Local and State News

Medical Examiner Rules DeFuniak Springs Death As Drug Overdose

September 21, 2016 The Medical Examiner’s Office completed the Autopsy of August Wayne Piper and has ruled that a drug overdose was the cause. According to the Medical Examiner’s Report, Piper died of “accidental acute methamphetamine intoxication.” Based on these findings, the DeFuniak Springs Police have concluded their investigation. “My thoughts are with the family. I am relieved that there ...

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Gainey Sentenced To Four Consecutive Life Sentences

September 20, 2016 Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that the Honorable John Brown has sentenced Rex DeWayne Gainey to four consecutive life sentences with a minimum mandatory of 80 years for 2 counts of Attempted First Degree Premeditated Murder with a Firearm, 1 count of Attempted First Degree Felony Murder with a Firearm, Burglary ...

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Three Arrested and Fourth Man Sought in Fatal Beating in Pensacola

September 19, 2016 Three men arrested in the brutal beating of Sabrina Sue McManus and an arrest warrant has been issued for the fourth man, Willie Tynell Dixon. On 9/15/16, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 2600 block of Hollywood Avenue, after someone reported finding Sabrina Sue McManus severely beaten in the parking lot. McManus was transported to a ...

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DHSMV Promotes Child Passenger Safety Week

September 19, 2016 ~ Florida Highway Patrol stepping up enforcement for child passenger safety ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In recognition of “Child Passenger Safety Week” proclaimed by Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) reminds all motorists to properly restrain children in a vehicle and will focus on child passenger safety enforcement throughout the ...

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Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for Sept. 24 in Fort Walton Beach

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the park in Fort Walton Beach. People can surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally. The Exotic Pet Amnesty program helps to ...

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Destin Bank Robber Flees On Foot Empty Handed

September 19, 2016 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a bank robbery that took place around 10:30 AM this morning at the Hancock Bank located at 14075 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. Investigators say a black male, approximately 5’6” tall, with a thin build and dreadlocks came into the bank and jumped over the teller counter. He demanded money ...

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Florida Bear Population is Robust and Growing

Thursday, September 15, 2016 FWC and Dr. Joseph Clark, a Leading Black Bear Scientist, Update Florida’s Bear Population Estimates One of the nation’s leading bear scientists, Dr. Joseph D. Clark of the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Tennessee, has released the final modeling results estimating Florida’s black bear population. Data collected by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ...

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Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in September

September 16, 2016 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in four counties in September. (List follows.) Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a ...

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FWC Officer Jarrod Molnar honored by NASBLA as National 2016 Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Sept. 16, 2016 During its 57th annual meeting, held in Seattle, Washington, Sept. 11-14, 2016, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators presented its prestigious national Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to Officer Jarrod Molnar of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). First launched in 2000, the Marvin “Butch” Potts Memorial Award, known as ...

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Navarre Man Sentenced to 20 Years For Aggravated Assault, Burglary & Shooting Withing A Building

September 16, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Francisco Aponte Carrasquillo, 51 years of age, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Ross Goodman on September 15, 2016 to a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in State Prison without the possibility of early release. He must serve the entire 20 years in prison. Carrasquillo pled guilty on August 15, ...

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