Local and State News

FWC Continues Seagrass Research and Conservation with New Status Report

February 28, 2017 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues its conservation of valuable seagrass beds in Florida’s coastal waters with a second edition of its statewide report. Scientists and collaborators from agencies across Florida, including researchers with the Seagrass Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program of the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, published new information this month ...

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FWC Announces Workshop for Possible Okaloosa County Boating Rule

February 28, 2017 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public workshop in Fort Walton Beach to address possible rule amendments reducing vessel speed limits within the Florida Intracoastal Waterway in Okaloosa County. The workshop will be held Friday, March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway ...

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Two meetings of the Crestview City Council are on tap for this evening one of which has been brought up time and time again. (with audio)

February 27, 2017 by Jerry Milligan There are two meetings of the City Council tonight at city hall. A Workshop meeting on the Homeless in Crestview will be the primary matter for discussion beginning at 6:00 PM.  Prior to the workshop, at 5:00 PM, there’ll be a special meeting on the subject of Changing the City Charter in Crestview. A Change ...

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Motorcyclist Victim of Fatal Wreck in Santa Rosa Beach

February 26, 2017 The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a two vehicle wreck on Saturday afternoon around 3:45 PM in Santa Rosa Beach that resulted in the death of a Metairie, LA man. Segei Kalmatcui of Santa Rosa beach, Fl was operating a red 2008 Suzuki Forenza 4-door and was stopped at the stop sign in the Walmart Supercenter parking ...

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White Magic Blessing Scam Lands Two In Jail After Stealing Jewelry and $10,000.00 in Cash

February 25, 2017 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Two people are behind bars following a spell-casting scam on residents in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fraud call Friday night at 5:00 PM from a resident of Driftwood Estates in Santa Rosa Beach. The victim stated that she invited Katiria Rodriguez Correa, 19, and Miguel ...

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Milton Man Murdered His Wife With A Hatchet Over Money

February 24, 2017 On 2/22/17 at approximately 0212 Santa Rosa Deputies responded to the 6400 block of Eva Street  in reference to a 911 call regarding a physical domestic disturbance.  According to the caller, he had struck his wife in the head with a hatchet during the altercation. Upon arrival deputies made contact with Todd Michael Brown as he was ...

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Active Duty Air Force Master Sergeant Stationed At Hurlburt Field Has Been Sentenced to Prison for Accepting Bribes In A Government Contract Fraud Scheme

February 24, 2017 PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – United States Air Force Master Sergeant Cody Boone Covert, 43, of Fort Walton Beach, was sentenced late yesterday to 23 months in prison and $126,300 in restitution for conspiracy (to commit theft of honest services and wire fraud) and bribery by a public official. Co-conspirator Michael Allen Braun, 54, of Forest Lake, Minnesota, is ...

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Pensacola Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

February 24, 2017 PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Shawn Ryan Goodfleisch, 38, of Pensacola, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. A jury convicted Goodfleisch on September 29, 2016, of receipt of child pornography and destruction of evidence to prevent seizure. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United ...

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Madison County Man Sentenced to 132 Months for Sex and Drug Trafficking Crimes

February 21, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Joseph-Michael Elias McFarland, 22, of Madison, Florida, was sentenced yesterday to 132 months for sex trafficking of a minor and distribution of the controlled substance ?-Pyrrolidinovalerophenone or “Alpha-PVP.” The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In September 2015, a confidential source met McFarland to ...

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Tourist In Critical Condition After Fall From 3rd Floor Balcony

February 20, 2017 A Nashville Tennessee tourist is in critical condition this morning after she jumped or fell off a third floor balcony at the Destin Emerald Grande condominium. The victim was intoxicated and reportedly going out onto the balcony to smoke a cigarette shortly before 3 a.m. according to her sister. She was found a short time later on ...

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