Author Archives: Christopher Henderson

Explosion at McKinley Climatic Lab

July 5, 2017 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. – An explosion occurred at the McKinley Climatic Lab shortly before 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. According to base officials a 1,000 foot cordon was established and the surrounding area was evacuated. The smoke that was visible did not pose a health hazard to the general public. Although base officials did at one ...

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Fatal Accident in Walton County Claims the Life of Rosemary Beach Man

July 4, 2017 A 21 year old Rosemary Beach man lost his life in a fatal accident shortly after midnight Tuesday morning July 4, 2017. According to a Florida Highway Patrol news release, 21 YO Brennen L Johns of Rosemary Beach, FL was operating a black 2014 Honda Civic that was traveling east on US Highway 98 in the outside ...

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Heatstroke kills, and it can happen to anyone. Know the facts to protect your kids

Story by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Since 1998, 701 children have died due to heatstroke after being left or trapped in a hot vehicle. Think this tragedy can’t happen to you and your family? Ask Raelyn Balfour. Raelyn had heard about heatstroke’s dangers. Like many of us, she chalked it up to irresponsible parents leaving children behind in vehicles. Then ...

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Infant Found Dead in Family Vehicle in Mary Esther

July 3, 2017 Mary Esther, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a seven week old baby was left in a family vehicle Sunday for approximately eight hours. The OCSO received a 9-1-1 call around 9:30 pm Sunday night when the baby was discovered dead inside a van at a family member’s home in Mary Esther. The ...

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Suspect Arrested In Destin Murder

July 2, 2017 Destin, FL – Less than 48 hours after a transient was murdered in a small park, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Destin man in connection with the slaying. Investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office were able to develop 36-year old William Joffre Reed of 547 Driftwood Lane as a suspect in the murder ...

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Destin Murder Victim’s Identity Released

July 2, 2017 Destin, FL – A murder victim whose body was discovered at Destin’s Harbor View Park Saturday morning has been identified. The victim is 31-year old Robert “Nick” Mayall, a transient believed to be from somewhere along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing several leads in the case and at this time will ...

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Former Destin Bank President Sentenced to Five Years For Bank Fraud Scheme

July 2, 2017 Pensacola, FL  – Anthony J. Atkins, 51, of Eufaula, Alabama, was sentenced Wednesday to 63 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $2.4 million in restitution for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, four counts of false statements to a federally insured financial institution, bank fraud, and mail fraud affecting a financial institution. Atkins was convicted ...

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Independence Day Celebration for Crestview

The City of Crestview will be celebrating Independence Day on the 4th of July. Festivities will be held at Twin Hills park located at 100 Hathaway St S, Crestview, FL 32539. Starting at 5:30 p.m. there will be food, vendors and music provided by the Crestview Community Band. The Fireworks kick off at 9 PM. Come early and get a good ...

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Crestview Man Victim of Shooting on Okaloosa Island Early This Morning

  July 1, 2017 Okaloosa Island – An investigation is underway into a shooting that took place at an apartment on Okaloosa Island around 7:15 this Saturday morning. Witnesses reported hearing multiple shots in the area of Walton Isle apartments on Bluefish Drive. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to investigate and received word a short time later of a ...

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Holmes County Man Leads Deputies on Wild Ride in Stolen School Bus

Holmes County, FL – On June 30, 2017, a call came into the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center that a subject had been shot and the suspect had stolen a bus. It was soon determined that a white male identified as James Irvin Bourgeois went to a residence on Hwy 177 in the Bethlehem Community asking for a ride. ...

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