MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - It's no secret former Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodineliked to have a good time. Some people believe Nodine was livingtwo lives; his official life and his night life. Both finallymerged into one.
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According to the indictment, the week before Angel Downs wasmurdered, Nodine showed up at the Unified Command Center indowntown Mobile so intoxicated and belligerent that securityofficials had to escort him out.
The indictment also alleges Nodine lost his county-issued truckfor six days during Mardi Gras.
These were shocking allegations to some, but not to others.
It's no secret that Nodine had a very active social life.
"I totally think Steve was a different person out of work," saidChassity Ebbole.
Ebbole, owner of L.A. Body Art, has known Nodine for years. Sheremembers one particular night she spent with him.
"This was back in 2003 for the Snoop Dogg concert. And after Itattooed the promoters and we all made contacts, I was invited tothe VIP trip to the concert and I took the invitation. And Istepped into the limousine, and there was Steve. And Steve and Iknew each other and it didn't surprise me that he was there,"Ebbole said.
Ebbole said Steve made himself known, and he never gave muchthought to how he came across to others.
"I just remember, Steve had a drink and he was just shucking andjiving and having a good time with everybody," Ebboleexplained.
No one seemed to ever question Nodine on his behavior out ofwork.
"We would see him in the bars, and you know, it's not a secretthat Steve liked to drink, that's not a secret at all and he wasvery much a butterfly. You'd see Steve here and there and there andthere. Nobody stopped for one minute to say, 'Hey wait a minute,this is a person within authority within our city council.' Stevehad the ability to hang out with the common man, have a blast, thengo over to Government Plaza and handle business," Ebbole said.
Nodine also had a love for women, despite the fact that he wasmarried.
"Steve was a flirt, hands down and across the board. Any femaleout there is going to tell you Steve's a flirt. That's not a shockeither; that's common information," added Ebbole.
When Nodine wasn't living it up in Mobile at concerts or at barson Dauphin Street, he was conducting business somewhere else. Oneof those places was New Orleans.
"It's always typically after 6:00 p.m. I see him and I usuallysometimes see him going home around 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning. Isometimes ask him, 'When do you actually do work?'" said restaurantowner Eric Cohen.
Nodines' county credit card receipts show that he spentthousands of tax dollars on food and alcohol in New Orleans lastyear, and even more on hotel stays. In fact, records show that hestayed at the Chateau Bourbon at least a half a dozen times.
One hotel receipt totals $158; another, $151; and yet anotherfor $209. And that's just the beginning.
One of Nodine's restaurant receipts shows he spent $587 in onenight. Cohen said that doesn't surprise him.
"He comes in Bourbon Street all the time and always stops by andsays hello. I haven't seen him sober since I met him about a yearand a half ago, two years ago. He comes down to Bourbon Streetfrequently for business. He always has a drink in his hand and isalways toting somebody by his side," Cohen said.
Cohen said the last time he saw Nodine was a week before Downs'death.
"She looks familiar, but he's always with a woman or a bunch ofpeople drinking, there's always a drink in his hand and like I toldyou before, he's always loaded up," added Cohen.
Nodine also spent a lot of time in Pensacola.
"He's just a frequent here and people seem to know him," saidBennie Johnson.
Johnson said he has seen Nodine at the beach a number oftimes.
"I come here frequently to the Boardwalk. I surf and at nightswe'll hang out here. I see him at nights at random times just witha bunch of people just hanging out or just walking by himself,having a couple of beers and just partying," Johnson said.
But according to one man who claims to be a friend of Nodine,Steve was doing more than drinking and cheating on his wife.
"Nodine and I were friends in part because we shared an affinityfor three things: radio, politics, and marijuana," former Mobileradio personality Shane McBryde said in an article titled
"I thought it was great that someone seemingly so togethersmoked pot because in my mind it validated my use of the drug too,"McBryde also said in the article.
Marijuana was found in Nodine's county-issued vehicle inDecember 2009, but he denied it was his. After an investigation,investigators learned Nodine had gotten more than 2,400prescription pills, including Loratab, from at least nine differentpharmacies between March 2009 and January of 2010.
Nodine took a drug test on May 11, 2010, which investigatorssaid came back positive for marijuana and opiates.
On May 24, Nodine was arrested for the murder of Angel Downs,and on May 27, Nodine resigned as Mobile County Commissioner.
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