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UPDATE: Wakulla escapee back in Leon County

A man who fled from the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, and who was believed to be in the eastern end of Franklin County Friday evening, is now in Leon County.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has joined in the search Friday for Wesley Ryan Kester, who fled from the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office after being held on felony charges.
On Saturday morning, the  Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reported that Kester was back inb Leon County, and would not be facing any charges in Franklin County.
Accordsing to a post on Facebook by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were in the area of Summer Camp and Lanark Village Friday searching for Kester.  The Franklin Correctional Institution K9 team assisted in the search as well.
Kester, 29, is approximately 5 feet 6 inches, with dark hair and may be wearing glasses.
On Nov. 1, 2020, Kester completed a four-year term in a Florida prison for five charges on crimes that took place in May 2016 in Wakulla County..  He was sentenced in November 2017 to four years on each of five charges – two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical technician; fleeing from a law enforcement officer; driving while license suspended or revoked; and leaving the scene of a crash
The sheriff’s office advises that if you see Kester, do not approach him. Call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 850-670-8500 or call 911.

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Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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