Local and State News

DeFuniak Springs Man Arrested On Multiple Charges Following Monday Stabbing Incident

February 14, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, FL — A 26-year-old is behind bars after stabbing his half-brother six times and sending him to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. At 6pm Monday Walton County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Healthmark Regional Medical Center in response to a stabbing. The victim, Ryan Miller, 19, had been stabbed a half a dozen times and had a ...

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Get Vaccinated Today

February 13, 2018 Okaloosa County, Fla. – Get vaccinated today! For those who have still not received a flu shot this year, it’s not too late! Annual vaccinations are safe and provide protection for each flu season. Getting vaccinated helps protect you and your loved ones. Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious ...

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Lightning Strikes Crestview Home Causing Roof Damage

February 11, 2018 Crestview, FL – The Crestview Fire Department responded to a home in the 200 block of Wedgewood Lane earlier this afternoon for a reported structure fire and discovered the home was struck by lightning however found no fire. Firefighters responded to 214 Wedgewood Lane at 12:14 p.m. this afternoon for what was reported as a structure fire. ...

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Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Alert

February 10, 2018 Chipley– Drivers will encounter traffic variations on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities. Okaloosa County U.S. 98 west of Wright Parkway in Fort Walton Beach Turn Lane Construction- The eastbound, left turn lane at Wright Parkway will be closed through 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb 13 as crews perform construction activities. State ...

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Mock Child Abduction Exercise A Complete Success

February 10, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, Fla — An exercise aimed at analyzing law enforcement’s response during a child abduction is complete. Walton County Sheriff’s Office hosted a C.A.R.T (Child Abduction Response Team) exercise Friday; an event spanning more than eight hours. The scenario was played out from start to finish including a staged child kidnapping, the formation of incident command ...

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OCSO Wraps Up Baker Home Invasion With 5 Arrests

February 10, 2018 Baker, FL – A total of five individuals has now been charged in connection with a home invasion robbery that took place in Baker on September 10, 2017. Two men entered the house through a window and demanded money and guns. They got only a wallet before fleeing but stole a car that contained nearly $5,000 in cash, ...

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Gainesville Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking Crimes

February 8, 2018 Gainesville, FL – After a three-day trial, Arthur Larange Lee Jr., 34, of Gainesville, was convicted late yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Gainesville of sex trafficking by force and use of a facility of interstate commerce to promote prostitution. The verdict was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of ...

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Gulf Power Scam Returns to Crestview Area

February 8, 2018 Crestview, FL – The Crestview Police Department has received multiple calls from residents who have received phone calls purporting to be from a Gulf Power representative saying their payments to the electric utility are overdue. The callers often threaten to cut off the recipient’s power if payment is not immediately forthcoming. One business owner has already fallen victim ...

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Car Burglars Take Advantage of Unlocked Doors; Firearm Stolen

February 8, 2018 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla — Suspects burglarized 13 unlocked vehicles early Tuesday morning stealing a computer, camera, cash and a loaded firearm. Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating multiple burglaries in the Cypress Breeze subdivision and Watersound North. Although the more than a dozen occurrences happened in separate neighborhoods, investigators believe them to be ...

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Congressman Gaetz to Host Medical Cannabis Research Roundtables

February 8, 2018 Congressman Matt Gaetz will host two roundtables with local pastors and veterans on medical cannabis research on Monday, February 12, 2017 in Milton and in Pensacola. Congressman Gaetz will be in Milton to meet with nearly a dozen local pastors to gain insight from the faith-based community regarding medical cannabis research and its impacts on the family and ...

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