Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

LASSIE SCOTT HAGER 1925-2018

Mrs. Lassie Scott Hager, age 92, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  She was born on May 29, 1925 in Pikeville, Kentucky to Alex Scott Sr. and Lillie W. Whitt.  Mrs. Hager was a resident of DeFuniak Springs, Florida.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren.   Mrs. Hager was preceded in death ...

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JOSEPH ALAN REEVES 1958-2018

Mr. Joseph Alan Reeves, age 59, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018. He was born on December 17, 1958 in Valparaiso, Florida to Wesley S. Reeves and Mattie Kennedy Reeves. Mr. Reeves was a resident of Choctaw Beach. He was Mormon by faith and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Crestview Ward. He attended Freeport ...

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MAN DEAD, WOMAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION IN CRESTVIEW COLLISION

One person is dead and another is in critical condition after a two-vehicle wreck in Okaloosa County. The collision happened at 12:50 a.m. Saturday on Pandora Road south of Hammock Lane. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), 28-year-old Calvin Wilks was driving southbound on Pandora along with passenger, 31-year-old Derek Varner. FHP said Wilks exited the roadway onto the ...

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CAR SHOT AT SEVERAL TIMES DURING POST-PROM PARTY

An early morning shooting is under investigation in Escambia County. The call came in around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to Navy Boulevard and Chief’s Way, where they found a vehicle that had been shot four times. No one was injured from the incident, authorities said. The owner of the Nissan Altima said ...

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ELBERT BARGE, JR. 1933-2018

Elbert Barge, Jr. was born September 7, 1933, in DeFuniak Springs, Florida to the late Elbert Barge, Sr. and Effie Campbell Barge. He accepted Christ at an early age, from whom he drew strength throughout his life. He was educated in the Walton County School System and graduated from Tivoli High School, after which he was drafted into the United ...

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JOHN GORDON 1932-2018

Mr. John Gordon, age 85, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2018.  He was born October 21, 1932, in Brooklyn, New York to Peter Francis Gordon and Mary Magdalene Vogrin.  Mr. Gordon was a resident of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, and Catholic by faith.  He was a veteran of the Vietnam Era with three tours of duty and served his country in the ...

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JUDITH OWENS PRITCHETT 1963-2018

Judith Owens Pritchett, age 73, went to be with her Heavenly Father at her home in Seagrove Beach, FL, on April 18, 2018, after a long and brave fight with cancer.  Judy was born in Martin, TN on January 1, 1945, to Alva T. and Gladys H. Owens-who precede her in death.  She was raised in Fulton, KY, where she ...

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PANAMA CITY MAN SEXUALLY ABUSED DISABLED CHILD

A Panama City man is accused of raping a child with a physical disability. Sean Utu, 38, of Panama City is charged with sexual battery after he allegedly abused the victim multiple times earlier this year. According to an arrest affidavit, Utu went into her room while she was sleeping and raped her. The girl verbally resisted but was unable ...

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PHILIP MORAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR MURDERING WIFE

Philip Moran, the Bay County man who was found guilty of murdering his wife back in 2014 is sentenced to life in prison. However, it’s unlikely Moran will take this sentence without a fight. Even at his sentencing, he still claims he is innocent. Guilty of second-degree murder, Philip Moran now pays the ultimate price, life in prison. In March ...

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SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER CHARGED WITH KILLING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE

Authorities say a 34-year-old woman was shot and killed by her estranged husband Sunday night. It happened after a domestic dispute with 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier Derek McKinney, according to the Crestview Police Department (CPD). Police responded to the 120 block of Northview Drive in the Countryview Estates neighborhood after receiving a report of a gunshot victim around ...

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