Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

FDOT OPENING ANOTHER LANE OF I-10 TO TRAFFIC

  Drivers in Northwest Florida will start to see a little bit more room on the Pensacola Bay Bridge starting today. The Florida Department of transportation says another lane on I-10 East will open this morning. That extra lane of traffic should be opening right about now.  We’re talking about a new lane of travel on I-10 East between the ...

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MEXICO BEACH FIREFIGHTER DETERMINED TO GET TO WORK

  “I was in such shock,” said Mexico Beach Firefighter Austin Schlarb. “And when I came out of it, I thought I still have to wake up.” That is how Schlarb describes those first few days responding in Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael. He and all first responders were forced to evacuate the area before the storm hit, but he ...

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PANAMA CITY MAN SENTENCED TO MANDATORY 20 YEARS FOR ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER

  The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on March 25, 2019, Senior Circuit Judge Allen Register sentenced Jerome Roulhac, Jr., to 20 years of imprisonment, which he will serve day-for-day under Florida’s 10/20/Life law.  Roulhac was convicted of Attempted Second Degree Murder with a Firearm by a Bay County jury on February 12, 2019. Assistant State Attorney ...

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CRAWFORD TAKES OVER AS CHIEF AT SOUTH WALTON FIRE DISTRICT

  Following former Fire Chief Richard Talbert’s 11-year run, South Walton Fire District’s new fire chief is striving for a seamless transition. “My goal is to continue the professional standards that the community has enjoyed from the agency,” said Fire Chief Ryan Crawford. “We’re going to continue to serve the citizens and visitors of Walton County.” Crawford, a former operations ...

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BAY COUNTY MAN CONVICTED OF MULTIPLE SEX OFFENSES

  The Office of State Attorney Glenn Hess announces that on March 22, 2019, a Bay County jury found John Rogers guilty as charged of Sexual Battery Under Specified Circumstances, three counts of Lewd and Lascivious Battery, Lewd and Lascivious Conduct, and guilty of the lesser included offense of Lewd and Lascivious Battery. Evidence presented at trial by the State ...

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LYNN HAVEN CITY MANAGER CONTRACT CALLS FOR SEVERANCE PAY

  Although, it is not on the agenda the future of Lynn Haven City Manager Mike White could be decided at tonight’s Lynn Haven City Commission meeting. White was arrested on March 17 and charged with a felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bay County Sheriff’s investigators said that White pointed a gun ...

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TWO ARRESTS MADE FOR DRUGS

  Officers with DeFuniak Springs Police were recently called to a residence in reference to suspicious activity in the complainant’s shed. Officers checked the shed and found a male subject inside. A strong odor of marijuana was detected and 24 year old David Gene Lewis admitted to having a small amount of cannabis. Further investigation revealed that Lewis possessed methamphetamine ...

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WCSO SEEKING INFORMATION ON JEWELRY THIEF CAUGHT ON SURVEILLANCE VIDEO

  On March 22, 2019, a thief was caught on surveillance video stealing approximately $17,000 worth of jewelry from McCaskill & Company in Miramar Beach. Shortly after 10:00 AM on Friday, the suspect, who later identified himself as “John Abbott,” entered the local jewelry store and told employees he was looking for an engagement ring for his fiancé, “Sarah,” within ...

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