Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

DEMOLITION OF ESCAMBIA CO. JAIL BEGINS YEARS AFTER DEADLY EXPLOSION

A ceremony in Escambia County Florida commemorated the destruction of the old Escambia County jail and outlined the county’s plans for the future. Nearly five years ago a gas explosion killed two people and injured dozens of others at the jail. Wednesday’s ceremony also so the beginning of the demolition, heavy equipment tearing down walls. During the ceremony they discussed ...

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‘THIS IS A LOCAL ISSUE’: GAS WHOLESALER POINTS FINGER AT MIDDLE MAN, GAS STATIONS FOR HIGH PRICES

Gas prices are historically low throughout the country but our area of Florida isn’t reaping those benefits. Panama City Beach’s city council and the Bay County commission recently sent letters to the state, asking for an investigation into price gouging. “As it’s gone down everywhere else, it’s just stayed the same here,” Mandy Watts, a Panama City Beach resident, said. ...

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MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING 9-YEAR-OLD APPEARS IN COURT

A man accused of raping a child under 12- years- old appeared in court Thursday. According to the report filed on January 16, 2019, 37- year- old Nathon Corbitt raped the child two different times back in 2014 when the child was just nine- years- old. The report says both of the incidents occured when the two were living at ...

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FORMER HOSPITAL CEO SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FRAUD CHARGES

The former Calhoun-Liberty Hospital CEO has been sentenced to prison for fraud. Phillip Hill, Jr. pleaded guilty to 24 counts of wire fraud and three counts of tax fraud on October 25th. This week he learned he will spend nearly four years in prison and be on supervised release for three years after that. In October 2015, police began investigating ...

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MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY AND ROBBERY

A Bay County man has been arrested after a lengthy investigation. Police say a woman was sexually battered and robbed in Daffin Park on September 22nd. Officials say, nearly four months after the incident, they arrested 28-year-old John Colvins on January 16th. We’re told DNA evidence is what led to his arrest. Colvins is being charged with sexual battery and ...

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SEARCH FOR MISSING SOLDIER CONTINUES

The Crestview Police Department is still searching for a missing soldier. Police say Sgt. Greco A. Tucker never showed up for work Monday. He is with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Investigators believe Tucker may be in the Hialeah or Miami area. They say when searching his apartment, there were no signs of foul play. If you have any ...

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MAN ACCUSED OF TOUCHING HIMSELF WHILE WALKING THROUGH STORES

DeFuniak Springs Police responded to Beall’s Outlet Tuesday afternoon after a caller reported a man was putting his hand down his pants and “fondling” himself while in the store, officers wrote in a news release. While on scene, another witness also reported the man had done the same thing inside Winn Dixie. Gary Ron O’Neal, 59, was arrested and charged ...

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TRIBUTE HELD AT TATE HIGH SCHOOL HONORING LIVES OF STUDENT ATHLETE AND SISTER

The lives of a brother and sister killed in a suspected drunk driving collision were honored at Tate High School Tuesday night. Investigators say, early Saturday morning, Hunter Black collided head-on and killed 22-year-old Antoinette McCoy and 15-year-old Sean Banks. Tuesday night’s basketball game against Gulf Breeze High School was more than a game. It was also a tribute to ...

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