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Lealman Fire Commission flawed election stands

A Circuit Court judge said Monday the results of the Lealman Fire Commission election should stand.

First-time candidate John Frank, who defeated incumbent Kathleen Quinn Litton by 559 votes, will take office at the next commission meeting, likely in December.

Litton wanted the court to overturn the results because 633 voters received the wrong ballot and were denied the chance to vote in the Lealman race. Litton said she knew it was unlikely that the majority of the 633 would have cast a ballot in the race for her, but that it was wrong for those people to be denied the right to vote.

Judge upholds secrecy

for Pensacola gun data

An Escambia County circuit judge has ruled that Pensacola police cannot be forced to disclose information about the types of guns used by the agency's officers or the training they receive.

Circuit Judge Frank L. Bell ruled that disclosing records of the most recent inventory of certain weapons used by police could jeopardize security plans Pensacola has developed. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed last month by the St. Petersburg Times.

Pedestrian found dead

in stolen car that hit him

TAMPA _ A body was discovered Monday afternoon inside a stolen car found abandoned in the back yard of a home on E Poinsettia Avenue.

Police said the dead man was a pedestrian with an artificial leg who was hit by a 1990 Honda Accord and thrown through the windshield. Someone put the body in the car and drove a few blocks to 1513 E Poinsettia Ave., where the car was abandoned, police said. The artificial leg was found at Linebaugh and Nebraska avenues, where police think the man was struck.

Police were called Monday afternoon and discovered the body of the adult white male in the front passenger seat. The car was reported stolen Sunday night.

Police said late Monday they had no suspects.

_ Compiled from staff and Bradenton Herald reports.