Midway under investigation

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By Alice Du Pont

Early Thursday morning, federal and state agents descended on Midway.

It has been suggested that the investigation could center around construction of the new fire station dedicated Aug. 8 in Midway; however, FDLE has not released probable cause for the investigation.

City Manager Auburn Ford Jr. was arrested on a charge of violation of probation in connection with an original assault conviction without bond. He has been transferred to Leon County Jail. He will go before Circuit Judge Judith Hawkins on Aug. 16.

Agents were observed at Ford's home on Rosiana Loop in Havana removing several items in black plastic bags. 

Sam Stevens, contractor for the fire station, was also visited by FDLE and FBI agents around 8 a.m. at his home on Imani Circle in Midway. He said they knocked on his door at 7:58 a.m. with guns draw and asked if he had any weapons. Agents allowed occupants in the home to get dressed before beginning their search. Stevens said agents took extensive photographs of the home and took a computer. Stevens said about 10 agents were inside his home and they left about 11:30 a.m.  Stevens said he was not read his Miranda rights, and he was asked to sign a search warrant after the search was completed.

Also at about 8 a.m., investigators paid a visit to Midway City Hall. It was shut down and had not reopened by 4 p.m. Thursday but it did open later. Agents were seen taking out black backs which appeared to contain computers. The mayor pro tem, David Knight, was questioned by investigators. Knight said he was questioned about change orders related to construction of the fire station. The investigation is ongoing. FDLE has not released further information.