– As Gossip Extra told you exclusively Monday, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw will not be prosecuted by the Florida Commission on Ethics for a complaint drafted by PBSO critic Mark Dougan, the founder of pbsotalk.com. The complaint spelled out how the sheriff allegedly lied to obtain a new agency-issued credit card in an attempt to skirt Dougan’s request for a look at Bradshaw’s expenses. But since the commission’s sleuths saw page after page of receipts, their investigative report points out that Bradshaw broke ethics rules when he charged taxpayers $870 for dinners and lunches with a motley crew of business, political and media stalwarts. Those included: Bradshaw political supporter and Cheney Bros big Byron Russell; lobbyist Tom DeRita; Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aronson; and WPTV-Channel 5 news director Jeff Brogan. Bradshaw, however, followed PBSO procedures when he treated everybody. So, PBSO has struck buying dinner off its list of approved on-duty purchases: Get ready to pull out your plastic if you dine with the sheriff!
– The final autopsy report on the Feb. 11 death of longtime Aventura resident Whitney Houston was released yesterday in Los Angeles and contained more details about how cocaine contributed to the former chart-busting singer’s death. By the time she was found face down in her bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel, Houston had been dead for at least an hour, according to the report. According to the paperwork, investigators also found a small spoon with a “crystal-like substance,” a white powder substance in a drawer, a rolled up piece of paper and a dozen bottles of prescription drugs in the bathroom. Ultimately, Houston drowned in the tub. (Click here for more from The Washington Post)
– Lantana Police Chief Jeff Tyson, 51, was released from the Palm Beach county lockup late last night after his 1:30 p.m. arrest for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident — in his service Explorer! Tyson was released on his own recognizance about 10 p.m. He was nabbed after rear-ending an unmarked Palm Beach County Sheriff‘s car at a traffic light in Boca Raton and driving away. The chief allegedly blew three times the legal limit for DUI! (Click here for more)
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