“We appreciate all those that supported us during the campaign and well beyond. We are anxious to move forward with our lives and to be productive members of our community who facing much bigger challenges.”