Tallahassee Community College (TCC) and the Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) hosted a celebration last Thursday, February 26th for Black History Month. A packed room of law enforcement officers from agencies throughout Gadsden County and others joined together to hear Judge Angela Cox of Duval County speak about the reasons for the eighth anniversary of the event.
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West Gadsden’s boys’ basketball team advanced to the regional finals by defeating Northview-Bratt 74-44 Tuesday night in the Class 1A - Region 2 semi-final game at the Panther gym in Greensboro.
The Panthers (28-2) turned up the defense and kept Northview-Bratt out of sync most of the night. By halftime the Panthers were leading 36-18 and never looked back.
Justin Walker led the Panthers in scoring with 17 points, 13 of those coming in the first quarter. Archie Albritton added 16 more for the home team.
West Gadsden will now host its nemesis, Chipley High School, on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Chipley defeated Franklin County 85-46 Tuesday night to reach the final.
The winner of the West Gadsden - Chipley game will advance to the state tournament next week in Lakeland.
In the ongoing case concerning Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young’s “furlough hearing,” Florida’s First District Court of Appeals (DCA) has issued a response to the “Writ of Prohibition” filed by the sheriff.
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Former Gadsden County Sheriff’s Captain Jim Corder was found guilty Thursday afternoon of all five charges against him in federal court.
The counts are: violating the civil rights of an arrestee (1 count), obstruction of justice (1 count), and making false statements in a federal investigation (3 counts).
The defense and prosecution ended their case with closing statements Thursday around lunch.
The jury spent less than two hours deliberating before returning the verdict to the courtroom.
After the guilty verdict was read, Federal Judge M. Walker set the sentencing date for April 8 at 10 AM in the federal courthouse in Tallahassee.
There will also be a pre-sentencing hearing to be set at some time in the future prior to the actual sentencing date.
Corder was allowed by the judge to continue being out on bail.
The five-count indictment alleged that on July 25, 2013, Corder deprived an arrestee of his constitutional right to due process of law by stealing approximately $1,785 belonging to the arrestee.
The indictment stated Corder made false and misleading statements concerning the theft to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Corder faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for obstruction of justice, five years in prison for making false statements in a federal investigation, and one year in prison for deprivation of civil rights.
The Gadsden County Citizen Advisory Task Force met last week to discuss a State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Small Cities Community Development Block Grant for up to $750,000.
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