By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A reader emailed this writer and told him of a scam call he had received.
The reader related that he had received a call from 409-291-5191. The person calling him claimed to be seeking information to send a new Medicare card and demanded the name of his bank. He claimed he was only verifying the records for Medicare.
The reader noted that the caller could have easily have found the routing number for the bank through a Google search and then would have requested he give him the account number.
A search for the number on Google revealed that it is a Beaumont, Tex., phone number and it has been used in a number of scams, most notably using Medicare and Medicaid cards. Some of the people have commented on their posts that the person has a very heavy accent, perhaps an Indian accent.
Be alert and do not give any banking information or credit card numbers over the phone unless it is a call that you have made to pay for something or to order something. Beware if anyone calls you requesting such information.
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By Jacob Bembry
While taking enforcement action for the traffic violation, agents detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Agents conducted a probable cause search and located 6 ounces of high grade marijuana individually packaged for sell along with a digital scale concealed inside the vehicle. Both Collier and Williams were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Driver: Carl Christopher Collier, DOB: 11/27/1990, of 5564 Rockola Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32222
Passenger: Deontre Martez Williams, DOB: 12/20/1991, of 0851 Allison St. Jacksonville, FL 32254
Madison County Sheriff Ben Stewart reports that On Saturday the 7th day of January 2012 at approximately 10:20 PM, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 210 SE Centerwood Lane in Lee Florida in reference to an aggravated assault with a firearm. Upon arrival, Deputies spoke to the victims and obtained written statements regarding the incident. The victims disclosed that while visiting family at the aforementioned address the suspects, Shannon McCurdy accompanied by several other men, confronted the victims and threatened to hang him. McCurdy alluded to the fact that the victim was involved in an interracial relationship with the suspect’s girlfriend’s daughter and he didn’t like it.
The victims immediately left the residence on foot and while walking away Shannon McCurdy shot at the victims several times with a hand gun. The victims ran and hid in the woods as the suspect and other men continued to look for them. The suspect and other men were not able to find the victims. The victims waited until they believed it was safe to exit the woods and left the area to call 911.
Deputies located the suspect, Shannon McCurdy but the other men involved were not present. The investigation continues pending the exact identity of the other men involved and the potential for any criminal enhanced charges for hate Crimes.
Shannon Dale McCurdy, W/M, DOB: 06/22/1974 of Lee Florida was arrested and charged with the following:
1. Aggravated assault with a firearm
2. Violation of Probation
Click on link MCSO – multiple weapons arrest-08-07-2011
Daniel Raynard Choice, Jr. – Burglary while armed, larceny, theft of a firearm, possession of a weapon in the commission of a crime, possession of a weapon with a license, improper exhibition of a weapon, dealing in stolen property
Gary Jinks – Driving while license suspended with knowledge
Robert Anthony Seago – Driving while license suspended or revoked
Darrell Keith James – Drugs, drug equipment, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, sale of a controlled substance
Kevin Loranzo Brit – Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a concealed firearm by a convicted felon
Kristina Lyn Harris – Criminal registration
Francine Antoniett Robinson – Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, sale of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a daycare
Joyce Maria Barnes – Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, sale of a controlled substance
James Benjamin Ware – Possession of ecstacy with intent to sell, sale of ecstacy within 1,000 feet of a public housing unit
David Michael Williams – Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, sale of a controlled substance
Meloise Fretta Boynton – Trespass
Travis Jamar Gillyard – Trespass, trespass after warning
William Kirby – Attaching a tag not assigned, no valid drivers license
Jason Conrad Bonner – VOP
Erich Stephen Dreschler – Writ of bodily attachment
Harry T. Frazier – Possession of a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance
William C. Crumitie – Out of county warrant
John Patrick Sampson – DUI with property damage, no valid drivers license
Tracy LaVaughn Durant – VOP/criminal mischief
Isaac Charles Cooper – VOP/driving while license suspended
Edward Keith Glenn – Out of county warrants form Leon and Pasco Counties
Mark Allen Barfield – Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, drivers license violation
Decarla Tennell – Domestic violence
William Turner – Domestic violence
Mohamed Diane – Violation of an injunction
Angenee Gonzalez – Battery
Robert Walterman Cross – Criminal registration
Erving Rogers, Jr. – VOP (circuit)
James Edgar Brown – Domestic violence
Emory Douglas Smith – Drugs, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, sale of a controlled substance
Jarquez Reshad Jackson – Writ of bodily attachment
Christopher Deonta Daniels – VOP (county)
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Tyrece Fleming, 33, has registered as a sex offender in Madison.
Fleming’s registered address is 3746 East US Highway 90 in Madison.
Fleming was convicted in 2004 for lewd or lascivious conduct with the victim being under 16 years old by the offender being 18 years or older.
Fleming is a black male who stands 5’11” tall and weighs 171 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.
Fleming’s aliases are Tyrece Shantel Fleming, Tyrece S. Fleming, Gangster Money Fleming and Quick Fleming.
Identifying marks on Fleming include tattoos of a black ball, a small dot, a panther and a dragon.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Prevention is the key, Madison Police Chief Gary Calhoun told a group of Madison business owners regarding concerns about protecting themselves and their businesses from crime. At the Jan. 6 meeting at the Mail Room, 321 SW Pinckney St., he also advised his audience that gang-related activity is actually not that big a problem in Madison, and strangers targeting random victims is only a small portion of crime in the area. Instead, much of what his department sees is friend or family-based, with arguments between siblings, spouses, other family members, or acquaintances over “just really stupid stuff” escalating into violence.
So, the basis of any good crime watch, whether it’s a neighborhood or a group of business owners, is people being educated about what to look for when they’re out and about, noticing when something is a little off, and having good communication with each other and the police department. Everyone has cell phones, he said, including his 90-year-old mother. “Three things you can do are, call the police, call the police, and call the police…anytime something just doesn’t look right.”
Following Calhoun’s presentation, Ted Ensminger of the Madison Chamber of Commerce took the floor to discuss creating a small-business-friendly environment in the area with a “Shop Madison First” initiative. However, Madison business owners themselves need to lead by example, and make a commitment to turn things around at the cultural level. Currently, figures show that 80 percent of Chamber members shop outside of Madison four times a month or more, spending an average of $400 each trip. “We have a culture of making money in Madison and spending it in other places,” he said. “It’s a social event to go shop in Valdosta and see your friends, while restaurants in Madison remain empty.”
The group also discussed strategies for making their businesses more visible in the community, using technology such as linking websites and smart phones, as well as more events that would bring people into the downtown area. Several business owners related stories of people coming to their shop during the last Fifth Saturday event and saying, “I had no idea you were even here.”
Another problem for downtown businesses is adequate parking for their customers, an issue many agreed would take an ongoing effort to mitigate.
Other discussions included ideas for publicizing their various businesses, from Facebook to flyers. Ensminger further announced that the Chamber was creating a youth advisory board to help merchants connect with the 20-to-30-year-old demographic.
Drawing tourists was another topic that generated lively discussion. One area in particular that remains untapped, as far as a potential tourist attraction, is the abundance of Civil War history in the county, things that could be developed into tourist draws possibly comparable to the Battle of Olustee for Lake City and the Battle of Natural Bridge for Tallahassee.
Plans for the immediate future also include setting up an email list of local merchants and drawing Latino and African-American business owners into the next small business owners meeting - the time, date and location to be announced as soon as they are decided upon.