Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

HURRICANE CENTER TRACKS FIRST TROPICAL DISTURBANCE OF 2019

  The system has a low chance of development, but is expected to bring rain and wind to parts of Florida. The National Hurricane Center is giving an area of low pressure over the northwest Bahamas a 20 percent chance of forming into something tropical over the next five days. Little development is expected over then next 48 hours as ...

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FORMER NICEVILLE COP STABBED PARENTS, SHOT AND KILLED BY DAD

“Dispatchers heard him say ‘drop the knife son, drop the knife.’ The male then replied ‘no’ and shots were heard,” Johnson told reporters. A former Niceville Police officer is dead following a domestic incident in Gulf Breeze in which he is believed to have stabbed both of his parents several times. Erich Reitz, 29, was released by the Niceville agency ...

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DEPUTY INVOLVED SHOOTING HIGHWAY 20 IN BRUCE

  Walton County Sheriff’s Office is on scene of a deputy involved shooting off Highway 20 East in Bruce following a call of a physical disturbance. At this time the suspect has been confirmed deceased. Sheriff Michael Adkinson has requested Florida Department of Law Enforcement respond and assist in the investigation. The State Attorney’s Office from the First Judicial Circuit ...

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FWB MAN ACCUSED OF INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHING A FOUR-YEAR-OLD CHILD

  An Okaloosa County man has been arrested after he allegedly inappropriately touched a four-year-old child. According to the report from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, on December 18, 2018 a forensic interview was completed by a woman at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center in Niceville, during which the woman disclosed 40-year-old Roberto Lujano touched a child on her ...

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MANATEE SIGHTINGS REPORTED IN LOCAL AREA

  What was first thought to be an alligator was later identified as a manatee off of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Monday. Brock Ellis, beach service manager for the resort, said a child saw the creature and called it out. “A kid said, “There’s a gator in the water,” but I saw its shape and knew immediately what ...

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CONSTRUCTION ON TWO ROADS IN WALTON COUNTY TO CAUSE DELAYS

  Two roads in Walton County will be repaved over the next few weeks and cause daytime lane restrictions to motorists, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. On Monday, construction began on a portion of State Road 20 in Walton County. Crews will mill and resurface S.R. 20 from S.R. 81 to the Choctawhatchee River Bridge. In May, crews ...

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PRESIDENT TRUMP PLANS CAMPAIGN RALLY IN PANAMA CITY BEACH

  Members of President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign are planning a rally for May 8 at Aaron Bessant Park, according to documents filed with the city. Emails show members of Trump’s team reached out to the city last week about the plans and permits needed to secure the site. After some back and forth, Panama City Beach City Manager Mario ...

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FREEPORT MAN DIES AFTER BOAT LAUNCH INCIDENT

Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a driver who nearly drowned while off loading his boat Monday. Henry C. Cotton, 87 of Freeport, was attempting to launch his boat at the Black Creek Lodge at approximately 3:40 p.m., according to a press release from FHP. Cotton accelerated in reverse and the vehicle entered the water. The driver was ...

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