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  • 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.

  • Police confiscate illegal gambling machines

    Quincy Police Chief Ferman Richardson said no one knows exactly when illegal slot machines showed up in the city of Quincy, although he thinks it has only been in the last 6 to 8 weeks.

    During the regular meeting of the Quincy City Commission Tuesday night, Commissioner Derrick Elias asked if there was paramutual betting going on in the city. Before Elias' inquiry, Richardson said he had no idea the machines were inside several local businesses.

    Elias said he heard about the machines a month ago after a citizen asked him if the city was now allowing paramutual gambling.

  • Former officer in TMH following crash in Calhoun County

    UPDATE:

     

    Former Quincy police officer Ted Smith was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted murder, upgraded from the original expected charged of domestic batter, in addition to charges of burglary with victims assaulted, violation of injunction and felony criminal mischief.

     

  • Chiefland police charge man in $13,000 ring theft

    A Quincy man who had pawned one ring at Mitch’s Jewelry in Chiefland should have looked around for another shop before he tried to pawn a second one — this time a diamond and platinum ring valued at almost $13,000.

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas said the suspect, Reginald Lydell Jones, 45, of McCall Bridge Road in Quincy, and Northwest Capital Circle in Tallahassee, was arrested July 18 and charged with dealing in stolen property, motor vehicle theft and resisting an officer without violence. Jones is incarcerated in Levy County Jail under a $79,500 bond.

  • County officials prep for possible pandemic; distribution drill goes smoothly

    Gadsden County Health Department employees, along with others from the county’s emergency management department, partnered last week to hold one of the first supply point of distribution drills in the state. The drill was held to simulate a mass distribution of anti-viral medication to the county’s population.

  • Three more officers fired from GCI

    Three officers at Gadsden Correctional Institution have been fired as part of a continuing investigation into inappropriate relationships between officers and female inmates.

    The terminiations come on the heels of the firings of four other officers in recent months who were let go for the same inappropriate behavior.

    According to the Florida Department of Corrections, the investigation focused on letters, pictures and accusations of sexual encounters.

  • Restaurants in Havana pass muster with health inspectors

    Restaurants in Havana have been given the thumbs-up by state health inspectors – for the most part.

    During conducted inspections – some as recent as the end of June – five restaurants passed muster with no violations, according to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation. Those restaurants included Bugsy’s Pizza & Stuff, Burger King, Havana Trading Company, Hobbit Hoagies of Havana and The Tomato Cafe & Tea Room.

    The Magnolia Cafe had no critical violations, but was cited for a non-critical infraction.

  • Residents urged to participate in census

    The 2010 census is so important to the city of Quincy that Jack McLean, city manager, formed a census committee among department heads last Thursday.

    "This is critical to the city. We have to make sure people are counted. I feel one of the reasons that Quincy has not gotten its fair share of state and federal funds is that people were not counted properly in 2000," he said.

  • Paws in Prison program gives dogs a second chance at a ‘forever home’

    Wakulla Correctional Institution in Crawfordville has four new inmates from Gadsden County – but this time, it’s a good thing.

    Max, Sam, Blaze and Warren are four lucky dogs placed by the Gadsden County Humane Society in the Paws in Prison program at the facility. The dogs will learn basic obedience commands while building trust in people through the inmates who work with the animals.