DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- For more than a year, Daytona Beach cop Kellie Fishpaugh endured taunting from then-Sgt. Jim Newcomb who continually asked her how her pregnancy was going despite the fact she wasn't pregnant. The taunting lasted more than a year.
Newcomb was also responsible for a lesbian cop being fired after she rejected overtures of another woman who made allegations that weren't substantiated. The cop, who had no disciplinary record until the bogus incident, finally got her job back two years later. Despite these and a host of other issues, Newcomb was promoted just a week ago Monday by Chief Mike Chitwood to the rank of captain and that has the police union up in arms.
2014 Contest Florida Press Club
General News Reporting, Third Place, Henry Frederick, Headline Surfer
May 4, 2014