Local News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.