Local and State News

Stock Up on Disaster Preparedness Supplies June 2-4 During Florida Sales Tax Holiday

May 25, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June marks the start of hurricane season and a time for Floridians to stock up on qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from sales tax. Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott, the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 and ...

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Milton Man Found Guilty of Aggravated Child Abuse on 4 Month Old Infant

May 25, 2017 A Milton man that was arrested in July of 2015 for Aggravated Child Abuse on a 4 month old infant was found guilty by a jury of his piers. On July 7, 2015, Wilky Pierre Toussaint physically abused a 4 month old infant whose mother had left the child in his care. Toussaint claimed he had left ...

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Walton County Man Arrested After Search Warrant Reveals Evidence of Two Burglaries

May 25, 2017 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Two burglaries are solved after a search warrant on S. 4th Street in Walton County; landing one man behind bars. On May 23rd a burglary report was taken from a victim missing approximately $5,000 in stolen property from storage trailers located on his property on S. 4th Street. Walton County deputies were able ...

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OCSO Seeks Information in Car Versus Pedestrian Accident

May 23, 2017 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for additional information in an accident that took place near the intersection of Highway 98 and Palmetto Drive in Destin around 3:45 a.m. on May 7 th . Deputies initially believed the injuries suffered by 22 year old Tyler Ponthieux of Dryprong Louisiana occurred after he tripped and fell on ...

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Florida Cops On Top Event Scheduled For June 24th

May 24, 2017 Walton County, Fla — On Saturday, June 24th, teams from across the country will set out to summit their state’s highest point in honor of the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Cops on Top teams are comprised of volunteer climbers, largely self-funded law enforcement officers. Whether their attempt is to climb ...

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Governor Scott Signs 16 Bills Into Law

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law:   CS/CS/SB 18 Relief of ‘Survivor’ and the Estate of ‘Victim’ – This bill directs the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide a total of $3.75 million in compensation relief to Victor Barahona and the estate of Nubia Barahona.   CS/CS/SB 80 ...

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Settlement Reached with Target Regarding Data Breach

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi and 47 other attorneys general are announcing the largest multistate data breach settlement achieved to date. The $18.5 million settlement with Target Corporation resolves the states’ investigation into the retail company’s 2013 data breach that affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and contact information for more than 60 million ...

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Attorney General Bondi and FTC Halt Massive Debt Relief Scam

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly obtained a court order halting a massive phony debt relief operation that bilked millions of dollars from financially strapped consumers, including the elderly and disabled. According to the complaint filed by Attorney General Bondi’s Office and the FTC, Jeremy Lee Marcus, Craig Davis Smith and ...

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Homeowner Sees Burglar on Security Cameras; Suspect Caught by WCSO

May 23, 2017 Freeport, Fla— A homeowner’s security camera helps put a burglar behind bars in Walton County. On Monday, May 22, 2017 around 5:30 p.m., Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress on Defuniak Street in Choctaw Beach following a 911 call from the homeowner. He told dispatchers he was watching someone burglarizing his home. When ...

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Pensacola Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison as a Habitual Felony Offender

May 22, 2017 A Pensacola man will serve the next fifteen years in prison as a Habitual Felony Offender for possession of a short-barreled riffle, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving without a valid driver license. On August 13, 2016, a traffic stop was initiated on a vehicle driven by Kiara Sanders by the Escambia County ...

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