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  • McDonald's is worst offender among Quincy restaurants; all pass inspection

    Several Quincy restaurants (with seating) were cited for critical violations, including employees eating in food preparation or storage areas and food being stored at unsafe temperatures, during health inspections conducted in recent months. All the restaurants did, according to reports from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, meet inspection standards.

  • Officer delivers baby in SUV

    There was nothing routine about Quincy police officer Zachary Woods' night shift on a recent Wednesday night. For him, it was a quiet night as he patrolled the quiet streets of the city until about 2:30 a.m.

  • Juveniles arrested for stealing iPods from Havana Middle School

    Two 12-year-old boys are suspected of taking 40 iPods, valued at $12,000, from Havana Middle School sometime during the month of July, according to Lt. Larry Smith of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

    Smith said it is unclear when the Department of Education-issued iPods were taken but a school employee noticed them missing July 27.

    "We didn't have a clue until the employee gave us the names of three suspects. Two of them turned out to be a good suspects and the other one is a maybe," Smith said.

  • County layoffs loom; positions targeted for Sept. 1

    Johnny Williams, Gadsden County administrator, said has put seven county employees on notice that they will be laid off as of Sept. 1.

    “As I have said before, this is not punitive. The county has to save money and there was some duplication of services. We thought it fair to put them on notice that their positions were under consideration for elimination," Williams said.

    The individuals and positions that will be eliminated are:

    • Wallisa Cobb, management analyst in the Department of Community Development

  • Man charged in death of infant

    Bobby Matthew Dukes Jr., a 20-year-old Quincy man, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 3-month-old son, Bobby Marquez Dukes.

    According to a report released by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Dukes confessed July 28 to striking  the baby's head on a wooden chair when the child would not stop crying.

  • Police confiscate illegal gambling machines

    Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson said no one knows exactly when illegal slot machines showed up in the city of Quincy, although he thinks it has only been in the last 6 to 8 weeks.

    During the regular meeting of the Quincy City Commission Tuesday night, Commissioner Derrick Elias asked if there was paramutual betting going on in the city. Before Elias' inquiry, Richardson said he had no idea the machines were inside several local businesses.

    Elias said he heard about the machines a month ago after a citizen asked him if the city was now allowing paramutual gambling.

  • Former officer in TMH following crash in Calhoun County

    UPDATE:

     

    Former Quincy police officer Ted Smith was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted murder, upgraded from the original expected charged of domestic batter, in addition to charges of burglary with victims assaulted, violation of injunction and felony criminal mischief.

     

  • Chiefland police charge man in $13,000 ring theft

    A Quincy man who had pawned one ring at Mitch’s Jewelry in Chiefland should have looked around for another shop before he tried to pawn a second one — this time a diamond and platinum ring valued at almost $13,000.

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas said the suspect, Reginald Lydell Jones, 45, of McCall Bridge Road in Quincy, and Northwest Capital Circle in Tallahassee, was arrested July 18 and charged with dealing in stolen property, motor vehicle theft and resisting an officer without violence. Jones is incarcerated in Levy County Jail under a $79,500 bond.

  • County officials prep for possible pandemic; distribution drill goes smoothly

    Gadsden County Health Department employees, along with others from the county’s emergency management department, partnered last week to hold one of the first supply point of distribution drills in the state. The drill was held to simulate a mass distribution of anti-viral medication to the county’s population.

  • Three more officers fired from GCI

    Three officers at Gadsden Correctional Institution have been fired as part of a continuing investigation into inappropriate relationships between officers and female inmates.

    The terminiations come on the heels of the firings of four other officers in recent months who were let go for the same inappropriate behavior.

    According to the Florida Department of Corrections, the investigation focused on letters, pictures and accusations of sexual encounters.