Bell County attorney, businesswoman arrested on federal charges
Perry Don Cortese, a Bell County attorney located in Little River-Academy, and Priscilla Ann Ellis, a Harker Heights resident and businesswoman, were arrested Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service and placed in the Jack Harwell Detention Center in Waco.Cortese and Ellis were indicted in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, on charges of wire fraud conspiracy and international money laundering conspiracy, according to federal court documents obtained by the Telegram.
Attorney, businesswoman had prior legal troubles
Bell County Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Cortese and his family are still trying to come to grips with the reality that his brother, Perry Don Cortese, faces federal charges after being arrested Monday, Richard said Tuesday.“We’re still figuring out how to deal with all this as a family,” Richard said. “It’s hard to deal with. But if he did something wrong, then he did something wrong.”Richard Cortese hadn’t known what the charges against his brother were before he talked with the Telegram, he said.
Frank’s Marina bathroom closures explained
Recent maintenance and upgrades to Frank’s Marina holding tank for the septic system led to the periodic closure of its bathrooms to prevent septic from entering the system, Matthew Taylor, general manager, said Tuesday.
Moffat fire board meeting stops, restarts
People attending the Moffat Volunteer Fire Department regular board meeting Tuesday night almost got to go home early because a vigilant Moffat resident pointed out that the meeting was illegal, according to the board’s bylaws.
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