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FROM THE CALHOUN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Early Tuesday, while on routine patrol, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy Keller was westbound on Highway 20. He observed a very slow-moving truck turn onto 20th Street. Due to the hour (about 2:30 a.m.), Deputy Keller turned and followed the truck. He located the vehicle parked in the rear of a local business. After canvassing the vehicle, it was discovered to be unoccupied. Further investigation discovered that the truck had been stolen from Blountstown Middle School. Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office was joined by a representative from the Blountstown Police Department and an employee from the Blountstown Middle School, who identified the truck as the one missing from the school. During a search of the vehicle, it was determined that the keys from the truck were not present and other key evidence was collected. Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office requested and received assistance from Calhoun, Liberty, and Gulf Correctional Institute K-9 units. They arrived on scene and attempted to establish a track but were unsuccessful in locating the individual.
At approximately 6:17 a.m., today, Lt. William T. Wheetley, along with Sheriff Kimbrel, Deputy Keller, Deputy Matautia, Deputy Dickey, and Calhoun CI K-9, were dispatched to a burglary alarm at a local business. The aforementioned units responded due to the burglary alarm being in close proximity to where a stolen truck was abandoned earlier on this date. Upon arrival it was determined that the rear door to the business was the point of entry. The window was broken and a bucket was sitting up against the rear door on the outside of the structure. Several vehicle keys were scattered on the floor of the office and nothing else appeared to be disturbed. While the scene was being processed, Calhoun C.I. K-9 unit was working a scent track which led away from the local business, in the direction of 21st Street.
The K-9 track stopped on 21st Street, in the rear yard of the residence where a window on the northwest corner of the residence had been removed. A perimeter was set around the exterior of the residence and entry was subsequently made by Lt. Wheetley, Deputy Keller, and members of CCI and LCI's K-9 teams. While clearing the residence, a white male subject was discovered hiding under an inflatable pool float and other items in a laundry/storage room. The subject ignored several orders to show his hands at which time he was placed on the floor and subsequently placed into mechanical restraints. The subject was escorted out of the residence and during a search of his person Lt. Wheetley discovered a key in his right front pocket with a tag that read "truck key". This was discovered to be the key to the abandoned truck stolen from the Middle School. There were additional vehicle keys discovered on his person that were stolen from the office at the local business, as well as a glass methamphetamine pipe and suspected methamphetamine.
The subject was identified by Florida Identification Card as William Earl Edenfield of Marianna. Edenfield was transported to the Calhoun County Jail where he was booked in on the charges of Burglary of a Dwelling F.S.S. 810.02, for unlawfully entering and remaining in the residence located on 21st Street, Burglary of a Structure, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Blountstown Police Department is handling the vehicle theft from the Blountstown Middle School.
Seven months after the sudden death of Barbara Dawson of Blountstown, her family has filed a federal lawsuit against Calhoun-Liberty Hospital, two hospital employees, the City of Blountstown, and a former Blountstown police officer.
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The issue of whether the ambulance service should remain with Calhoun-Liberty Hospital or be taken over by the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners came up for discussion at last week’s board meeting.
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In the spirit of celebration of freedoms we have as a Christian nation, the churches and businesses in Calhoun and Liberty counties are coordinating a community God & Country Celebration on Sunday, July 3rd.
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The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is seeking John Holland, a suspected crystal meth distributor wanted for sale of a controlled substance. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call Lt. Bobby Revell at 674-5049. You can remain anonymous.
Tallahassee – After three weeks of mail-in balloting, votes were tallied Tuesday by the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) to determine whether or not Calhoun County teachers would have a teacher association to represent them in collective bargaining with the district.
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Calhoun County teachers have voted 61-55 to form a teachers' union. Russell Baggett, teacher at Altha Public School and one of the lead organizers in the Organize Calhoun! campaign, explained, “Today is a new day for Calhoun County teachers. I am excited to know that teachers will be playing an active role – together – in decisions affecting teachers and students alike.”
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