Local and State News

Operation Blue Bird: WCSO Prepares for Start of School Year

August 9 2017 Walton County, Fla— Thursday will mark the start of a new school year in Walton County. Walton County District Schools will begin classes on Thursday, August 10th. To help ensure a safe start Walton County Sheriff’s Office will be executing Operation Blue Bird. Operation Blue Bird will run from August 10th to August 25th.  The focus is ...

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Grand structure to reopen with a new elevator and newly uncovered history

August 9, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, Fla. – The City of DeFuniak Springs has started preserving and restoring the historic Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood at 95 Circle Drive on Thursday, August 3.  The $497,113 project is funded with a grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources with the City adding cash support of $63,825 and in-kind/volunteer services valued at $71,837.  Inmates ...

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Driver’s Seat Belt Infraction Leads to Passenger’s Cocaine Trafficking Arrest

August 8, 2017 Ft. Walton Bch, FL – An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy who made a traffic stop after spotting a driver not wearing his seat belt quickly noticed the odor of marijuana emanating from the truck. That odor sparked a search that led to a backpack containing jeweler’s bags, two bags containing 52 grams of cocaine 8 grams ...

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State Roads 85, 123, 285 to close for mission Wednesday Aug. 9th

August 8 2017 EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The 96th Test Wing is scheduled to conduct testing on the Eglin range complex requiring the closure of State Roads 85, 123 and 285. Testing will take place Aug. 9. The road should not be closed more than approximately 90 minutes at a time between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.  A back-up mission ...

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Shalimar Resident Reports Home Invasion Robbery

August 5, 2017 Shalimar, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported home invasion robbery which took place early Saturday morning in Shalimar. The victim at 43 Fawn Lane say two black males with guns entered his home around 2:30 a.m. A physical altercation led to him being bitten by one of the intruders. A witness inside ...

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Congressman Gaetz to host Town Hall meetings in South Walton and Freport

August 4, 2017 Pensacola, FL – Congressman Matt Gaetz will be hosting a day of events in Walton County on August 22, 2017 for “South Walton & Freeport Open Gaetz Day”. The Congressman will start the day with an 8:00 am Town Hall at the Ocean Club Restaurant. The Town Hall will be cohosted with the Walton County Tax Payers Association and Walton County ...

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CHELCO hires communications & community affairs manager

August 4 2017 Rumi Nielson-Green has joined Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc., as the manager of communications and community affairs. She began in this position July 10 and will be based at CHELCO headquarters in DeFuniak Springs. Rumi retired a colonel from the U.S. Army after over 27 years of service, with the last 15 leading strategic communication and public affairs ...

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Six People Sentenced in Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

August 3 2017 Gainesville, FL – The last of six defendants was sentenced this week for conspiring to distribute heroin and other drug-related charges. The sentences were announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The defendants are: • Joe Lee McQuay, 39, Ocala, 240 months in prison (180 months for the heroin conspiracy to ...

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Santa Rosa Beach Man In Custody After Shooting Into Nearby Home With Children Inside

August 3, 2017 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla—A man fires a shotgun into a neighboring home with children inside. Now, he’s behind bars at the Walton County Jail. Ian Thomas Allen, 49, fired a .12 gauge shot gun numerous times from his second floor balcony on 101 Dogwood Street into a neighboring residence during a drunken rage. The window that was ...

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Hunter safety courses offered in Santa Rosa County

August 3, 2017 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in Santa Rosa County (list follows). Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. Traditional course students must complete the entire course in person. All firearms, ammunition and materials are ...

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