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Madison Correctional Institution: Welcome Warden Collins

Story Submitted Darryl Collins is the warden at the Madison Correctional Institution (CI) and has over 28 years of experience with the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC). Collins began his career with the department in June of 1988 as a correctional officer at the Avon Park CI. He graduated from Avon Park High School in 1985 then Pensacola Community College in 1987 with an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies. In addition to his service as correctional officer, he has also served as a Correctional Officer Sergeant, Correctional Officer…

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Interstate 10: Pursuit leads to arrests

Story Submitted Major David Harper of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Saturday, May 13, at 9:18 a.m., Deputy Ben Pike was working traffic enforcement on Interstate 10 near the 255-mile marker west bound. While working, Deputy Pike saw a four-door Mazda sedan commit a traffic violation and acted upon it. Deputy Pike caught up to the Mazda and activated his emergency lights and siren to signal the driver to stop.  The driver, later identified as 19-year-old Theodore Joseph Tanner, from Lakeland, Fl., disregarded Deputy Pike and rapidly…

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City Commission: Crime prevention requires citizen participation

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. During the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, May 9, a local citizen addressed the commissioners with concerns about recent crimes within the city limits. Some of his property had been burglarized and items had been stolen. Following his comments, an opportunity was given to Police Chief Reggie Alexander to address efforts being made by the police department to thwart local crime. At that time, Chief Alexander acknowledged the concerns and the recent increase in illegal incidents within the city, and he asked for the community’s…

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City Commission: Madison handles a full agenda

Nancy Taylor: Greene Publishing, Inc. The Madison City Commissioners met Tuesday, May 9 for their regular monthly meeting. The agenda items covered a vast assortment of topics. Jennifer Johnson, with the Madison Health Department, informed the commission of a partnership with Madison County Memorial Hospital (MCMH) to conduct a countywide health assessment in order to format a five-year health development plan. There will be a health assessment summit on Wednesday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Florida Community College. Tim Bennett, Madison City Manager, introduced Darryl…

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