Second band booster arrested for theft

The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a second
former officer of the Port St. Joe Band Boosters in connection with the theft
of monies from the organization.

Christie D. McCulley, 44, of White City, turned herself in Thursday
morning to the Gulf County Detention Facility, where she was booked on charges
of grand theft.

McCulley’s tenure as a former treasurer of the boosters, a
non-profit organization independent of the Gulf County School District,
preceded that of her successor as treasurer Andrea S. Kennington, 45, of Port
St. Joe, who was charged last week with the same second-degree felony.

Sheriff Mike Harrison’s office alleges Kennington stole about
$9,096 in checks and cash from the organization, and that in an interview with
investigators, admitted to the theft.

In a new release, Harrison said McCulley wrote several
checks to Kennington from the booster’s account.

“She was fully aware that the money requested was not for a
band function but issued checks anyway,” Harrison said. “She told investigators
that Kennington promised to pay the money back. The money was never returned.”

The news release said the value of checks written by
McCulley totaled approximately $3,000. 

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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