Local News

  • Court yanks slot machine approval at Gretna casino

    A Florida appeals court has reversed its ruling that would have allowed slot machines at the Creek Entertainment facility in Gretna.
    The 1st District Court of Appeals decided in May that because Gadsden County residents had voted to approve slot machines at the facility, Creek Entertainment was allowed to implement slots without legislative approval.

  • Downtown expert offers ideas

    In hopes of inspiring the current members of Quincy’s Main Street to rebuild downtown Quincy into a business district, the organization’s original leader spoke to the current members Friday
    She shared her experiences as Thomasville’s Main Street director during a 20-year period when the city’s downtown business district was rejuvenated.  

  • Shining through

    Cynthia Hayes-Riley believes cancer saved her life.
    She was diagnosed with breast cancer one year and one week after a car backed over her and then hit her again, seriously injuring her and killing her 15-year-old daughter, Crystal, who was trying to pull her mom out of the car’s path in East Gadsden High School’s parking lot after a football game. Her oldest daughter, Jocelyn, now 27, was not hurt.
    The aftermath of the tragedy in October 2006 left Hayes-Riley grief-stricken, depressed, unable to walk and
    asking why.

  • Sheriff to lace up walking shoes for breast cancer

    Sheriff Morris Young will host his third annual cross-county walk for breast cancer awareness October 30. The walk will begin in Chattahoochee and end in Midway this year.
    Though people are allowed to participate in the walk without a team and without paying a registration fee, the walk’s chairperson Ronterrious Green hopes they buy event t-shirts while hoping organizations like businesses, churches and sororities will pay the $35 it costs to register as a team. All funds go to efforts for breast cancer awareness and research, Green said.

  • Jury clears Quincy man in sex crime case

    A Quincy man prosecuted for sexual assault, burglary and theft has been found not guilty.
    A jury delivered the verdict rendering Gregory Marshall, 50, innocent Sept. 17 and he was released Tuesday morning.
    The trial lasted two days.
    Marshall had been accused of stealing his girlfriend’s purse and cellphone before assaulting her.
    The woman told deputies Marshall sexually assaulted her behind a house then choked her later that evening, and the deputies reported seeing bruises on the woman’s neck that corroborated her story.

  • Drug task force makes ‘molly’ bust

    The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office made its biggest bust yet in its fight against synthethic drugs this past Friday when they arrested a suspect in Quincy’s Sawdust community.
    They report seizing more than 500 grams of the synthetic drug known as “molly” or “flakka,” in addition to
    4 pounds of marijuana, 32.7 grams of crack cocaine and nearly 10 grams of powder cocaine in connection with the arrest of Montavious Perkins. They also confiscated $616 that was located in the car Perkins was found in.

  • Clubs award county’s top cop

    Members of several Quincy and Havana civic clubs as well as representatives from all of the law enforcement agencies in the county converged on The First Baptist Church of Quincy’s dining hall for a luncheon Tuesday afternoon to see who would be crowned Gadsden County’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

  • Former teacher accused of child cruelty in class

    A former Shanks Middle School teacher faces a felony charge related to an incident this past April where he allegedly instructed six of his students to jump another of his
    Dewayne Johnson, 24, of Tallahassee, was charged Sept. 14 with cruelty toward a child, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and disturbing the peace.

  • Family honors 1937 Dozier School victim

    A Quincy man stabbed to death in 1937 while sentenced to the Dozier School for Boys was properly laid to rest by his family Friday morning.
    Relatives of Robert Stephens gathered at the Smith Cemetery in Quincy where they buried Stephens’ bones in a tiny white casket.

  • Familiar face to lead QPD

    Quincy native Glenn Sapp was announced as the city’s permanent police chief at the Sept. 8 meeting of Quincy city commissioners. He had served the position in the interim for nearly a year.
    Sapp has been a law enforcement professional for nearly 25 years now, beginning as a military police officer patrolling over a prisoner of war camp during the Gulf War.
    He was first introduced to a law enforcement officer’s work as an 11-year-old participant in the Quincy Police Department’s junior police program during the late ‘70s.