The County Record has received a copy of the report on a Liberty County Sheriff's Office traffic stop at the center of an FDLE investigation. The report indicates a man was pulled over March 8 on CR 379 for failing to maintain a single lane. During the traffic stop, Sgt. Jody Hoagland reportedly noticed a holstered revolver beside the driver. Sgt. Hoagland had the man step out of the vehicle, then noticed an object in his front right pants pocket. He conducted a pat down search for officer safety and discovered a loaded F.I.E. .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun, with the safety off, in the man's pocket. The man was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon on his person contrary to Florida Statute 790.01(2). The report notes the man was lodged in the Liberty County Jail, however, the jail log has no listing of the man ever being booked. As previously reported, FDLE has confirmed an investigation involving the LCSO is underway, but would not comment on any details. The County Record will continue providing updates as they become available.
The County Record is following a developing story involving the Liberty County Sheriff's Office (LCS0). The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has confirmed that the LCSO is the subject of an investigation, but will not release details at this time. Sources report the investigation stems from an arrest of a man believed to be a convicted felon in possession of a firearm who was later released with his weapon returned. However, other sources indicate the man was previously charged with a felony, but never convicted of the crime, indicating he had the right to bear a firearm in his vehicle. A search warrant was reportedly served on the agency last Friday by FDLE and employees are being interviewed. Sheriff Nick Finch could not comment other than to say he has hired an attorney. The County Record will provide more details as they become available.
Rescue workers from Calhoun, Liberty, Bay, Leon and Gulf counties are combing the Apalachicola River in search of a 63-year-old Bristol man. According to Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel, Eugene Jacobs was fishing off his houseboat yesterday afternoon with his four-year-old granddaughter. The pair did not return home when expected and family members went to the boat where they found fishing lines still out, but no sign of either of them. Authorities recovered the body of the little girl around dark last night about 250 yards from the houseboat. She died from an apparent drowning. Please keep the Jacobs family in your prayers.
An investigation into allegations of possible “inappropriate” activity during sports physicals at Liberty County High School has ended with the nurse practitioner accused in the case cleared of any wrongdoing. [Full Story »]
Four men have been charged following an investigation into alleged indecent activity at two Calhoun County parks. The case unfolded Tuesday afternoon at Four Mile Creek Park in Clarksville and Chipola River Park off SR 20 between Blountstown and Clarksville. Arrested were William Henry Rowell, 60, of Marianna, Larry Wayne Webb, 65, of Fountain, Patrick James Foley, 72, of Altha and Jacob Gunter, 85, of Marianna. All were charged with indecent exposure. Rowell was also charged with solicitation of prostitution. Check out next week's print edition for the full story.