Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

HOLMES COUNTY CLERK OF COURT ARRESTED ON FRAUD CHARGES

  The clerk of court in Holmes County has been arrested for organized scheme to defraud, official misconduct and money laundering. According to a press release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the investigation began in January after an annual audit allegedly showed a significant increase in travel expenses by Kyle Hudson, 38, starting in late 2017. Auditors were ...

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NAKED MAN WALKING ON 98 REPORTEDLY ON DRUGS

  A 26-year-old man reportedly abandoned his vehicle in the road and began walking into Walton County while naked, lawmen said. According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the man left his car on Highway 98 in Bay County in front of the Publix in Carillon Beach and began walking west into Walton County. A deputy was flagged down near ...

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WALTON TDC TO HIRE BEACH AMBASSADORS

  Additional efforts are in the works to supervise local beaches. Walton County commissioners on March 12 agreed for the county’s Tourist Development Council to add four full-time beach ambassadors to its payroll, bumping up the number of full-time TDC ambassadors to seven. “The ultimate goal is to create harmony on the beach for all of our visitors and locals ...

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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN WALTON COUNTY ADDRESSES COUNTY HEALTH RANKINGS

  The Florida Department of Health in Walton County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the ...

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BUCKLE-UP AND ARRIVE ALIVE!

  As motorists take to the roads for Spring Break, DeFuniak Springs Police are urging everyone to buckle up. Officers will be out in full force, taking part in the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted. “As we kick-off the busy driving season, it is critical that everyone ...

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JUVENILE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH JACKSON COUNTY MURDER

  A juvenile is in custody and is believed to be the main suspect in a Jackson County murder. Two weeks ago, Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home on Shack Circle, just outside of Marianna. Investigators found Patricia Shack, 65, dead in her home. Investigators say she was shot in the head. Tuesday, investigators announced they arrested a ...

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HURRICANE MICHAEL INSURANCE LOSSES TOP $6 BILLION

  With Northwest Florida continuing to try to recover from Hurricane Michael, estimated insured losses have climbed to more than $6 billion, according to numbers posted on the state Office of Insurance Regulation website. As of Friday, the insured losses had hit $6,098,845,241. In all, 144,116 claims had been filed from the Oct. 10 storm, which made landfall in Mexico ...

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GOV. DESANTIS SIGNS BILL LEGALIZING SMOKABLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA

  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill into law that allows medical marijuana patients to smoke the substance. SB-182 redefines the term “medical use” to include the possession, use and administration of marijuana in a form for smoking. Gov. DeSantis signed that bill into law on Monday, officially legalizing smokable medical marijuana. “Over 70 percent of Florida voters ...

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED FOR MOLESTING A CHILD UNDER 12 YEARS OLD

Walton County Sheriff’s Office is announcing the arrest of Ronald Reed Norris Junior, 51, of DeFuniak Springs after it’s discovered he sexually victimized two children under the age of 16. An investigation was launched on March 14th after the victim’s mother discovered a video in which Norris was seen entering the children’s bedroom. In the video, Norris squats down near ...

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