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Brothers beat man for abusing sister

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Macclenny man for battery on his wife at a Sanderson address on July 1, then placed the victim’s two brothers in jail for beating the husband at his residence on Ben Rowe Circle.

Quentin Griffis, 32, told Deputy Earl Lord that Elmo Davis, 28, of Jacksonville and Ethan Davis, 21, of Sanderson came to his residence about 6 pm, slammed him up against a vehicle and struck him in the face before a witness intervened.

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Drug arrests in motel parking lot

Deputies made two drug-related arrests in the parking lot of the Travelodge on South 6th near Interstate 10 on successive days during the past week. Both involved persons seated in suspicious vehicles.

In the first incident, Deputy Jeremiah Combs said he arrested Toni Rainey, 33, of Macclenny early on July 4 for possessing a small amount of marijuana. She was a passenger in a van that police said had been altered because Ms. Rainey apparently left her belongings in a bar earlier and there was concern for her well-being.

That arrest took place at 1:35 am after the deputy noted a baggie lying on the ground near the passenger side door.

• The second arrest involved David Crews, 25, of Hilliard, who was seated in a 2005 Kia reported as a suspicious vehicle the evening of July 5.

Deputy Marc Heath said Mr. Crews was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech when questioned, and had a baggie of synthetic marijuana on the passenger seat. He was also found to have a glass smoking pipe in a pocket.

Private rescue billing on table; Croft again hints at privatizing EMS

As part of its lengthy agenda last week the Baker County Commission once again discussed hiring a private firm to manage billing and collections for the county’s Emergency Medical Services department.

The EMS department has been running an operational deficit for some time, partly due to unpaid bills generated by patients transported to hospitals by county ambulances.

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Her forte: motivating ‘at-risk’ students

Tanyia Rowan, Ed.D

Tanyia Rowan, Ed.D

Kindergarten teacher Tanyia Rowan says there’s basically two keys to ensuring at-risk students eventually graduate from high school: showing them you care and holding them to high expectations.

Other teachers may have come to similar conclusions anecdotally, but Ms. Rowan, whose taught kindergarten for the last 14 years, has the research to back it up.

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