Local and State News

Crestview Man Sentenced to 15 years in Prison Nearly 2 Years After Drug Arrest

Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that on October 17, 2016, Henry Marcus Price was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections after entering a plea of no contest to the charge of Trafficking in Methamphetamine. The sentence is a minimum mandatory, meaning the Defendant will serve it day-for-day in state prison. On ...

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DeFuniak Springs Counterfeit Suspect Gets 15 Years in Prison

October 19, 2016 The suspects in a counterfeiting case from April of this year in DeFuniak Springs pled Nolo Contendere to the charges. Under the plea deals, Christopher Lee Sawyer was sentenced to 15 years in Prison by Judge Kelvin Wells. Tracy Marie Matthews pled to lesser charges and received a sentence of 6 months in Jail. Both will receive ...

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Pensacola Man Indicted for First Degree Murder of 75 Year Old Carolyn Barnes

October 19, 2016 According to a news release from the office of State Attorney Bill Eddins, a Grand Jury indicted Perry James Ford Jr. today for the First Degree Murder of seventy-five year old Carolyn Barnes. On September 10, 2016, Ms. Barnes’ body was found inside her Flintwood Circle home in Pensacola, FL by a friend who went to check ...

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Freeport Woman Arrested for Coveting Thy Neighbor’s Belongings A Little Too Much

October 18, 2016 Freeport, Fla— A Freeport woman is in jail after burglarizing her neighbor’s property off Eastern Street in Walton County. Skyler Anderson is charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, burglary of an occupied dwelling, and grand theft after stealing several items from the victim’s work shop and the victim’s car port. The victim awoke to find Anderson ...

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DHSMV Promotes National Teen Driver Safety Week October 16–22

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in recognizing National Teen Driver Safety Week from October 16 to 22 and highlighting Teen Arrive Alive Day on October 18 with events throughout the state to remind teens and adults around them to stay safe behind the wheel. ...

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Pensacola Woman Faces 30 Years in Prison for Fleeing From Police Amongst Other Charges

Monday, October 17, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that on October 14, 2016, Charmaine Brown, was convicted by an Escambia County Jury of Aggravated Battery on Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement Officer with Lights and Siren Activated at High Speed, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft of a Firearm, ...

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Laurel Hill Teen victim in Fatal Single Vehicle Accident Early Sunday Morning

Monday, October 17, 2016 Nineteen year old Benny Lee Howell of Laurel Hill, FL was the passenger in a single vehicle accident early Sunday morning that claimed his life. According to a Florida Highway Patrol news release, nineteen year old Chase Locke was operating a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling West on Steele Mill Creek Road approximately .4 miles ...

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Winter Park Resident Arrested for Timeshare Fraud

Saturday, October 15, 2016 Tallahassee, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced yesterday the arrest of a Winter Park resident in connection to a scheme targeting victims of timeshare fraud. June Andriulaitis, 54, is a licensed timeshare salesperson who did business as Advocates for Senior, LCC. “We will not allow unscrupulous ...

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Fort Walton Beach Man Arrested for Possession of Firearm and Ammunition by Convicted Felon

Saturday, October 15, 2016 On July 27, 2016 the Fort Walton Beach Police Department stopped a white 2016 Toyota Rav4 on Bay St and Lovejoy Rd for a traffic infraction. During the course of the stop, Christopher Benard Battles was identified as a passenger in the vehicle. As the Officer was talking to the driver, Jonathan T. Bowman, the officer ...

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Pensacola Man Arrested on Federal Charges for Mailing Threatening ISIS Letter to Escambia County Sheriff

Friday, October 14, 2016 PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Regis L. Walker, 30, of Pensacola, has been arrested on a charge of mailing threatening communications. According to the criminal complaint affidavit filed by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida , Walker mailed a threatening letter on notebook paper to Sheriff Morgan at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The affidavit ...

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