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  • 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
    students.
    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.

  • Havana police arrest ‘molly’ suspects

    Editor's note: In the print edition of The Times, the photos of Mondrell George and Willie Washington were switched due to an editor's error. The Gadsden County Times regrets the error.

  • Task force yields drug suspects in Quincy

    The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office drug task force netted arrests Sept. 4 in an operation triggered by complaints of gambling, alcohol use and an open air drug market in the parking lot of Bud’s Lounge on South Adams in Quincy.

  • BOCC writes off $100K in old hospital’s bad debt

    County commissioners voted to write off $100,000 taken from the county’s Hospital Endowment Trust Fund and used to operate the hospital in March 2003 at their Sept. 1 meeting.
    According to the agenda request, the funds were used after Ashford Healthcare defaulted on the hospital’s lease. The funds were allocated to Gadsden Hospital Inc., which operated the hospital after Ashford, and to be used as their start-up funds.

  • A community for learning

    The Heart to Heart Christian Academy opened its Havana schoolhouse this year.
    The school currently teaches 22 students in the Havana Learning Center. The students are split into two different classrooms: one for students in grades Kindergarten through fifth, and the other for students in sixth through 12th.
    With the exception of one, all students enrolled at the Havana location are able to attend Heart to Heart for free through scholarship opportunities.