Local and State News

Former Gulf Breeze Attorney Sentenced to Federal Prison for Destin Bank Fraud

Destin, FL – Richard Michael Colbert, 56, of Pensacola Beach, was sentenced today to 40 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $3.7 million in restitution for conspiracy to commit bank and mail fraud, false statement to a federally insured financial institution, nine counts of money laundering, and two counts of theft, embezzlement or misapplication by a person ...

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Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Alert

August 31 2017 Drivers will encounter traffic variations on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities. For the upcoming Labor Day Holiday there will be no lane closures on state roads beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept 1 and ending at12:01a.m.Tuesday, Sept. 5. Okaloosa County State Road (S.R.) 85 Turn Lane Construction from Commerce ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report August 11 through August 17

Bay County The FWC Dispatch received a call from the St. Andrews State Park manager reporting that a subject in a gold Altima with Arizona license plates was driving erratically in the park. The suspect vehicle had also entered the park without paying the entrance fee. Officers were responding to the park when Communications advised the suspect vehicle exited the ...

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Car Burglars Hit Seagrove; Nine Unlocked Cars, Weapons Taken

August 31, 2017   Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Following a rash of burglaries over the weekend, nine more cars were burglarized overnight Tuesday in the area of Seagrove in Walton County. All cars were left unlocked. Two handguns were stolen. The burglaries took place on or in the area of Gulf Cove Court between 7pm Tuesday and 10am Wednesday morning. ...

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OCSO Property Room Technician Charged With Grand Theft A Controlled Substance

August 30, 2017 Shalimar, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office charged an OCSO civilian employee with grand theft of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. 40-year old Deidra Rezzarday, a Property Room Technician, was placed on immediate suspension without pay on Thursday August 24th following the launch of a criminal investigation. She was not ...

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Search Warrant For Drive-By Shooting Reveals Weaponery Arsenal

August 30, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A search warrant investigating the involvement of two brothers into a drive-by shooting results in the discovery of multiple high caliber weapons at a home off Tyner Lane. On July 17th, Walton County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home off Hermitage Road in reference shots fired. No one was injured and two suspects, ...

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Shoal River Middle School Fundraiser at New York’s Famous Pizza tfn

Students of Shoal River Middle School has partnered with New York’ Famous Pizza & Pasta for a fundraiser –  Each time a family that orders from or dines-in will help raise money for their school and Relay for Life. Dates they will be there : Sept. 4th & 25th  Oct. 16th Nov. 6th & 27th Dec. 18th.  Also the first ...

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Habitat Depletion Cause of Fish Kill at Lake Martin in Alabama

August 23, 2017 Lake Martin, AL – Adult striped bass and non-native blueback herring have been dying at Lake Martin recently due to a depletion of adequate summertime habitat. Increased rainfall this year has led to large quantities of water being flushed through the Martin Dam turbines. The increased turbine activity has removed the water layer required for these species to ...

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

August 23, 2017 The travel week leading up to Labor Day and the Labor Day weekend are typically among the deadliest travel times on U.S. roadways. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is taking part in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs through September 4th. The goal is to prevent drunk driving accidents and raise awareness ...

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CPD Recovers Stolen Car After Owner leaves Keys Inside

August 23, 2017 Crestview, FL  — A vehicle reported stolen on Aug. 21 after its owner left it unlocked with her keys in the center console overnight has been recovered by the Crestview Police Department. The 2017 Ford Fusion was discovered missing when the victim attempted to leave for work the morning the vehicle disappeared. In addition to her car ...

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