Local and State News

Two Charged in Sexual Battery with Incapacitated Victim

June 14, 2017 Two men have now been charged in the sexual battery of a woman who believes she was drugged before being assaulted. 36-year old Ricardo Juan Sanchez-Alvarez of 85 Hackberry Way in Santa Rosa Beach and 33-year old Tamer Egemen Duman of 280 Vining’s Way in Destin are charged with Sexual Battery When the Victim is Physically Helpless ...

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Milton Man Convicted of Federal Charges of Online Child Exploitation Offenses

June 14, 2017 – A former Pace Firefighter has been convicted on Federal charges of Child Pornography. Danny Ray Murphy, 37, of Milton, was convicted today in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola of all counts, which charged conspiracy, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography involving a minor under the age of 12. The verdict was announced ...

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Benny Russell Park closed for maintenance

Benny Russell Park, located at 5417 West Spencer Field Road in Pace, will close June 19-22 for maintenance. The park will re-open on June 23. Replacement of the exterior of the building will be taking place Monday-Friday, June 19-July 7. The front of the building should be completed by June 22 with the entire building completed by July 7, weather ...

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Pace Man Arrested After Stabbing his Father and Family Dog Over Keys to a vehicle.

June 12, 2017 A Pace man who fought deputies as they were trying to arrest him for a stabbing incident was tased twice. Deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance on Forest Creek Rd in Pace on June 11, 2017 at approximately 3:00 pm for a reported stabbing. The initial call came in as ...

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Fort Walton Beach Man Sentenced to Life in Prison For the 2013 Death of his 8 Week Old Infant Child

June 12, 2017 A Fort Walton Beach man has been sentenced to Life in Prison following a jury trial for the First Degree Felony Murder of his 8 week old infant daughter. According to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release, William Alan Thomason was first arrested on September 14, 2013 for causing injuries that placed his eight week old ...

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City of Milton Fire Department Deploys New Rescue Vehicle

June 12, 2017 MILTON, FL – The City of Milton’s Fire Department recently took delivery of a brand new fire-rescue vehicle.  This new unit, a custom 4-door Midi-Pumper, from Sunbelt Fire Apparatus in Fairhope, Alabama, was built by E-One Fire Apparatus of Ocala, Florida.  The new vehicle will be designated as “Rescue 23,” and replaces a 2001 E-One Super Lynx Midi-Pumper, ...

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Fatal Vehicle Accident in North Okaloosa County Claims the Life of Laurel Hill Resident

June 12, 2017 A fatal traffic crash on County Rd 602 in North Okaloosa County claimed the life of a 32 year old Laurel Hill resident. On Sunday morning just before noon, emergency personnel responded to County Road 602, just west of Hwy 85, for a two vehicle accident with injuries and road blockage. According to a Florida Highway Patrol ...

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Decent Turnout For Town Hall Meeting on Transportation in North Okaloosa County (with audio)

June 9, 2017 About 75 people came out for a Town Hall meeting at Warriors Hall in Crestview Thursday night to hear the status of a bypass on the Southwest side of Crestview. The meeting was organized by Okaloosa County Commissioners Nathan Boyles and Graham Fountain. Also participating were Crestview Mayor David Cadle, Council President J B Whitten, Okaloosa County ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report June 2 through June 8

June 10, 2017 NORTHWEST REGION Bay County Cases Officers N. Basford and Wicker were on water patrol in Watson Bayou when they received a call from dispatch regarding a woman who was being threatened and held hostage on a sailboat near Shell Island. The complainant stated that she was contacted by a girlfriend of hers who told her that she ...

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Enterprise Database Infrastructure Migration To Affect Driver License and Motor Vehicle Services

June 10, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is scheduled to migrate its current enterprise database infrastructure into a cloud solution next week. During the migration, all driver license and motor vehicle services will be unavailable to customers and stakeholders throughout the weekend of June 16-18, 2017. Services will become unavailable starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern ...

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