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Emerald Star News Dec 13, 2012

Emerald Star News Dec 13, 2012

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Volume: 4
 
Issue: 25
December 13, 2012
 
bi-weekly Edition
merald Star News
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The
BEST LIL’ NEWSPAPER in
 
W
alton county -
from
Freeport, Florida 
A style of it’s own
a community Based Newspaper
Free 
offered ‘free’
…….from our business Advertisers inside this week
 
Made possible by your localadvertising businesses in this edition.
Real Estate listings inside:
Shooting Suspects Arrested
 The suspects involved in the shooting into amoving vehicle have been located and arrested.Kareem Mitry and his brother, Xavier Mitry, were
taken into custody Wednesday by…..….
Page 3FDOT to Remove DirectionalSigns Along Highway 98
 They removed the signs once, the county came upwith a solution, now the state is abandoning thatand removing the signs again.Before the widening of U.S. 98 in southern WaltonCounty, there were a number of business singsalong the old highway. The Department of Trans-
 portation removed these signs……...…..
Page 5
DFS Looked At For EconomicDevelopment Project
 A project is looking at DeFuniak Springs andWalton County that could bring in over $5.3million in economic benefits. In a special meetingTuesday afternoon, DeFuniak Springs Councilmember Mac Work said he has been working withScott Brannon, Sara Commander and the WaltonEconomic Development Alliance on a project pro-
 posed by a well known area resident…..
Page 7
 
 Hello to each of you. I heard this story over the problemswith having marijuana being legal and would like to sharesome of it with you. No one wants this kind of news, but here we are. Under-the-radar potfarms in California are having dire consequences on the environment and state law en-forcement's hands are tied when it comes to doing anything about it.
But it’s a plant! How can it possibly be bad for the earth? In and of itself, it’s not. But as
an unregulated industry, some of the techniques used are sucking the life out of our wa-terways, killing our forests and poisoning our soil.Thoughgrowing pot under California state law is legal,under federal law, it is most
certainly not. That’s why growers− usually those with substantial harvests− burrow into
the forests to grow their crops under cover from federal agents.According to
massive amounts of rodenticide are used by forest-dwelling
farmers in counties like Humboldt and Mendocino. Because those crops can’t be fenced
in or otherwise protected from area wildlife, farmers dump large amounts of rodent and pest-killing poisons around the plants to ensure their safety.Mourad Gabriel, a Northern California wildlife disease ecologist told
OnEarth
the ef-fects of those chemicals are already having alarming results on area wildlife popula-
tions, the nearby Hoopa reservation, and the forest’s ecosystem.
 Gabriel has discovered abandoned grow sites with as much as 90 pounds of rodenticideleft behind, which is almost enough to wipe out about 12,000 deer mice, 1,500 woodrats, and other forest creatures.
And that’s not even counting what all that chemical
waste is doing to nearby waterways, which are already seeing the effects on fish popula-tions crucial to the area.
 also reports that some farmers are engaging inforest clearing and the ille-gal diversion of streams. But perhaps most frustrating is that state agencies are caught in a weird bureaucratic
 purgatory that’s keeping them from doing anything to regulate these farms.
 
State agents can’t shut down marijuana farms because they’re not illegal under state
law. But they are illegal under federal law. The feds have already warned state policymakers and law enforcement agents that should they do anything to try to regulate theactivity of pot-growers, it would be viewed essentially an act of aiding those farmerswho are committing a federal offense. Aiding someone committing a federal offense isserious, and California officials report they were already told they would face personalfederal prosecution should it be discovered that they were regulating any pot-farmingactivity.There is a small avenue of consequence for growers who are caught doing things likealtering waterways, but legally, those are only misdemeanors and so serve no real pur- pose in hindering the activity.
It’s glaringly obvious that the situation needs to be ironed out at both state and federal
 policy levels. Ecofriendly and responsible marijuana growth does happen, but as long asthe practice remains a federal offense, the system remains unencumbered, and thosewho are destroying our environment in the process continue to run wild.In the meantime, for the thousands of Californians who frequent medical dispensaries,
they’re not without options. Much like how many of us buy our food today, choosing to
 purchase locally-sourced marijuana which is grown with organic techniques can make
all the difference. We’ll see what more problems occur down the road.
 
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more!
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Stop in and see what we have, great prices!Editorial
Views expressed in
The EMERALD STAR NEWS
do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. The staff of 
The EMERALD STAR NEWS
 pride ourselves in our efforts to ensureaccuracy of the publication contents. However, there is no guarantee of the accuracy of all the Information nor the absence of errors and omissions (especially when sent through a third party);therefore, no responsibility can or will be assumed. 3000 copies printed bi-weekly.
 
Publisher/Editor
Frank Wolfe Jr.
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Contributing Editor
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Guest columnist
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 Erica Beck 
 
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Quote of the week :
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From the businesses advertising in this issue.Thank each one as you go to their store
 
Yes it’s true. The rising demand for this newspaper our delivering needs we
could not meet each week. If you live a bit further out we will get it to you.We need advertising help too, just give me a call today!
The Emerald Star News is published bi-weekly
We are locally owned and operated in Freeport
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
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Walton Spending $ On30-A Safety
 
 As reported by WZEP AM1460
In an effort to increase safety along Walton
County’s Scenic 30A, the County’s Public
Works Department has made a few changeswith additional work to be done.The project and processes that are currently being instituted were initially generated bycitizen concerns that the area needed someadditional safety measures put in place. TheDepartment of Public Works began the plan-ning process in early November and is cur-rently working to ensure the safety of thisstretch of road.District 5 Commissioner Cindy Meadowssays safety is their number one priority. Shesays this is a temporary measure instituted bythe previous board until they build the bridgeover Western Lake. Meadows says they will be proposing to the BCC the use of use bedtax revenues to build the bridge and maintainthe paths based on the Florida Attorney Gen-eral recent opinion that bed tax revenues may be used if deemed tourist related by the gov-erning body.The project will include the following im- provements:1. Extend the existing 25 mph speed zonethat begins west of Watercolor to encompassthe two Western Lake vehicular bridges.(Complete)2. Install informational signage to heightendriver awareness of the close proximity of  pedestrians and bicyclists on the two bridges. (Complete)3. Restripe the entire area and install morereflectors to heighten driver awareness. (InProgress)4. Install candlesticks (flexible vertical vis-ual/physical barriers) between the eastboundlane and the multi-use path/paved shoulder.(Forthcoming) NFSC Board Meeting
Complaint Against BrannonNot Supported
 
Another complaint filed against a Walton commis-sioner in an election time has also been dismissedafter the state found no probable cause to proceed.The Florida Commission on Ethics has dismissedallegations of ethical misconduct by former WaltonCounty Commissioner Scott Brannon. The decisionfollowed an investigation by the Commission andreport by an Attorney General's Advocate thatfound no grounds existed to support allegations thatBrannon had improperly voted on matters related toDriftwood Estates.The Commission on Ethics lists the meeting min-
utes and states, “The Commission also considered a
complaint filed against Scott Brannon, former Walton County Commissioner. The meeting min-
utes say, “No probable cause was found to believe
that he violated the voting conflicts law regarding ameasure that inured to the special private gain or 
loss of a business associate.”
 
In a release from Brannon’s attorney, they say that
in recommending that no probable cause existed tosupport the allegations, the Attorney General's Ad-vocate noted that no evidence supported the allega-tions that Brannon voted on matters that would have benefited a business partner who owned lots in thesubdivision. The report also found that certainvotes, which Brannon did not participate in, wouldnot have presented a conflict. When the issue of a potential conflict was first raised in April of 2009,Brannon recused himself from future votes on theissue.Brannon's attorney, Clay B. Adkinson of the Adkin-son Law Firm says, "These allegations were com- pletely without merit, and the thorough review of this matter by the Commission on Ethics demon-strates this." He added that his client "immediatelytook steps to avoid the appearance of impropriety by recusing himself from the matter, however, al-most three years later the issue was brought back upto attack Commissioner Brannon and injure hisreputation." Adkinson indicated that Brannon will be seeking attorney's fees for the frivolous com- plaint.Brannon expressed his agreement with the decisionof the Commission on Ethics, saying he was confi-dent he had not acted unethically and says the Com-mission's decision proved it. Brannon confirmed he believed the complaint was politically motivatedand frivolous. He also says he will seek attorney'sfees. Brannon says he has instructed Attorney Ad-kinson to proceed with filing for attorney's fees inthis matter. The former commissioner says the proc-ess of an ethics complaint is important to the peopleof the State, but it should not be abused for political purposes or to try to gain an advantage in litigation.He feels the process was clearly abused with thesefalse allegations and those responsible should haveconsequences for that.
Shooting Suspects Arrested
 
 As reported by WZEP AM1460
 The suspects involved in the shooting into a moving vehicle have beenlocated and arrested. Kareem Mitry and his brother, Xavier Mitry, were
taken into custody Wednesday by Walton County Sheriff’s Office
(WCSO) deputies.The victim called 911 Tuesday while traveling westbound in a vehicleon Highway 90 near Girl Scout Road. Apparently the two suspects werealso traveling in a vehicle in the same direction and drove up next to thecar.
At this point the Sheriff’s Office says Kareem Mitry began shoot-ing at the car with a handgun, striking the victim’s car several times.
The victim drove to DeFuniak Springs, refusing to stop and wait for law enforcement and EMS due to still being followed. He and his fe-male passenger eventually made it to the DeFuniak Springs police sta-tion. The driver of the car was slightly injured from broken glass. Hewas treated at the scene by the Walton COunty EMS. Bullet holes could
 be seen in the car’s door and window.
 Law enforcement worked into the night and then early morning locatingthe suspects. Investigators obtained both arrest warrants and searchwarrants in the case, leading to the arrest of the Mitry brothers. BothKareem and Xavier Mitry were charged with Aggravated Battery with aDeadly Weapon and Firing into an Occupied Vehicle. Additionalcharges are pending further investigation.
WCSO Meth Lab Drug Arrest
 
 As reported by WZEP AM1460
 
Thursday, investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/
 Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at the residence of Russell
“Rusty” Allen Smith (D.O.B 05/18/1964) and Anna Marie Quesenberry
(D.O.B. 05/14/1983) in Darlington. The search warrant was obtainedfollowing an ongoing investigation for conspiracy to distribute metham- phetamines. 
During the search, Investigator’s located chemicals used in the “Shakeand Bake” and “Red Phosphorus” production methods of manufacturing
methamphetamines. Investigators also located over 100 grams of methamphetamine and items of paraphernalia commonly used to ingest
the illegal drug. Sheriff Adkinson stated “Rusty has been dealing thistrash in Walton County way too long and it’s time to pay the piper”
 Rusty Smith and Anna Quesenberry were present when the warrant wasserved. Both Smith and Quesenberry were placed under arrest andcharged with Manufacturing Methamphetamines (2nd Degree Felony),Trafficking in Methamphetamine ( 1st Degree Felony), and Possessionof Drug Paraphernalia (1st Degree Misdemeanor). 

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