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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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‘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.

Bobcats baseball at 3-1

Cameron Jones on the mound.The BCMS Bobcat baseball team stands at 3-1 in its inaugural season with victories over Richardson Middle of Lake City and Lake Butler Middle.

The lone loss was to Suwannee Middle School. Prior to this week’s win over Richardson on March 5, Corey Adams was swinging the big bat for Coach Matt Turner’s B-Cats. Adams was hitting for a .714 average with five hits and four stolen bases.

Chaise Taylor was hitting .571 with four hits including a home run and four runs scored. Will Rhoden was hitting .600 with three hits and five runs scored. Cameron Jones won two games on the mound as starting pitcher.

The squad defeated Richardson for the second time on Tuesday, 7-4, behind a grand slam home run from Preston Sutton. Jordan Van Vactor got the win and Chaise Taylor the save for the B-Cats. The team trailed 4-0 for most of the game but scored all seven runs in the top of the seventh inning.

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Bob Curtner, 68, funeral March 4th

Robert “Bob” Curtner, 68, of Glen St. Mary died on February 28, 2013 at his residence with family by his side. He was born in Ripley County, Missouri on October 24, 1944 to the late Elsie Martha Ray Curtner. Bob was raised in Missouri and was a resident of Baker County for the past 30 years after moving from Jacksonville. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family, and traveling with his sister. Bob loved his family, especially his daughter and grandson. He was preceded in death by his mother and sisters Katherine Curtner and Earleen Hendrickson.

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