It was an afternoon filled with food, fun and good ol’ politickin’ Saturday at the Kinard Community Center where the Kinard Volunteer Fire Department hosted a political rally and fish fry. Candidates had a chance to meet and greet, then three minutes at the podium.
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A man wanted for an Easter morning murder in Pinellas County, Florida, was apprehended at a Blountstown residence Wednesday afternoon.
John Curry IV, 22, of St. Petersburg, is accused of killing Tamika Lashond Mack, 24, a mother of two, during a home invasion the morning of April 8.
According to an article in the Tampa Bay Tribune, Curry and another suspect burst into Mack's home and began shooting. Mack was struck by bullets, became unresponsive and later died at an area hospital. Her friend, Tore V. Holley, 29, managed to escape during the shooting. Holley reportedly fled to a neighbor's house and called authorities.
St. Petersburg Police announced last week a warrant for first-degree murder had been obtained for Curry and a reward was offered for information leading to his arrest. Capt. Mark Mallory of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office received a tip Wednesday that Curry was staying at the Boyd Street home of Dallas Muhammed. An arrest team, consisting of agents from the U.S. Marshal's Office, Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and Blountstown Police Department, successfully apprehended Curry at the Muhammed home without incident. Other occupants at the residence were questioned and advised Curry arrived in town a few days ago, claiming he was just there for a visit.
Curry is in custody at the Calhoun County Jail.
Check out all the details in next week's print edition of The County Record.
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Courtney Thompson, a member of the U.S. Olympic volleyball team, will be taking to the court this weekend in London. The 28-year-old from Washington State has some cousins in Calhoun County cheering her on - Terry Neal and her daughter, Amanda.
"The day the U.S. team plays their first game is Leon's [Terry's late husband] birthday," Terry, who works at the Calhoun-Liberty Employees Credit Union, tells The County Record. "If the U.S. team goes all the way, the finals are on my mom's birthday. I told Courtney it's an omen - a good omen!"
Thompson, who stands only 5'8, is a setter for Team USA, known for her contagious enthusiasm.
The U.S. volleyball team will take on South Korea Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m. CT. The match will be televised on WJHG Channel 7. Team USA goes up against Brazil Monday with game time at 10:30 a.m. CT and also aired on Channel 7. Watch for additional game listings in this week's print edition, along with details about the schedule for track star Justin Gatlin who also has local ties. Justin's first event is set for Saturday, Aug. 4.
Check out this article in The Seattle Times for more on Courtney Thompson, a remarkable young athlete with an inspiring story.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office raided a marijuana patch this morning, seizing numerous plants with a street value in excess of $60,000. The bust occurred near New Landing Road. Watch for more details in our print edition next week.
The County Record has learned that a Liberty County man has confessed to being in a romantic relationship with Winter McLemore, including at the time of her husband's death.
As previously reported, Tranum McLemore, 35, a coach at Blountstown Middle School, died from three gunshot wounds April 4. The death was quickly determined to be a suicide. However, questions were raised about the circumstances surrounding his death, as well as the handling of the case by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. The case was then turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to investigate.
A source close to the case reports a Bristol man was interviewed by an FDLE investigator last week in Marianna after his number appeared repeatedly on Winter McLemore's cell phone records. The man allegedly confessed to entering into a romantic relationship with Winter McLemore in January that continued throughout this year. He reportedly denied any involvement in McLemore's death and provided an alibi for the night of April 4.
FDLE officials will only confirm that the investigation is "active" at this time.
Because the man is employed by a state agency, The County Record will make a public records request this week for his state-issued cell phone expenses, as well as travel vouchers, to determine if taxpayers contributed any dollars to this alleged affair.
As reported earlier today, Kenny Wayne Klotz, a 45-year-old brick mason from Calhoun County, was electrocuted yesterday while working a job in Marianna. The County Record has spoken with his wife, Hillary, who is by his side at the burn center in Augusta, Georgia. She says Kenny Wayne is in the intensive care unit and underwent surgery on his feet yesterday. His body is burned from where the electricity entered in his shoulder and exited out his feet. Due to the extent of his injuries, he will be unable to work for some time. Contributions to help this local family would be greatly appreciated. Anyone wishing to contribute can do so by making a deposit into the personal checking account of Kenny Wayne and Hillary Klotz at Bank of America.
A Calhoun County man was electrocuted Wednesday while working on a concrete job in Marianna.
Kenny Wayne Klotz, 45, of Blountstown, a local brick mason, was reportedly doing concrete work at a home near the intersection of Kelson Avenue and Jefferson Street. Sources say he and co-worker, Danny Ray Hough, were pouring a concrete slab, then smoothing it with a bull float, when the tool came in contact with an electric field. Klotz was thrown to the ground unconscious, but was talking before emergency medical workers arrived.
"It just so happened the lady in the house was a nurse," says Missy Hough, Danny Ray's wife, adding the woman assisted until an ambulance was on the scene.
Klotz was taken to Jackson Hospital, then transferred to a burn center in Augusta, Georgia. He is reportedly being treated for burns to his feet, hands, shoulder and shin.
The County Record will post details on how local residents can assist Klotz and his family during this time.
Today (Monday, July 16) is the last day to register to vote in time for the primary election. Stop by the Calhoun County Supervisor of Elections office in the basement of the courthouse today by 4 p.m. if you are not registered to vote.
A Clarksville man was arrested in Jackson County Tuesday on drug charges.
Earl Robert Blackwell II, 45, has been charged with trafficking in Hydrocodone and possession of prescription pills without a prescription.
According to the Marianna Police Department, Blackwell was pulled over on Milton Avenue at 9:42 p.m. Tuesday for having inoperable tag lights. Blackwell gave consent to a search of his vehicle with seven Hydrocodone tablets found in an ashtray.
Blackwell was booked into the Jackson County Correctional Facility.
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Friday that a licensed practical nurse at Florida State Hospital has been arrested and charged with one count of abuse of a disabled adult at the facility.
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