Ron Bowen: Port St. Lucie councilman charged with violating open records laws

Faiella, Martin face civil infractions

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie Councilman Ron Bowen has been charged with violating the state's open records laws and civil infractions has been levied against Mayor JoAnn Faiella and Councilwoman Shannon Martin in connection with the dismissal of former City Manager Greg Oravec, State Attorney Bruce Colton said Monday.

Bowen is charged with a second-degree criminal misdemeanor for using an intermediary to discuss Oravec with Faiella, Colton said.

Faiella and Martin are charged with destruction of public records for deleting text messages, Colton said.

Bowen arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Judge Kathryn Nelson's court room.

If convicted Bowen faces up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.

Faiella and Martin faces fines up to $500 for each infraction.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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