Author Archives: Christopher Henderson

Governor Scott Signs 16 Bills Into Law

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law:   CS/CS/SB 18 Relief of ‘Survivor’ and the Estate of ‘Victim’ – This bill directs the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide a total of $3.75 million in compensation relief to Victor Barahona and the estate of Nubia Barahona.   CS/CS/SB 80 ...

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Settlement Reached with Target Regarding Data Breach

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi and 47 other attorneys general are announcing the largest multistate data breach settlement achieved to date. The $18.5 million settlement with Target Corporation resolves the states’ investigation into the retail company’s 2013 data breach that affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and contact information for more than 60 million ...

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Attorney General Bondi and FTC Halt Massive Debt Relief Scam

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly obtained a court order halting a massive phony debt relief operation that bilked millions of dollars from financially strapped consumers, including the elderly and disabled. According to the complaint filed by Attorney General Bondi’s Office and the FTC, Jeremy Lee Marcus, Craig Davis Smith and ...

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Homeowner Sees Burglar on Security Cameras; Suspect Caught by WCSO

May 23, 2017 Freeport, Fla— A homeowner’s security camera helps put a burglar behind bars in Walton County. On Monday, May 22, 2017 around 5:30 p.m., Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress on Defuniak Street in Choctaw Beach following a 911 call from the homeowner. He told dispatchers he was watching someone burglarizing his home. When ...

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Pensacola Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison as a Habitual Felony Offender

May 22, 2017 A Pensacola man will serve the next fifteen years in prison as a Habitual Felony Offender for possession of a short-barreled riffle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving without a valid driver license. On August 13, 2016, a traffic stop was initiated on a vehicle driven by Kiara Sanders by the Escambia County ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report May 5, 2017 through May 11, 2017

NORTHWEST REGION ESCAMBIA COUNTY CASES Officers Allgood and Long found two people illegally camping in Perdido River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Camping is only allowed in designated camping areas and entry into the area is prohibited one and a half hours after sunset. While speaking to the individuals regarding the violations, they were found to be in possession of marijuana. ...

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Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up on St. George Island

May 22, 2017 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic on St. George Island June 10. The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the St. George Island State Park, 1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive. Advance registration is required. To register or get more information, email Heather Sneed ...

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Pasture Management

Okaloosa and Walton Counties are offering a class on managing pastures for hay and grazing. See the flyer below for more details!

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Multiple Locations to Get Lawn, Landscape and Garden Help

May 22, 2017 by Larry Williams The University of Florida has offices in all 67 Florida Counties. These Extension offices are part of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and they offer you the “front door” to UF experts. UF/IFAS Extension in Okaloosa County now offers assistance to citizens with lawn, landscape and garden questions at ...

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Deputy’s Facetime Screenshot Leads to Suspect’s Arrest for Grand Theft of Cell Phone

May 22, 2017 A Fort Walton Beach teen who took someone’s cell phone sealed his fate when he answered a facetime call. 18-year old Chandler Ridge Carlyle of Denton Boulevard is charged with grand theft in connection with the April 30th incident. A Fort Walton Beach teen who took someone’s cell phone sealed his fate when the responding Okaloosa County ...

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