The Blountstown City Council voted 4-1 at Tuesday night's special session to retain Police Chief Mark "Kipper" Mallory for another year. Councilman Ronnie Williams, Sr. cast the only no vote. The standing room only crowd applauded the decision to keep Mallory as chief. [Full Story »]
The Blountstown City Council voted 4-1 at Tuesday night's special session to retain Police Chief Mark "Kipper" Mallory for another year. Councilman Ronnie Williams, Sr. cast the only no vote. The standing room only crowd applauded the decision to keep Mallory as chief.
The special session was called after last week's regular council meeting. During the first meeting of the new year, the Council always votes on whether to retain the services of the city attorney, city manager and police chief. Both the attorney and manager were rehired, but a consensus was not reached on the chief's post. Mayor Tony Shoemake and Councilman James Griffin were in favor of keeping Mallory. Councilwoman Beverly Veress and Councilman Ronnie Williams, Sr. were opposed. Councilwoman Janie Boyd was the deciding vote and she said she would like to meet again and discuss some concerns with Chief Mallory.
Issues were clearly worked out during the week as Mayor Shoemake called for the vote at the start of the special meeting. Councilwoman Veress had a change of heart and was in favor of keeping Mallory. Councilwoman Boyd also cast a yes vote, making it 4-1 in favor.
An 11-month investigation by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) resulted in the arrest Thursday of 18 area residents accused of being part of a crystal methamphetamine trafficking ring.
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Another four of the 16 suspects - the only men thus far - have been identified in the crystal meth trafficking ring bust that went down Thursday in Calhoun County. They include:
Anthony Wayne McClure, 30
Tyler Scott Elliott, 20
Clifton Larry Stevens II, 38
James Phillip Mayo, 53
All are charged with criminal conspiracy to purchase meth, possession of meth, and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.
Ten women were named yesterday in the bust, all on the same charges. They include:
Joann Lewis, 41
Chandra Victoria Goodman, 29
Angela Kay Tindall, 36
Amanda Hill Harris, 35
Cheri Ann Morris, 32
Catherine Jeanette Davis, 26
Laura December Wilson, 23
Victoria Lynn McClure, 31
Kelli Marie Odom, 51
Kristin Michelle Paul, 29
The final two arrested in the ring should be announced this morning.
BREAKING NEWS: A long term drug investigation by the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has culminated in the arrest of 16 individuals. The charges are in connection to a Crystal Methamphetamine Trafficking Organization. The CCSO advises a press conference will be scheduled at a later date. No names have been released at this time, but The County Record is trying to get this information now. We will update as more details become available.
Circuit Judge Martin A. Fitzpatrick has ruled today that Liberty County must pay Sheriff Nick Finch's legal fees and costs for his trial held last October. The total is $162,966.25 in fees, $6125.90 in costs, less $15,000 raised at a fundraiser, for a total of $154,092.15. Check out next week's edition of The County Record for the full story.
Authorities are seeking help from the public to identify the woman in this photo who allegedly stole items from the Calhoun Liberty Ministry Center. According to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, surveillance video at the Ministry Center captured images of a blonde woman in a silver hatchback loading donated items when the Ministry Center was closed. If you can identify this woman, call the Sheriff's Office at 674-5049 or Chipola Crimestoppers at 1-888-804-8494. You can remain anonymous. Last week, Crimestoppers gave a $500 cash award to the anonymous caller who aided in the recovery of approximately $5,000 in stolen goods from storage units in Jackson County. More photos on The County Record Facebook page.