A single vehicle crash in Liberty County Sunday night sent two people to the hospital.
Michael Andrew Luke, 60, and Denise Pfeiffer Luke 50, both of Nashville, Georgia, were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Michael Luke was behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford F150 traveling northbound on North Central Street approaching River Road in Bristol around 8:10 p.m. He reportedly failed to negotiate a curve at the intersection and the truck began rotating counter clockwise. The vehicle entered the north shoulder and the right side of the truck struck a utility pole.
Michael Luke was in critical condition and Denise Luke was in serious condition at the time of transport.
The accident was investigated by Trooper E.E. Hunt. The Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Liberty County EMS, and the Bristol Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Former C & L Bank President Jed Hiers was sentenced in federal court Thursday afternoon. Hiers, 50, of Bristol, received six months in federal prison, followed by three months of home confinement and three years of supervised release.
Hiers was convicted in November of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and nine counts of making false entries in bank records with the intent to deceive bank examiners.
The County Record and the Supervisor of Elections Office have learned there is some confusion about a political ad that was placed in this week's print edition.
The ad regarding the county judge's position made reference to contacting Supervisor of Elections Margie Laramore for information on applying for the job.
The County Record wishes to clarify this ad was NOT placed by Supervisor of Elections Margie Laramore. As stated in the legal disclaimer at the bottom of the ad, it was placed and paid for by Patti L. Wood of Clarksville.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tallahassee has confirmed that former C & L Bank President Jed Hiers is scheduled to be sentenced today at 2 p.m. ET. Hiers, 50, of Bristol, was convicted in November of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and nine counts of making false entries in bank records with the intent to deceive bank examiners.
More details are now available on a crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon in Clarksville.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jesse C. McCroan, 20, of Port St. Joe, was behind the wheel of a 2004 Ford pickup traveling east on SR 20 around 1:30 p.m. McCroan reportedly attempted to pass another eastbound vehicle on the left and entered the shoulder of the road. McCroan steered right, overcorrected and collided with a ditch embankment near the Juniper Creek Wildlife Management Area. The truck went airborne and overturned, ejecting passenger Phillip J. McCroan, 24, of Port St. Joe. He was not wearing a seatbelt.
Both the driver and passenger, who sources say are brothers, were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in serious condition.
The accident is being investigated by Trooper K. McNabb.
Authorities and emergency medical workers are now on the scene of a single vehicle crash on State Road 20 just west of Clarksville. According to Trooper Lonnie Baker, the driver of a pickup ran off the road and the vehicle overturned, totalling the truck. A helicopter is en route to airlift the driver to an area hospital for treatment. Trooper Baker says the man, who is not local, is expected to recover from his injuries.
Capt Jim Pruette of Westside VFD and Paramedic Jarrod Wester of CCEMS is shown here using the Jaws of Life to free a victim from an accident, Saturday, Mar. 3, about 12:30 pm on SR 20 at Willard Smith Rd. Three other passengers were able to get out on their own, but the driver had to be extricated from the car. She suffered a broken arm and other minor-to-moderate injuries. Photo by Jr. Firefighter Frederick Baskette.
Ken Futch has filed his letter of intent to run for Calhoun County Sheriff. He is running with no party affiliation. Incumbent Sheriff David Tatum has not yet announced whether he will be seeking re-election.
Fred D. Blankenship (D) has filed his letter of intent to run for the district 1 seat on the county commission. He will face James Grover (NPA) and Jerry Guilford (Republican). Incumbent Danny Ray Wise has not yet announced plans to seek re-election.
In took a few months, but drug investigators arrested an Altha man this week accused of trafficking methamphetamine.
Jerry Wayne Melton, 35, has been charged in the case for allegedly trafficking in over 200 grams of the drug.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Melton was at a Pennington Avenue home back in August when investigators paid a visit. A tip about a possible meth lab at the home turned out to be valid when evidence of a one-pot cooking operation was discovered. David Lee Adkins, 35, was arrested at the time for that meth.
However, Melton’s wallet and a pair of pants were found in the living room of the home. A plastic bottle with suspected meth oil was also discovered in the home, along with a glass plate containing meth residue. Fingerprints of everyone in the home were collected and the items were sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab.
The chemistry results were received from FDLE in October confirming 297.3 grams of meth oil from the Pennington Avenue home. Two months later, the finger print comparison results came back. Six latent finger prints on the glass plate were positively identified as Melton’s print. A warrant was issued for his arrest on trafficking charges.
Melton was taken into custody last week. He remains in the Calhoun County Jail with bond set at $50,000.
BY KRISTY TERRY
Executive Director, Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
The 65th Annual Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet was held Thursday, Feb. 23rd at the W.T. Neal Civic Center. The evening began with a reception featuring historic photos and newspaper clippings, followed by dinner, and an awards presentation. [Full Story »]
An inmate who fled from a work camp in Leon County was apprehended in Calhoun County Monday night.
Coty Anthony Turner, 20, is being held at the Calhoun County Jail.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, a tip was received just before 10 p.m. advising Turner had escaped and was contacting neighbors in Daleville, Alabama, to come pick him up from the Airport Motel in Blountstown where he was hiding.
Dep. Scotty Norris, Lt. Adam Terry, Lt. Mark Mallory, Maj. Roman Wood, Capt. Michael Bryant and Dept. of Corrections K-9 with Ofc. Kevin Barton responded. The K-9 Duece tracked a scent from the motel that continued westbound on SR 20 to the Calhoun-Liberty Ministry Center. Turner was found laying down on top of a storage bin outside the building. He was taken into custody without incident.
Feb. 20: Lamar Lashen Peterson, poss. of controlled substance (crack) with intent to distribute; Justin Martice Black, VOP
Feb. 21: Adrian White, VOP; Stacy Futch, VOP; Sara Locklear, domestic battery
Feb. 22: Cardonial Thomas, aggravated assault with a firearm; Michael Teston, county VOP; Dortha Catalano, state VOP
Feb. 23: Zachary Holliday, disorderly intoxication; James Porter, trespassing/structure; Vallerie Loranger, trespassing/structure; Khrystal Attaway, contempt
Feb. 24: Lamaris Jones, failure to appear, poss. of drug paraphernalia
Feb. 25: Ke’ontre Simpson, DWLSR; Christopher William Lewis, battery/Gadsden Co. warrants
Feb. 26: Robert Sangster, burglary of a structure with battery; Laura Wilson, VOP
Feb. 19: Vern McCombs, serving six months
Feb. 21: Michelle Purkey, DWLSR/state VOP; Sara Locklear, holding for CCSO; Stacy Futch, hold for CCSO
Feb. 22: Dortha Catalano, hold for CCSO, Valerie Loranger, hold for CCSO; Rahim McFaden, hold for Marion Co.; Krystal Attaway, hold for CCSO
Feb. 23: Eddie Lee Carter, writ of attachment
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.