An arrest has been made in the Monday night burglary at Cumbaa Enterprises in Blountstown. James Lee Johnson, 40, described as a former employee, has been charged with burglary and grand theft. He allegedly stole copper, radiators, tools, and tool boxes. He is being held in the Calhoun County Jail on a $70,000 bond. This was one of three burglaries that occurred overnight on Monday and were discovered on Tuesday morning. One at the Scotts Ferry General Store resulted in the arrest of a juvenile and local man, Jason Soverns. The investigation continues on a third burglary at the Pit Stop convenience store.
The 3 month old baby boy allegedly taken during a carjacking in Ariton, Alabama Sunday night has been found safe. Authorities have not released any other details in the case. The baby's two siblings were discovered in the early morning hours Monday on a roadway near Walton County, Florida and taken to a Walton County hospital for treatment. An Amber Alert was then issued for the infant who was not with them. No details on the suspects believed to have taken them or where the infant was found.
Authorities are at the scene of a single vehicle crash in Altha. Sources say the accident occurred at Hwy. 71 North and Flatwoods Road where the vehicle overturned. One patient has been airlifted to Bay Medical Center and another is being taken by ambulance to the same hospital. More details as they become available.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office is investigating three overnight burglaries. According to Sheriff David Tatum, the incidents occurred at Scotts Ferry General Store, Pit Stop, and Cumbaa Enterprises. Two have been arrested in the Scotts Ferry case. It is unknown at this time if the cases are connected. Check out tomorrow's print edition for more details.
After discovering abnormal human footprints near their house, a Gadsden County family believes Bigfoot exists on their property. Bigfoot expert, Matt Moneymaker, and his team from the Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” help the family discover the truth behind this oddity.
The dubbed “Swamp Ape” episode of the show “Finding Bigfoot” premieres on Animal Planet this Sunday, June 5, at 9 p.m. CT/10 p.m. ET.
Join Moneymaker and his team as they visit Gadsden County, whose citizens have an alleged history with this mythical creature that goes back hundreds of years.
EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY
Kickoff the weekend with a free wine tasting at Smokin’ Spirits next to the Quick Pic on SR 20 West in Blountstown. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will also be on tap. As Alan Jackson says, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere and it will literally be 5 o’clock when this event gets underway. The fun and free goodies last til 8.
GET YOUR ART GROOVE ON
Admit it. You are long overdue for some cultural enrichment and watching “a Dog The Bounty Hunter” marathon doesn’t count. Start your Friday night with a stop at the Preble-Rish Gallery in downtown Blountstown where seven local artists will have their wares on display. Everything from paintings to pottery will be featured, along with the permanent Apalachicola River photography exhibit by Clyde Butcher. Tickets are a steal at $10, with wine and cheese included. Get them early at Blountstown Drugs or at the door.
REEL IN THE BIG ONE
The Blountstown FFA invites you to drop a line in the Chipola River and reel in the winnings. The fishing tournament is set for Saturday with registration at 6 a.m. at the landing on SR 20 near Clarksville. Boats launch at 6:30 and must return by 2 p.m. Entry fee is $10, plus an additional $5 to enter the big fish contest. Prizes are $100 for the best 25 pan fish and $50 for the biggest fish. Proceeds benefit the FFA.
PASS THE SYRUP
For a belly-fillin’ good time, get outta that bed and head to the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement Saturday morning where volunteers will be flippin’ pancakes and cookin’ sausage. Rise and shine...the all-you-can-eat feast starts at 6 and ends at 9. The cost is a donation (you choose the amount) to help complete the porch on the Club House. The Settlement is located inside Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown. Take Hwy. 20 west, turn at Lindy’s, drive into the park and follow the signs into the Settlement.
GATHER ON THE GREEN
Don’t waste that sugar high. After the pancake breakfast, cruise downtown to the greenspace next to Centennial Bank and expend some energy at the River Valley Marketplace sponsored by Blountstown Main Street. Arts, crafts, fresh produce and baked goods are for sale by local vendors. For a free booth space, just show up with your tables and wares or drop the tailgate for a truck sale. Businesses welcome. Open the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon. Call Lisa at 850-258-3985 if you need more info.
A Blountstown man has been taken into custody by Jackson County authorities following a traffic stop that turned up drugs. Tommy Darrell Hill, 55, of Go Cart Road, was pulled over by the Marianna Police Department Wednesday, June 1, just after 8:30 p.m., on Penn Avenue under the I-10 overpass. He was found in possession of an estimated 1.2 grams of powder cocaine. More details in our next print edition.
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FRIDAY, 12:30 p.m.....A Panama City man is about to be airlifted to an area hospital following a serious motorcycle crash on State Road 71 South near Slim Tucker Road. A witness tells The County Record she was two vehicles behind the motorist when the accident occurred. The woman, a trained first responder and EMT graduate, attempted to help the victim. The 31-year-old man was unresponsive. The witness relayed information to the 911 dispatcher and a helicopter has been dispatched. The man, who has not been identified at this time, is described as critical.
If you have seen a white SUV missing a right mirror, authorities want to hear from you.
Latrisha Simpson, 21, of Blountstown, says she was walking along Hugh Creek Road May 15 with her 18 month old niece when she was struck by a vehicle.
"The only thing I remember about the truck is it was white or off-white," she tells The County Record. "It looked like an older model Jeep or Explorer...an SUV."
Latrisha says she was just a couple yards from her sister's mailbox when she was hit. "I noticed the vehicle and stepped off the road to the grass," she explains. "I don't know if they were drinking or texting or what." After the vehicle hit her, Latrisha says the driver slowed down for a moment, then sped away.
Latrisha was taken to Calhoun-Liberty Hospital for injuries to her left arm. She was treated, released and referred to a specialist for further care. She had been carrying her niece in her left arm, but, fortunately, "I had just switched her over to the other arm," she states.
After returning from the hospital, Latrisha and her mother spotted the mirror off the SUV on the ground and reported it to authorities at the scene.
Trooper Philip Spaziante of the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating. The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office assisted.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Florida Highway Patrol at 850-484-5000 or 1-800-665-2794 or the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office at 674-5049.