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  • Local man dies in mobile home fire Saturday

    Damion Demetrius Farlin drove up to the mobile home where his girlfriend and child lived Saturday night to find flames coming out of the windows and doors. Farlin ran into the burning structure and perished.

    According to a report on file with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Farlin was yelling that he thought someone was inside the trailer at 14 Sarge's Lane in Sarge's Trailer Park, about two miles south of Quincy.

    The report stated that Deputy Justin Wilkerson yelled to Farlin not to enter but the officer was too far away to physically restrain him.

  • Gadsden hospital officials expect $600,000 loss per year

    "I can tell you where the problem is. It's always going to be money. Even with the new performance, we'll be losing over $600,000 a year," Gadsden Hospital Inc. Board of Directors Chairman Craig McMillan told Gadsden County commissioners Tuesday night during the commission’s regular meeting, speaking of the Gadsden Community Hospital and the ever-rising costs attached with opening it.

  • ‘Hard times’ leads local juveniles to burglarize

    They stole, they said, because "these are hard times."

    Two juveniles have been charged following a 1 a.m. burglary of Quincy Liquors on West Crawford Street in Quincy. Eric Herring, 16, and Rashad Baker, 18, were caught a few blocks from the store on G F & A Drive.

    According to a report released by the Quincy Police Department, Herring and Baker admitted to taking about $3,600 in cash, five packs of Newport Cigarettes, five single Swisher Sweet blunts, a picture of a black woman and a purple Crown Royal bag containing a pair of pliers.

  • Federal stimulus funds for roads, bridges, transportation released last week

    Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last Thursday the release of $8.4 billion in federal stimulus dollars for public transportation nationwide.

  • Quincy man found not guilty in alleged rape case

    James E. Green of Quincy was found not guilty of sexual battery and kidnapping last Friday afternoon after a Leon County jury deliberated about an hour.

    The case involved a former female friend of Green’s.

    The victim claimed, in her trial testimony, that she and Green were only friends, and the incident that took place Dec. 6, 2006, was forced sex and kidnapping, and not consensual sex.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrests

    • Jerome Williams: Violation of parole, possession of firearm by convicted felon

    • Antwan Ward: Violation of parole, DWLSR

    • Yolanda Nessmith: Possession of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a store, possession of controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a store

    • James Lovette: Possession of controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a store, sale of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a store

  • Havana Police Department Arrests

    • Laronta Mechanz Fields, 28, arrested Feb. 27 and charged with possession/sale/manufacture of controlled substance, flee/attempt to elude a police office, and resist/obstruct/oppose officer without violence.

    • Robert La Shun Chandler, 36, arrested Feb. 27 on three outstanding arrest warrants.

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

  • Ag commissioner warns residents to be cautious with fire

    Floridians throughout the Big Bend are being asked to avoid outdoor burning, according to a press release from Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson.

    Bronson has also asked residents to check with their local forestry office to determine if a local fire ban is in effect.

  • Time's running out for Florida lawmakers to revise spending plan and get stimulus dollars

    Lawmakers in Florida have only a couple of weeks to pass a revised spending plan in order to make sure the state can get federal stimulus dollars appropriated by Congress into the hands of local people.

    State Senate Ways and Means Chairman J.D. Alexander said last week the Legislature would start drafting budget bills as soon as possible to identify wastewater and road projects in line for stimulus money. Lawmakers must also act soon to plug in federal funds intended to shore up the Medicaid state-federal health insurance program for the poor.

  • County request called ‘insult’ by Quincy officials

    Quincy city commissioners met Tuesday night to discuss whether the county wants to renew its fire contract and for how long, and whether the size of response areas would be increased, a topic of much discussion in recent weeks between city and county officials. A narrow vote at the end of the discussion, 3-2, determined the outcome.

    The county sent a contract to the city requesting a 60-day extension and, after an hour of discussion, the extension was approved.