Local and State News

Drawdown for Karick Lake Fish Management Area supports bass conservation and habitat management

July 30, 2017 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is partnering with the Florida Forest Service and Aquatic Habitat Restoration/Enhancement Section to conduct a full renovation of Karick Lake Fish Management Area in Okaloosa County. The agency began releasing water July 13 for a complete drawdown. This renovation is to improve fish habitat and balance the largemouth bass ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report July 7, 2017 – July 13, 2017

Escambia County: Officer Clark saw an individual operating his vessel in a careless manner. The individual had the outboard motor trimmed mostly out of the water revving it up, while several people were standing near the prop. He was attending the Blue Angel Air Show and was attempting to leave the area. Officer Clark stopped the vessel and immediately noticed ...

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Overnight Structure Fire Destroys Freeport Mobile Home

July 28, 2017 Freeport, Fla— An overnight residential fire destroys an unoccupied mobile home and threatens a nearby camper with residents inside. At approximately 11:20 PM Thursday night, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a mobile home fire on North Street in Freeport. The resident stated that his neighbor’s singlewide mobile home was on fire. The neighbor ...

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Cantonment Man Sentenced to prison for Video Voyeurism and Possession of Child Porn

July 28, 2017 A Cantonment man that was arrested in July of 2016 for video voyeurism charges was sentenced to prison and probation after release after law enforcement found child porn and multiple videos at his home. State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that on April 12, 2017, Christopher Dreyer pled no contest to the charges of two counts of Video ...

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Gas Station Gets Knocked Off Third Time In A Month

July 28 2017 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Green Acres Road gas station for the third time this month. The Shell station at 443 Green Acres Road near Fort Walton Beach was held up shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday morning by a black male wearing a red and white ...

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UPDATE: Child Makes Full Recovery After Falling Into Pool

July 28, 2017 Walton County, Fla—A one-year-old boy transported to a local hospital after falling into a pool has fully recovered. Wednesday morning deputies responded to 1935 Scenic Gulf Drive in reference to a baby that had fallen into a pool. Deputy Lebedoph Otilus took over CPR once he and Deputy Eric Hartzel arrived on scene. South Walton Fire District ...

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Texas Teens Arrested Following Hit and Run, Burglaries and Theft

July 26, 2017 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Two teenagers who drove from Woodlands, Texas to Walton County are behind bars following a multi-day crime spree beginning early Monday. At 6am Wednesday multiple residents in the Nature Walk subdivision reported their cars had been burglarized and items missing. In addition, a model home in the community had been vandalized. While canvassing ...

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Auburn Water System Issues Precautionary Boil Water Notice

July 26, 2017 Crestview, FL – A water main break has occurred in the area of Stamp Ave, Tew Ave, Oxmore Dr, Jenee Ct, Wydell Cir, Liberty Ln, Colonial Cir, Monterrey Rd, Skyline Dr, Constitution Rd, Only, which has necessitated turning off water to these customers in the affected area. Although the repair has been made, to assure the water is safe ...

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Child Transported After Falling Into Pool

July 26, 2017 Miramar Beach, Fla— At 9:24 am Deputies responded to 1935 Scenic Gulf Drive in reference to a baby that had fallen into a pool. Deputies took over CPR once they arrived on scene. South Walton Fire District transported to the child to Sacred Heart Hospital and Okaloosa Med Flight is standing by. The child is 2-years-old and ...

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Okaloosa County Commissioner Windes to Host Town Hall Meeting concerning Mid Bay Bridge Traffic Issues

July 26, 2017 Niceville, FL – Okaloosa County Commissioner Windes to host Town Hall on Niceville Traffic All residents of Okaloosa County are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, July 27, hosted by Commissioner Kelly Windes. The Town Hall will take place at the Niceville Community Center from 5:30-7:30pm. The open forum is being held to hear ...

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