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AMVETS serving lunch today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.AMVETS will be selling hotdog and hamburger lunches today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the post located on South Jefferson Street.Walker to hold book signing todayDelores Leggett Walker, author of Legend of Promise, will hold a book signing today (Friday) from 3 to 6 p.m. at Java Connection, located in Historical Perry Station.Bids for Kids is tonightTaylor County Uniteds Bids for Kids auction, will be held tonight (Friday) at Java Connection, starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will include live music, food, a silent auction and live auction as well as a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds from Bids for Kids will benet deserving children and families in Taylor County. To donate an item or volunteer, please contact United Director Michele McLeod at 584-5805 or Secretary Patty Otero at 850973-7797.Author to speak at library July 28Oxford, Miss., writer Ashton Lee, author of The Cherry Cola Book Club series, will visit the Taylor County Public Library Monday, July 28, at 5:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Taylor County Public Library. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. The library is located at 403 N. Washington St.Register for Pre-KTaylor County Pre-K is actively registering children ages birth to four years old for its 2014-15 fall school year. Parents will need their childs birth certicate and Social Security card to make copies, along with the childs shot and physical records. Parents of four-year-olds will also need to contact the Early Learning Coalition at (850) 584-5679 to apply for their VPK Certicate for the VPK Program. All age groups may qualify for school readiness, which is also obtained at the Early Learning Coalition. TCDA, chamber to host candidate forum July 31The Taylor County Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce will host a city candidate forum on Thursday, July 31. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Taylor Technical Institute. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayJuly 18-19, 2014 Index One section 125th Year, No. 29www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday94 70 Saturday92 71 Sunday89 71 60% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 30% Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-5 Sports . .................... A-7 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Playground ............ A-10 Classieds . .......... A-11 News Forum FDLE report details Timberland rampage Victims ran for their lives By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI Staff writer No one will ever know what thoughts were going through Earl Edward Clague Jr.s mind Wednesday, Feb. 5, when he crashed his vehicle into his place of employment and opened re. Those left behind can only assess his actions and draw an educated guess, at best. In the great divide, there are two Ed Claguesone, a loving husband, father and grandfather; the other, a man bent on killing. What is known is the broad path of devastation Clague left in the wake of his violent actions that dreary, overcast day--actions that have had a lasting impact on his family, his co-workers and the community at-large. It all started at 7:30 that morning when he telephoned Timberland Ford and said he would not be at work due to medical issues. A few hours later, at 10:13 a.m., Clague called his wife and said he was going to kill somebody. He did not give her any further details. She called him back twice and each time he did not answer his phone. Approximately seven minutes later, at 10:20 a.m., he deliberately crashed his truck into the showroom of Timberland Ford. He exited his vehicle and pointed a shotgun at two customers in the front area. One of the men told investigators he could see Clagues nger on the trigger but that it appeared Clague was trying to disengage the safety. These and other grim rsthand accounts of the day were detailed in a 17page report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Thursday. Details from those investigative ndings continue: Clague then shot Timberland employee Mike Cook twice as Cook was running away from the showroom. A second employee, John Mahoney, was hiding in an ofce when Clague shot him once Sadler case clears rst hurdleCity resident William C. Sadler Sr., left, and his attorney, Sally Jean Roberts, appeared before Judge A veteran Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce (TCSO) deputy has been suspended without pay following his arrest on felony perjury charges July 10. Nelson Big Bird Gilbreath Jr., 46, turned himself in at the Taylor County Jail and was released on his own recognizance (ROR) the same day. The State Attorneys Ofce issued the warrant for his Deputy charged with perjuryPlease see page 3 Perry man charged in bomb threat A Perry man has been arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat against Apalachee Center for Human Services in Tallahassee. Jacob William Fowler, 27, was a patient at the facility at the time he allegedly made the threatening phone call on Friday, July 11. He was arrested by Tallahassee Police Department on one charge of making a false bomb threat. Fowler was also charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and battery (second or subsequent offense) resulting from an physical altercation which allegedly occurred at the facility the previous day. According to the arrest afdavit, three calls were made to Apalachee Centers Building K between 7:53 and 8:15 a.m. The third call was answered by one of the facilitys residents, who later told a TPD ofcer the caller stated, This is (mumbled unintelligible) from the police department. There is a bomb in the building. Everybody needs to get out. Staff members were able to trace the call to Apalachee Centers own inpatient unit (Building B). Reviewing video footage of the phone in Building B showed Fowler had been on the phone three different times, the afdavit continued. An employee told ofcers that after the calls were made, Fowler told him, I am going to pack my bags cause I called the bomb threat in and I am ready to go to jail. According to the afdavit, the previous day Fowler was in a physical altercation in which he pushed an employee causing him to fall over a couch. Fowler then grabbed a radio boom box and swung it at the employee. Fowler missed and was grabbed by a second employee, but the radios cord struck another patient. After Fowlers arrest, it was determined he also has warrant against him issued by the Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce for VOP/battery on a law enforcement ofcer. With numerous local and state elected ofcials returning to ofce unopposed, next months primary election ballot will not have many races for which Taylor County residents may cast a vote. The only local races set for the Aug. 26 primary election are for two Perry City Council seats, with Alan Hall and Mary Williams facing off in the District 4 race and Tonya Holton and David Sullivan vying in the District 5 race. Incumbents Don Cook (District 4) and Daryll Gunter (District 5) are not running for re-election. William Carl Sadler Sr. has led suit against the City of Perry to have his name placed on the ballot in the District 5 race after the city council voted 3-2 not to qualify him as a candidate last month. City council races are non-partisan and voters residing in District 4 or 5 will be able to vote in those races regardless of their party afliation. On the state level, Republican primary voters will have an opportunity to vote in the gubernatorial election with two challengers-Yinka Abosede Adeshina and Elizabeth CuevasNeunder--facing off against sitting Gov. Rick Scott for the chance to move on to the November general election. County voters face scant ballot Please see page 3 Please see page 6 What happened?
TOMS TO BUILD HERE, EXPECTS TO HIRE 100Toms Foods conrmed its decision to build a major processing and distribution center in Perry that was expected to employ approximately 100 local persons by August 1980. Lee Grose, Toms vice president of manufacturing operations, said construction of the $5 million plant would begin in August with completion expected in about a year.INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT DRIVEGeorge Ellis of Buckeye Cellulose Corporation presented a $500 check to development authority Public Relations Chair Mack Sessions for the TCDAs Industrial Development Fund Drive to wind up the ofcial fundraiser. Another gift of $50 from Jackson Tedder brought the total received or pledged to $2,150, Sessions said.THOSE CRAZY CLOWNSAnn King, Stacy Hart and Kay Aiken portrayed crazy clowns for the Super Summer Reading Program presented at Jerkins Center and the Taylor County Library. WEDDING BELLS RINGMr. and Mrs. Robert Lytle of Lake Bird announced the marriage of their daughter, Debra Lytle Roberts to Walter E. Woodall Jr. of Live Oak, on June 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the home of the bride.BRIDES-TO-BEMrs. Sonja M. Grifn of Alturas and Kenneth F. Cowles of Frostproof announced the engagement of their daughter, Wendy Lee Cowles, to Richard O. Land, son of Mrs. Billie Braxton of Perry and the late Capres Land of Steinhatchee. The wedding was planned for Aug. 17. Cheryl Ann Suggs of Branford and Alan Ray Brantley of Perry were pleased to announce their forthcoming marriage on Aug. 18 at First Baptist Church in Branford. Mrs. Inez Stephens and Mrs. Jo Hudgens announced the engagement and approaching marriage of their children, Alisa and Greg. The wedding was to be held on July 21.A-2 Perry News-Herald July 18-19, 2014 Looking Back July 18-19, 2014 THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD July 19, 1979 Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE email@example.comA courthouse to you, a playground to me The Taylor County Courthouse used to be our favorite playground, especially during the summer. We never saw any monkey bars at the courthouse. No merry-go-rounds. No swings or slides. No slip-and-slide splash pads. of hallways and stairways to roam. people taking care of business we could entertain. And most of all, the where we were entertained. Back in the day, the Taylor County 4-H Program and the County Extension of the courthouse. When I joined 4-H in elementary school, I joined because I wanted to be able to walk home from school. After a week or so of attending 4-H, I was more concerned about being able to hang out at my new playground than about being able to walk home. After school, my friends and I would walk from Perry Elementary to the courthouse to attend 4-H programs, like forest ecology, cooking and baking, horticulture, consumer education, sewing and others. The programs were taught by County Extension Agents, Henry Davis and Carol Mott, who made the classes just as fun as they were educational. The after-school 4-H programs were so popular that when we arrived at the rush over to the bakery or Bloodworths before class began. We did this to ensure we had a seat when we got back. During our 10-minute program breaks, we explored our playground. We rode the elevators up and down. We paced back and forth down hallways, making way too much noise sometimes. We sanctioned stairway races to see who could race up or down the four windows and waved at the workers who, though busy, would stop for a few seconds to smile and comment on the aroma of fresh baked breads and sweets from our baking class or the armload of plants and bushes they saw us haul upstairs for our forest ecology or horticulture class. And we stood at the door of the thirdthe proceedings. When we returned from our break, if we had been too loud in the hallways, Mrs. Leola Glenn, the 4-H program assistant and our club leader, put us in check by threatening to tell our parents, which, in my household, meant we might get barred from the playground. And none of us wanted that. Our playground was opened to us nearly all day during the summer months. Instead of hanging out at the local swimming pool or parks, we spent most of the day at the courthouse preparing for district and state 4-H competitions. There would be days the playground--two or three of which for the competition and two or three playing catch me if you can around the courthouse. Today, the former 4-H and County courtroom presided over by County Court Judge Bill Blue. I bet he doesnt have nearly as much fun in our old hangout as we used to. Jabo fun What was Floridas most lucrative sea product 100 years ago? If you guessed sh, crabs, shrimp or oystersyoud be wrong. It was sponges. In the late 1840s Florida began harvesting and trading natural sea sponges on the world market. Sea sponges were in demand for industrial and medical purposes. (Cheap synthetic sponges werent available until after World War II.) Bahamian sponge shermen started harvesting sponges off the Florida Keys in 1849. A few years later, a company in Key West initiated sales to the rst American sponge wholesaler, located in New York. By 1900, Key West was one of the largest world sponge markets. Black and white Bahamians and Conchs (Bahamian-Americans) harvested sponges up the East Coast to Miami and up the Gulf Coast. Other major Florida markets were established in the Apalachicola/Carrabelle area and in Tarpon Springs. But new sponging techniquesbrought by Greeks from the Dodecanese Islandsresulted in erce competition among spongers. The Bahamians and Conchs used traditional methods of bringing sponges up from the sea with long-handled hooks lowered from sailboats. But the Greeks who moved to Tarpon Springs used deepsea diving equipment as well as hooks and worked from boats that had both engines and sails. With their more advanced technology, the Greeks could harvest four times the quantity and often better quality sponges from deeper waters. During the rst decade of the 1900s, sponges generated more income in Florida than any other sea product. But along with the prots came increasing conict between the Greeks and the Conchs. In 1917, Florida passed a law designed to protect Keys hook spongers by banning diving for sponges in the Keys. The Conchs were understandably territorial about the Florida bedsthe best in the hemisphere. Sometimes they even resorted to violence and burned Greek boats. The periodic sponge wars between the Greeks and Conchs were memorialized in the lms Beneath the Twelve Mile Reef (1953) and 16 Fathoms Deep (1948, 1934). The conict was long and bitterin fact, when Beneath the Twelve Mile Reef was shown in Key West in 1954, the audience loudly cheered for the octopus to kill the diver in the underwater ght scene. Key West became the only West Atlantic sponge locus not run by Greeks. Greek sponge merchants had moved into Nassau and controlled the Caribbean industry from about 1910 until a mid-century sponge blight. A massive red-tide blight all but destroyed the Florida sponge industry from 1938 to 1952. Red tide is toxic algae growth that kills sea life and wreaks havoc in Florida waters every decade or two. It wasnt until the 1960s that the industry was revitalized in Miami and the Keys through the efforts of Cubanimmigrant sponge dealers and shermen. During the last few decades, with the return of sponge beds and the strong demand for natural sponges for beauty products, the industry has stabilized at a modest level in both Tarpon Springs and the Miami/Keys area. This story was featured by the Florida Humanities Council as part of Floridas 500th anniversary commemoration, marked from 1513 when Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon rst set foot on the states east coast. www.oridahumanities.orgA city built on sponges
A-3 Perry News-Herald July 18-19, 2014 The Florida Department of Education (DOE) has released grades for elementary and middle schools across the state and locally, Taylor Countys schools all showed improvement, including two which jumped two grade levels. Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) earned an A, Steinhatchee Elementary earned a C and Taylor County Elementary School (TCES) earned a D, missing a C by just two points (on a scale of 800 points). Taylor County High School will not receive its grade until later in the year when DOE releases the high schools grades separately. TCES was the only school to not improve its grade over last year, but district ofcials have indicated they are planning to appeal due to computer glitches which occurred during this years testing. All of the Taylor schools experienced increases in their 2014 scores when compared to 2013, District Director of Instruction Sharon Hathcock said. Taylor County Middle School earned an A with 601 points, which was a two grade level jump over the C TCMS earned in 2013. Steinhatchee Elementary also worked to move the school grade up to a C with 454 points up from the 2013 F grade. Last summer, the Taylor County School Board eliminated grades 6-8 at Steinhatchee. One of the stated reasons was to allow the school to be graded as an elementary school rather than a combined school, which is graded on a different scale. Perry Primary and Taylor County Elementary Schools increased their grade by 24 points to 433, still two points shy of the C threshold, resulting in a D grade for the third year in a row, Hathcock said. Glitches with computer based testing and student data difculties are prompting the Taylor County Elementary School administration to submit an appeal to the Florida Department of Education for a more thorough review of the school data. As a whole, the Taylor County School District earned a C with 477 points. We are extremely proud of the hard work and achievement of our students and teachers, Hathcock said. Overall, the Taylor County School District is pleased with the positive growth and achievement evidenced by the 2014 FCAT scores. We are looking forward to a positive, productive 201415 school year. GRADING OUR SCHOOLS Taylor County High School* High school grades will be released by the stat e later this year ** Taylor Count y Elementary Schools grade includes Perry Primary School *** The school board eliminated grades 6-8 from Steinhatchee School so it is now graded as an elementary school instead of a combined school. 13-14 12-13 11-12 10-11 09-10 Taylor County Middle School Taylor County Elementary** Steinahatchee School*** TCMS now an A school Democratic voters will have two state races to consider Aug. 26. Former Gov. Charlie Crist and Nan H. Rich are vying for the Democratic nomination for governor. George Sheldon and Perry E. Thurston are seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general, with the winner competing against incumbent Republican, Pam Bondi, in November. Other races, for U.S. Representative along with Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Florida Chief Financial Ofcer, will be on Novembers general election ballot. Taylor County Commissioner Pam Feagle, a Democrat, has one challenger this year, Republican David Woods, for her District 4 seat. With only one candidate from each party, this race will also be decided in November. Meanwhile, Taylor County Commissioner Jim Moody along with school board members Danny Glover, Brenda Carlton and Danny Lundy does not have challengers this election cycle, returning them all to new four-year terms beginning in November. District Court Judge Greg Parker likewise faced no challengers this year and will serve a second term on the bench. Elsewhere in the Third Judicial Circuit, Judge Leandra G. Johnson was also unopposed, while Mark Feagle will become the districts newest judge unopposed in his bid to ll the Group 6 seat. Additionally, State Rep. Halsey Beshears (District 7) will also return to Tallahassee to represent Taylor County in the Florida House of Representatives for another two years after no one challenged him for a second term in ofce. According to the Florida Division of Elections, Beshears was one of 37 incumbent Florida House members who were unopposed this year, nearly one third of the 120-member chamber, along with one open race (District 99), in which there was only one candidate. arrest on two charges: perjury in an ofcial proceeding and illegal interception or disclosure of communications. This is not a TCSO investigation, Capt. Ron Rice said. Assistant State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister signed the warrant for Gilbreaths arrest, listing the following charges: charges that Gilbreath, on May 21, 2014, while under oath or afrmation to tell the truth in an ofcial proceeding (a Public Employees Relations Commission hearing) did and there unlawfully make a material false statement about the purpose of his conversation with Warden McCallum. charges that Gilbreath, on or between March 2, 2014, and April 3, 2014, did intentionally intercept or procure another person to intercept a wire, oral or electronic communication, or intentionally disclosed to another person the contents of a wire, oral and electronic communication, knowing or having reason to know that the information was obtained through the interception of a wire, oral or electronic communication, contrary to Florida Statutes. Gilbreath has been with TCSO since May 1991. BALLOT Continued from page 1 Beshears unopposed PERJURY Continued from page 1 False statement given in PERC hearing? work for you.
Ed and Beverly Pincek, owners of the historic Putnam Lodge near Cross City, welcomed the Roseheads of Perry, chapter 2207 of the Red Hat Society, for a June 28 luncheon which attracted 24 members and ve guests. All arrived around 11 a.m for lunch and fellowship. June committee members included Doris Cruce, Joan Bailey, Leianne Carnes, Linda Wiles, Donna Sprigle and Barbara Patrick. For the luncheon, the restaurants staff used red tablecloths and Red Hat accents in the main dining room. June birthday honorees included Marie Hill and Teresa Jackson, wearing their colors in reverse. They were presented gifts as everyone sang, Happy Birthday. Each guest was introduced by the friend who brought her: Bonnie Dees (Myrna Archer), Judy Neal (Hilda Armstrong), Cathy Jenkins (Nancy Hendry), Helen Burgess (her daughter, Teresa Jackson) and Alice Simmons (Donna Sprigle). Announcements included an apology by Cheryl Gregory for the typographical error in last months article. April was the 16th anniversary of the Red Hat Society, not the 14th. Norma McGuire offered the blessing before the group enjoyed creamy bacon and potato soup, followed by entrees including Chicken Salad Paninis and Italian quiche, served with garden salads featuring the Putnam signature. Dessert was a warm and tasty Carrot Cake prepared in the unique way. Barbara Patrick introduced Chef Jeno who was credited for the delicious meal. Door prizes for the day were fresh vegetables. Names were drawn and members were presented watermelons, baskets of peaches and other vegetables. At each place setting was a small canister containing wildower seeds for each member and guest, gifts from the hostess committee. A guided tour of the lodge, upstairs and down, followed with several rooms available for an up-close look at the beautiful decor. Historical details about the lodge were given throughout the tour which concluded on the patio at the back of the lodge. Volunteers are still needed for the Sept. 27 luncheon. Members are reminded that the July meeting will be held Saturday, the 26th. A-4 Perry News-Herald July 18-19, 2014 Living Junes committee included (seated) Linda Wiles, Barbara Patrick and Doris Cruce, as well as (back row) Donna Sprigle, Joan Bailey and Leianne Carnes. Putnam Lodge Roseheads experience graciousness of a time past at David Aaron Durden, Ashlea Danyell Browning Browning, Durden to exchange wedding vows at Willow Pond John Browning and Robin Morgan announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashlea Danyell Browning, to David Aaron Durden. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David (Marsha) Durden. Both the bride-elect and the prospective groom graduated from Taylor County High School. She is curently employed with We Insure out of Jacksonville; he is employed with Mid State Industrial based in Lakeland. Their wedding will be an event of Oct. 18, 2014, at Willow Pond Plantation in Monticello. Formal invitations will be issued. The couple will reside in Jacksonville. Nominate Women of Distinction now Do you know an extraordinary woman who has distinguished herself as an outstanding member of the community? The Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle are now accepting nominations for recipients of their annual Women of Distinction Awards. The women chosen for 2014 will join 110 women in the Florida Panhandle who have already been honored as Women of Distinction since the programs inception in 1998. All nominees will be honored during the Women of Distinction Awards Gala on Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Florida State University Alumni Center. The awards recognize and honor the women in our community whose leadership and commitment inspire and make the world a better place, stated Raslean M. Allen, who serves as chief executive ofcer of the council. Nominees must live or work in Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor or Wakulla County. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 15 at 5 p.m. Forms can be obtained at www.gscfp.org.
A-5 Perry News-Herald July 18-19, 2014 Religion VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Churches in this community seize the opportunity to use a week of summer schooling the young, and young at heart, in the Bible and its many stories. Recently, First United Methodist Church combined with First Presbyterian Church to present Son Treasure Island with down under the sea images and tropical leis for all. Students participated in crafts and studies Monday through Wednesday with a closing program and reception on Thursday. But this is no ordinary tropical escape, organizers said. Found treasure included the greatest treasure of allGods love! Another V.B.S. awaits: Southside begins on Sunday Southside VBS begins Sunday Southside Baptist Church will begin its Vacation Bible School Sunday, July 20, and continue it through Thursday, July 24. Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the program running from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A kick-off event, during which early registration will be available, is scheduled for Saturday, July 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a water slide and free food. And another V.B.S.! Pentecostals of Perry will hold Vacation Bible School July 21-24 from 6:30-9 p.m. Children will be learn about the wilderness. Goody Bags, food and drinks will be provided nightly for kids in attendance. Please come! Prayer breakfast set for Saturday The Partnership for Strong Families invites the community to join them for the 2014 Perry Prayer Breakfast this Saturday at 9 a.m. The event is presented to embrace local partner families, potential partner families and the faith community in fellowship, music and an uplifting breakfast. It will be held in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, located at 302 N. Jefferson St. The event is free, but space is limited. For more information, contact Paula Vann at paula. firstname.lastname@example.org or (386) 249-1831. Three years to celebrate Trinity House of Praise is planning its third church anniversary this Sunday, July 20, at 4 p.m. Dr. Gerald Thomas and New Direction Ministries of Quincy will lead the service. The community is invited to attend. 161st anniversary observedSpringhill Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 161st anniversary on Sunday, July 20, during the 11:30 a.m. worship service. The church is located at 1095 Pinecrest Street. Pastor Izell Montgomery Jr. invites everyone in the community to attend.Church conference is SaturdayNew Jerusalem P. B. Church and Elder Floyd Miles ask that all church members be present for a church conference on Saturday, July 19, at 6 p.m. at the church. For more information, please contact Diann Johnson at (850) 371-2625.Plan for th Hour th Hour will be featured in concert at Yogi Bear Music Hall in Madison on Aug. 9, and organizers urge you to mark your calendars now. Admission to the event is free; the program begins at 7 p.m. By SARAH HALL James Allens book As a Man Thinketh references the Bible verse, As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. Mr. Allen reminds us that our thoughts often dictate our actions. A man is literally what he thinks. His character is the sum of all his thoughts. Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and condence than this--that man is master of thoughts, the builder and molder of character, and the maker and sharer of condition, environment and destiny. Man can and will blame everything and everybody, anything and all things on his disappointments. But seldom, if ever, does he blame himself. A man can make or unmake what he wants out of himself. If he is uncomfortable with himself, he will be uncomfortable with others. We know we learn from others, good or bad, therefore we stunt our growth when we choose to be by ourselves. A noble character is not a thing of favor or by chance, but it is the result of continuous efforts in right thinking. What are we here for? To love and be loved. We must know what love is. Love is of God, We must know and have a relationship with God in order to love.Tidbits:Careful: our thoughts dictate our actions...(Photos contributed by Clara Taylor)
A-6 Perry News-Herald July 18-19, 2014 through an interior window. After shooting Mahoney, Clague advanced to the rear service area where he encountered Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce Deputy Robert Lundy. Earlier that morning, Lundy had left his assigned patrol car, a Ford Taurus, at the dealership to have a spotlight installed. He then took a spare patrol car (Ford Crown Victoria) back to Timberland Ford to check on the status of the work on the Taurus. The Crown Victoria was equipped with an in-car camera system (video only) that turned on automatically when Deputy Lundy started the vehicle. When Lundy returned to Timberland, he left the Crown Victoria and the camera running. This camera would subsequently capture some of the actions by Deputy Lundy and Clague. Deputy Lundys knowledge at the time was that a shooting in-progress was occurring at Timberland Ford. This information was provided to Lundy by Joseph Cook and Brett Falicon; however, Deputy Lundy did not remember being told by Falicon. Lundy was not told of any other descriptive details pertaining to the shooting, nor was he made aware that Clague crashed his truck into the showroom, and had already shot two people in the showroom and nearby ofce. Deputy Lundy used his handheld radio to state there were shots being red at Timberland as he started to look for Clague. Despite being critically wounded, Lundy sought cover behind the pool car, identied Clague as being armed with a shotgun and began to deliver rounds at Clague. Lundy was unable to recall how many times he shot at Clague during the rst volley of gunre, but based on the evidence recovered, it is believed Lundy red his handgun four or ve times. Clague was rst shot in the rear shoulder by Lundy and the projectile exited Clagues body from his right chest area. Based on the information learned at the time of the autopsy of Clagues body and the in-car video, the gunshot caused Clague to lose function and mobility of his right arm. The projectile caused internal bleeding, a collapsed right lung, and bone damage. This gunshot caused Clague to fall to the ground, where he eventually reached to regain control of the shotgun, which is supported by Lundy and eyewitness statements, as well as partially supported by the in-car video. Lundy delivered more rounds at Clague, but was unable to recall how many rounds he red. Based on the in-car camera, Lundy red three times at Clague, while Clague was on the ground, which resulted in one round striking Clague under the left armpit. This round caused bone damage, internal bleeding and a collapsed left lung. Additionally, the round crossed Clagues center line and lodged in his back, on the right side of his spine. Clague died on-scene. On May 5, 2014, a grand jury reviewed Deputy Lundys use of deadly force against Clague. The grand jury issued a report the same day that stated Lundy was justied in using deadly force and acted reasonably under extraordinary circumstances. Members also commended and stated he acted with heroism and distinction and his actions saved lives. After the shooting, Mahoney was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital for treatment. Dr. Tim Ruark stated that Mahoney had received approximately 100 rounds of bird shot that would require surgery. Mahoneys exterior and undershirt were both taken as evidence. The items had been cut off him during treatment by rst responders at Timberland Ford. During the cleaning of Mahoneys wounds, one pellet was recovered and placed into evidence. With the permission of Mahoney and hospital staff, photographs were taken of Mahoneys wounds to include the right side of his head and neck, shoulder, arm, upper and lower leg area as well as the stomach, chest and back. After the shooting, Cook was transported to Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH) in Perry. Dr. Miles Nelson stated that Cook received a through and through wound at the top of the head, with a projectile entering the scalp, grazing the top of the skull, and then exiting. Cook also sustained a gunshot wound to his left ank. Dr. Nelson could not determine if this was birdshot or buckshot. This wound damaged Cooks internal organs, tissue and muscle. Multiple shotgun pellets were recovered from Lundys body during his surgery. His uniform was recovered from DMH and collected as evidence. Of particular interest was Lundys uniform shirt. A considerable sized defect (hole) was in Lundys shirt, just to the right of the center line of the shirt and just left of the front right pocket. This area can be considered center mass and is a substantially critical area to sustain a shotgun blast. Additionally, there were smaller defects in the shirt, surrounding the larger hole. All of the defects in the shirt were consistent with being caused by a type of shotgun ammunition commonly referred to as bird shot and being red from a close distance. On Feb. 13, an FDLE investigator conducted a recorded interview with Cook at his room at DMH. Cook stated he is employed by Timberland Ford as the general sales manager. Cook was in his ofce in the showroom when he heard an engine rev, tires squeal and then observed a truck crash through the south side wall of the showroom. At rst Cook thought the crash was an accident and walked toward the driver to check on him. Cook said the driver exited the vehicle and he recognized him as Ed from the parts department. Cook then observed Clague take a shotgun out of the truck and point it at him. Cook said the look on Clagues face was that he wanted someone to die. Cook then did an upand-down motion to avoid getting shot. Cook then ran toward the opening between the truck and the showroom wall. While doing this Cook was shot in the head. Cook continued on his feet in an effort to get away and exited into the parking lot. Cook was shot again, this time in his lower back. Cook fell soon afterward onto the asphalt parking lot. It was in this location that emergency personnel found him. On Feb. 5, Special Agent Supervisor Annie White conducted a recorded interview with John Mahoney at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Mahoney was in his ofce at Timberland Ford when he heard a noise that sounded like someone had hit the building. Mahoney then heard what he thought was a gun. Mahoney began walking down a hall and followed Timberland Ford owner Falicon to his ofce. Mahoney crawled on all fours into Falicons ofce. Mahoney was shot in Falicons ofce but he did not see who shot him. On April 16, FDLE investigators conducted a recorded interview with Lundy at his residence. Lundys attorney, Ernie Page, was present during the interview. Lundy provided a sworn verbal statement to the following: During the morning hours, the ofcer arrived at Timberland Ford and was armed with his department issued, .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun. While in the service area, a white male (Joe Cook) entered the service area and told Lundy that there was an armed male in the dealership shooting people. Lundy was not told the name or a description of the shooter, nor was Lundy advised of any other information regarding the shooting. Lundy did not know the name of the person that provided the notication of the in-progress, and did not remember being told of the shooting by anyone else. Lundy notied dispatch of the report of an in-progress shooting and advanced out of the service area. Unknown to Lundy, he was moving in the direction of Clague, who had, by that point, made his way to the rear door. Lundy was shot once in the abdomen, but was unaware of the location of the shooter and was also unaware of who shot him. Upon being shot, Lundy made his way to his pool car for cover. Lundy rst observed Clague after seeking cover behind his pool car. Clague was armed with a shotgun and walked out of the doorway with the gun facing forward. Lundy red his handgun at Clague and observed Clague fall to the ground. Lundy then observed Clague reach for the shotgun, which resulted in Lundy ring his handgun again at Clague. The FDLE report concluded simply: Lundy was unable to recall how many rounds he red at Clague. Lundy knew he was shot at once, and was unaware Clague red at him twice. In the ve months since the shooting, the victims and their families are making continued strides toward recovery. Mike Cook is back at work at Timberland in the newly remodeled from showroom. His desk is a few feet away from where Clagues vehicle crashed through the building. Mahoneys health is better and he is continuing to recover at home, Falicon reported. Mikes brother, Joe, is recovering from surgery to mend damage he sustained from a fall during the attack. Lundy received a heros welcome after his nal release from the hospital. He too is continuing to recover at home with his family. Im just taking it day by day, he said. Falicon praised the support of the community in the aftermath of the deadly incident. It has just been amazing. We are back at work, in good spirits, clearheaded and rolling. If Clague had survived, the FDLE investigative report found that he would have been charged with attempted murder of two civilians and a law enforcement ofcer. Editors Note: Included in the 17-page FDLE report was the following summary of scene processing and evidence collection. The scene was processed by FDLE Senior Crime Lab Analyst (SCLA) II Amy George. A black Nissan pickup truck had entered the showroom from the southeast side and stopped near Michael Cooks ofce. The window facing Byron Butler Parkway had damage from shotgun pellets that were red from the inside out. There was an interior glass window between the showroom and Brett Falicons ofce. This window contained a gunshot that went from the showroom into Falicons ofce. Three red shotgun shells were recovered from in and near the showroom. One shell was located in the bed of Clagues Nissan, one was to the left rear of the Nissan in the parking lot, and the third one was located on the showroom oor outside of Falicons ofce. The shells recovered from the bed of truck and exterior of the Nissan were stamped WINCHESTER 12 GA. The showroom oor shell was stamped *12*12*12*. Deputy Lundys rearm was a Smith & Wesson, .40 caliber pistol, with a magazine capacity of 14 rounds. A total of seven unred rounds were recovered from the magazine and the handgun. The area was canvassed and a total of eight, red .40 caliber casings were located. The casings recovered and the unred rounds were all stamped FEDERAL 40 S&W. Also located and collected were two projectiles. One projectile was located lodged in the door frame of the rear door of the dealership that led to the service area. This was the door Clague used to exit the main building of the dealership and enter the service area. It was also the doorway where Clague stood and red at Deputy Lundy, as reported by an eyewitness. The other projectile was located on the ground in the service drive, just beyond Clagues body. The third projectile was recovered from Clagues body at autopsy. Clagues body was positioned face up, approximately ve feet in front of Deputy Lundys pool car. A large pool of blood had formed underneath Clagues body. Inspection of the body revealed a gunshot entry wound in the upper right back and a gunshot exit wound in the upper right chest. Another gunshot wound was located beneath the left armpit. Clagues shirt contained corresponding defects (bullet holes) for all of the aforementioned gunshot wounds. Various types of unspent/ unred rearm ammunition, to include shotgun shells, were located on the ground, within close proximity to the left pocket of Clagues shorts. Additional shotgun ammunition was located within the pocket of Clagues shorts. Within an approximate arms reach of Clagues body was a Remington Model 1100, semi-automatic, 12 gauge shotgun. The shotgun breach was open, with no shotgun shells in the chamber or the magazine tube. Two red shotgun shells were located in the rear of the building, near the service drive. One of the shotgun shells was marked with the head stamp *12*12*12*; the other was marked SEARS 12 TED WILLIAMS GA. From inside the Nissan was recovered a Westerneld 12 gauge shotgun and a Gleneld model 75 .22 long rie. Also inside the Nissan were multiple boxes of ammunition of various types. Had he survived, Clague would have faced three counts of attempted murder VICTIMS Continued from page 1 Clague armed with two shotguns, long rie
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