John Alan Goodwin, 55 of Havana, FL. passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013 at Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee.
The family will have a private memorial service at a later date. Faith Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements (850-539-4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com)
John was born November 10, 1958 in Panama City, FL.the son of the late James Goodwill and Barbara Raike Goodwin. He worked with his father at their family roofing company for many years . (Goodwin Roofing of Tallahassee)
Survivors include his mother Barbara Goodwin, and his sister Lee Ann McCray (husband David) of Durham, N.C.
He is preceded in death by his Father James O. Goodwin and his brother Michael Goodwin.
Havana police chief Tracy Smith brought greetings from the Town of Havana to Monday’s Veterans Day ceremony at the veterans memorial in Community Park. “It is an honor to welcome you and tell you we appreciate the men and women who serve in the armed forces and in remembrance of those who once served.
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On Monday, October 28, at 2:27 PM, Quincy police officer Harold Barber responded to a call at the “Precious Gems” Daycare located at 803 East Jefferson Street. Once on scene the officer made contact with a mother who was there to pick up her three-year-old daughter due to a call from the daycare owner earlier to come and pick the child up. The mother told the officer that the door to the daycare was locked and the lights were off, giving her the impression that no one was there.
The mother contacted members of her family and inquired if any of them had picked up her daughter prior to her arrival and she was told that none of them had picked up the child. After knocking loudly on the door of the business an audible alarm began to sound and soon thereafter the woman’s three-year-old daughter appeared at a window inside the dark business, alone and crying. The Quincy Fire Department Rescue Unit forced open a door to the business and Officer Barber retrieved the child who was obviously frightened but appeared unharmed.
The owner and employee of the facility could not be located on this date. The following day Quincy Police CID investigators did contact the owner, Willa T. Nelson of Quincy, and conducted a criminal interview with her at police headquarters. Nelson told investigators that on the date in question she had a doctor’s appointment and that she called the parents of the children at 1:25 PM and told them to pick their kids up by 2:00 PM. Nelson went on to say that she did not account for the three-year-old child before leaving the facility but did not do this intentionally.
When asked if something like this had ever happened before Nelson stated that there was an incident in 2005 but she couldn’t recall the details. Investigators later determined that in 2005 a child had been left unattended on the facility’s playground. That case was forwarded to the Florida Department of Children and Families.
On Wedneday, October 30, a criminal arrest warrant was issued for the arrest of Nelson for child neglect. Nelson did turn herself in to the Gadsden County Jail later that day and was booked and released on her own recognizance until her later court date.
Anyone having additional information on this case is asked to contact QPD Criminal Investigation Division Capt. Troy Gilyard at (850) 627-0140.
Captain Jim Corder has been fired from his job with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, according to Major Shawn Wood
Wood stated Corder was fired for inappropriate text messages with a former inmate who was on community control (ankle bracelet) at the time.
The woman's family has filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as well.
In addition, Wood said there are allegations of missing evidence.
Wood stated two other deputies, Investigator Kevin Godwin and Investigator Robbie Maxwell, have been placed on administrative leave with pay during an internal review of the case.
Daniel Patrick Hood, 38, has been arrested according to Gadsden County jail records.
Hood, a former Robert F. Munroe football coach and Dean of Students, turned himself in to the Gadsden County Jail Thursday night.
According to arrest information on the Gadsden County jail website, Hood is facing two felony counts of sexual assault, a first degree misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and a third degree felony for obscene communication.
His bond was set at $163,000.
The Havana Kiwanis Club hosted its annual dinner last Thursday at the Havana Country Club. Club president Jennifer Loughmiller joined with regional Kiwanis lieutenant governor Heather Locke to induct the Club’s four newest members: Anthony Viegsbesie, Ridgeway Stone, Greg Doss, and Kelly Lewis.
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Munroe headmaster Suzanne M. Johnson issued the following statement concerning the termination of Munroe head coach Danny Hood.
As of Sunday, October 10th, 2013, Danny Hood has been terminated from employment at Robert F. Munroe Day School. This action was based on an allegation of improper conduct with a student, which has been sustained. The well-being of our children is our highest priority. After learning of this allegation, Mr. Hood was placed on leave pending a thorough review of the situation. That review is complete. Official communication on this issue will come directly from the Head of School.
At this point, we have asked Mr. Joey Edwards and Mr. Jimmy Harris to serve as interim co-head coaches of the football team. They all have graciously agreed. Jayme Williams has been hired as the new dean.
Our commitment is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children, and we appreciate the trust our parents have placed in us to guide and educate their children.
In a television report, Hood’s attorney Tim Jansen said "(Hood’s) never been in trouble before, he had a great job over in Vernon, he took this job as the head coach, they picked him to be the school Dean, and he's devastated by these allegations. He denies it, he denies that he's done anything improper."
Jansen also says the school never approached Hood about the allegations before firing him, according to the television report.
James McGriff was found guilty of manslaughter Thursday evening after the jury deliberated a little over two hours.
McGriff had been accused of second degree murder in the death of Otis Harley which occurred January 30, 2011.
During opening statements prosecuting attorney Stefan Grow stated that Harley and McGriff got into an argument over a dice game during a backyard party.
Harley was shot once in the upper abdomen during the fracas.
Defense attorney Mandy Garcia, in his opening remarks, stated that Harley had been the aggressor and that McGriff acted in self defense.
He added that Harley weighed 100 pounds more than McGriff and had a reputation for violence.
McGriff was found guilty on two other charges: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and concealment of a firearm.
Sentencing for McGriff will be held Wednesday at 9 A.M. in the Guy A. Race courtroom annex October 9.