On April 2, 2015, at approximately 10:59 am Central Standard Time (CST), the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to reports of an unresponsive child at Calhoun/Liberty Hospital. The unresponsive child was identified as Anya Dziura (age 2). Anya Dziura was taken to Calhoun Liberty Hospital because she was not breathing. Anya had extensive injuries, including, among other things, fractures to the skull. Ultimately, Anya Dziura was pronounced dead on April 3, 2015.
After conducting an autopsy, the medical examiner determined Anya Dziura’s cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head. Anya Dziura had been in Stephen Aaron Young’s care on April 2, 2015 after Anya’s mother, Jessica Dziura, left for work earlier that morning.
Based on the foregoing, there is sufficient probable cause to charge Stephen Aaron Young with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child, Florida Statutes 782.07(3). This offense is a 1st degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Investigation is still ongoing.
The child's mother remains in custody on child neglect charges.
The North Florida Wildflower Festival is set for Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Blountstown. The event will feature wildflower and gardening-themed products, plants, arts and crafts, and kids’ activities.
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Authorities are searching for a Blountstown man who left Saturday morning to visit a friend for the day and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Lawrence “Larry” Nathan Taylor, 61, resides with his sister on Thomas Leath Drive in Blountstown. According to Capt. Adam Terry of the Blountstown Police Department, Taylor left Saturday, April 11, around 10:30 a.m. bound for a friend’s house.
The last thing he said to his sister was, “I’ll see you tonight, sis,” says Capt. Terry, adding that it is completely out of character for Taylor to not return home or contact his family.
Authorities and family members are unsure of the friend’s identity. All the sister knows is the friend owns a farm in Grand Ridge.
There is an added sense of urgency since Taylor is on heart medication and does not have his meds with him.
Taylor is driving a 1996 white Kia Sophia, tag number 434PXX. The photo shown here was taken the morning he left home.
The BPD has partnered with both the Calhoun and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices on this investigation. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call the BPD at 674-5987 or your local law enforcement agency.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office released the following statement today regarding the investigation into the death of two-year-old Anya Dziura of Altha. The press release, prepared by Lt. Robert Revell, reads as follows:
The investigation into the death of Anya Dziura is still currently ongoing, which means we are unable to release any details of the investigation at this time. The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is working with FDLE on this case and we are currently waiting on forensic evidence from FDLE, analyzing interviews, finalizing reports, as well as awaiting the final report from the 14th Judicial Circuit Medical Examiner's Office.
A meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, between the 14th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office, the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to discuss the investigation and additional charges pertaining to this case.
As previously reported, Anya's mother and the mom's live-in boyfriend remain held without bond on child neglect charges.
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative will hold its 67th Annual Members’ Meeting this Saturday, April 11 at its headquarter office, located at 722 West Highway 22 in Wewahitchka. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. CST. Each registered member will receive a $10 bill credit and will also be registered to win many other prizes. There will also be free food, a bounce house for the kids and entertainment by The Gann Family. For more information, call Gulf Coast Electric at 265-3631, 481-1188 or 639-2216.
An Altha mom and her live-in boyfriend have been arrested as her two-year-old daughter clings to life at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
Jessica Leigh Dziura, 26, and Stephen Aaron Young, 27, have both been charged with child neglect with bodily harm. Additional charges may be added today.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, the investigation began Thursday after a a call was received concerning an unresponsive baby who was not breathing. The mother was enroute to Blountstown from Altha with the child and realized she was unresponsive. She stopped at a gas station at the intersection of Hwy. 275 and 71. CPR was attempted. The toddler was transported by EMS to Calhoun Liberty Hospital and then life flighted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where she is on life support.
The 68th Annual Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Membership Banquet was held Monday, March 9th at the W.T. Neal Civic Center. The evening began with a reception followed by dinner, and an awards presentation.
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A Blountstown woman has been arrested for improper exhibition of a firearm after brandishing a gun in the Blountstown Public Library Tuesday.
Teresa Stone was arrested in the case and is expected to undergo mental health evaluation.
According to Blountstown Police Chief Kipper Mallory, Stone turned up at the library Tuesday morning heavily intoxicated. She went to the front counter and spoke with library employee Pamela Kahle, eluding to problems she was having with her husband. Stone then remarked, "He's not getting this back!" and pulled out a .357 magnum handgun.
Kahle remained calm and alerted Library Director Rita Maupin who went over to Stone and invited her into her office so they could pray together and talk about her problems. Stone agreed and kept the gun in her purse as they spoke together.
Meanwhile, Kahle had another library employee, J.K. Newsome, evacuate the building and call authorities.
"I can't say enough about how well they handled this," Chief Mallory remarked of the library staff. He commended Maupin for being so brave as to take Stone in her office alone to protect the others in the building.