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NO LAID PLANS

by Shannon Longneck On Wednesday morning Josh Clayborne of Acadia took his cup of coffee with him out to his back porch. He looked at the hole dug the day before by Sanchez Pools and Spas in preparation for the installation of his new in ground pool. He was surprised when he glanced towards the fence and realized that all the materials for the pool were missing. “The lining, the slide, the diving board,...
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NORREL AND CAMES STILL MISSING

By Shannon Longneck There have been no clues as to the whereabouts of thirteen-year-olds Jason Norrel and Jeffrey Camas who went missing in the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 16, 2015. They were last seen entering an unoccupied house located at 1414 Vision Street. Even though there have been reported sightings of the boys from as far away as Singapore, nothing has lead to their recovery. Desperate for any leads, Chief of Police Victor...
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PLANET MOIRA AUTHOR KILLED

by Shannon Longneck Award winning writer and local New Grace celebrity Shioban McCarthy, age 68, killed in her Godfrey home. Mrs. McCarthy is  the author of the science fiction trilogy Planet Moira, in which a young woman leads a band of rebels in a fight to take back her planet from alien invaders. Filming is set to begin for the first book in the series before the end of the year. On Saturday night an...
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SHED SHEDS CLUES IN DEPUTY’S MURDER

by B J BECKHAM The investigation into the murder of Deputy Horace Nevada continues. While the forensics team found no clues on the body or in the freezer, the shed itself was a wealth of information. The shed was a homemade metal structure, crudely spot welded, with a plastic tarp under the roof to keep out the rain. According to Missy Beland, the former owners’ daughter, neither of her parents would build a makeshift shed...
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THANKSGIVING ENDS IN TRAGEDY

by B J BECKMAN – Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time for families to gather, appreciate each other and enjoy a meal all in the spirit of love. But as most of us know, Thanksgiving often brings critical comments over one’s cooking, unwelcomed opinions over life choices and gives rise to animosities best left brewing below the surface.  For one New Grace family everything boiled over on Thanksgiving. The Griffin family gathered at the...
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THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT ASSUALT

by Shannon Longneck – Christmas lights can bring both joy and sorrow during the holiday season. While watching them twinkle and marveling at the cleaver display of your neighbors delight some, many people find putting them up and taking them down to be a horrific task, made even worse by the privilege of untangling them before they even get started.  For five New Grace residents getting tangled up in lights will forever invoke a horrifying...
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THE EMPTY CASE FILE – PART ONE

 THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON by Shawn Erickson Of the roughly fifty homicides that take place in New Grace County each year, the general public hears of less than ten of them, and of those only a couple are treated with the chock, sadness and outrage that ought to accompany every intentional taking of a human life.  But as a society, we seem to limit our compassion to certain victims and circumstances: the...
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THE EMPTY CASE FILE – PART TWO

THE CASE FILE OF ALFONSO SWANSON by Shawn Erickson LaTroy Hawkins’ death was destined to become yet another empty case file, due to the lack of witnesses and other evidence. But after exhausting all open leads, in an act of desperation I decided to pursue a last ditch effort: digging through the bottomless pit that was LaTroy’s prior criminal record.  After returning to the station from visiting Detective Mackey, I spent the remainder of...
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TRUE WITNESS – PART FOUR

THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON By SHAWN ERICKSON The next three chapters of my memoirs (titled True Witness, False Witness and Eye Witness) all take place during the scorching hot summer of 2013, when the department was faced with an unprecedented number of murders and other brutal crimes, all of which were unique and fascinating in their own right.  It started with the murder of two working, middle-class women, and the suspicion that...
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TRUE WITNESS – PART ONE

THE CASE FILES OF ALFONSO SWANSON By SHAWN ERICKSON The next three chapters of my memoirs (titled True Witness, False Witness and Eye Witness) all take place during the scorching hot summer of 2013, when the department was faced with an unprecedented number of murders and other brutal crimes, all of which were unique and fascinating in their own right.  It started with the murder of two working, middle-class women, and the suspicion that...
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