Local and State News

Pedestrian Struck By Car Remains In Critical Condition

June 5, 2017 A Destin man struck by a car on Harbor Boulevard Saturday evening remains in critical condition at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. 60-year old William Trekell of Calhoun Avenue was crossing near 1063 East Highway 98 when he was hit by a woman driving westbound in a Nissan Sentra. The accident took place around 7:50 p.m. June ...

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State Roads to close June 8 for testing

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The 96th Test Wing will conduct testing on the Eglin range complex requiring the closure of State Roads 85, 123 and 285. Testing will take place June 8 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  A backup mission is scheduled for June 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. if the initial event is cancelled. For ...

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Boyfriend Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison For Kidnapping and Attempted Murder of Girlfriend

June 2, 2017 A Pensacola man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the March 31, 2016 sever beating of his girlfriend to the point he was charged with attempted murder. On March 31, 2016, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance call. They found the female victim severely beaten over the majority of her body ...

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Operation Shady Lane Targets Heroin Traffickers (With Video of Press Conference)

June 2, 2017 An undercover investigation dubbed “Operation Shady Lane” has resulted in at least 36 arrest warrants and the seizure of nearly $120,000 worth of primarily heroin, along with some cocaine in Okaloosa County. “Operation Shady Lane” began in February 2016 with a partnership between the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and the Northwest Florida HIDTA (High Intensity ...

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Burglary Suspect Arrested After OCSO Deputy Makes Contact During Security Check of Businesses

June 1, 2017 An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy doing a security check near Santa Rosa Mall around 2:30 A.M. Wednesday morning spotted a car pulled up to a strip mall on Page Bacon Road in Mary Esther. Inside the car was a man holding a screwdriver in his hand. It turned out to be 38-year old Larry Wayne Hoss Jr. ...

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South Walton County Registered Sex Offender Arrested For Lewd and Lascivious Molestation on Child Under 12 YOA

June 1, 2017 Miramar Beach, Fla — A registered sex offender is back behind bars following an investigation by a Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigator. Todd Hunter Griffith, 52, is charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under the age of 12. During a background check in April 2017 regarding a Department of Children and Families report it was ...

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Statement from Okaloosa County Commission Chairman Carolyn Ketchel regarding Utility Tax Fees

June 1, 2017 On Tuesday evening, a news story ran in Okaloosa County on WEAR Channel Three News regarding the potential implementation of a utility tax fee to fund storm water drainage upgrades around Okaloosa County. In the story, it was reported that Commission Chairman Carolyn Ketchel is in favor of a utility tax fee to fund required storm water ...

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Commissioners Boyles and Fountain to hold Town Hall Meeting on Transportation in North Okaloosa

June 1, 2017 The general public is cordially invited to attend a town hall meeting hosted by Commissioners Nathan Boyles and Graham Fountain regarding North County transportation, traffic challenges, and funding opportunities. The meeting will be held at 5:30 in the afternoon on June 8th, 2017, at Warriors’ Hall and Community Center, located at 201 Stillwell Avenue, in Crestview, Florida. ...

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Two Walton County Men Behind Bars After Traffic Stop Reveals Drugs and Weapons

May 23, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Two men are behind bars on drug charges after running a red light late Monday night. A motorist driving a black Toyota Tundra ran a red light at the intersection of US Highway 331 South and Live Oak Avenue in Defuniak Springs at approximately 8 p.m. A Walton County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the truck ...

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Hurricane season starts in four days, are you prepared?

May 28, 2017 The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and runs through November 30. Santa Rosa County urges residents to take the time now to make a plan and be prepared. “It has been 12 years since a hurricane has hit our area so we encourage everyone to take a few minutes to freshen your disaster supplies. If you ...

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