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Local News

  • Quincy city manager looks back on past year

    In July 2008 Quincy's then-new city manager Jack McLean told city commissioners and citizens that the only way the city could get on the right financial track was to "right-size" city government.

  • County admin's plan voted in by commissioners; layoffs loom

    The reorganization plan devised by Gadsden County Administrator Johnny Williams was voted into action by the county commissioners, despite the reservations of two commission members.

    Chairman Eugene Lamb said the reorganization was strictly a decision made by Williams. He asked commissioners Sherrie Taylor and Brenda Holt to share their concerns with the administrator.

    "I'm am he sure will take your concerns into consideration," Lamb said.

  • Juveniles arrested in Lake Talquin robberies

    Three juveniles, ages 16 and 17 years old and who live in the Lake Talquin area, were arrested July 13 after they admitted to Gadsden County Sheriff's Office investigators that they burglarized two homes and four businesses in recent weeks.

    But because it was the first offense for the teenagers, they were released to their parents. The three have been charged with four counts each of burglary, one count each of grand theft and four counts each of criminal mischief.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Report

    • Sylvia Arneta Williams: Possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia

    • Alejandro A. Hernandez: Possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia and NVDL

    • Ted Smith Jr.: Attempted first degree murder, burglary/victim battered, violation of injunction, felony criminal mischief

    • Shereka Williams: Criminal use of identification information

    • Edwards Warren Mehrtens: Possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of protection order

  • Quincy Police Department Arrest Report

    • Sheronda Davis: Disorderly conduct, criminal mischief

    • Tonia Wheeler: Criminal mischief, battery/simple

    • Richard Ardley: Drug possession, drug sale

    • Steve McGriff: Drug possession, weapon

    Note: Listing in this column does not imply guilt or admission to any crime. Information supplied by the Quincy Police Department.

  • McDonald's is worst offender among Quincy restaurants; all pass inspection

    Several Quincy restaurants (with seating) were cited for critical violations, including employees eating in food preparation or storage areas and food being stored at unsafe temperatures, during health inspections conducted in recent months. All the restaurants did, according to reports from the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, meet inspection standards.

  • Officer delivers baby in SUV

    There was nothing routine about Quincy police officer Zachary Woods' night shift on a recent Wednesday night. For him, it was a quiet night as he patrolled the quiet streets of the city until about 2:30 a.m.

  • Juveniles arrested for stealing iPods from Havana Middle School

    Two 12-year-old boys are suspected of taking 40 iPods, valued at $12,000, from Havana Middle School sometime during the month of July, according to Lt. Larry Smith of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office.

    Smith said it is unclear when the Department of Education-issued iPods were taken but a school employee noticed them missing July 27.

    "We didn't have a clue until the employee gave us the names of three suspects. Two of them turned out to be a good suspects and the other one is a maybe," Smith said.

  • County layoffs loom; positions targeted for Sept. 1

    Johnny Williams, Gadsden County administrator, said has put seven county employees on notice that they will be laid off as of Sept. 1.

    “As I have said before, this is not punitive. The county has to save money and there was some duplication of services. We thought it fair to put them on notice that their positions were under consideration for elimination," Williams said.

    The individuals and positions that will be eliminated are:

    • Wallisa Cobb, management analyst in the Department of Community Development

  • Man charged in death of infant

    Bobby Matthew Dukes Jr., a 20-year-old Quincy man, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 3-month-old son, Bobby Marquez Dukes.

    According to a report released by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Dukes confessed July 28 to striking  the baby's head on a wooden chair when the child would not stop crying.