The County Record is following a developing story involving the Liberty County Sheriff's Office (LCS0). The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has confirmed that the LCSO is the subject of an investigation, but will not release details at this time. Sources report the investigation stems from an arrest of a man believed to be a convicted felon in possession of a firearm who was later released with his weapon returned. However, other sources indicate the man was previously charged with a felony, but never convicted of the crime, indicating he had the right to bear a firearm in his vehicle. A search warrant was reportedly served on the agency last Friday by FDLE and employees are being interviewed. Sheriff Nick Finch could not comment other than to say he has hired an attorney. The County Record will provide more details as they become available.
Rescue workers from Calhoun, Liberty, Bay, Leon and Gulf counties are combing the Apalachicola River in search of a 63-year-old Bristol man. According to Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel, Eugene Jacobs was fishing off his houseboat yesterday afternoon with his four-year-old granddaughter. The pair did not return home when expected and family members went to the boat where they found fishing lines still out, but no sign of either of them. Authorities recovered the body of the little girl around dark last night about 250 yards from the houseboat. She died from an apparent drowning. Please keep the Jacobs family in your prayers.
An investigation into allegations of possible “inappropriate” activity during sports physicals at Liberty County High School has ended with the nurse practitioner accused in the case cleared of any wrongdoing. [Full Story »]
Four men have been charged following an investigation into alleged indecent activity at two Calhoun County parks. The case unfolded Tuesday afternoon at Four Mile Creek Park in Clarksville and Chipola River Park off SR 20 between Blountstown and Clarksville. Arrested were William Henry Rowell, 60, of Marianna, Larry Wayne Webb, 65, of Fountain, Patrick James Foley, 72, of Altha and Jacob Gunter, 85, of Marianna. All were charged with indecent exposure. Rowell was also charged with solicitation of prostitution. Check out next week's print edition for the full story.
Tune in or set your DVR to WFSU-TV, Channel 11, Sunday as the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement in Blountstown is featured on the current edition of the "Dimensions" program. The segment is set to air at 9 a.m. CT. Check local listings to confirm channel for your cable or satellite provider. For more, go to http://www.wfsu.org.