Ken Futch has filed his letter of intent to run for Calhoun County Sheriff. He is running with no party affiliation. Incumbent Sheriff David Tatum has not yet announced whether he will be seeking re-election.
Fred D. Blankenship (D) has filed his letter of intent to run for the district 1 seat on the county commission. He will face James Grover (NPA) and Jerry Guilford (Republican). Incumbent Danny Ray Wise has not yet announced plans to seek re-election.
In took a few months, but drug investigators arrested an Altha man this week accused of trafficking methamphetamine.
Jerry Wayne Melton, 35, has been charged in the case for allegedly trafficking in over 200 grams of the drug.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Melton was at a Pennington Avenue home back in August when investigators paid a visit. A tip about a possible meth lab at the home turned out to be valid when evidence of a one-pot cooking operation was discovered. David Lee Adkins, 35, was arrested at the time for that meth.
However, Melton’s wallet and a pair of pants were found in the living room of the home. A plastic bottle with suspected meth oil was also discovered in the home, along with a glass plate containing meth residue. Fingerprints of everyone in the home were collected and the items were sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab.
The chemistry results were received from FDLE in October confirming 297.3 grams of meth oil from the Pennington Avenue home. Two months later, the finger print comparison results came back. Six latent finger prints on the glass plate were positively identified as Melton’s print. A warrant was issued for his arrest on trafficking charges.
Melton was taken into custody last week. He remains in the Calhoun County Jail with bond set at $50,000.
BY KRISTY TERRY
Executive Director, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
The 65th Annual Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet was held Thursday, Feb. 23rd at the W.T. Neal Civic Center. The evening began with a reception featuring historic photos and newspaper clippings, followed by dinner, and an awards presentation. [Full Story »]