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Mrs. Crawford, 83, of Glen dies

Mallaveene Altman Crawford, 83, of Glen St. Mary died on March 7, 2013 at Baptist Medical Center with family by her side. She was born in Baker County on April 25, 1929 to the late Admiral Dewey Altman and Carrie Williams Altman and was a lifelong resident of Baker County, and a longtime member of Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church of North Prong. She loved spending time with her family, enjoyed sleeping and working crossword puzzles. Mallaveene was preceded in death by her loving husband of 24 years, Wade Crawford.

She is survived by her loving children Glenda Annette (Dormas) Crews of Blackshear, GA, Keith Crawford and Jennifer Elaine (Herschel) Farris, both of Glen St. Mary; sisters Pearlie Taylor, Margaret Altman, Phylis (Jack) Upchurch, Linda Sue Tyre and Peggy (Bill) Keeves; brothers Lonzie (Bonnie) Altman, Wilbert (Evelyn) Altman, Albert (Laverne) Altman and George Ray (Billie) Altman; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

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‘Zumbathon’ raises $725 for Craig family

One of some 70 participants at the event.A two-hour Zumbathon held at Anytime Fitness on the windy and chilly morning of March 2 raised some $725 for the family of Corey Craig, who suffered a spinal injury in a vehicle accident last December that killed another teen, Jordan Sommise of Jacksonville.

Mr. Craig, who attended Baker High, is currently rehabilitating at an Atlanta hospital. The event featured non-stop dancing from the South 6th Street gym’s Zumba instructors.

Classes meet there six days a week. Zumba pairs thumping, fast-paced music with aerobic exercise and the Zumbathon drew some 70 participants, many of whom received gift cards raffled off from local businesses.

High speed chase ends in woods; fled Madison cops

Search teams prepare to embark on massive manhunt for fleeing suspect.A white Dodge Charger led authorities on a high-speed, four-county chase on Interstate 10 eastbound before crashing near Sanderson about 10 am on February 28.

The driver, Terrick Shadon Lundy, 26, of Jacksonville was captured some three hours later by K-9 search teams from Baker Correctional Institution and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) less than a quarter-mile from the wreck scene, ending a massive multi-agency manhunt.

Passenger Ronnie Bernard Williams, 31, of St. Augustine was critically injured when the vehicle, traveling at an estimated 100 mph, slammed into a large pine tree after Mr. Lundy tried to avoid stop sticks placed near the U.S. 90 interchange. He reportedly navigated around a similar obstruction in Columbia County.

Mr. Williams was taken to Fraser Hospital and flown to Shands Jacksonville. Neither suspect was wearing a seat belt, FHP’s report indicates.

A Madison County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to pull the Charger over for speeding about 9:30 am on I-10 eastbound. During the traffic stop, the vehicle sped away and at some point the deputy fired at the car.

FHP’s account of the incident states the gun shots occurred before the vehicle fled the scene. A news release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is investigating the shooting at the request of Madison County authorities, said “an altercation occurred, shots were fired, and the chase began.”

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Arrest for pilfering artifacts

Allen C. HydeA Macclenny man was among 13 suspects arrested across the state and in Georgia last week for stealing valuable artifacts from state lands and attempting to sell them online and at trade shows during the last two years.

Undercover officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) infiltrated a group of men accused of digging or dredging on state property to find the artifacts, some priced at $100,000. Most of the suspects were arrested at their homes the morning of February 27, including Allen Charles Hyde at 53 W. Macclenny Ave.

Mr. Hyde, 49, faces 50 felony counts of dealing in stolen property, one misdemeanor count of theft and 51 felony counts of violating historical resources, according to FWC.

The state agency did not release details of each suspect’s specific offenses like what artifacts they took from public lands or the exact locations of the alleged thefts.

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