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Zingarelli arrested in Panama City

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office has arrested former Apalachicola resident Joseph Chad Zingarelli, 50, a transient, after warrants were issued for him for sexual battery, robbery by sudden snatching, and battery, his second offense. On Oct. 22, Bay County deputies met with the victim who reported a sexual battery to the BCSO. The victim said…

Abandoned water bottle helped lead to inmate capture
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Abandoned water bottle helped lead to inmate capture

When a Florida Department of Corrections officer spotted a man on a bicycle in Eastpoint Thursday morning, law enforcement officials thought he might be Robert Rutherford, the Franklin Correctional Institution inmate who escaped from a work camp detail in Apalachicola Monday morning. When they looked over the contents of a backpack the man left behind…

UPDATE: Sister pleads for FCI inmate’s safe return
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UPDATE: Sister pleads for FCI inmate’s safe return

The sister of a Franklin County Institution inmate, who walked away Monday morning from a work crew site at the 10 Foot Hole in Apalachicola, is pleading for his safe return. In an email to the Apalachicola Times, Christina Rutherford, sister of escaped inmate Robert Rutherford., wrote that her brother is not a violent man….

Seiden trial pushed to January
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Seiden trial pushed to January

Nearly six years after Aileen Seiden’s life ended brutally in Eastpoint when she was just 31 years old, the trial of one of her alleged killers and the sentencing of another won’t happen until 2024. At an Aug. 8 case management hearing, Circuit Judge Frank Allman set Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024 as the first of…

Seiden trial postponed until at least July
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Seiden trial postponed until at least July

More than five years after she was killed in an Eastpoint motel, Aileen Seiden is on the verge of having justice meted out to the two people charged in her death. One of them, Christina Marie Araujo, 43, of Palm Beach, decided earlier this month to plead guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder,…

Araujo pleads guilty to Seiden murder
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Araujo pleads guilty to Seiden murder

On the eve of their upcoming first degree murder trial for the bludgeoning death five years ago in an Eastpoint motel of a South Florida woman with whom they were traveling through Franklin County, one of the two defendants pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to second degree murder. Accompanied in the Apalachicola courtroom by her attorney,…

Florida drops concealed weapons permitting
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Florida drops concealed weapons permitting

Both members of Franklin County’s legislative delegation supported the legislation, signed Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, that will allow Floridians to carry guns without concealed-weapons licenses.  State Sen. Corey Simon (R-Tallahassee) was among the 27 yeas, to 13 Democratic nays, that gave final approval to House Bill 543, about a week after State Rep. Jason…

Carrabelle man gets seven years for child pornography
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Carrabelle man gets seven years for child pornography

A 59-year-old Carrabelle man, who once worked as a correctional officer at Franklin Correctional Institution, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for receiving material constituting child pornography.  A Monday announcement from Jason R. Coody, United States attorney for the Northern District of Florida, said that on March 23, Chief Judge Mark Walker…