Local and State News

Gov. Scott: We’re Working Aggressively to Get More Fuel to Gas Stations

September 7, 2017 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott made the following statement outlining the steps that are being taken to bring more fuel to Florida gas stations. Governor Scott said, “We are aggressively working around the clock to bring more fuel to Florida gas stations. I have held calls with the federal government, fuel retailers and oil companies ...

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Governor Scott Closes All K-12 Public Schools, State Colleges, State Universities and State Offices to Begin Preparations Immediately

September 7, 2017 West Palm, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott is directing all public K-12 schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices to close Friday, September 8 – Monday, September 11. Governor Scott said, “Today, I am directing the closure of all public schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices for their normal activities effective Friday through Monday, ...

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Suspects Identified, One Arrested in Multiple Vehicle Burglaries

September 7, 2017 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Almost two-dozen cases have been solved in Walton County following a string of car burglaries over the last two weeks. The thefts started on the night of August 25th in the area of Birch Street. Over the next several days Sandestin, West Hewitt Road, and Seagrove were also hit. Weapons, cash, a laptop ...

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Health advisory is issued for Liza Jackson Park

September 7, 2017 Ft. Walton Beach, Fla – The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) conducts bi-weekly saltwater beach water quality monitoring at 11 sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Samples are collected from March through the end of October. The water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and ...

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Cars Burglarized and Stolen From DeFuniak Springs Neighborhood

September 6, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, FLA – Thieves take vehicles and guns in early morning burglaries in Timberwind Estates. According to a news release from the DeFuniak Springs Police Department, two vehicles were stolen sometime late Sunday night, September 3rd, and early Monday morning, September 4th, along with two hand guns and several other vehicles broken into. The following is ...

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Teen Driver Challenge Scheduled For October 7th in Walton County

September 6, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Is your teenager about to start driving? Are you nervous about handing over the keys? Look no further than the Teen Driver Challenge to get your future driver ready to get behind the wheel! The Teen Driver Challenge course, which is offered at no cost to students, will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience ...

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Destin Teen Charged with Shooting Passenger of Another Vehicle

September 6, 2017 Destin, FL – A 17-year old Destin teen has been charged with shooting a passenger in another car August 21st around midnight near Airport Road and Twin Lakes Drive. The victim, 19- year old Tyjuan Lee, was struck in the head, but the bullet was removed from his scalp and he survived. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office developed ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report August 25 through August 31

September 6, 2017 Escambia County Environmental Investigator Hughes was contacted by a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Manager and a Solid Waste Compliance Inspector to discuss a complaint involving ads placed online advertising clean fill materials that could be deposited on-site free of charge. An additional ad advertised the disposal of yard trash debris onsite for $20 per ton. ...

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FDC Cancels Weekend Visitation In Response to Irma

September 6, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections is taking proactive steps to ensure the public and individuals entrusted to their custody are secure as Florida prepares to respond to Hurricane Irma. In response to travel restrictions throughout Florida and to ensure staff resources can be maximized for hurricane response, weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday, September ...

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Attorney General Bondi Activates Price Gouging Hotline as Hurricane Irma Approaches

September 5, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi tonight activated Florida’s price gouging hotline for all consumers in Florida. The opening of the hotline comes as Governor Rick Scott declares a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties in response to threats posed by Hurricane Irma—now a Category 5 hurricane that could impact the state this week. “Floridians need ...

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