CRIME & SAFETY
Dan Markel case: New judge assigned a month before start of Charlie Adelson murder trial
With roughly a month to go until jury selection, a new judge has been assigned to preside over the murder trial of Charlie Adelson, the accused ringleader in the plot to kill Florida State law professor Dan Markel. On Friday, Chief Judge Frank Allman of the 2nd Judicial Circuit assigned...
Grand jury clears officers after ambush shooting, calls their survival 'miraculous'
A Leon County grand jury found that law enforcement officers acted appropriately when they shot and killed an armed woman who opened fire on them during an ambush at Tom Brown Park. The grand jury hailed police officers for the job they do, touting the bravery of law enforcement that...
Three-vehicle crash on I-10 causes roadblock for several hours; infant involved
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a vehicle crash on I-10 in Leon County that involved serious injuries and road closure for several hours. The crash happened on I-10 westbound near Mile Maker 197 around 12:30 p.m. FHP spokesman told WCTV Eyewitness News that there is...
Kirk Reams, scandal-plagued clerk of court in Jefferson County, arrested in FDLE probe
Kirk Reams, who courted controversy and scandal during his embattled tenure as Jefferson County clerk of court, was arrested on charges he misused the office credit card, took part in a kickback scheme and misappropriated funds. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which arrested Reams on Wednesday, began investigating him...
Views of Point of Grace Christian School after the arson fire
The home of Taylor County Basketball Coach Jimmy and Tambra Blankenship was a complete loss as a result of a generator fire. 18 nurses between the Labor and Delivery and Family Care Units were pregnant at the same time. Updated: Sep. 20, 2023 at 9:03 PM EDT. |. By Madison...
Aaron Glee sentenced to life in prison for 2020 kidnappings, murders
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -The man who shocked Tallahassee and the world following the kidnapping and murder of two women in 2020 was sentenced to life in prison Friday. A Leon County judge issued the sentence to Aaron Glee after an extremely emotional morning of statements read aloud by the family of the victims.
Tallahassee man arrested for aggravated assault and kidnapping
LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - A Leon County man was arrested Tuesday and accused of aggravated assault and false imprisonment, according to Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Upon LCSO’s arrival at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare in reference to an allegation of battery and false imprisonment, the victim told the deputies that he had a fight with 40-year-old Aron Fruaenthal that day.
Tallahassee’s charge: Using the power of unity to combat violent crime
I love Tallahassee. Chances are good that many of you reading this also love Tallahassee. I’d even go so far as to say that our neighbors who berate our community on social media comment threads love Tallahassee, too. If we can start with that basic understanding, then it becomes much easier to address the difficult community challenges that face us.
LCSO investigating a second home invasion, shooting incident that left a man injured
The Leon County Sheriff's Office is investigating another home invasion and shooting that left a man injured early Monday. Deputies responded around 1 a.m. to a report of a home invasion in the 4600 block of Cypress Point Road, according to an LCSO incident report. "When deputies arrived, they found...
DoorDash couple attacked by armed man in golf cart stabs assailant, police say
A central Alabama couple making DoorDash deliveries with their child stabbed a man in a golf cart they said was armed and attacked them, authorities said.
‘He was always there for you’: FSU student, competitive cyclist killed in hit-and-run
TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) - Friends confirmed that a cyclist killed in a hit and run in Jefferson County Friday was FSU student and national championship cyclist Jake Boykin. “Someone so young and so special and special beyond his talents on the bike and everyone is in shock and trying to process what’s a huge loss,” fellow cyclist and close friend Jason Khon-Hohensee said. “Not just for our cycling community, but we all knew Jake was going to go on to do great things in life, and we’re all so hurt by the fact that he’s not going to have that opportunity to change the world like we knew he would.”
Cyclist killed on Wacissa Springs Rd.
Heather Ainsley ECB Publishing, Inc. On Friday, September 22, just before 7 p.m., Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) responded to a traffic collision on Wacissa Springs Rd., in Jefferson County. A pickup truck traveling south-bound struck a bicyclist on the roadway. The cyclist, a 25-year-old male from Tallahassee, whose name has not yet been officially released, was flown to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries. According to the press release provided by FHP, the vehicle left the scene and was located a short time later with the bike still impaled into the front of the truck's grill. The driver of the truck, a 60-year-old male from Tallahassee, was transported to TMH.
Cycling champion’s bike was impaled on truck after fatal hit-and-run, Florida cops say
The college student was on his “final training ride” ahead of a cycling competition in Georgia, a Facebook post says.
'Zero intention of returning': Man charged in Jefferson clerk fraud case allegedly flees
One of the men charged with suspended Jefferson County Clerk of Court Kirk Reams for scheming to defraud the county has allegedly absconded, prompting prosecutors to file an emergency motion to revoke his bond. Warren “Charles” Culp Jr. of Tallahassee was arrested Sept. 20 along with Reams and Justin “Tyler”...
Culp flees into hiding
Warren “Charles” Culp, Jr. – who on Sept. 19 was arrested and then charged with eight counts of grand theft and scheming to defraud Jefferson County taxpayers of more than $100,000 – “is now believed to be fleeing justice,” according to an Emergency Motion to Revoke Bond filed in his case on Tuesday morning, Sept. 26.
Details arise surrounding murder arrest
Heather Ainsley ECB Publishing, Inc. On June 13, a fatal shooting took place in a quiet Monticello neighborhood. Two months later, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) announced the arrest of the alleged shooter, Kendrick Reed, who is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail. According to the Arrest Affidavit, Reed was arrested on Aug. 10 for an outstanding Driving While License Suspended or Revoked warrant, which is a felony charge. It wasn't until Aug. 11, when Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Detective (Det.) Wren Johnson and FDLE Special Agent (S.A.) Kevin Sears interviewed Reed, that his connection to the June 13 murder investigation was more fully confirmed.
Fraud alert causes county accounts to be frozen
Lazaro Aleman ECB Publishing, Inc. In the wake of the recent arrest of Clerk of Court Kirk Reams and two accomplices for alleged fraud and other theft-related crimes, another fraud issue surfaced at the Jefferson County Commission meeting on Thursday evening, Sept. 20. The issue apparently involved numerous county employees not getting their paychecks because the bank had frozen the county’s accounts. Will Davis, market president for The First Bank, addressed the board on the issue, telling the commissioners that he was there to answer questions about the incident and provide options that they might want to consider in order to prevent a repetition of the problem. Davis explained th.
Man, 63, killed in Dallas County wreck Tuesday
A 63-year-old man from Greenville is dead in the wake of a single-vehicle wreck Tuesday in Dallas County. The wreck happened just after 5 p.m. on Dallas County 4, about 4 miles east of Minter. Rodney G. Bush was fatally injured when the pickup he was driving ran off the...
Police chase ends in Crisp County, two Florida men facing drug and gun charges
CRISP COUNTY, Ga. — Two Florida men are in the Crisp County Jail after a high-speed police chase through Worth and Crisp Counties on Wednesday, according to a press release from the Crisp County Sheriff's Office. Now, they're facing drug and firearm charges. The chase between the Warwick Police...
Authorities confirm link between Monday’s violent home invasions
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Investigators shared new details Friday that confirm one man is the suspect in two violent home invasions in west Tallahassee that occurred more than an hour apart Monday. Both home invasions took place early Monday morning, and both turned violent after shots were fired. The Leon...