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  • Job fair to be held Saturday at Gadsden hospital

    A job fair will be held this Saturday at Gadsden Memorial Hospital from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Capital Regional Medical Center, new operator of the facility, is seeking to fill the hospital with personnel before its becomes operational. The facility is expected to open in June. There are more than 45 jobs available.

    CRMC directors will be on hand during the job fair to answer questions and accept applications. There will be free refreshments and child care.

    Send your comments to editor@gadcotimes.com.

  • DOE says school bus was not on recall list

    Almost one month after a Gadsden County School District bus crash, Tallahassee attorney Benjamin Crump said the accident could be attributed to faulty bus equipment.

     

    Crump, who represents 20 families of the more than 40 students on the bus March 8, held a press conference April 7 to announce findings that might shed new light on the cause of the crash.

     

  • Tornado causes damage to several Gadsden homes

    "It sounded like a freight train and this one whistled," said Bill Harnage, describing the sound he heard the afternoon of April 8, when a tornado tore through a part of Gadsden County, just south of the Quincy city limits.

    Harnage's wife Nancy was asleep on the couch when he woke her and they both sought shelter in the interior bathroom. Harnage said 20 minutes before the tornado hit, he was on the computer and was alerted the area was under a tornado watch. There were no physical injuries from the tornado but there was significant property damage.

  • Quincy resident charged with sexual battery

    Thirty-four-year-old Quincy resident Dayvion Holmes has been charged with sexual battery involving a juvenile.

    The child's parent became suspicious after the child was reported missing by another family member. When the timetable between the child leaving the home and returning did not coincide, the parent became suspicious.

    The juvenile was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for an examination where law enforcement officers discovered what happened between the juvenile and Holmes.

  • Havana drug bust yields two arrests

    The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit uncovered marijuana, guns, scales and smoking paraphernalia after serving a search warrant at 558 Francis Drive in Havana.

    Two people, 47-year-old Shuchen C. Liu and 55-year-old Andrew Eder, were arrested and each charged with two counts of possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and maintaining a house where drugs are stored and sold.

  • Gadsden County man charged in tax fraud scheme

    Thirty-one-year-old Gadsden County resident Christopher Lamont Shorter was arrested April 15 and charged with one count of organized fraud over $50,000 and 32 counts of criminal use of personal ID information by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Upon arrest he was placed in the Gadsden County Jail without bond but has since been transferred to the Leon County Jail.

  • Battles found guilty of 2006 murder

    It took a Gadsden County jury less than 3 hours to find Johnny Lee Battles guilty of second-degree murder April 15. Battles had been charged with murdering his estranged wife, Martha Carol Battles, in October 2006.

    Her body was discovered by local fishermen face down in the Ochlockonee River near the Iron Bridge ramp, where State Road 153 crosses into Leon County, around dusk Oct. 6.

    His fate may have been sealed when his brother, Orrin Battles, testified that Johnny Lee Battles told him he killed Martha Battles after the two argued.

  • Gadsden correctional facility changes hands

    Corrections Corporation of America was notified April 13 that the contract to operate Gadsden Correctional Institution, a 1,520-bed facility for females in Gretna which it has operated for the past 10 years, has not been renewed.

    "We are obviously very disappointed by the outcome of the Gadsden contract but we respect Florida's decision and will work to very smoothly transition the facility," stated a CCA press release April 14.

  • City of Quincy honors its volunteers

    The city of Quincy honored more than 160 people April 16 during the first volunteer recognition dinner at First Baptist Church in Quincy. This recognition, said Theresa Moore, finance director, is for those who work with the city without pay to improve the lives of others.

    City Manager Jack McLean said in the 22 months he has been city manager, it has been the volunteers who have made his job easier.

  • Couple's history of domestic violence ends in tragedy

    Charles Hall, 57, and Malinda Williams, 37, had a history of domestic violence. On Monday morning, just after 10:30, that history came to a head.

    Hall walked into the Winn-Dixie bakery and shot Williams once in the upper left chest area. On his way out of the store he shot himself in the leg. He then drove a few miles west to Kelly’s Jr. No. 9 and shot himself in the chest. Williams was taken by ambulance to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition early Monday afternoon. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene.