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Cash for Classroom Creativity

Gainesville, Fla.—Pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school teachers can grow the budgets for their classrooms by teaching their students about agriculture. Florida Farm Bureau Federation is offering multiple $250 mini-grants to certified Florida educators who are engaged in classroom instruction at the pre-K to 12th grade levels for the 2016-17 school year. Grants of up to $250 each will be ...

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Crestview man arrested for Sexual Battery on a Child

     43 year old Samuel Matthew Mosley Jr, of Crestview, FL, has been arrested and charged with Sexual Battery on a child stemming from an incident which occurred in early morning hours of July 27, 2016.       According to information obtained from a news release from the Crestview Police Department and from the Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, the Crestview ...

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Navarre Walmart Bomb Threat

Thursday, August 18, 2016 At approximately 1:45 pm Deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Navarre Walmart in Hwy 98 in reference to a bomb threat. Customers and employees were immediately evacuated for their safety. The parking lot was also closed for safety reasons. Lifeguard Ambulance and Navarre Fire were also on scene as a ...

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Waste Pro and FWC team up to reduce human-bear conflicts

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Waste Pro USA, Inc. are teaming up to help reduce human-bear conflicts in northwest Florida. Today, representatives from the two agencies met in Tallahassee to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which will solidify this partnership. The agreement establishes a partnership between the waste service company and the FWC to make it ...

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Pedestrian Killed While Crossing U.S. Highway 90 in DeFuniak Springs

DeFuniak Springs Police responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 East and 10th Street on Wednesday evening around 4:45 p.m. 65 year old Gaylon Fred Harrison of DeFuniak Springs, was crossing from the north side of U.S. Highway 90 when he was struck by a blue car traveling in the inside lane. The ...

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Fort Walton Beach man arrested for Using A Computer To Seduce Or Solicit A Minor

Investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office have arrested another child predator in an undercover sting, targeting offenders who prey on minors via electronic communications. 54-year old Nicholas Iolo of 749 Randall Roberts Road, Fort Walton Beach, contacted an undercover OCSO Investigator who was posing online as a minor. Iolo sent the undercover Investigator sexually explicit messages seven times and ...

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Jay man sentenced to 41 years in prison for August 2014 DUI Manslaughter case

35 year old Melvin Douglas Hawthorne from Jay, FL was sentenced to 41 years in prison by Judge Goodman for DUI Manslaughter among other charges after he left the scene of a two vehicle accidents and causing a third accident on August 17, 2014. On August 17, 2014, at approximately 9 p.m., Melvin Douglas Hawthorne was driving a 1998 Nissan ...

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Walton County man found guilty of exposing himself to 13 year old

August 17, 2016 Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced that on August 16, 2016, Jon Paul Hogle was found guilty of one count of Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition in the Presence of a Victim (offender over 18, victim under 16 years of age) following a jury trial in Walton County.  Circuit Judge Kelvin Wells scheduled sentencing ...

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Crestview man charged with Aggravated Battery on his 65 year old roommate

A heated argument between two men turned violent Monday night after one of the men fired a weapon at the other and then put the gun in his mouth before telling him he would “blow him away”. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 34-year old Christopher Douglas Kershaw with aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or ...

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Off-duty ECSO Deputy will not face charges for March 22nd shooting at Red Rose Gentlemen Club

Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced Tuesday, August 16, 2016 that Sardor Pulatov, an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, will not be charged in the March 22, 2016 shooting of Dustin Jones and Kyle Parker. Jones died as a result of his gunshot wound. The incident occurred after an altercation outside the Red Rose Gentlemen’s Club on ...

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