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City Council members charged with Sunshine Law violations

Three members of the Fanning Springs City Council are facing second-degree misdemeanor charges for Sunshine Law violations.

Eighth Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone stated on January 25th that Barbara Locke, Jane Nogaki, and Ronald Queen were charged with Violation of Public Meetings Law.

According to court documents filed by the state attorney, Locke, Nogaki and Queen were all serving on the Fanning Springs City Council, when they knowingly attended a private meeting on or about September 21, 2015. At this meeting, public business was discussed and deliberated. The meeting was not held in accordance with the requirements of Florida Statute 286.011, which states that such meetings must be open to the public with reasonable notice.

Barbara Locke has served on the Fanning Springs City Council since January 2011. Jane Nogaki began her service on the city council in February 2014 and Ronald Queen has served since January 2015.

Arraignment will be held on February 16. Locke, Nogaki and Queen could face a maximum fine of $500 plus court costs.

By Carrie A. Mizell