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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, MAY 4, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF Wrestling benefit planned VERNON — An AWF/ NHW professional wrestling event is today at the old high school gym in Vernon. The event is a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and will feature professional wrestlers Waylon Barley, Dandy Jack, Lane Smart, Mark Justice, Shane Gibson, Nelson Izee, Chris Tighe, Cali Kid and a special appearance by Chic Donovan. The card is subject to change. Doors open at 7 p.m. and bell time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $6, and children 5 and younger get in free. For more information, call Dora at 3268004 or Garry at 904-235-7244. ‘Heart of the USA Pageant’ Sunday CHIPLEY — The 2013 North Florida’s Miss Heart of the USA State Pageant Preliminary to benefit The Washington County Council on Aging will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Panhandle Shrine Club, 1425 Brickyard Road in Chipley. Queens will advance to the 2013 North Florida See BRIEF A2 "" !         Get your free copy now INSIDE w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m 50¢ Volume 89, Number 6 Council ranks consulting firms Process first step in seeking water system improvements By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Of the three consultants making presentations before the Chipley City Council, only one brought a slide show — and a budget line-item of $400,000 from Engineer Tom Bryant with the consulting firm Doug Bruce and Associates shows city council members a broken piece of the city’s water pipes during Thursday’s special Chipley City Council meeting. the state legislature. Doug Bruce and Associates of Tallahassee was ranked the No. 1 choice of the three firms seeking the city’s business on Thursday night in a special council meeting, with Fred Fox En- See COUNCIL A2 RANDAL SEYLER | The News Eek! A snake! Garden Club winds down 2012-13 year with serpents Caryville man charged in connection with slaying By CHRIS OLWELL 747-5079 | @PCNHchriso By GWENETH COLLINS Special to the News CHIPLEY — The Chipley Garden Club got up close and personal with some of Florida’s beneficial and friendly garden snakes at the Sunny Hills Community Center in Sunny Hills on Wednesday. Scott Sweeney, park specialist at Falling Waters State Park, shared his appreciation and love of the slithery creatures and provided the group with useful information concerning the six venomous snakes that live in the area — eastern diamondback, pigmy and canebrake rattlesnakes, copperhead, cottonmouth and coral snakes. “Your cute little gardening gloves offer absolutely no protection from snake bite. Never put your hands anywhere you can’t see clearly,â€? Sweeney said. PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE NEWS Sweeney said snakes Above: Scott Sweeney displays one of his little friends. Below: don’t eat our flowers or crops in our gardens; however, 2013-14 Officer Installation: Second Vice President Linda they do eat what eats our Pigott, from left, First Vice President Glenda Wilson, President See GARDEN A3 INDEX Miss Florida International visits Chipley Kiwanis A2 Kiwanis .................................A2 Faith .....................................A4 Classifieds .............................A5 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 Karen Roland, Recording Secretary/Communications Gweneth Collins, and Treasurer Lyndal Pleas. LYNN HAVEN — After the “most intensive investigation in recent memory,â€? The Bay County Sheriff ’s Office has announced the arrests of three people, including a Washington County man, suspected of tying up, torturing and killing a Lynn Haven nonagenarian. The BCSO’s Criminal Investigations Division has not rested since a neighbor found the body of Wallace Scott, 90, in his home on PiDAVID CHALLENDER netree Road April 6, Sheriff Frank McKeithen said on April 15. Deputies worked countless hours, traveled hundreds of miles and worked with 22 other law enforcement agencies in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. “This was a whodunit,â€? said Capt. Jimmy Stanford, who leads the CID. The investigation led deputies to arrest David Challender of Caryville and James Jeffries and Ashley Griffith, both of Hartford, Ala., on April 14 and charge them each with an open count of murder. Only Griffith has had a bond hearing; she is being held without bond. Challender and Jeffries were held in the Holmes County jail. Investigators also arrested two of Scott’s former caretakers, a word they said they were using loosely, the day his body was discovered on suspicion of stealing and using Scott’s credit card and checkbook. Sherri Mercer and Deborah Cupp have been charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and principal to fraudulent use of a credit card, respectively. Mercer had endeared herself to Scott, and she was a beneficiary in his will, investigators said. Scott had reported the fraudulent charges to BCSO investigators in March, and he had an appointment with an attorney to remove her from his will on April 8. Scott was killed on April 4. He was beaten into submission and tied up in a bedroom in his house. The suspects allegedly hurt Scott in order to motivate him to tell them PIN numbers to his bank accounts, Stanford said. “One of the defendants used the word torture,â€? Stanford said. See SLAYING A2 Connect with us 24/7 Get breaking news, videos, expanded stories, photo galleries, opinions and more... @WCN_HCT

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