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EMERALD COAST CRIME STOPPERS WEEKLY WANTED

  Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward to the anonymous tipster who helps authorities locate Edwin Steven Villarreal and Darryl Anthony Jackson. Edwin Steven Villarreal – White male, 49 years old (DOB: 10/30/1969), 5’07” tall, 178 lbs., black hair, brown eyes. Villarreal is wanted on a felony warrant for failure to register as a sexual offender. Villarreal’s ...

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DEPUTIES SAY MAN HALLUCINATING ARRESTED FOR METH

  Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a campground in Ebro after getting a call from a man who said he was being chased. Deputies say James Staite, 52, of Panama City Beach, was found in the bathroom and told deputies an unknown man chased him in there and had tried to break in. He told deputies he had video ...

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NWF STATE HOPES TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES

  Northwest Florida State College hopes to help more than 900 people earn new “industry-recognized” certificates by 2024. With the help of grants from Triumph Gulf Coast and the Walton County Commission, NWF State plans to expand its educational opportunities in areas such as emergency services, cybersecurity and trade skills such as welding. According to a press release from the ...

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WALTON COUNTY TO KEEP SCHOOL-FUNDING TAX

  Walton County will continue to collect property taxes to support operating expenses in public schools, thanks to local voters. Unofficial results show that 76.22 percent of the voters who turned up at the polls Tuesday voted in favor of a measure to allow the continued collection of an annual 0.5 mill ad valorem tax for the next four fiscal ...

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MAN SHOOTS AT WOMAN’S CAR, THEN PRETENDS TO SHOOT HIMSELF

  A man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly shot his girlfriend’s car and pretended to shoot himself when she tried to leave. A Walton County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the Dollar General store in Mossy Head to meet with the reported victim. She told the deputy that she had been dating Jason Holley, 45, since September 2018, according ...

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10 CHARGED IN $200 MILLION PRESCRIPTION DRUG FRAUD CASE IN ALABAMA, FLORIDA

  An investigation into alleged prescription drug fraud in Alabama and Florida has led to charges against nearly a dozen people. A 103-count indictment charges ten defendants with “fraudulently billing health care insurers and prescription drug administrators for over $200 million in prescription drugs.” The case involves Northside Pharmacy, which is based in Haleyville, Alabama and does business under the ...

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SUSPECT IN “HEINOUS” CHILD ABUSE CASE DIES

  The State Attorney’s Office has confirmed that one of the suspects in what’s been described as a “heinous” child abuse case has died. Thursday, May 2nd, sources confirmed that Andrew Bennett Ross-Celaius was found hanging in his cell. It’s not yet clear when he passed away. The day before, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office announced Ross-Celaius’ arrest. He was ...

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DESTIN BEACH LOT EXPANSION APPROVED

  The parking lot at the Okaloosa County-owned James Lee Park in Destin is at capacity every single day, says county Public Works Director Jason Autrey. He shared that observation on Tuesday with the County Commission, which unanimously gave its approval to an expansion project that will increase the lot’s total number of parking spots to 201. The expansion, which ...

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SEARCH OF CAR LEADS TO FELONY DRUG, WEAPONS CHARGES

  Two people were arrested on drug and weapons charges Wednesday morning after a search of their vehicle turned up loaded weapons, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies met Fort Walton Beach residents Nicole McAndrew, 31, and Vinny Melo, 25, shortly before 1 a.m. at a convenience store on Beal Parkway, according to a press release from the ...

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