Local News

  • Georgia man arrested in Quincy arson case

    A Georgia man was recently arrested after he confessed to starting a fire that burned down his ex-girlfriend’s Quincy home this past
    Jerome Wilson, 61, of Decatur, Ga., was charged with arson and burglary on March 12 for the July 23 blaze.

  • Quincy OK’s police pay raise

    Quincy’s city commissioners voted to increase pay for  city police officers by 1.5 percent and lift a temporary ban on mobile vending at their March 24 meeting.
    At their March 10 meeting, Mayor Derrick Elias said he had received a call from someone who wanted to operate a mobile vending service but couldn’t do so because of a moratorium, or a temporary ban of an activity. Elias asked the city’s attorney, Scott Shirley, to review the city’s policies and moratorium on mobile vending in preparation of the March 24 meeting.

  • Herstory lesson

    Three women were honored March 26 during the Florida Public Safety Institute’s ninth annual Women in History Celebration for their career achievements in law enforcement.
    The event is one of many annual breakfasts FPSI holds to commemorate different history months. In February, they held a
    black history month breakfast where three black men were honored for their achievements in law

  • Two arrested in beating death

    Two patients at Florida State Hospital have been arrested in connection with a brutal, morning attack that killed another
    Deontra French, 24, of Los Angeles, and Christopher Simpson, 21, of West Palm Beach, have been charged with homicide for beating to death 57-year-old Miguel
    According to arrest documents, the three men lived in a dormitory together at the state hospital and French and Simpson suspected Carrera of giving information to hospital security that led to contraband being seized from their dorm.

  • Quincy ups waste collection fees, donates land to incubator farm

    In addition to approving a new utility policy at their March 10 meeting, Quincy commissioners increased solid waste collection fees and gave consent to a group’s request to use 3 acres of city land for an incubator farm that would train agricultural entrepreneurs.

    Commissioners instructed city staff to update Quincy’s utility policies at a workshop in December, and city staff presented those new policies to commissioners at the March 10 meeting.

  • Officer cleared in Gretna shooting

    The Gretna police officer who killed a 24-year-old man who was possibly mentally ill last October has been declared innocent for his actions by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, according to an investigative report recently released by  the agency.

    Through their investigation, FDLE determined Sgt. Charles Brown of GPD had just reason to believe his life was in danger during the final moments of Kaldrick Donald’s life and was thus justified in using deadly force to ensure his own safety.

  • Boys and Girls Club to open new site in Quincy

    A long-respected, national children’s organization has founded a new chapter in Quincy to be housed at a local alternative school, bringing along affordable alternatives to area parents for after-school care and summer camp programs.

    The Boys and Girls Club will house its Quincy chapter at Carter Parramore Academy starting April 13 with an after-school program that will transition into a summer camp program starting June 8.  

  • Speeding, illegal drugs top of mind at QPD forum

    The interim chief of the Quincy Police Department, alongside both a captain and lieutenant of his, held a public forum at Quincy’s city hall this past Thursday night. They led the 10 or so attendees in conversation about traffic-related issues on the city’s King Street, the thus-far ineffectiveness of the Quincy Bypass and the threat of the drug “molly.”

  • Havana man drowns in Swamp Creek

    The body of an elderly man was pulled from a creek in Havana Friday morning.

    Lewis Jackson, 74, never returned home from a fishing excursion at Swamp Creek on Thursday afternoon, say family members who lived with Jackson near the creek and went searching for him after a few hours.

    Those family members found Jackson’s truck and fishing equipment, but saw no signs of Jackson. That’s when they contacted the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Livestock event a home-grown success

    Seven members of the Gadsden County 4H club spent the past year raising, feeding and grooming steer and swine so the animals would be best suited to be auctioned off at the 71st annual Steer & Market Swine Show this past Saturday night. When the event, and therefore process, was officially over, some members released a sigh of relief while others expressed grief over selling off the animal they’d spent so much time with.