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A retired Tallahassee police officer has taken up writing as a new career. Donna Brown spent 26 years in the nation’s 3rd-oldest city police department, ending her tenure as sergeant in the homicide unit. She retired 11 years ago. But while so many first responders spend their retirement on the golf course, traveling the world or simply relaxing, Brown felt compelled to stay in touch with her first profession and its practitioners.

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Local residents need to watch out for financial fraud scams via social media sites.

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Tallahassee Police have to wait until the end of September to find out if they’ll receive their first ever grant for more officers to wear body cameras. The federal grant is expected to cost $675,000.

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The city is considering a $325,000 settlement resulting from a use-of-force case that left a young man dead.

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The Tallahassee Police Department got creative this week after a phone went missing.

A bill allowing people to carry guns on college campuses, gun safety, and mental illness are just some of the topics that sparked heated discussion during a Tallahassee forum.

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With the holiday season upon us, Tallahassee Police are warning residents about protecting themselves from mail theft and fraud.

TPD Spokesman David Northway says the warning comes as mail has been taken from unsecured mailboxes.

“People who are out there who would go to your mail box maybe in the middle of the night under the cover of darkness and take the mail out and go through it and pull out what has your information on it that’s simply for you—meaning your credit card numbers, your pin numbers, your social security numbers, things like that,” said Northway.

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Tallahassee Police are warning residents to be wary of suspicious text messages asking for personal information.  Police say some citizens have reported receiving text messages purportedly coming from Bank of America. The message tells the recipient the bank has detected possible fraud related to their account and gives them a number to call beginning with the area code 406. The number rings to an automated service that asks callers to give personal information including their debit card numbers.

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Tallahassee ranks among the top ten Florida cities for alcohol-related crashes.

Tallahassee commission members are expected to accept a $110,000 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation Tuesday to help officials cut down on DUI-related crashes. Tallahassee Police Officer Scott Beck says the department will use the grant for more driver education and DUI enforcement.

“That would be DUI check points, that would be DUI roving patrols, that would mean overtime for officers that want to work the DUI safe streets, things like that,” Beck says.

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A phone scam that’s making its way through the Florida Panhandle has Tallahassee Police warning area residents to be careful.

TPD Spokesman David Northway, says in this case, the scammers are pretending to be the IRS:

“These scammers are calling people on the phone and demanding payment for fictitious back taxes and requesting for them to go and get a credit card that can be preloaded with money, and then giving them the number over the phone so they can then cash that money,” said Northway.

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Tallahassee Police have released a photograph of what they’re calling a “vehicle of interest” in the death of FSU law professor Daniel Markel. He was shot in his Trescott Drive home on Friday.

The car in the photo looks similar to a silver Toyota Prius and was captured on surveillance video Friday morning.

TPD spokesman Dave Northway stresses the vehicle does not necessarily belong to a suspect.

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Tallahassee Police believe a Florida State University law professor was the intended victim of a homicide, and his shooting was not random. Police are asking for help from the public as they continue investigating the Friday morning incident leading to his death.

Police are assuring residents in the Betton Hills neighborhood the shooting does not appear to be related to a home invasion, robbery or other random crime. FSU College of Law Professor Daniel Markel died after being found Friday with a gunshot in his home on Trescott Drive. 

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Under Florida law, city and county officials face penalties for violating the state’s prohibition on local gun ordinances. After that provision was enacted three years ago, gun rights advocates have filed several lawsuits against local governments and individual commissioners—including in Florida’s capital city.