Local and State News

20-Year-Old Arrested For Aggravated Child Abuse For Shaking Baby; Child Admitted To ICU

June 12, 2019 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla — A 2-month old is recovering from skull fractures and internal hemorrhaging and the man authorities believe responsible is behind bars. On June 10, 2019, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on South Haven Circle in Santa Rosa Beach to an infant who was not breathing, limp and had ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report May 10 – May 23, 2019

June 10, 2019 Northwest Region Cases Bay County Officers Hellett and Gore and Lieutenant J. Allen worked a night detail at St. Andrews State Park. Lieutenant Allen saw a vehicle pull up to the entrance gate. The passenger got out of the vehicle and pushed up the gate arm, allowing the vehicle to pull through. The officers stopped the vehicle ...

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Recreational Red Snapper Season Starts June 11 in Gulf State and Federal Waters

June 5, 2019 The recreational red snapper season will start June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and remain open through July 12, closing July 13. Anglers fishing from private recreational boats will need to sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler to target red snapper and several other reef fish in Gulf state and federal waters (excluding Monroe County), even ...

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Hunter Safety Courses Offered in Five Counties in June

June 5, 2019 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in five counties in June (list follows). Hunter safety courses are designed to help students become safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters and learn about conservation. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion ...

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WCSO Undercover Investigation Leads to Child Porn Charges for South Carolina Man

June 5, 2019 DeFuniak Springs, Fla — A Myrtle Beach man could face up to 100 years in prison after an undercover investigation originating in Walton County reveals multiple images of child pornography in his South Carolina home. On December 30, 2018, an investigator with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit began chatting undercover with Ronald Hinch, 66, ...

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FWC Issues Executive Order Suspending Harvest and Possession of Shoal Bass

June 5, 2019 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued an executive order on June 5, suspending the harvest and possession of shoal bass from the Chipola River and its tributaries effective immediately until the order is repealed. Anglers are still permitted to catch and immediately release shoal bass. The shoal bass population in the Chipola River and ...

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2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 31 through June 6, 2019

May 31, 2019 The 2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins on Friday, May 31, 2019, and ends on Thursday, June 6, 2019. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. The sales tax holiday does not apply to: The rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Sales in ...

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Gag season starts June 1 in most Gulf state waters

May 31, 2019 Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters June 1, and will remain open through Dec. 31. Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties opened April 1, will remain open through June 30, and will reopen Sept. 1-Dec. 31. Monroe County follows the Atlantic state season and ...

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Announcing two license-free fishing weekends for Florida in June

May 31, 2019 Want to try your hand at Florida fishing? License-free saltwater fishing weekend is June 1 and 2, and license-free freshwater fishing weekend is June 8 and 9. During these weekends, a fishing license is not required for Florida residents or visitors. License-free weekends provide an excellent opportunity for non-licensed recreational anglers to experience fishing. The Florida Fish ...

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Okaloosa County Road Graders Slowed by Lack of Rain

June 1, 2019 Crestview, FL – Due to lack of rainfall in the last several weeks, the task of grading dirt roads in the northwestern portions of Okaloosa County has become much more difficult, report graders on the job. When dry conditions occur, roads become dusty and prone to a wash-boarding effect, making driving on the roads – even at ...

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