Tag Archives: hit and run

Is the Hendry County Sheriff under Investigation for a Felony Cover-Up?

A day after reports of shenanigans by Charlotte County Deputies, Wink News dropped a bombshell that implicates Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden in a cover-up. It should be noted that no charges have been filed, and at this stage, the case has been referred to FDLE for an investigation regarding the Sheriff, he has not been charged with anything. Further, whether this incident rises to the level of inappropriate behavior or even criminal behavior is a question that has not been answered, and the mere fact there is an investigation does not determine anything. That said, there are some troubling inconsistencies in the case so far.

Sheriff Whidden insists there was no wrongdoing, and that he barely knows hit-and-run suspect Richard Carlton Smith, who is currently serving a Federal prison sentence. Smith admits having struck something, but says he thought it was a mailbox, not a person. The most troubling inconsistency is that Sheriff Whidden says that his office forwarded the case to the State Attorney’s office for review, which would demonstrate that there was no wrongdoing in his office. However, The SAO released a statement saying, “The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office did not send us anything,” and that they didn’t hear about the case until contacted by an attorney. They have forwarded the case to FDLE, and requested that another State Attorney’s Office be appointed to handle the case going forward. Reporter Dave Culbreth confronts the Sheriff with statements from his own deputy that contradict his explanation of the incident. It’s too early to render a verdict… but this looks bad. Defintely check out the full video from WINK. Wink credits Miami talk show host John Cardillo for breaking the story.

Attempted Murder Over Barq’s Root Beer


Braden Robinson

Braden Robinson

Louisiana man Braden Robinson had filed a bizarre civil claim related to his claim of a stake in the Barq’s Root Beer Company. Not only was Robinson unsuccessful in his multi-million dollar claim, he was ordered to pay $100,00 to the prevailing party. Apparently upset at the decision, Robinson took a man hostage in New Orleans and told the cops to shoot him, until a negotiator talked him down. He was first charged with terroristic threats, then aggravated assault for the incident.

Well, it turns out, that may not have been all he did that day. The victor in court was run down by a pickup truck outside the courthouse. The police initially thought it was just a hit and run, until the victim told them about his history with Robinson. Detectives were able to pull jail calls of Robinson speaking to his wife in code, and later a mechanic reported that Robinson had gotten repairs to his truck similar to the damage from the hit and run case. Robinson has now been charged with attempted murder for the hit and run.

If he could be reached for comment, I’m sure Robinson would say the situation really bites

via NOLA.com: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/03/nopd_after_losing_legal_battle.html