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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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ELIZABETH R. HALLER 1939-2019

Elizabeth R. Haller, age 80, left this earthly life to accept her heavenly rewards on March 8, 2019.  She was born in Calvert County, Maryland to John and Ruth McKenzie on January 19, 1939.  Until her retirement, Elizabeth was employed for several years with Safeway Stores and Shoppers Warehouse in Maryland.  When she retired, she made her home in DeFuniak ...

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AMENDMENT 4 CONFUSION PERSISTS

  The Florida Legislature could be taking a closer look at Amendment 4 during this legislative session due to issues with language clarity. State voters passed Amendment 4 last fall, which amended the state constitution and granted over a million people with felony convictions in Florida the right to vote with some restrictions. On the ballot, Amendment 4 stated, “This ...

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OKALOOSA COUNTY FUGITIVE ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTING TO FLEE FROM POLICE

  Fort Walton Beach police have arrested 50-year-old Jeffrey Sowell, a man wanted on charges of sexual battery and battery by strangulation. Deputies spotted the fugitive at an apartment complex off of Billfish Avenue, that’s when he fled. He later re-appeared on a roof before jumping into a neighboring yard to try to escape. When Sowell entered the neighboring apartment’s ...

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THREE-YEAR-OLD VICTIM IN APPARENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MURDER AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE

  According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, a three-year-old child was killed in an apparent domestic violence-related murder followed by an attempted suicide Friday. Deputies said they were called to the home on Rawlins Court around 4:30 p.m. Friday after receiving the 911 call. They said the child’s mother had arrived home from work to find her son and ...

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DESTIN VISITOR DIES IN BALCONY FALL

  An out-of-state visitor died after he fell from the balcony of an upper floor at a Destin condominium complex on Saturday, lawmen say. The man’s body was found at 1002 U.S. Highway 98 shortly after 5 a.m., according to a press release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Pelican Beach Resort is listed at that address. Sheriff’s deputies were ...

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PANAMA CITY MAN DIES IN JACKSON COUNTY CRASH

  One man is dead following an early morning crash in Jackson County. It happened Sunday at the intersection of Highway 231 and Highway 2 shortly before 5 a.m. Reports said a Lincoln town car was headed north on 231 when it veered into another lane and crashed into another car that was also merging. The driver of the town ...

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