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Updated: 05/16/2014 08:14:57PM

Officer resigns amid criminal investigation

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SUN PHOTO BY DREW WINCHESTER, dwinchester@sun-herald.com

Melanie Turner, a North Port police officer, made her first appearance in front of a judge Friday through a video conference at the Sarasota County Jail.

By DREW WINCHESTER

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NORTH PORT — Police Chief Kevin Vespia confirmed Thursday that Officer Melanie Turner resigned from the North Port Police Department, but would not comment on the circumstances due to open internal affairs and criminal investigations involving Turner.

Turner’s St. Petersburg-based attorney Diane Bailey Morton could not be reached for comment, but Vespia added that he expected the department’s internal investigation of Turner, and now-deceased Officer Ricky Urbina, to be completed by late next week.

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