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  • Havana apartment burns

    A fire completely destroyed an apartment at Havana Heights on Monday night, leaving a family displaced and their immediate neighbors temporarily unable to return to their own apartments.
    Though an incident report drafted by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office says the cause of the fire is undetermined, some of the apartment’s tenants and witnesses who saw the fire begin believe the cause was an in-wall air conditioning unit with frayed electrical circuits.

  • Law enforcement cracking down on ‘molly’

    In a show of force against a drug they believe has the potential to impact Gadsden County the way crack-cocaine did in the 80’s, police chiefs from several county municipalities joined Major Shawn Wood of the GCSO as he led a public discussion about the drug molly on the county’s courthouse lawn Thursday afternoon.

    “This drug has been on the market for about two years, and over the last six to nine months it’s taken a strong hold over many of our local residences and apartment complexes,” said Lt. Brian Alexander of the GCSO.

  • Quincy promotes new police sergeant

    The Quincy Police Department introduced its latest officer to be named sergeant Thursday morning at a city hall ceremony where three other city residents were also honored for helping to make Quincy a better place.

    With his family, friends and fellow law enforcement agents packed in the commission chambers to the extent that even standing space was scarce, Officer Harold Barber was officially made a first-line supervising sergeant when his wife of 9 years pinned him with his new, golden badge. He’ll be working the midnight shift.

  • County to continue summer jobs for youth

    One hundred students between the ages of 14 and 18 will have the opportunity to earn a job with the county’s summer youth employment program this year. Gadsden County Commissioners decided to increase the number of students accepted into the program with a 4-1 vote at their April 7 meeting.

  • Havana apartment burns

    A fire completely destroyed an apartment at Havana Heights on Monday night, leaving a family displaced and their immediate neighbors temporarily unable to return to their own apartments.

    Though an incident report drafted by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office says the cause of the fire is undetermined, some of the apartment’s tenants and witnesses who saw the fire begin believe the cause was an in-wall air conditioning unit with frayed electrical circuits.

  • Corder gets 30-month sentence

    After making a tearful plea to the judge for no jail time, former captain of the GCSO Jim Corder was sentenced to 30 months in prison and one year of subsequent probation for  crimes committed in relation to stealing $1,785 from an
    arrestee.
    In addition, Corder will have to repay the victim in full for the stolen money.
    Corder will have to surrender himself to prison officials June 1. Instead of requiring Corder to immediately report to prison, the judge granted him an extension request so Corder could watch his daughter graduate from high school.

  • Gadsden school official to be honored at FAMU

    When Rosalyn West Smith graduated from FAMU in the fall of 1972, she made a pointed decision to serve the educational needs of children growing up in her native county. Now that she’s done so for 42 years — being appointed principal at schools across the county and leading the county’s efforts in magnet and alternative education — she will be honored this Friday by being inducted into FAMU’s Gallery of Distinction, an honor reserved for the school’s alumni who greatly impact their communities.

  • Leading the way

    Pews were filled in New Bethel AME Church on Friday night when seven local leaders were honored as a part of the church’s kick off event for Easter weekend.

  • QPD nabs burglary suspect

    A Quincy man was recently arrested in connection with a string of burglaries targeting Quincy convenience stores, according to arrest documents and a press release from Quincy’s police department.

    Keith Kinder, 25, admitted to an officer during a post-Miranda interview that he attempted to break into Quincy’s Golden Falcon, but was unsuccessful. Although that attempt didn’t lead Kinder to acquiring anything from the store, it did lead to officers connecting him to other recent burglary cases, according to law enforcement reports.

  • 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
    summer.
    Jerome Wilson, 61, of Decatur, Ga., was charged with arson and burglary on March 12 for the July 23 blaze.