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Life sentence after rape conviction

LauramoreA circuit judge on March 26 sentenced a Macclenny man to life in prison for multiple rapes of a girl under the age of 12 during a six-month period in late 2005 to mid-2006.

A six member jury of four women and two men convicted Charlton Dewayne Lauramore, 46, following a trial on March 14. An earlier trial in August, 2012 ended in a mistrial when a judge feared closing remarks by public defender George Nelson could prejudice the jury.

The sentencing was handled by Judge Thomas Jaworski, who sits on the county bench in Alachua County.

Similar to the earlier trial, the jury heard from the victim, who was 10 and 11 years old at the time, testifying that she was raped on at least five occasions.

She brought the incidents to light while Mr. Lauramore was in state prison in Holmes County and he was re-arrested while still in custody. He has a criminal history of violent behavior, including a 2001 case where he was sentenced for false imprisonment of a female after initially being charged with sexual battery.

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Long road home for teen accident victim

Corey Craig's homecoming party.

Corey Craig (pictured at center above) of Macclenny came home Friday night to a huge gathering of well wishers after four months of therapy at the Sheperd Center in Atlanta, GA, a hospital that specializes in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury.

Mr. Craig suffered a spinal injury in a vehicle accident on December 1, 2012 on Claude Harvey Road that took the life of another teen, Jordan Sommise.

Councilman rents SHIP house; county could file lien for $45K balance on taxpayer-funded loan

The Foster SHIP on February 27.Glen town councilman Morris “Dickie” Foster is renting out a house formerly occupied by his late mother — a home paid for with an interest-free, deferred payment loan from the government that prohibits the property’s sale or lease until 2028.

The county manages the taxpayer-funded loan program known as SHIP (State Housing Initiatives Partnership) and holds a mortgage on the property for the balance of the loan, some $45,000.

The county has no plans to stop Mr. Foster from renting the house, however.

Mr. Foster, a plumber whose company worked on the SHIP house, purchased the property on which the home sits at 10255 N. Glen Ave. in 2005.

At that time there was an existing 844-square-foot, wood-frame house on the small lot next door to Mr. Foster’s residence.

Property records indicate the sale price was $60,000. Mr. Foster put $9000 down and took out a $51,000 mortgage to finance the remainder of the purchase, court records show.

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Pre-K Center welcomes spring with fun, games

Kylee Sue Johnson during tug-of-war.Jaxon Echols in the relay race.Principal Bonnie Jones drives the ATV-powered train full of children.

Children at the Prek-Kindergarten Center welcomed back spring last week at the school’s 2013 Spring Fling, a day of games, music and snow cones with parents and teachers.

Groups of children rounded the various stations — tug of war, sack race, bounce houses and others — while fast-paced music pumped from speakers and parents snapped photos of their kids playing. The annual event took place on March 28 during the last week of school before spring break.

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