An incident that allegedly occurred back in December involving a convicted felon taking a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) vehicle for a weekend of partying is raising several questions.
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A single vehicle crash claimed the life of an Altha man Tuesday night.
Robert "Bobby" Hausen Sangster, 61, died from injuries sustained in the accident that occurred on County Road 69A.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Sangster was behind the wheel of a 1998 Ford Mustang traveling southbound on CR 69A. Around 8:45 p.m., just north of Lee Farm Road, Sangster was negotiating a left curve when the vehicle ran off the road onto the grass shoulder, eventually colliding with a culvert. The Mustang went airborne, landed, then overturned, traveling into a tree line. Sangster, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.
Sangster was airlifted to Bay Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The accident was investigated by Corporal R.F. Bailey.
A Blountstown man shot himself in front of deputies just before noon Tuesday morning following a brief standoff.
According to Calhoun County Sheriff David Tatum, authorities learned Randall Pitts, 51, allegedly battered his wife Tuesday morning, then fled in her car with her keys and cell phone. While calling and speaking with him several times to get him to surrender, Pitts reportedly indicated he would harm himself. He was located in the Ocheesee area and a vehicle pursuit ensued.
Pitts crossed over the Jackson County line and wound up on Boneyard Road with authorities from both Calhoun and Jackson surrounding him.
“He could see the road was about to be blocked,” says Sheriff Tatum. “After a few minutes, he shot himself.”
Sheriff Tatum says Pitts put the gun under his chin and the bullet apparently entered his jawbone, then exited. He survived the gunshot wound, but was airlifted to an area hospital.
Johnny Irwin Blackburn of Altha, Florida passed away Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the age of 54. Johnny lived in Calhoun County all of his life and was a member of First Baptist Church of Blountstown. He was a self-employed welder and in his leisure time he loved to grow plants and trees and loved to fish. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Albert Schepis.
Survivors include his wife, Amy Blackburn, of Altha; sons, SSgt. Greg Blackburn of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida and Albert Blackburn of Altha; daughters, Erin Blackburn and her fiancé, Michael Eric Pierce, Leslie Miller and her husband, David, of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and Lauren Blackburn, of Altha; grandchildren, Jenasis Richardson, Laney Richardson, Savana Clay, Audrey Miller, and Edan Pierce; his parents, Lloyd and Karen (Fant) Blackburn, of Clarksville, Florida; his mother-in-law, Jill Schepis, of Ohio; brother, Mike Blackburn and his wife, Sheila, of Blountstown, Florida; sisters, Lisa Davis and her husband, Tony, of Clarksville and Cheli Seddon and her husband, Joe, of Tampa, Florida.
The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23 at Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown. A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Altha Church of God with Reverend Alan Nichols officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that a donation in Johnny’s memory be made to Adams Funeral Home, P. O. Box 336, Blountstown, Florida 32424.
Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Phone 674-5449. Online condolences may be made at adamsfh.com.
A benefit cookout is planned Friday, June 22, from 11 a.m. until at the corner of SR 20 & 71 in Blountstown. Plates will include chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans and bread for $5. All proceeds will help Richard Allen Parrish cover costs of medical treatment.
A Calhoun County man has been killed in an early morning crash today.
Johnny Blackburn was pronounced dead at the scene of the single vehicle accident on Hwy. 69-A near the intersection of Flatwoods Road. Blackburn was the sole occupant of the truck loaded with welding equipment. He was apparently beginning his work day when the crash occurred just a short distance from his residence. Sources at the scene advised he ran off the road and overcorrected. The vehicle rolled and he was ejected.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are still on the scene. More details as they become available.
Big tobacco is gunning for your kids. If you doubt it, peruse the selections of tobacco products available in stores across the county. With many candy-flavored selections, it’s clear the tobacco industry is on the prowl for new, younger customers.
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