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.
A total of 30 Calhoun County Adult School students have received a high school diploma by completing the requirements for a regular high school diploma or earning a high school equivalent by passing the G.E.D® test.
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June 11: Michael Moore, felony DWLSR; David Attaway, violation of conditional release
June 12: Walker Eugene Mayo, felony battery
June 15: Laurie Pegaz, DWLSR; Timothy Bontrager, state VOP; Vanessa Reed, DWLSR; Gary Jemison, theft, criminal mischief; Susan Tolley, trafficking in meth, manufacture of meth with children present; Eric Tolley, trafficking in meth, manufacture of meth with children present
June 16: Clinton Robert Higgins, failure to appear; Shade Aaron Stone, DUI; Christopher Russell, failure to appear [Full Story »]
An Altha couple is behind bars after a meth lab was discovered in their home Friday morning.
Eric Shane Tolley and Susan Paige Tolley, both 32, are each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine with children present and trafficking in methamphetamine in excess of 28 grams.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Calhoun-Liberty Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the couple’s home at 11596 NW CR 274 just after 10 a.m. Friday. The couple’s three children were in the home at the time. When asked if anything illegal was in the residence, Shane Tolley reportedly directed Lt. Mark Mallory to the master bedroom and into a small office where a “shake and bake” meth lab was discovered.
A team consisting of Lt. Mallory, Capt. Michael Bryant, Lt. Eddie Dalton, Sgt. Jared Nichols, Sgt. Todd Wheetley, Dep. John Scheetz, Lt. Tim Partridge and Analyst Carla O’Bryan searched the residence. Several items used in the manufacture of meth were recovered. The amount of meth and meth oil seized from the home was estimated at 100 grams, resulting in the trafficking charge.
Although both Shane and Paige denied Paige had any knowledge of meth being manufactured at the home, they both tested positive for the drug. A straw with meth residue was found in Paige’s SUV. A search of Shane’s vehicle turned up a glass pipe and plastic container with meth residue, a small plastic bag of marijuana, a metal marijuana grinder and a package of rolling papers.
A Department of Children and Families investigator assisted at the scene and turned the children over to a family member.
Shane is being held in the Calhoun County Jail and Paige remains in custody at the Liberty County Jail. Bond has been set at $50,000 for each of them.
Michael Edwards of Altha, Florida, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012, in Panama City, Florida, at the age of 61.
He was retired from the U. S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Viet Nam War. He was also retired from the State Department of Transportation Law Enforcement and was a firearms adjunct instructor at Chipola College. He was of the Assembly of God faith. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kay, of Altha; a sister-in-law, Sara Young, and her husband, Bobby, of Blountstown, Florida; his loving pet, Olivia; a sister, Glenda Simmons, and her husband, Joe, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, in the Chapel at Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown with Reverend Charlie Fowler officiating. Interment will follow in Old Shiloh Cemetery near Altha with full military honors. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, at Adams Funeral Home.
Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements (phone 674-5449). Online condolences may be made at adamsfh.com.