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Manhunt ends, suspect in custody

Madison County sheriff's deputies survey the suspect's crashed vehicle.

Sheriff Joey Dobson reported the suspect who fled the crash on I-10 this morning near Sanderson has been captured by K-9 units at an unknown location.

A manhunt began for a black male, possibly armed, in his late 20s or early 30s south of the interstate in western Baker County following a high speed chase that began in Madison County.

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office set up stop sticks on I-10 near the US 90 interchange to stop a white Dodge Charger being pursued by authorities from Madison, Suwannee and Columbia counties as well as the Florida Highway Patrol. The vehicle crashed in the tree line of the east bound lanes about 10:15 am.

The driver fled the car, even before it came to rest, said BCSO Deputy Ben Anderson at the scene. Sheriff Dobson said a passenger suffered minor injuires and was taken to Fraser hospital. The sheriff suspected drugs may be involved.

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5th annual ‘geocache’ moonshine run in Taylor

Local “geocaching” enthusiast Keith Lane of Taylor has organized the 5th Annual Baker County Moonshine Run, an historical treasure hunt of sorts with prizes and an “animal on the grill” barbecue on Saturday, March 9 beginning at 9 am.

Geocaching is a recreational activity in which GPS devices and coordinates are used to hide and find caches with just about anything from coins to messages to other items inside. Mr. Lane estimates there are some 2000 caches in Baker County today.

The moonshine run begins and ends at Mr. Lane’s Taylor residence on CR 125 just north of O.C. Horne Rd. Anyone with a digital camera, GPS device and vehicle can participate, he said.

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Betty Barbee, 63, of Sanderson dies

Betty Jane Allen Barbee, 63, of Sanderson died peacefully at her home on Wednesday February 13, 2013. She was born in Jacksonville to the late James and Mary Blackburn Allen and lived in Sanderson the past seven years. Betty and her husband Tom were self-employed in the sports memorabilia business. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and will be dearly missed.

Mrs. Barbee was preceded in death by son Todd Reid, and brothers James and Joseph Allen. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Thomas H. Barbee Sr.; daughter Gwendolyn Allen of Kansas City, KS; sons Jeffery Reid of St. Augustine and Thomas H. Barbee Jr., of Phoenix, AZ; grandchildren Finley Allen, Lindsey Reid, Sadie Beamenderser, Dalton Reid, Katie Barbee, Skye Nelson and Thomas H. Barbee III; many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 2 at 2 pm at Heritage Park in Macclenny, with Rev. Joe Raulerson officiating. Cedar Bay Funeral Home of Jacksonville is in charge of arrangements.

Mitch Givens funeral Saturday

Elder Mitchel “Mitch” Givens died on February 23, 2013 in Macclenny. He was born August 3, 1921 in Baker County.

The funeral service for Elder  Givens will be 2 pm on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Faith Bible Church on US 90 west of Sanderson.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 pm on Friday, March 1 at the Church of God By Faith in Sanderson.

Combs Funeral Home of Lake City was in charge of arrangements.

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