May 9: Hali Smith, VOP
May 10: Darin Summerlin, state VOP; Curtis Garrett, conspiracy to sell crack cocaine, sale of cocaine; Sabrina Nicole Allen, VOP; Dominique Urie Cargile, sale of cocaine, conspiracy to sell crack form cocaine
May 11: John Michael West, burglary of structure, grand theft; Jimmy Tucker, VOP, failure to appear; Curtis Huie, DUI, driving while license suspended or revoked with knowledge
May 12: Michael Herrell, non-support, VOP; John Will Holland III, battery; Susan Gortt, battery
May 13: Joseph Gortt, battery; Jonathan Thomas, DWLSR with knowledge; James Littlejohn, DWLSR with knowledge; Rachel Cannon, GA/failure to appear warrant [Full Story »]
Osey C. "Bud" Parrish, 74, beloved husband of Linda Fay, passed into eternal life on Monday, May 7, 2012.
A native Floridian and former resident of Broward County, he was born in Blountstown on November 24, 1937 to Chester and Edith Parrish. He was a Navy Veteran and worked in research and development in Information Technology during his professional career.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by their two children, Sharon and Glenn; five grandchildren, Danielle, Jonathan, Matthew, Emily, and Michael; his sister Joyce and his brother, Mike.
Arrangements are under the direction of Griffin Leggett Funeral Home in Conway, AR (ph. 501-661-9111).
Apr. 30: Richard Smith, Sr., non-payment warrant; Carol Feagan, poss. of controlled substance without prescription, drug paraphernalia; Matthew Aliffle, poss. with intent to sell within 1000 ft. of school, poss. of drug paraphernalia; Jessica Barfield, VOP
May 1: Joseph McDonald, violation of conditional release; Joshua Best, battery, retail theft; Charles Basford, violation of conditional release; Joseph Baker, sale of marijuana within 1000 ft. of a church; Jimmie Lewis, DWLSR; Charles Eddie Varnadore, Jr., grand theft auto; Michael C. Mayo, VOP; Nathaniel Hall, sale of cocaine within 1000 ft. of a park
May 2: Rashawn Dawson, sale of cocaine within 1000 ft. of a park; Angela Tindall, failure to appear; Marcus Williams, non-support; Robin French, petit theft
May 3: Laurie Pegaz, VOP
May 4: Lawrence Lorenzo Dawson, sale of Schedule II controlled substance/Oxycodone
May 5: Joseph Baker, VOP
May 6: Darin Summerlin, domestic battery [Full Story »]
Altha school competed May 1 in the annual Robotics competition hosted by the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board in Marianna. This is the school's third year of competition and this year we had two teams to compete.
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Charles "Chic" Wood has withdrawn as a candidate in the County Commissioner District 5 race. Remaining on the ballot are democrats Thomas Flowers and Harold Pickron who will face off in the primary Aug. 14.
A 46-year-old Blountstown man arrested earlier this year for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced.
William Kevin Simmons, 46, has entered a plea of no contest to charges of sexual battery while in a position of authority. He was sentenced to 17 years in state prison, followed by five years probation.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Simmons' wife contacted the girl's mother with concerns about her daughter who often visited the Simmons home. Simmons' wife had reportedly found some text messages on his phone that made her suspicious. The girl's mother questioned her about her relationship with Simmons, leading to the teen disclosing she began having sexual encounters with Simmons over a year ago with an estimated 10 encounters occurring up until January 2012.
Several pieces of evidence were collected from Simmons' SUV and from an area where he allegedly took the teen parking for sexual encounters. The items have been sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for processing. A search warrant was also obtained for Simmons' phone, as well as the teen's phone.
Simmons was contacted by Inv. Michael Bryant Jan. 10 and agreed to provide a statement. However, when Inv. Bryant attempted to call him back two days later to set up the interview, Simmons' phone was disconnected or the number had been changed. Simmons' attorney called authorities this week and advised Simmons would surrender. He turned himself in at the Calhoun County Jail Thursday.
Mabel Eileen Troyer Schlabach passed away on May 5, 2012, at her home in Greenwood DE, at the age of 75.
She was born on August 27, 1936, at Applecreek, Ohio, to the late Dan and Ella Troyer. She married Evangel Schlabach on November 17, 1956. She lived in Greenwood DE, all of her married life except from 1982 to 1997 when she and her husband resided in Blountstown, FL.
She is survived by her daughter, Doris Sommers, and her husband, Wayne, of Greenwood DE, her son, Verle Schlabach, and his wife, Sandy, of Greenwood, DE, her daughter, Melody Smith, and her husband, Paul, of Blountstown, FL, and her son, Dan Schlabach, and his wife, Yolanda, of Greenwood DE. She has 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Loyal Troyer, of Unity, WI, her brother, Larry Troyer, of Lincoln DE, and her sister, Joyce Booth, of Wooster, OH.
She was preceded in death by Evangel Schlabach, her husband of nearly 51 years, and her brothers, Owen Troyer, Verton Troyer, Ivan Troyer, and Daniel Troyer Jr., and a sister, Erma.
Calling hours will be at the Greenwood Mennonite Church, Tuesday, May 8 from 6 pm to 8 pm. A private burial service will be conducted at 2 pm on Wednesday, May 9 and a memorial service will be held at 3 pm at Greenwood Mennonite Church. John David Swartzentruber and Kevin Yoder will be officiating.
Flieschauer Funeral Home of Greenwood, DE is in charge of arrangements.