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.
The investigation into the death of two-year-old Anya Faith Dzuira of Altha continues. According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, the case is expected to be wrapped up this week. Her mother and the mom’s live-in boyfriend remain held without bond on child neglect charges.
Apr. 5: John Paul Jones, VOP; Devonta Christopher Ross, battery on person detained in prison; Martayvais Mashandre Sorey, battery on person detained in prison
Apr. 6: Joseph Davis, child support; Stephen C. Halderman, unlawful compensation
Apr. 7: Chad M. Keiser, child support; Arnold Jay Pitts, domestic battery; James Michael Trickey, VOP; Rickey Ridel Battles II, out of county warrant
Apr. 8: William K. Lindsey, out of county warrant
Apr. 9: Cody Allen Skipper, criminal mischief, poss. of controlled substance, [Full Story »]
Mr. John Wesley Ritter IV, 62, of Bristol, Florida, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Bristol.
John was born in Marianna, Florida, on September 14, 1952, to John and Irene Ritter. He had lived in Bristol all of his life. John worked for the State of Florida for 35 years in telecommunications. He was a member of Bristol Church of God and was a former member of the Lion’s Club.
He is survived by his wife, Freida Ritter, of Bristol; one son, John W. Ritter V and wife, Donna Demont Ritter, of Bristol; one brother, David Spence, of Graceville, Florida; one sister, Miriam V. Ritter, of Bristol; a sister and brother-in-law, Wanda Day and husband, Larry, of Panama City, Florida’ and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, April 14, at 11:00 am (EDT), at Bristol Church of God in Bristol with Reverend Terry Blackburn officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Bristol Church of God Children’s Ministry, P.O. Box 14, Bristol, FL 32321 or Covenant Hospice, Inc., 4215 Kelson Avenue #E, Marianna, FL 32446 (850) 482-8520.
All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 674-2266).
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Lora Mae Guy, 98, of Blountstown, Florida, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015, in Blountstown.
She was born June 18, 1916, in Cottonwood, Alabama, to the late W. L. Holmes and Carla Gabrilla (Fears) Holmes. Ms. Lora and her late husband, Reverend J.C. Guy, moved to Blountstown in 1979, coming from East Tallassee, Alabama. She was a homemaker and was very active in church choir, teaching in Sunday school, working in Vacation Bible School, and missions.
Survivors include her son, Jerome Guy, and his wife, Myra, of Saraland, Alabama; three daughters, Rebecca Ann Holland and her husband, Richard, of Livingston, Alabama, Mary Elizabeth Schultz and her husband, Jacob “Sonny”, of Brazoria, Texas, and Virginia Williams and her husband, Laddie, of Blountstown; nine grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; a brother, W. T. Holmes, of Auburndale, Florida; and a sister, Lonnell Guy, also of Auburndale.
Funeral services for Ms. Lora will be held in the Chapel of Adams Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, with Reverend Nicholas Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Williams Memorial Cemetery near Blountstown. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 13, at the funeral home.
Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements (ph. 674-5449). You may offer the family condolences online at adamsfh.com.
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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.