An internal police investigation determined that a police officer should be fired for disobeying his supervisors, lying to internal affairs investigators and making a false report, according to findings from the St. Petersburg Police Department's Chain of Command Board. The investigation began Feb. 2 when Reynaldo Garnett Smith, 30, was cited for obstructing or opposing an officer without violence, a misdemeanor charge. Smith was accused of not cooperating with Hillsborough sheriff's deputies who responded to a domestic violence incident at his home. Smith also told his girlfriend not to speak with deputies, a report said. The Chain of Command Board on Thursday concluded that Smith, who worked for the department for almost three years, violated eight department policies, including violating a supervisor's order not to have any contact with his girlfriend, lying to internal affairs about whether his name was on his girlfriend's apartment lease, falsifying a mileage report and conduct unbecoming of an officer. Smith would have been fired, the board's report stated, if he had not already resigned July 29.
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Lyons challenges election he lost
A day after losing his bid to regain the presidency of the National Baptist Convention, the Rev. Henry J. Lyons sent a letter to the organization challenging the election. The letter was read Friday to hundreds of delegates gathered at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Lyons said he was challenging the results for several reasons, including the discrepancy in voting totals that showed him losing by a large margin, garnering only 18 percent of the 5,032 votes. His request for an investigation was denied through a standing vote of delegates. Lyons and his wife were the only two people who stood in favor of opening an investigation.
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SPC forum to open presidential search
St. Petersburg College will start its search to replace retiring president Carl Kuttler Jr. with a public forum attended by its board Sept. 21. The event will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at the EpiCenter, 13805 58th St. N., Largo. About 20 invited guests will give their thoughts, followed by comments and questions from the audience.