Local and State News

Health advisory is issued for Liza Jackson Park

September 7, 2017 Ft. Walton Beach, Fla – The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) conducts bi-weekly saltwater beach water quality monitoring at 11 sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Samples are collected from March through the end of October. The water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and ...

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Cars Burglarized and Stolen From DeFuniak Springs Neighborhood

September 6, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, FLA – Thieves take vehicles and guns in early morning burglaries in Timberwind Estates. According to a news release from the DeFuniak Springs Police Department, two vehicles were stolen sometime late Sunday night, September 3rd, and early Monday morning, September 4th, along with two hand guns and several other vehicles broken into. The following is ...

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Teen Driver Challenge Scheduled For October 7th in Walton County

September 6, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Is your teenager about to start driving? Are you nervous about handing over the keys? Look no further than the Teen Driver Challenge to get your future driver ready to get behind the wheel! The Teen Driver Challenge course, which is offered at no cost to students, will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience ...

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Destin Teen Charged with Shooting Passenger of Another Vehicle

September 6, 2017 Destin, FL – A 17-year old Destin teen has been charged with shooting a passenger in another car August 21st around midnight near Airport Road and Twin Lakes Drive. The victim, 19- year old Tyjuan Lee, was struck in the head, but the bullet was removed from his scalp and he survived. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office developed ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report August 25 through August 31

September 6, 2017 Escambia County Environmental Investigator Hughes was contacted by a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Manager and a Solid Waste Compliance Inspector to discuss a complaint involving ads placed online advertising clean fill materials that could be deposited on-site free of charge. An additional ad advertised the disposal of yard trash debris onsite for $20 per ton. ...

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FDC Cancels Weekend Visitation In Response to Irma

September 6, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections is taking proactive steps to ensure the public and individuals entrusted to their custody are secure as Florida prepares to respond to Hurricane Irma. In response to travel restrictions throughout Florida and to ensure staff resources can be maximized for hurricane response, weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday, September ...

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Attorney General Bondi Activates Price Gouging Hotline as Hurricane Irma Approaches

September 5, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi tonight activated Florida’s price gouging hotline for all consumers in Florida. The opening of the hotline comes as Governor Rick Scott declares a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties in response to threats posed by Hurricane Irma—now a Category 5 hurricane that could impact the state this week. “Floridians need ...

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Fatal Motorcycle Wreck Sunday Night Claims The Life of Laurel Hill Woman

September 5, 2017 Crestview, FL – Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sunday  night, September 03, 2017, the Crestview Police Department responded to a multi-vehicle accident at the intersection of South Ferdon Boulevard and Aplin Road. When officers arrived on scene, it was determined that there were two motorcycles and a pick-up truck involved in the accident. There were two motorcycles driving ...

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Gov. Scott Declares State of Emergency to Prepare Florida for Hurricane Irma

September 5, 2017 NAPLES, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 17-235 on Monday declaring a state of emergency in all 67 counties within the State of Florida in response to Hurricane Irma – a major Category 5 storm approaching Florida. By declaring a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties, Governor Scott is ensuring that local governments have ample time, resources ...

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Crestview PD Identifies One of Three Suspects in Early Morning Shooting

September 3, 2017 Crestview, FL – Shortly after 3:00 a.m. this morning, Sunday, September 3, 2017, the Crestview Police Department, with the assistance of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol, responded to the Holland Apartments located at 564 West James Lee Boulevard, in reference to a shooting incident. When officers arrived on scene at the Crestview Inn, ...

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