Local and State News

New Traffic Pattern on US 331 Just North of Freeport October 30th

Freeport– North and southbound traffic on U.S. 331 will be transitioned to the newly constructed northbound roadway between Owls Head and Edgewood Circle in Walton County Sunday, Oct. 30 as crews begin reconstruction work on the existing lanes. Traffic at Wagon Wheel and Rock Hill Roads will also return to the normal traffic pattern.  A temporary traffic pattern has been ...

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October 27, 2016 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a bank robbery that took place around 1:04 pm this afternoon at the Wells Fargo Bank in Mary Esther. The robber is described as a tall, skinny black male with long dreads and wearing a blue T-shirt, sunglasses, and a black baseball cap with red brim. The suspect left the ...

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Man Robbed at Gun Point in DeFuniak Springs, Deputies Searching for Suspect Vehicle

October 27, 2016 Defuniak Springs, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently on scene of an armed robbery that has already occurred. The incident happened just after 5 pm at 199 Wilderness Trace where a victim states he was forced into a green in color Chevy Malibu with chrome rims.  The victim describes the suspects as two black males; and ...

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Florida Poison Control Safety Tips For Halloween

October 26, 2016 JACKSONVILLE, FL — As tens of thousands of North Florida children head out to enjoy Halloween festivities, the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center – Jacksonville reminds parents and guardians to keep kids safe from poison perils. “Halloween is always an exciting experience for children. We would like to remind parents and caregivers that simple precautions will help to ...

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Scammers Pretending to be IRS Agents Active in DeFuniak Springs

October 25, 2016 Scammers posing as IRS Agents, Federal Investigators, and other Officials are still trying to swindle you out of your hard earned money.  Don’t fall for it! Ask them to send you the information in writing by mail to the address they have on file.  If the caller asks for your address, then it is highly probable that they ...

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Cantonment Woman Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for DUI Manslaughter Case

October 25, 2016 Debra Marlene Ahearn of Cantonment was sentenced to 11 years in state prison followed by 4 years of probation for DUI Manslaughter for the 2015 fatal crash she caused that took the life of an Atmore, AL woman. On December 18, 2015, Debra Ahearn was driving a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country van southbound on US 29 in ...

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Pensacola Man Sentenced to Life in Prison as Habitual Felony Offender

October 25, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that William George Kunkel was sentenced by Circuit Judge W. Joel Boles to life in state prison as a Habitual Felony Offender. Kunkel pled to the charges of Robbery Armed with a Firearm and Aggravated Assault by Threat with a Firearm. On August 28, 2015, Kunkel entered Dixie’s Antiques and Collectibles on ...

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Crestview Man in Custody After Violently Fleeing from Deputies on Foot and Starting Fire in Wooded Area

October 24, 2016 A Crestview man considered armed and dangerous and wanted in connection with multiple felonies in multiple jurisdictions is now off the streets thanks to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. OCSO deputies were on the trail of 31-year old Jon Michael White beginning around 6:30 last night. White is wanted for questioning in connection with an arson investigation ...

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Freeport Man Behind Bars After Swat Stand-Off and Threatening to Kill Girlfriend and Kids

October 22, 2016 Walton County, Fla— A Freeport man is now behind bars after pointing a gun at his girlfriend and her children. At 10:30pm Friday evening Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman stating she had been involved in a domestic dispute with her boyfriend, later identified as Kyle McMullen, 31, at a home on Kylea ...

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Navarre Man Found Guilty of Possession of Child Pornography, Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison and Sexual Offender Status

October 21, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that on October 20, 2016, Andrew Allan Barlow was sentenced by Circuit Judge Jennie Kinsey to 15 years in state prison followed by 30 years of Sexual Offender Probation and also designated as a sexual offender. Barlow entered a plea on August 26, 2016, to 10 counts of Possession of Certain Images ...

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