A cleaning lady at a Blountstown nursing facility was arrested last week on grand theft charges.
Kimberly Melvin was taken into custody Oct. 24 and given a conditional release three days later.
According to the Blountstown Police Department, a student attending CNA classes at Parthenon Health and Rehab reported her wedding rings had been stolen while she was at the facility. The teacher assisted the student in an attempt to find the rings, but could not locate them. The teacher then asked Melvin if she had noticed the rings while cleaning, but Melvin denied seeing them. Lt. Timothy Partridge of the BPD later questioned Melvin who appeared nervous. She then reportedly admitted she had the rings in her car.
Melvin turned the rings over to Lt. Partridge and said she found them while sweeping and planned to return them, but forgot.
An Altha woman was arrested last week on grand theft charges after over $26,000 was discovered missing from a Calhoun Correctional Institution (CaCI) account.
Lisa McLendon, 47, was taken into custody Tuesday and given a conditional release the following day.
According to the arrest affidavit, McLendon is a classification officer at CaCI and in charge of two canteens at the prison, one in the main unit and another at the work camp. She was responsible for depositing funds collected throughout the week into the Employee Benefit Trust Fund. After it was discovered $26,187 was missing from the account, an investigator with the Inspector General’s Office was called in to conduct an internal audit. An inmate assigned as canteen operator reported McLendon was not picking up the money on a regular schedule and it often remained in a drop safe. Between March 21 and July 18, 2011, cash totalling $26,187 was not deposited by McLendon, however, McLendon signed a daily sales report indicating she received at least $12,737 from the canteen. Of the remaining $13,450, other employees signed for $6142 picked up in McLendon’s absence. Due to missing daily sales reports, it is unknown who collected the remaining $7308.
Monthly sales journal records retrieved from McLendon’s computer indicate she was underreporting the amount of cash collected from April through June 2011. The discrepancy was discovered in July. Authorities noted McLendon attempted to make the last two sales deposits into the CaCI account by writing two checks from her personal checking account. The checks, totalling $11,557.80, bounced.
Investigators contacted McLendon several times, but she reportedly “made herself unavailable to be interviewed.”
Mrs. Kathryn Fant, 87, of Altha, FL, passed away Thursday night, October 27, 2011, at her home.
Kathryn was born on September 11, 1924, in Oklahoma and had lived in Calhoun County for most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of Travelers Rest Freewill Baptist Church in Clarksville.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Fant.
Survivors include three sons, Eugene Fant and his wife, Frances of Altha, FL; Billy Fant of California; Al Fant and friend, Anita, of Blountstown; two daughters, Dale Shaw, of Blountstown; Judy Danley and her husband, David, of Blountstown; one brother, Alfred Kennedy, and his wife, Deloris, of California; two sisters, Mary Luker of California and Alice Smith and her husband, George, of New Mexico; a special friend and caregiver, Sandra Beck; 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 30, at 2 pm (CDT) at Travelers Rest Freewill Baptist Church in Clarksville with Dr. Shawn Williams and Chaplain Ronnie Wright officiating. Interment followed in the Travelers Rest Cemetery in Clarksville.
All arrangements were under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 674-2266).
The Mayhaw Community Associations (MCA) will be hosting an event for all women and girls at the W.T. Neal Civic Center in Blountstown on Friday night, Oct. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.
The event is titled, Social Etiquette, and will consist of the men preparing a dinner for the women and girls, valet parking, a guest speaker, short skit, and etc.
"This event is one of many to come for the females to show appreciation for them and for the young ladies to know what it is like to be treated like a lady and not as a piece of property," says Ken Speights, one of the organizers. "Also, there will be info passed out on being tobacco free."
For more information, call Ken Speights at 557-7413 or Scott Monlyn at 447-0943.
The River Valley is hopping this weekend with plenty of activities for all ages...here's the lowdown:
-GALLERY EXHIBIT: An art exhibit featuring images captured during the Scott Kelby WorldWide Photo Walk will open Friday, Oct. 28th, at the Preble-Rish Gallery in downtown Blountstown at the corner of SR 20 and North Pear Street, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $10 each, and include the reception. Tickets can be purchased online at www.calhounco.org/store or at Blountstown Drugs.
-HAUNTED HAYRIDES: The Blountstown Police Department Employees Club will be sponsoring a haunted hayride at the horse arena at Sam Atkins Park on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. until. Admission is $5 per person. All proceeds will benefit the scholarship program.
-FALL FESTIVAL: Blountstown Public Library’s Fall Festival will be held Friday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the courtyard. Games, prizes, face painting and food.
-FALL STORYTIME: Altha Public Library’s Fall Storytime will be Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 am to 11 am. Come enjoy a great story. Everyone will receive a goody bag.
-SCREAM-LINER EXPRESS: All aboard! The Scream-Liner Express trains will depart Friday, Oct. 28, Saturday, Oct. 29, and Monday, Oct. 31, for Zombie World located in Veterans Memorial Park, Hwy. 12 South in Bristol. Tickets may be purchased starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. Departure time is dark-thirty. The ticket booth will close at 10:30 p.m. Admission: $2 (children 3 and under free). All children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult.
-KINARD CARNIVAL: The traditonal Kinard Halloween Carnival is st for Saturday, Oct. 29, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Kinard Community Center. The event features pony rides, games with prizes for kids, a cake walk, cake auction, and $500 cash drawing. The costume contest for kids starts at 6 p.m.
The Blountstown Lady Tigers claimed the district championship title Thursday night in a thrilling win over Liberty County. The first game of the match ended with a close 26-24 score. In the second game, BHS dominated, 25-7. Liberty County got back in it in the third, edging the Tigers, 27-25. BHS sealed the deal in the fourth, winning 25-19 for the title. Regionals begin Tuesday, Nov. 8, with the Lady Tigers hosting their county rival, the Altha Lady Wildcats. The Cats were named runners up in their district after a loss to Sneads last night. Watch for a photo gallery from the game on our website later today!
The Blountstown Tigers and the Liberty County Bulldogs met Friday night at Bowles Field for their annual district rivalry and bragging rights for another year. For seniors in the game, it's bragging rights for a lifetime. Until next year, Blountstown owns the bragging rights after defeating the Bulldogs, 20-7, in a fumble and penalty filled game.
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