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  • Murder trial begins in Hammock Creek death

    The first-degree murder trial of Dearendo Laqwan Harris got underway Monday in Gadsden County Circuit Court. Harris, 27, is accused of killing 17-year-old Dekendric Rikale Smith and burning his body in a car near the entrance of Hammock Creek Industrial Park on Feb 8, 2008. The park is located between Quincy and Midway, off U.S. Highway 90 east.

    Harris, who has been in the Gadsden County Jail since his arrest 3 days after Smith's body was discovered smoldering on the back seat floor board, showed no visible emotion as witnesses told of finding the body.

  • 773 Boyz are no more

    An Orange County jury found two Quincy men, Lapido Chad Bethea and Quintarius Shorter, guilty Oct. 16 of racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and conspiracy to traffic more than 400 grams of cocaine. Bethea, 34, and Shorter, 27, were sentenced to 45 and 30 years in prison respectively.

    The men were among seven people who were arrested earlier this year during a coordinated operation by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office and the Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution.

  • Akins charged with robbery, petit theft

    A 36-year-old Gadsden County man, Derrick Akins, was arrested Oct. 16 and charged with one count each of robbery and petit theft.

    According to a report filed by Inv. Brian Faison of the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, Akins was charged after a witness told authorities he saw Akins take items from Sean Rollins before he died from injuries suffered in a one-car traffic crash Oct. 3 on County Road 161.

  • Horse euthanized Wednesday afternoon

    “Hope,” the mare abandoned at the Gadsden County Animal Shelter Oct. 10, was put down around 5 p.m. yesterday.

    The horse was emaciated when she was left at the shelter, and has been on a strict, veterinarian-supervised diet in an effort to restore her health.

    According to reports, Hope, as she was named by shelter workers, was unable to stand Wednesday morning and an attending veterinarian prescribed rest. Her condition remain unchanged by late Wednesday afternoon.

    The investigation  by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office is ongoing.

  • Horseshoe Lounge won't reopen following vote by commissioners

    The Gadsden County Board of Commissioners denied a variance request Oct. 6 by Yogi Patel to reopen the former Horseshoe Lounge as a drive-thru package store during the regular commission meeting.

    Patel told commissioners that no walk-up customers, no drinking on premises and no loitering would be allowed. The business, he said, would be open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 9 p.m. and only occupy 1,500 square feet.

  • 'Cat fighting' and Chocolate News: Commissioners go toe-to-toe

    Gadsden County commissioner Sherrie Taylor expressed her disappointment in the actions of fellow commissioner Brenda Holt during the Oct. 6 regular meeting of the commissioners.

    "It's a sad day when one commissioner attacks other commissioners in public with untruths and misinformation. We have so much that we need to do and we need to do it together. Commissioner Holt has taken several shots at me and I have taken them," Taylor said.

  • Students, community leaders participate in Read for the Record

    They sat, legs crossed, eyes wide, waiting for their guest to begin. The book was opened, the pages were turned, and through a guest reader, children all over Gadsden County were filled with wonder as they heard a story about a very hungry little bug.

  • Recovery slow for shooting victim, gunman

    Terrell Collier, 32, remains in the intensive care unit at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after he was shot Oct. 6 around 3 p.m. by his stepfather, Willie Ankcroum. No charges have been filed against Ankcroum, pending a decision from the state attorney.

    "We're going to give this one to the state attorney's office because he's saying that he was afraid for his life. If that's true, this could fall under the new law in Florida called the 'Castle Doctrine' law," said Lt. Larry Gilyard of the Quincy Police Department.

  • Havana couple killed

    UPDATE: A viewing is planned for 6 to 9 tonight at Bevis Funeral Home, with services at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fellowship Baptist Church in Tallahassee. Burial will be at Tallahassee Memory Gardens. A fund has been set up for their daughter. Contributions may be made to The Emily Joyner Trust, c/o Barbara Estes, Capital City Bank, 102 S. Main St., Havana, FL 32333.

    A Havana couple was killed  Oct. 9, just south of Havana near the intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and County Road 159.

  • Tourist Development Council violates Sunshine Law with no previous meeting notices

    The Gadsden County Tourist Development Council, partnered with the county’s chamber of commerce, has developed a strategic plan for promoting tourism in the county – and violated Sunshine Law along the way.

    The plan will be presented to the Gadsden County Board of Commissioners early next month, and was developed during recent TDC meetings that included representatives from the chamber and the TDC’s marketing committee.