Sources report the victim in this morning's incident on Myers Ann Street in Bristol passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The name has not been released. Our prayers are with the loved ones of this person.
Details are sketchy, but The County Record has learned law enforcement officials and EMS are on the scene of a gunshot incident on Myers Ann Street in Bristol. No details on whether foul play is involved or the extent of injuries. There were four people in the home at the time and information appears that only one person has been shot. More details as they become available.
Raymond L. Anderson, 69, of Fanning Springs, passed away at his home on January 22, 2012.
He was born in Soperton, GA and moved to this area 25 years ago from Blountstown. Raymond was a welder and enjoyed hunting, fishing and scuba diving.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Georgia Anderson; son Raymond (Terry) Anderson, Jr., both of Fanning; step daughters, Miranda Scott and Gloria Ehrhart, both of Tampa; stepsons, Michael Scott of Tampa, Max Scott of Fanning Springs, Daniel (Mary) Scoggins of Tampa, David Scoggins of Jacksonville; brother, Curtis Anderson of Immokalee; half brother, Jerry Powell, of Vidalia, GA; half sister, Bonnie Ray, of Tampa; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan 25, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, FL 32626, 352-493-0050. On line condolences may be sent through our website at www.hiers-baxley.com
A Hosford couple is behind bars after the makings of a meth lab were found at their home.
Chet Allen Geiger, 29, and Hali Danielle Smith, 19, have been charged with manufacture of meth within 1000 feet of a school. Smith is also charged with violating state probation.
According to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Todd Wheetley and Sgt. Brian Bateman were joined by Drug Task Force members Lt. Timothy Partridge and Inv. Kevin Godwin in conducting a consent search at the couple’s home at 21266 Woodmen Street in Hosford last Wednesday.
A trash can outside had a 20 ounce bottle of bi-layer liquid, several tin foil strips, two plastic bottles that smelled of lighter fluid, and paper towels with a strong chemical odor. Items used in the manufacture of meth were discovered in the backyard.
Geiger allegedly told authorities, “I’ve cooked a couple times,” but refused to give a recorded statement.
After Smith and Geiger were taken into custody, Smith reportedly stated she had been present when Geiger was manufacturing meth and it was common for him to throw some items in the trash and burn the rest following the cook process.
Bond was initially set at $25,000 for Smith, but was then changed to no bond due to the fact she violated her state probation conditions. Geiger is being held on $42,000 bond.
Jan. 16: Dorothy Lee Battles, VOP
Jan. 17: Tracy Hall, non-support; Robert Bland, state VOP
Jan. 18: Joe Williams, fraudulent use of credit card; Curtis D. Strickland, retail theft
Jan. 19: Fredrick Barfield, VOP
Jan. 20: James Parker, stalking; John Berry, domestic battery/child abuse
Jan. 21: Stephen Mathews, aggravated battery
Jan. 22: Justin Harold Mills, resisting arrest without violence, battery touch/strike, child abuse, criminal mischief
Jan. 16: Dorothy Battles, holding for Calhoun
Jan. 17: Margaret Adkison, county VOP
Jan. 18: Chet Geiger, manufacture of meth within 1000 ft. of a school; Hali Smith, manufacture of meth within 1000 ft. of a school, state VOP; Ronnie Pitts, manufacture of meth, possession of listed chemicals, introduction of contraband into a county detention facility; Kenneth Walden, manufacture of meth, possession of listed chemicals, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, state VOP
Jan. 22: Mark L. Arnold, DUI
The above individuals were booked into the Calhoun or Liberty County Jail over the past week. Although they have been charged with a crime, they are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Johnny Edward Thomas, Jr., 59, of Albany, GA, died Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday January 24, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Ken Chancellor will officiate.
A native of Blountstown, Fl., Mr. Thomas had resided in Albany, GA. since 1978 moving from the Panama City, FL. area. He was owner and operator of Thomas Transportation. He was a member of the IHRA and Nettle Ridge Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle Thomas, Albany, GA, two sons, James Edward Thomas (Karen), Joseph Edward Thomas (Melissa) both of Leesburg, GA., two daughters, Brandy Roland (David), Albany, GA., Donna Joiner, Thomasville, GA, his father, Johnny Edward Thomas, Sr., Albany, GA. and his mother, Dorothy Jean Dudley, Blountstown, FL, two sisters, Gailen Lock, Blountstown, FL, and Debbie Hatcher (Lamar), Marianna, FL. and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends after the services at Mathews Funeral Home.
Charlie Sam Ball of Bristol, Florida, passed away at age 69 on January, 17, 2012, in Panama City, Florida, after complications due to illness.
Charlie was born in Elbert, McDowell County, West Virginia, to Charlie Clarence Ball and Agnes Elsie Lang. His life of adventure began early when he joined the Navy at age 17. He met Betty Faye Scott at a USO dance in Memphis, and they were married on April 22, 1961. They had six children together.
Charlie was blessed with “itchy feet” and moved his family multiple times to Florida, Illinois, Mississippi and Virginia. Charlie and Betty divorced after 35 years of marriage.
In his later years, he set out to sail the world and got as far as Apalachicola, Florida, where he enjoyed a life full of other adventures. On one trip to China, he met and married Childer, who took care of him in his final days and was a devoted and kind companion to him.
Charlie leaves behind a legacy of adventure and learning. He learned to play the banjo and the organ and enjoyed all sorts of music. He was a philosopher and enjoyed conversations on a large variety of topics. He was a spiritual man and enjoyed his activity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Charlie provided many opportunities for his children to learn independence and resilience, and these are traits that they cherish. He loved to sail and was an accomplished pilot. His love of aviation brought him many fun experiences and true friends. He was also a businessman and owned his own trucking company for several years. He had a desire to serve others who were less fortunate than he was. He led a very full and somewhat unconventional life.
He is survived in death by his wife Qiuzhi Gao and his children John Ball (Linda) of Springville UT, Sheri Johnson (Mike) of Orem, UT, Tammy Horger (Jim) of South Jordan, UT, Sarah Walker (Bernard) of St. George, UT, Samuel Ball of Brookport, Illinois, and Spencer Ball of South Jordan, UT. He leaves behind nine brothers and sisters, Suzie, Clark, Connie, Gracie, Russell, John, Rosie, Kathy and David. Charlie is also survived by eight grandchildren and some granddogs. He will be greatly missed by his close friends Steven Ford and Max Campbell, and his family would like to thank them for their devotion to him during his final days.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother and brother, Jessie, and sister, Audrey Faye.
A memorial service will be on Tuesday January 24, at 2 PM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 12605 Northwest Myers Ann Street, in Bristol Florida.
Bevis Funeral Home (ph. 850- 643-3636, www.bevisfh.com) in Bristol is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Edgar Gerald Griffin, age 77, of Marianna, FL passed away Wednesday, January 19, 2012 at his home. Gerald was born on February 5, 1934 in Clarksville, FL and had lived in Jackson County since 1974. He was a retired truck driver and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. Gerald served in the United States Navy.
One son, Jessie Griffin of Marianna, FL
Two brothers, Burl Griffin of Sneads, FL and Cecil J. Griffin of Rudy, AR
Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm (CST) from the graveside at Shady Grove Cemetery near Grand Ridge, FL with Reverend John Miles officiating. Interment will follow. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 5:00 pm (CST) until 7:00 pm (CST) at Peavy Funeral Home. All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown, FL.
NEWS ALERT - The County Record has received a request from the Vh1 Network seeking assistance with their casting call for pregnant mothers and daughters for a new television series...here's the lowdown:
Are you currently pregnant and your DAUGHTER is ALSO expecting?! If this is your unique situation, Vh1 and Ellen Rakieten Entertainment want to document your lives! This docu-series will follow the exciting and dramatic journey of a mother and daughter who are pregnant at the same time.
We want to share the amazing, the challenging, the funny, and the complicated moments in both of your lives; from the pregnancy through childbirth and everything in between.
If both you and your daughter are outgoing and open to sharing your stories, please contact the casting team ASAP (our deadline is quickly approaching!) at: mothersanddaughtersExpecting@gmail.com.
Tell us why you should be part of this docu-series and explain what’s going on in your lives since you’ve both become pregnant. Also be sure to include your phone number, email address, and city and state that you live in. Applicants should be 18 years of age or older.