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WEEKEND Washington County News Saturday, JULY 13, 2013 For the latest breaking news, visit CHIPLEYPAPER.COM IN BRIEF RESTORE Act meeting set CHIPLEY — The Washington County RESTORE ACT Stakeholders Committee will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 16 in the Blue Lake Community Center in Chipley. The subject of the meeting is to review opportunities that Washington County has for preparing plans and submitting projects for the RESTORE Act grant applications program. The Stakeholders Committee will accommodate handicapped and disabled persons who wish to attend this meeting. Contact the Planning Department at 415-5093, at least 48 hours before the meeting date to make arrangements. w w w. c h i p l e y p a p e r. c o m Volunteers sought for elder care TALLAHASSEE — Elder care Services, Inc., is seeking seniors aged See BRIEFS A3 INDEX Community Events .................A2 Faith .....................................A4 Classifieds .............................A5 Phone: 850-638-0212 Web site: Fax: 850-638-4601 50¢ Volume 90, Number 26 Council tables standards ordinance Hears report from FDOT on Highway 77 By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council decided to table the proposed “Private Property Standards” until the August workshop where the ordinance will be discussed. The ordinance was on the agenda Tuesday for its first reading, but Mayor Linda Cain asked that the council wait until next month to put the ordinance up for first reading. “I think we should discuss this more in-depth at the workshop,” she said. City Administrator Dan Miner said the purpose of the ordinance is to address code violations, such as abandoned properties with overgrown lawns, by identifying the owners and getting the properties cleaned up. To that end, the draft of the ordinance proposes the esablishment of an abandoned property registration program whereby the city would be able to locate owners of foreclosed properties and get them to “correct negative impacts and maintain the properties.” The ordinance would require persons or companies responsible for the properties to post their names and contact information at the properties so the city could contact them if the abandoned property is not being maintained. The council will further discuss the ordinance when it holds its SUCCESSFUL DRUG BUST August workshop at 5 p.m. on Aug. 1 at City Hall. The council also heard a brief presentation on the proposed routes of Highway 77 through or around downtown Chipley when the four-laning process of the highway finally makes it this far. Florida Department of Transportation District 3 Secretary Tommy Barfield and Blair Martin, intermodal systems development manager for the FDOT, reviewed the possible routes that had been See ORDINANCE A2 Man arrested on 2 counts of attempted murder From Staff Reports CHIPLEY — Chipley Police Department reported the arrest of Shaun Reed, 45, of Chipley on two charges of attempted murder on Wednesday. According to the report, the Chipley Police department responded to call about a stabbing during the evening hours of July 9 and when they arrived at the residence found Stephanie Jackson, 40, of Chipley lying on the living room floor “in a large pool of blood.” City Council calls special meeting CHIPLEY — The Chipley City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. on July 18 at City Hall in the council chambers. The topic will be a resolution presented by Doug Bruce and Associates, which is the firm the city has retained to help the city find funding for water system repairs and expansion, including taking the waterlines to south of Interstate 10. Local students to compete in world expo, A3 See STABBING A2 RANDAL SEYLER | The News Police Chief Kevin Crews tells the Chipley City Council on Tuesday about the arrest of 33 people on drug charges by the Washington County Drug Task Force last week. To see more photos visit Task Force arrests 33 in countywide narcotics roundup By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Over 400 man hours and $6,000 in drug buy money were expended in the massive narcotics roundup conducted by Washington County law enforcement last week. Chipley Police Chief Kevin Crews and Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock were at the Chipley City Council meeting on Tuesday telling the council members about the months-long investigation that culminated in the arrest of 33 local residents on various drug charges. “No one single law enforcement agency could have done an operation like this,” Crews said. “It took all of us working together, and that includes the community members who stand by us.” The Washington County Drug Task Force began a narcotics arrest roundup on July 3 that included arrest warrants for 35 suspects on felony charges of selling controlled substances, Crews said. The Washington County Drug Task Force, which consists of the Chipley Police Department and Washington County Sheriff ’s Office, concluded a six-month long investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics. On Wednesday, July 3, the narcotics task force began conducting a warrant roundup that consisted of 38 arrest warrants for 35 suspects. During the course of the roundup, several suspects were found to be in possession of marijuana, and/or various drug paraphernalia, according to police. Approximately a half-pound of the marijuana seized from these suspects was prepackaged for sell. While attempting the arrest of Haley Emanuel at her residence on charges of sell of methamphetamine and opium, Drug Task Force Officers were able to gain consent to search the residence leading to an additional three arrests, according to the release. After entering the residence, police discovered that three additional people were currently residing in the home. The three residents were identified and one of them, Jeremy Windsor, was arrested for an outstanding warrant from Holmes County. During a search of the residence, an active methamphetamine lab was discovered in a common area of the home. At that time, all remaining subjects were arrested, according See NARCOTICS A3 County, cities still awaiting damage assessment By RANDAL SEYLER 638-0212 | @WCN_HCT CHIPLEY — Washington County officials still are sifting through the soggy, waterdamaged homes and property from last week’s major rainstorm, determining whether it can apply for federal reimbursement funds. Some local governments also may file insurance claims for water damage and overtime caused by the storm. To receive Federal Emergency Management Agency dollars, the area must rack up $25.7 million in damage to public and private property, said Vernon Mayor Michelle Cook on Monday. 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