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Will dip into the surplus to balance

Baker County commissioners took the path of least resistance in shaping a new budget that will appeal to taxpayers and to county employees, but not to those who had pushed for deeper spending cuts to avoid using precious cash reserves to balance the budget.
Ending three months of budget workshops, the county board tentatively adopted a $27.4 million spending plan for 2014-15 the evening of September 4 in what turned out to be a brief, anticlimactic public hearing that drew no public comments. Read More »

Juveniles arrested for rash of burglaries

Cops-rash-Thomas Cops-rash-BartonTwo male juveniles remain in custody this week in Gainesville, charged with multiple vehicle burglaries overnight on September 6 in the northeast quadrant of Macclenny.
In two of the seven instances, Tyler Barton, 17, and Deangelo Thomas, 16, are facing first-degree felony counts because pistols were taken from glove boxes. The guns were recovered in the attic of a residence on North 5th St. later that day.
County deputies responded the morning of September 6 as vehicle owners discovered the burglaries, all reportedly to cars and pickups left unlocked. Read More »

Chronic offender is sent back to prison

Circuit-court-harvey-mugA Sanderson man with a lengthy criminal record was sent back to prison on September 2 for violating probation by being arrested again for burglary.
Mikelle Harvey, 38, was on a two-year probation after release from prison when charged in December of last year with a burglary in Duval County. The original sentence stemmed from a burglary off Odis Yarborough Rd. in Baker County in November, 2010.
Circuit Judge Mark Moseley gave Mr. Harvey credit for 643 days in jail or prison off the 30-month sentence and revoked the current probation. The defendant’s criminal record includes battery, felony fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident, growing marijuana and other offenses. Read More »

18-month probation for theft, sale of artifacts as part of ring

FWC-artifcats-allen-charles-hydeA Macclenny man arrested as part of a two-state sting for excavating and selling artifacts from state property pleaded no contest to a single charge in circuit court here on September 2 and was given 18 months of probation.
A state-appointed prosecutor allowed Allen Charles Hyde, 51, to plead to unlawful excavation of a state archaeological site and dropped a companion count of dealing in stolen property. Read More »

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