Results for the Blountstown City Council runoff election were in after press time last night. Ronnie Williams, Sr. came out on top with 151 votes to David Blair's 121. According to the Calhoun County Supervisor of Elections Office, the City of Blountstown has 1456 registered voters meaning only 18.6 percent showed up at the polls to cast their ballots.
The following incident occurred after The County Record went to press Tuesday morning.
FROM THE CALHOUN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
On Tuesday, November 5, a student was found to be in possession of a firearm at the Blountstown High School. Principal Dr. Debbie Williams located an abandoned back pack on the school grounds. In an effort to locate the owner, Dr. Williams looked inside the back pack to locate a name and discovered a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun. The back pack was secured and turned over to the School Resource Deputy. The Sheriffs Office CID responded to the school and determined the back pack belonged to a 17 year old male who was a senior. The suspect was interviewed and admiued to bringing the handgun on campus. The suspect stated that he was having some issues off campus after school and felt that his life was being threatened and, therefore, had the firearm for protection. The handgun was not loaded and no ammunition was located. The suspect admitted to stealing the handgun from his grandmother. The suspect was placed under arest for Possession of a Firearm on a School Campus which is a third degree felony. He was subsequently transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice and will be first appeared on November 6 at 1:00 pm at the Juvenile Justice Courthouse on 11th Street in Panama City.
FROM THE OFFICE OF STATE REPRESENTATIVE HALSEY BESHEARS
In a continued attempt to make certain that former Sheriff Nick Finch receives a fair and unbiased trial, Rep. Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) delivered a letter on Friday to Governor Rick Scott asking for his strongest consideration in executing his duties as Governor of the State by assigning a new prosecuting attorney.
This factor is paramount in the former Sheriff receiving a fair trial according to some citizens of Liberty County. A recent radio talk show sparked this awareness and telephone calls and emails began to pour into the office of State Representative Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello).
“We are concerned with each and every citizen being offered fair and just treatment in any situation they are facing. Former Sheriff Finch deserves a balanced and impartial trial, no less”, said Rep. Beshears.
There has been a great deal of public opinion on this particular case. Rep. Beshears continued in his letter to state that a full investigation was critical and to allow anything other than deliberate focus on facts would be inexcusable.
A trial that is certain to go down in Liberty County history is set to get underway next week. After nearly five months since his arrest, suspended Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch is due to get his day in court.
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