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Official quits after her hubby, mayor tangle


Official quits after her hubby, mayor tangle

The town manager of Central Florida's wealthiest community has offered her resignation, several days after her husband was involved in a scuffle with the mayor.

Cecilia Bernier submitted a resignation letter Friday, saying she could no longer effectively do her job as town manager of Windermere, the town adjacent to the neighborhood where golfer Tiger Woods crashed his vehicle in 2009.

Officials say it's not clear whether Mayor Gary Bruhn fell or was pushed Tuesday night as he exchanged words with Roland Bernier. But the mayor crashed into a table and fell to the floor, where he was briefly unconscious.

The confrontation came after the mayor questioned Cecilia Bernier's management abilities, blaming her for a recent police scandal, among other things.


Newfound treasure may be from galleon

Shipwreck salvors are evaluating a centuries-old 40-inch gold chain, with an enameled gold cross and two-sided engraved religious medallion, plucked from the sea floor while searching for a 17th century sunken Spanish galleon off the Keys.

Tentatively valued at about $250,000, the piece is believed to be from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha that sank during a 1622 hurricane. It was found Wednesday by divers from Mel Fisher's Treasures searching for the sterncastle of the Atocha, 35 miles west of Key West.

The chain's 55 links resemble cotter pins and the medallion features an engraved Virgin Mary and chalice.

In 1985, the Fisher crew recovered more than $450 million in artifacts and treasure from the Atocha shipwreck, but the sterncastle remains undiscovered.


Sheriff agrees to stop greeting jurors

A Panhandle sheriff says he will follow the request of three federal judges and stop greeting their potential jurors.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan announced his decision Thursday after the judges sent a letter asking that he stop meeting and handing out his business cards to jurors when they gather on Monday mornings at a downtown Pensacola parking lot.

The judges said they feared Morgan could create a pro-law enforcement bias among jurors in some case.

Associated Press

Official quits after her hubby, mayor tangle 03/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 25, 2011 10:24pm]
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