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  • 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.

  • Midway shooting leaves one man dead, another wounded

    Gadsden County Sheriff's Office investigators are still trying to put the pieces of a puzzle together that will clear up events that took place Sunday night in Midway that left one man dead and another wounded.

    Kenneth Moran, 25, died just before dawn Monday morning of a gunshot wound to the head. Anthony Chavers Jr. remains at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with a wound to the shoulder and back.

  • Relay for Life kicks off tonight in Quincy

    Quincy's Relay For Life to benefit the American Cancer Society gets underway at 6 p.m. April 23 at the city track field on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The event will begin with honorary chairperson Cynthia Hayes Riley leading the Survivors Lap.

    The theme this year is "Imagine A World With More Birthdays." Melissa Robbins, acting chairperson, expects more than 40 teams to participate in the 18-hour event which ends April 24 at noon. The goal is to raise $60,000.

  • Wal-Mart to hire for remodel in Quincy

    The Quincy Wal-Mart, located on Pat Thomas Parkway, recently began an extensive renovation. The store will receive a full remodel from the inside out and will represent the latest in Wal-Mart store design and customer experience.

    The new design is based on feedback from customers and will feature a clean, open and bright new look in the store with wider aisles, low-profile shelving, bright interior paint scheme and lighting, and easy-to-read signage to help customers find the products they need. 

  • Remembering Dee Dee...

    A memorial was held today to remember De'Sherrime "Dee Dee" Murray, 17, the West Gadsden High School junior who died last night from injuries received during the school bus crash Monday afternoon.

    Students, staff, administration and school district officials gathered to speak words of encouragement to Murray's classmates and to honor her memory. Students then filed out to release dozens of balloons in her memory, and as they did so, they became highly emotional.

  • Boyd defends his support of the health care bill

    "I'm completely comfortable with the way I voted on the health care bill," said Congressman Allen Boyd (D-Tallahassee) in a telephone interview March 30.