Local and State News

Stock Up on Disaster Preparedness Supplies June 2-4 During Florida Sales Tax Holiday

May 25, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June marks the start of hurricane season and a time for Floridians to stock up on qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from sales tax. Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott, the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 and ...

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OCSO Seeks Information in Car Versus Pedestrian Accident

May 23, 2017 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for additional information in an accident that took place near the intersection of Highway 98 and Palmetto Drive in Destin around 3:45 a.m. on May 7 th . Deputies initially believed the injuries suffered by 22 year old Tyler Ponthieux of Dryprong Louisiana occurred after he tripped and fell on ...

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FWC Uncovers Major Alligator Violations in Long-Term Covert Investigation

On Wednesday, May 24, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers arrested nine suspects for violations of Florida’s laws pertaining to possession of American alligator, alligator egg harvesting, interstate transport of alligator eggs and hatchlings, falsifying official records, dealing in stolen property, conspiracy to commit racketeering, racketeering and other wildlife violations. These serious charges include first-, second- and third-degree ...

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Florida Cops On Top Event Scheduled For June 24th

May 24, 2017 Walton County, Fla — On Saturday, June 24th, teams from across the country will set out to summit their state’s highest point in honor of the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Cops on Top teams are comprised of volunteer climbers, largely self-funded law enforcement officers. Whether their attempt is to climb ...

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Governor Scott Signs 16 Bills Into Law

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law:   CS/CS/SB 18 Relief of ‘Survivor’ and the Estate of ‘Victim’ – This bill directs the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide a total of $3.75 million in compensation relief to Victor Barahona and the estate of Nubia Barahona.   CS/CS/SB 80 ...

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Settlement Reached with Target Regarding Data Breach

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi and 47 other attorneys general are announcing the largest multistate data breach settlement achieved to date. The $18.5 million settlement with Target Corporation resolves the states’ investigation into the retail company’s 2013 data breach that affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and contact information for more than 60 million ...

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Attorney General Bondi and FTC Halt Massive Debt Relief Scam

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly obtained a court order halting a massive phony debt relief operation that bilked millions of dollars from financially strapped consumers, including the elderly and disabled. According to the complaint filed by Attorney General Bondi’s Office and the FTC, Jeremy Lee Marcus, Craig Davis Smith and ...

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Homeowner Sees Burglar on Security Cameras; Suspect Caught by WCSO

May 23, 2017 Freeport, Fla— A homeowner’s security camera helps put a burglar behind bars in Walton County. On Monday, May 22, 2017 around 5:30 p.m., Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress on Defuniak Street in Choctaw Beach following a 911 call from the homeowner. He told dispatchers he was watching someone burglarizing his home. When ...

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Pensacola Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison as a Habitual Felony Offender

May 22, 2017 A Pensacola man will serve the next fifteen years in prison as a Habitual Felony Offender for possession of a short-barreled riffle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving without a valid driver license. On August 13, 2016, a traffic stop was initiated on a vehicle driven by Kiara Sanders by the Escambia County ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report May 5, 2017 through May 11, 2017

NORTHWEST REGION ESCAMBIA COUNTY CASES Officers Allgood and Long found two people illegally camping in Perdido River Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Camping is only allowed in designated camping areas and entry into the area is prohibited one and a half hours after sunset. While speaking to the individuals regarding the violations, they were found to be in possession of marijuana. ...

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