Local and State News

Pace Man In Stable Condition After Early Sunday Morning Shooting in Milton

November 21, 2016 On November 20, 2016 the Milton Police Department responded to the 5000 block of Martin Luther King Drive a few minutes after 1 AM for a reported shooting. Upon arrival they discovered thirty-four year old Thomas L. Buckhalter had been shot. According to a news release from MPD, Buckhalter was shot while he was in the roadway. ...

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Milton Police Department Seeks Information About Early Morning Shooting

November 20, 2016 The Milton Police Department is asking for any and all information pertaining to an early morning shooting. At approximately 1:06 a.m. Sunday, Milton Police Department responded to a shooting on the 5000 block of Martin Luther King Drive in Milton. The victim was found and transported to a local medical center for treatment for his injuries. The ...

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Pay Your Okaloosa County Property Taxes Early And Get A 4% Discount

November 20, 2016 Ft. Walton Beach, FL – Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson says, “If paid by the end of the month, property owners can take advantage of a 4% early payment discount. The deadline to receive that 4% early payment discount is November 30th.” Anderson says, “We are hopeful our Citizens can save over $6.5 million this year ...

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Trash Cab 10 Is Out Of Service And Behind Bars

November 19, 2016 Walton County, Fla — Unlike photos on the popular “Snapchat” app, a former taxi cab driver going by the handle “TrashCab10” will not be able to make sexual battery charges disappear. Justin Willet, 33, is charged with sexual battery on a victim 16-17 years of age by a person older than 24 after picking up a girl ...

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UPDATE: Stolen Car Pursuit That Stretched Three Counties Ends With Spike Strips And Three Arrested

November 18, 2016 Okaloosa, Walton and Holmes County, Fla— Three suspects from an early morning pursuit across three counties have been identified by authorities. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on Highway 285 with a vehicle stolen out of Orlando in the early morning hours Thursday. The car fled onto Interstate 10 and into Walton County and deputies ...

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Officer Involved Shooting Left Suspect Dead After Attempting To Serve Felony Warrant

November 18, 2016 Fort Walton Beach – A Fort Walton Beach man was fatally wounded Friday after trying to take a deputy’s gun during a struggle at a townhome on Gap Creek Drive near Fort Walton Beach. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were attempting to serve the individual a warrant for three separate felonies when he turned violent. Three deputies ...

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Stolen Car Pursuit That Stretched 3 Counties Ends With Spike Strips

November 17, 2016 Walton County, Fla— A pursuit with a stolen vehicle that began in Okaloosa ended safely Thursday morning thanks to a multi-agency effort across three counties. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office began a pursuit on Highway 285 with a vehicle stolen out of Orlando in the early morning hours Thursday. The car fled onto Interstate 10 and into Walton ...

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Passenger Rail Service Looks Promising For The Gulf Coast

November 18, 2016 Passenger rail service restoration could be possible in the future for the Gulf Coast. The Gulf Coast Rail Service Working Group was established by the FAST Act in December 2015 to evaluate the restoration of rail passenger service between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Orlando, Florida. The previously-existing passenger rail service was stopped prior to Hurricane Katrina. Damage to the ...

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A Man From Miami That Traveled To Okaloosa County Last Year To Sell Drugs Is Going To Prison

November 16, 2016 Okaloosa County – A Miami man has been sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections after entering a plea of no contest to the charges of Trafficking in Hydromorphone and Unlawful Use of a Two-Way Communication Device to Facilitate a Felony. The sentence is a minimum mandatory, meaning the Defendant will serve it day-for-day in ...

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Human Remains Found In Santa Rosa County Identified As Missing Man From A Year Ago

November 16, 2016 Santa Rosa County – The human remains discovered by a work crew on October 28, 2016 have been identified as those of a man that was reported missing on November 27, 2015. According to a news release from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the State Medical Examiners Office has positively identified the remains as those of ...

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