The incident happened yesterday, February 28, when Madison County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle for a speeding violation. During the course of the traffic stop, an altercation occurred, shots were fired, and the chase began. FDLE, at the request of Madison County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating the use for force.
The suspect’s vehicle, driven by Terrick Shadon Lundy, 26, crashed in Baker County and Lundy fled on foot. He was apprehended a short time later in a wooded area near I-10 in Baker County. A passenger in the vehicle, Ronnie Bernard Williams, 31, was apprehended inside the vehicle.
Lundy is being charged with aggravated assault, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and felony fleeing and eluding. Charges against Williams are pending.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic accident and may pursue additional charges.
In celebration of Water Conservation Month in April, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) invites schools within the District’s region to learn about the importance of water conservation. This includes all of Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, and Union and parts Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Jefferson, Levy, and Putnam.
For their efforts, we would like to recognize participating schools on the District’s website and send a news release about their projects to the local newspapers. The schools’ water conservation efforts will also be recognized at our Governing Board meeting on May 16.
Teachers may visit www.mysuwanneeriver.com/waterconservation to find project and/or lesson plan ideas. Some ideas that might be considered are:
· Create a poster using water conservation tips;
· Write an essay about how to conserve water; or
· Access the water use calculator to estimate their home water use and make a pledge to conserve during the month of April.
Lessons or projects could be done as a class or by individual students and could easily serve as an addition to a science lesson or a science or FFA club project. The District will accept projects from grades K-12.
Please send project descriptions and/or photos of your projects by Friday, April 19 to Vanessa Fultz at email@example.com. For more information, please call 386.647.3150.
Greene Publishing, Inc. and Interpress Studios are looking for Tomorrow’s Leaders.
Interpress Studios will be in Madison from 2:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, to take photos of those leaders. All parents who want their children to be featured in this should call Emerald Greene at (850) 973-4141 or (850) 464-0865 to set up appointments to have the photos taken.
The photos will be taken at the Masonic Lodge on Rutledge Street.
Each child who has his or her photo taken will be featured in the newspaper spread for free at a later date. Each parent will also have a chance to purchase photo packets.
LIVE OAK, FL, February 28, 2013 – Most river gages on Georgia tributaries to the Suwannee River are cresting after back-to-back storms earlier in February. As the peak flows approach Florida, river forecasts are showing a potential for higher stages on the Withlacoochee, Alapaha, middle Suwannee, and Santa Fe rivers than earlier forecasts indicated. The rainfall distribution was similar to storms in March and April of 2009, which caused record floods on the Alapaha and Withlacoochee Rivers. The recent rains were less widespread and intense, resulting in lower expected stages than the historic 2009 flood. However, the forecast crest at the Withlacoochee near Pinetta could be higher than other recent floods, including ones in 2008 and 2003. The crest forecast for Pinetta called for moderate flooding at 3 feet above flood stage by Saturday March 2. The Alapaha River at Statenville is expected to rise another 5 feet by mid-week, to nearly 3 feet above flood stage. Similar stages were seen during a February 2010 flood. Downstream on the Suwannee, the river at Ellaville could crest at least 2 feet above flood stage starting late Monday March 4. As the crest makes its way downstream, people on the lower Santa Fe River could see the river rise above flood stage by Tuesday. River forecasts are issued by the National Weather Service Southeast River Forecast Center near Atlanta as needed during times of flooding. Forecasts and river levels can be found at www.mysuwanneeriver.com and on the District’s automated river level line at 386-362-6626 or 1-800-604-2272 (toll-free in Florida). People with property along the rivers are advised to check the forecasts frequently. Rainfall totals over the Okefenokee Swamp, which is the headwaters of the upper Suwannee River, were much lower than in 2009. Conditions at the Suwannee River around White Springs are average for this time of year and suitable for canoeing and kayaking.
A FLOOD WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE WITHLACOOCHEE RIVER NEAR PINETTA (CR 150). THE WARNING RUNS FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED. THE RIVER LEVEL IS CURRENTLY 68.5 FEET WITH FLOOD STAGE AT 79 FEET.
CURRENT FORECAST FOR THE WITHLACOOCHEE IS FOR IT TO RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE TO RISE TO NEAR 81.6 FEET BY MONDAY EVENING. MINOR FLOODING WILL BEGIN AT 79 FEET AFFECTING UNPAVED ROADS ALONG THE RIVER.
ALL PERSONS WITH INTEREST ALONG THE RIVER SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT
LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. IF YOU SEE FLOOD WATERS…REMEMBER TO TURN AROUND AND DO NOT DROWN. WE URGE YOU TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS NOW, DO NOT WAIT UNTIL CONDITIONS HAVE DETERIORATED AND SAFETY IS AT RISK.
It was cold that day when Fulford arrived at work at 3 p.m. at the Madison FHP station. He went on a call to the rest area on Interstate 10 where he helped a woman who had locked the keys in her car. He then spotted a car headed west at 85 miles per hour and stopped the Mitsubishi Gallant in Jefferson County.
Fulford discovered that Lester Watson, the man driving the car, did not have a driver’s license. Fulford arrested Watson on charges of driving without a license and Watson was booked into the Jefferson County Jail. Watson’s passenger, Leroy Williams, asked if he could accompany Watson to the jail.
Fulford discovered that the car had been rented to Paul Howell, of Miami. He had the dispatcher call Howell, who said that he had given Watson permission to drive the car but had not told him to head north with it. During the phone call, Howell never told them that the package contained a bomb that he had intended to send to Marianna to silence a witness who could tie him to a murder.
At the Aucilla exit on Interstate 10, Fulford and Jefferson County deputies Wallace Blount and Robert Harrell searched the car.
Fulford looked through the trunk and saw an empty baby’s bottle and a gift-wrapped package. While waiting for the wrecker to come pick up the car, he searched the Mitsubishi again. He opened the package with his penknife and the bomb exploded, killing Jimmy Fulford.
Fulford’s lieutenant, B.J. Tinney noted that when officers were moving the car away from the blaze so that it would not catch fire, that Fulford’s radio was set to WAFT, a Christian music station in Valdosta, Ga. Officers also noted that Fulford’s watch had stopped at 4:34 p.m.
At Fulford’s funeral, a tape was played of him singing gospel music the First Baptist Church in Monticello, where he served as deacon.
Lester Watson was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison. Patrick Howell was sentenced to 40 years in prison without possibility of parole for 25 years. Other members of the Jamaican drug posse involved in the murder coverup were sentenced to extensive prison terms. Paul Howell was sentenced to die for Fulford’s death.
An additional 6-10” of rainfall fell in the Withlacoochee and Alapaha river basins in the last 5 days, resulting in the potential for flooding on those rivers and further rises on the Suwannee River.
The Alapaha and Withlacoochee Rivers are major tributaries of the Suwannee River. More than half of the watershed contributing to the Suwannee River lies in Georgia. In March and April of 2009, more than 16” of rain fell in Georgia over 10 days, causing major flooding downstream in north Florida. The recent storms were generally not as intense as 2009, and flooding of the severity seen in 2009 in Florida is not expected.
River forecasts are issued by the Southeast River Forecast Center near Atlanta. The Withlacoochee River near Pinetta is expected to crest below flood stage early next week, while the Alapaha River near Statenville should crest near flood stage this weekend .The Suwannee River at Ellaville, downstream of where both rivers flow into Suwannee, is expected to rise at least another 10 feet in the next week, but a rise above flood stage on the Suwannee is not expected at this time. In the longer term, the rising Suwannee should cause the Santa Fe River to back up, as it did in 2008 and 2009. The forecast for the Santa Fe River at Three Rivers Estates calls for a crest below flood stage next week.
Megan Wetherington, the Suwannee River Water Management District’s hydrologist, said that while severe flooding is not expected, people with interests on the Withlacoochee, Alapaha, and Suwannee rivers should monitor forecasts closely for the next several days.
“The intensity and timing of local rainfall between river gages can cause unforeseen impacts. It’s best to wait a few days to see how the Georgia gages crest before letting your guard down. Every flood is different,” Wetherington said. “It takes 8 to 10 days for the crest to travel from the Georgia border to Branford, so people farther down the Suwannee have time to watch and make decisions as the forecasts become more definitive.”
Locally, 4 -6” fell in Madison, Hamilton, and Suwannee counties. This rainfall will not impact the rivers significantly, but will improve aquifer conditions. Conditions on the upper Suwannee around White Springs will continue to improve, after falling to extremely low levels in the last month.
Elsewhere, the Aucilla River in Madison and Jefferson counties also received more than 6” of rain. Minor flooding is expected, with a crest above flood stage later this week.
The District provides daily flood forecasts to the public. Visit the District’s webpage www.mysuwanneeriver.com and look for Flooding Information & Updates.
Franklin “Buddy” Carroll, SR, age 75, died Monday, February 25, 2013 at his home in Greenville.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Beggs Funeral Home with burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, from 5 – 7 PM at Beggs Funeral Home.
He was born in Greenville where he lived all his life. He drove a School Bus for Madison County School System before his retirement. He worked as a Logger and Farmer also. He was a member of Sirmans Baptist Church for 42 years.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years: Ida Louise (Wilson) Carroll; 4 Children: Frankie Carroll (Dela), Brenda Wynn (David), Glenda Sirmon (Johnny), Jamie Carroll (Aimee); 14 Grandchildren;8 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild and 1 son-in-law Paul Rudloff; 5 siblings: Eunice Blanton, Mary (J.T.) Peterson, Frances (Darrell) Thigpen, Johnny (Jean) Carroll, and Bonnie Vick;
He was preceded in death by his parents: Lee and Mary Carroll and daughter: Rhonda Carroll Rudloff.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements 850-973-2258.
Mr. Donnie T. Newsome age 73 of Pearson, Ga. passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the home of his daughter following an extended illness.
A native of Lee County, Fl., Mr. Newsome was born January 29, l940 son of Russell J. and Ruth Toole Newsome. He had made his home in Douglas for many years before moving to Pearson 7 years ago. He was a retired truck driver from the Savannah Ports Authority. He was a longtime member of the Elks and Moose Lodge. He was preceded in death by his wife, Earlene Dafler Newsome and a daughter, Sandy Jo Courson.
1 Daughter: Margie O’Brien and husband Joey of Pearson, Ga.
1 Son: Donald Wright and wife Annette of Perry, Fl.
1 Brother: Eugene Newsome and wife Lorene of Madison, Fl.
1 Sister: Dot Daniels of Madison, Fl.
9 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren and several Nieces and Nephews also survive.
Memorial services for Mr. Newsome were held at 6 P. M. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Relihan Funeral Home in Pearson, Ga. with Rev. Tim Blanton officiating.
Relihan Funeral Home of Pearson, Ga. was in charge of the arrangemewnts.
North Florida Community College – Emergency Closing Notification for Evening Classes – Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
Due to the increasingly hazardous weather conditions, North Florida Community College is closing its campus in Madison, FL at 4:30 p.m. today and cancelling all night courses (including any NFCC courses held at off-campus locations). NFCC will resume its regular hours and classes on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, unless otherwise noted.
Burget registered with Madison County Sheriff’s Office on 02/25/13 as a Sex Offender and
gave a NEW home address of 10671 North County Road 53, in Madison, FL.
He moved to Madison from Thomas County Georgia.
For questions or concerns about this Sex Offender or any Sex Offender in Madison County, please contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 973-4001 ext 241.
On Friday 02-22-13 at 1100 pm , Ptl. Jerrod Dewey of the Madison Police dept. was dispatched to the intersection of SE Bunker St. and Byrd Ave. in ref. to a suspicious persons. On arrival , Dewey made contact with a B/M suspect who appeared to be severely inebriated. The B/M smelled strongly of intoxicating beverage with slurred speech and soiled clothing. While investigating the complaint and interviewing the suspect, Ptl. Dewey identified the suspect as Kima Mcdaniel. It was also discovered that Mcdaniel was in possession of a narcotic medication without a prescription. Mcdaniel was belligerent with officers and could not keep his balance while speaking with officers. At this time, Mcdaniel was placed under arrest for Possession of controlled substance and disorderly conduct.
On Saturday 02-23-13 at 735 am, Ptl. Anthony Land was dispatched to 255 SW Shelby Ave. in ref. to burglary to a vehicle. On arrival, the complainant advised Ptl. Land that someone had burglarized two vehicles at his residence. The complainant advised that he had firearm missing and a undisclosed amount of currency. Ptl. Land processed the vehicles for any evidence. No suspects at this time.
On Sunday 02-24-13 at 813 pm, Cpl. Eric Gilbert was dispatched to the Dollar General in ref. to a suspicious person. On arrival, Gilbert identified the suspect as Darrlyn Joseph. While questioning Joseph, Gilbert patted down Joseph for any weapons. During the pat down, Joseph threw a crack pipe on the hood of Gilberts patrol car. Gilbert also noticed a white plastic bag two packs of men’s brief. Gilbert entered the Dollar General and watched the store’s surveillance video and discovered that Joseph had stole the underwear. Darrlyn Joseph was placed under arrest for Poss. of Drug paraphernalia and Retail Theft.
Sgt. Jesse McDaniel served in the United States Air Force 1978 to 1989 until his honorable discharge with an E-5 Rank. Sgt. McDaniel pursued a career with the Florida Department of Corrections from 1989 to 2003 and was eventually employed with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office from 2005 until his passing.
Sgt. Jesse O. McDaniel is survived by his Mother: Annie Ruth McDaniel, sister: Ella Edwards, brother: Willie McDaniel, and two sons: Jerrod and Jason McDaniel.
Funeral services are as follows:
Viewing: Cooks and Cooper, Friday the 1st day of March 2013 starting at 5:00 PM.
Funeral services: Saturday, the 2nd day of March 2013 starting at 11:00 AM at Pineland Missionary Baptist Church.
The Feb. 19 school board meeting, it was business as usual, approving overnight trips for the Madison County High School Softball Team to participate in the Florida – Alabama Challenge in Panama City, and for a group of 25 High School High Tech students to travel to Tampa.Read more
A woman, driving a rental truck, delivering cell tower equipment to a site behind Greene Publishing, Inc., ran into the guide wires and pulled the tower down. A massive boom was heard as the 170-foot steel structure fell on top of the building, part of it coming through the roof. The highest part of the structure was entangled in trees across a dirt road at the office.
No one was injured as the tower fell.
The tower had previously been used for TV3, but was now being used for the radio station. The tower falling knocked the radio station off the air, but it should be back up soon.
More details as they become available. More photos available at Greene Publishing, Inc. Facebook page.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Friday, March 1, is the deadline for to file for any exemptions or agricultural classifications with Property Appraiser Leigh Barfield’s office.
Exemptions, which people may qualify for include:
*Seniors 65 or older with an income limitation
*A disability exemption
*A disabled veteran’s exemption
Applications for the exemptions may be downloaded from the Property Appraiser’s website at www.madisonpa.com, or you may go by the office on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex in Madison.
For further information, please contact Barfield’s office at (850) 973-6133.
The 2013 Madison County Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball League season is fast approaching and your support is needed and greatly appreciated. This year’s league will have approximately 30 teams, and only 15 sponsorships have been received as of this notice.
If you would like to sponsor a league team, our first time sponsorship fee is $250.00, while our annual renewal sponsorship fee is $200.00.
With your sponsorship, one of our teams will proudly wear a uniform shirt displaying the name of your business.
Please remit $200.00 for an annual renewal sponsorship or $250.00 for a first time sponsorship for the 2013 Madison County Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball/Softball League season. For more information, feel free to contact Billy Tolar at 850-673-7979.
Please provide the following:
Shirt Color (1st choice):
Shirt Color (2nd choice):
Please make checks payable to Madison County Babe Ruth, and return to the following address:
Madison County Babe Ruth
P. O. Box 4
Madison, FL 32341
On Sat. Feb 9th and Wed. Feb.13th this person was caught on Video Surveillance while burglarizing a store on U.S. 90 East in Madison Co.
Madison County Sheriff’s Office is asking your help to identify this person.
Please call Crime Stoppers of Madison County at (850) 973- 2762 if you have any information about this person. We don’t ask your name, just take your information.