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Crime: Two arrested on multiple drug charges

Story Submitted Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Sunday, May 21, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Sergeant Bobby Boatwright stopped a red truck driven by Kevin Lambert, 43 of Perry, Fl., on SR 145 in Pinetta for committing multiple traffic violations. As Sergeant Boatwright walked up to the truck to make contact with Lambert, he observed Lambert and the passenger, identified as Jessica Mauldin, 30 of Madison, Fl., attempting to conceal multiple items around the floor area of the truck. Sergeant Boatwright ordered both subjects…

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State: Governor holds fate of liquor bill

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. Senate Bill (SB) 106 has passed through both the Florida House and Senate, meaning that it is only one step away from becoming law. The bill passed both the Senate and the House, with narrow margins. For example, the House passed the bill by only one vote, with 58 yeas and 57 nays. Governor Rick Scott now has the discretion on whether to sign the bill or veto it. If signed, it would allow grocery stores and licensed retail outlets to sell liquor.  Currently, stores…

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State: Should police have to wait to buy a handgun?

Chris Jones: Greene Publishing, Inc. On Friday, May 5, the Florida House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill (HB) 673, which will exempt law enforcement officers from waiting the mandatory three-day waiting period when purchasing handguns. The bills are a bipartisan effort, sponsored by Republican Don Hahnfeldt and Democrat Robert Asencio, and aim to recognize the training given to law enforcement officers. If passed, the bill would establish a 2018 ballot question for voters to change the state constitution. Amendments to the constitution can be made as a result of…

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Crime: Suspicious person arrested

Story Submitted Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, May 20, at 1:54 a.m., Deputy Ben Pike was dispatched to County Camp and Farm Road in response to a complaint of a suspicious person loitering and prowling in the area. The person was described as a black male wearing a red shirt, black shorts and a backpack. Deputy Pike arrived and soon spotted a male that matched the exact description given by the complainant.  The male subject was standing in the front yard of…

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