The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting’s masthead will undergo some alterations.

Blogger/reporter Howard Goodman — who has reported on the Trayvon Martin shooting, Florida’s voter restrictions and higher education spending, among other topics — will step down at the end of the week to pursue other opportunities.

Ashley Lopez, a former reporter/blogger for the now-defunct Florida Independent, will replace Goodman starting June 4. A Miami native, Lopez has interned for Talking Points Memo and an NPR affiliate in North Carolina. In addition to her duties at FCIR, Lopez will report for WLRN Miami Herald News, one of FCIR’s media partners.

Contributing Editor Tristram Korten, who most recently examined Gov. Rick Scott’s job creation claims and the costs to Florida to defend controversial new laws, will take a leave of absence this summer to accept a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

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  1. Coral Swafford

    For school, I have to interview an Investigative Reporter. If you are available and interested, please email me back ASAP.

    Reply
  2. David Ropp

    This is a request for the investigation into the actions of Louise Wilhite-St. Laurent, with the DOH, and a Kathryn Whitson, Chairperson with the BON and any others that may have been involved in the improper handling of my case.

    Mrs. St. Laurent lied and withheld exculpatory evidence in her ERO and Administrative Complaint against me.

    Facts: 1. Claimed that I was unsafe to practice due to alcohol/Drug abuse and impairment.
    -Yet she failed to include the negative urine, hair, and nail drug test I took three days after my arrest on Jan 20, 2013 to prove I wasn’t impaired.
    -She failed to include the negative urine, hair, and nail drug test Dr. Sayonara Baez submitted me to for her examination.
    -She failed to include the negative urine drug test Dr. Aldo Morales submitted me to for his examination.
    -She failed to include the random 60+ negative urine drug tests from the Broward County Drug Court Program.
    2. Claimed a violation for drug possession
    -However I successfully completed Drug court program with a dismissal of all Drug charges May 27, 2014 after the May 22, 2014 ERO. I started the program May 23, 2013. This was the shortest time I could have completed the program in.
    -She lied in her documentation stating that my DUI was re-filed because I didn’t complete my drug court program in a timely manner.
    -She failed to include that after her initial suspicion that the filing of my DUI was a new DUI charge her investigator informed her on 2/19/2014, in a report, that it was not a new charge but a re-filing of the original charge.
    3. Claimed Misappropriation
    – Failed to include the supplemental police report of Vivian Acevedo. This documentation was part of the initial police report. Which states she inventoried the hydrocodone pill from my vehicle and not from my pocket. This documentation exposes the lie, in the police report, of arresting officers Troy Wilson and Kevin Gonzalez, that they found the said hydrocodone pill in my left pant pocket.

    Evidence I submitted after the ERO and Administrative Report
    -Negative Drug Test from Jan 23, 2013
    -Negative Drug Test from Dr. Sayonara Baez, Dr. Aldo Morales, and Dr. E.K
    -60+ Drug tests from the Broward County Drug Program
    -Court Dismissal of Drug Charges
    -Dismissal of all charges surrounding my DUI. Found Not guilty in a court of Law by a jury of my peers.
    -Supplemental report of Vivian Acevedo
    -Deposition of Vivian Acevedo

    The DOH dismissed their case and relinquished jurisdiction back to the BON
    The Probable cause panel dismissed their case against me
    Took me Three weeks, from Nov 22, 2014 decision of the probable cause panel to dismiss my case, to get the complaint removed from the DOH license verification site.
    I Never received a copy of the dismissals from the DOH or BON

    Sept 2015 I applied for an Illinois endorsement of my RN license
    A complaint was brought against me by the IDFPR (Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations). I wasn’t sure why initially. They kept asking me to explain the May 22, 2014 ERO. They did give me my license after three months while pursuing their complaint against me.
    I missed out on a RN job opportunity after finding out that there was a discipline (libelous information) posted on the Nursys.com national endorsement site. An ERO is a temporary action. It is not considered a discipline or final order. I found out that the information was posted after my supposed dismissal Nov 21, 2014.
    I contacted the DOH and after speaking with Rena Coffield all negative information was removed from the site. I also requested the copies of the DOH and BON dismissals, which I received for the first time by email on Jan 2016. This aided in getting the IDFPR(Illinois department of financial and professional regulations) to drop their complaint against me.

    Mrs. Kathryn Whitson, BON chairperson withheld exculpatory evidence in her Dismissal order.
    -She failed to include the exact number of negative drug tests submitted into evidence.
    -She failed to include Vivian Acevedo’s supplemental report and deposition.
    -She failed to include the Court Dismissal of all drug charges.
    All of the evidence I provided, most of which they already had access to, proved that their claims against me were unsubstantiated and that there was never any probable cause for them to move forward in their case against me.

    After speaking with Brad Dalton the DOH has since removed four sites mentioning my ERO. However, on May 23, 2014 a miscellaneous document defending the surgeon general’s decision to enact an Emergency Restriction Order against me was published to Florida rules Department of State (FAR). The document 64B9-16 is a first page search result on Google if you search my name David Christopher Ropp or my license number rn9333289. I have spoken with Adam S. Tanenbaum, General Council Member, with the Department of State and Linda McMullen, General Council Member, with the Department of Health and both said there is nothing they will do to help me. This is why I am sharing my story with you in hopes that you will be able to investigate the matter further and possibly expose this injustice.

    Thank You,
    David Ropp

    If you have any questions please contact me at:
    Davidropp@gmail.com
    847-525-0081

    Reply
  3. David Christopher Ropp

    David Ropp
    April 13, 2016
    This is a request for the investigation into the actions of Louise Wilhite-St. Laurent, with the DOH, and a Kathryn Whitson, Chairperson with the BON and any others that may have been involved in the improper handling of my case.

    Mrs. St. Laurent lied and withheld exculpatory evidence in her ERO and Administrative Complaint against me.

    Facts: 1. Claimed that I was unsafe to practice due to alcohol/Drug abuse and impairment.
    -Yet she failed to include the negative urine, hair, and nail drug test I took three days after my arrest on Jan 20, 2013 to prove I wasn’t impaired.
    -She failed to include the negative urine, hair, and nail drug test Dr. Sayonara Baez submitted me to for her examination.
    -She failed to include the negative urine drug test Dr. Aldo Morales submitted me to for his examination.
    -She failed to include the random 60+ negative urine drug tests from the Broward County Drug Court Program.
    2. Claimed a violation for drug possession
    -However I successfully completed Drug court program with a dismissal of all Drug charges May 27, 2014 after the May 22, 2014 ERO. I started the program May 23, 2013. This was the shortest time I could have completed the program in.
    -She lied in her documentation stating that my DUI was re-filed because I didn’t complete my drug court program in a timely manner.
    -She failed to include that after her initial suspicion that the filing of my DUI was a new DUI charge her investigator informed her on 2/19/2014, in a report, that it was not a new charge but a re-filing of the original charge.
    3. Claimed Misappropriation
    – Failed to include the supplemental police report of Vivian Acevedo. This documentation was part of the initial police report. Which states she inventoried the hydrocodone pill from my vehicle and not from my pocket. This documentation exposes the lie, in the police report, of arresting officers Troy Wilson and Kevin Gonzalez, that they found the said hydrocodone pill in my left pant pocket.

    Evidence I submitted after the ERO and Administrative Report
    -Negative Drug Test from Jan 23, 2013
    -Negative Drug Test from Dr. Sayonara Baez, Dr. Aldo Morales, and Dr. E.K
    -60+ Drug tests from the Broward County Drug Program
    -Court Dismissal of Drug Charges
    -Dismissal of all charges surrounding my DUI. Found Not guilty in a court of Law by a jury of my peers.
    -Supplemental report of Vivian Acevedo
    -Deposition of Vivian Acevedo

    The DOH dismissed their case and relinquished jurisdiction back to the BON
    The Probable cause panel dismissed their case against me
    Took me Three weeks, from Nov 22, 2014 decision of the probable cause panel to dismiss my case, to get the complaint removed from the DOH license verification site.
    I Never received a copy of the dismissals from the DOH or BON

    Sept 2015 I applied for an Illinois endorsement of my RN license
    A complaint was brought against me by the IDFPR (Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations). I wasn’t sure why initially. They kept asking me to explain the May 22, 2014 ERO. They did give me my license after three months while pursuing their complaint against me.
    I missed out on a RN job opportunity after finding out that there was a discipline (libelous information) posted on the Nursys.com national endorsement site. An ERO is a temporary action. It is not considered a discipline or final order. I found out that the information was posted after my supposed dismissal Nov 21, 2014.
    I contacted the DOH and after speaking with Rena Coffield all negative information was removed from the site. I also requested the copies of the DOH and BON dismissals, which I received for the first time by email on Jan 2016. This aided in getting the IDFPR(Illinois department of financial and professional regulations) to drop their complaint against me.

    Mrs. Kathryn Whitson, BON chairperson withheld exculpatory evidence in her Dismissal order.
    -She failed to include the exact number of negative drug tests submitted into evidence.
    -She failed to include Vivian Acevedo’s supplemental report and deposition.
    -She failed to include the Court Dismissal of all drug charges.
    All of the evidence I provided, most of which they already had access to, proved that their claims against me were unsubstantiated and that there was never any probable cause for them to move forward in their case against me.

    After speaking with Brad Dalton the DOH has since removed four sites mentioning my ERO. However, on May 23, 2014 a miscellaneous document defending the surgeon general’s decision to enact an Emergency Restriction Order against me was published to Florida rules Department of State (FAR). The document 64B9-16 is a first page search result on Google if you search my name David Christopher Ropp or my license number rn9333289. I have spoken with Adam S. Tanenbaum, General Council Member, with the Department of State and Linda McMullen, General Council Member, with the Department of Health and both said there is nothing they will do to help me. This is why I am sharing my story with you in hopes that you will be able to investigate the matter further and possibly expose this injustice.

    Thank You,
    David Ropp

    If you have any questions please contact me at:
    Davidropp@gmail.com
    847-525-0081

    Reply
  4. David Christopher Ropp

    David Christopher Ropp
    April 25, 2016
    David Ropp
    April 13, 2016
    This is a request for the investigation into the actions of Louise Wilhite-St. Laurent, with the DOH, and a Kathryn Whitson, Chairperson with the BON and any others that may have been involved in the improper handling of my case.

    Mrs. St. Laurent lied and withheld exculpatory evidence in her ERO and Administrative Complaint against me.

    Facts: 1. Claimed that I was unsafe to practice due to alcohol/Drug abuse and impairment.
    -Yet she failed to include the negative urine, hair, and nail drug test I took three days after my arrest on Jan 20, 2013 to prove I wasn’t impaired.
    -She failed to include the negative urine, hair, and nail drug test Dr. Sayonara Baez submitted me to for her examination.
    -She failed to include the negative urine drug test Dr. Aldo Morales submitted me to for his examination.
    -She failed to include the random 60+ negative urine drug tests from the Broward County Drug Court Program.
    2. Claimed a violation for drug possession
    -However I successfully completed Drug court program with a dismissal of all Drug charges May 27, 2014 after the May 22, 2014 ERO. I started the program May 23, 2013. This was the shortest time I could have completed the program in.
    -She lied in her documentation stating that my DUI was re-filed because I didn’t complete my drug court program in a timely manner.
    -She failed to include that after her initial suspicion that the filing of my DUI was a new DUI charge her investigator informed her on 2/19/2014, in a report, that it was not a new charge but a re-filing of the original charge.
    3. Claimed Misappropriation
    – Failed to include the supplemental police report of Vivian Acevedo. This documentation was part of the initial police report. Which states she inventoried the hydrocodone pill from my vehicle and not from my pocket. This documentation exposes the lie, in the police report, of arresting officers Troy Wilson and Kevin Gonzalez, that they found the said hydrocodone pill in my left pant pocket.

    Evidence I submitted after the ERO and Administrative Report
    -Negative Drug Test from Jan 23, 2013
    -Negative Drug Test from Dr. Sayonara Baez, Dr. Aldo Morales, and Dr. E.K
    -60+ Drug tests from the Broward County Drug Program
    -Court Dismissal of Drug Charges
    -Dismissal of all charges surrounding my DUI. Found Not guilty in a court of Law by a jury of my peers.
    -Supplemental report of Vivian Acevedo
    -Deposition of Vivian Acevedo

    The DOH dismissed their case and relinquished jurisdiction back to the BON
    The Probable cause panel dismissed their case against me
    Took me Three weeks, from Nov 22, 2014 decision of the probable cause panel to dismiss my case, to get the complaint removed from the DOH license verification site.
    I Never received a copy of the dismissals from the DOH or BON

    Sept 2015 I applied for an Illinois endorsement of my RN license
    A complaint was brought against me by the IDFPR (Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations). I wasn’t sure why initially. They kept asking me to explain the May 22, 2014 ERO. They did give me my license after three months while pursuing their complaint against me.
    I missed out on a RN job opportunity after finding out that there was a discipline (libelous information) posted on the Nursys.com national endorsement site. An ERO is a temporary action. It is not considered a discipline or final order. I found out that the information was posted after my supposed dismissal Nov 21, 2014.
    I contacted the DOH and after speaking with Rena Coffield all negative information was removed from the site. I also requested the copies of the DOH and BON dismissals, which I received for the first time by email on Jan 2016. This aided in getting the IDFPR(Illinois department of financial and professional regulations) to drop their complaint against me.

    Mrs. Kathryn Whitson, BON chairperson withheld exculpatory evidence in her Dismissal order.
    -She failed to include the exact number of negative drug tests submitted into evidence.
    -She failed to include Vivian Acevedo’s supplemental report and deposition.
    -She failed to include the Court Dismissal of all drug charges.
    All of the evidence I provided, most of which they already had access to, proved that their claims against me were unsubstantiated and that there was never any probable cause for them to move forward in their case against me.

    After speaking with Brad Dalton the DOH has since removed four sites mentioning my ERO. However, on May 23, 2014 a miscellaneous document defending the surgeon general’s decision to enact an Emergency Restriction Order against me was published to Florida rules Department of State Florida Administrative Registrar (FAR). The document 64B9-16 is a first page search result on Google if you search my name David Christopher Ropp or my license number rn9333289. This information was published by the Florida Administrative Code. I have spoken with Adam S. Tanenbaum, General Council Member, with the Department of State and Linda McMullen, General Council Member, with the Department of Health and both said there is nothing they will do to help me. This is why I am sharing my story with you in hopes that you will be able to investigate the matter further and possibly expose this injustice.

    Thank You,
    David Ropp

    If you have any questions please contact me at:
    Davidropp@gmail.com
    847-525-0081

    Reply

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