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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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FIRE HEAVILY DAMAGES HOME IN MIRAMAR BEACH

  A house was heavily damaged Friday night when a fire in an outdoor fireplace spread to the home’s attic, firefighters say. According to a social media post from the South Walton Fire District, crews responded to the home in the Sandestin Preserve area about 10 p.m. and found that the blaze in the attic had broken through the roof ...

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DOS AND DON’TS FOR A BEACH DAY IN SOUTH WALTON

  As summer approaches, here’s a look at some beach permits and their regulations. Options include ways to soak up the sun with man’s best friend, take vehicles seaside and have bonfires on the beach. According to Louis Svehla, spokesman for Walton County, permits for bringing dogs and vehicles coastal are handled through Walton’s Public Administration. Bonfires, however, are under ...

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS LIBRARY PROGRAMS

  Reel Books:  Book–to-Movie Discussion Group  Saturday March 23  3:00 pm Reel Books is a Book-to-Movie Discussion Group for High School age students. Members will have about a month to read the book and/or watch the movie. Copies of both will be available for checkout at the library. Every 4th Saturday we will meet to discuss what we liked, loved, ...

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CRIMESTOPPERS WEEKLY WANTED AD

  Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward to the anonymous tipster who helps authorities locate Tony Wayne Poland and Richard Hughie Dixon, Jr. Tony Wayne Poland – White male, 49 years old (DOB: 06/07/1969), 5’08” tall, 165 lbs., brown hair, hazel eyes. Poland is wanted on a felony warrant for failure to appear. Poland’s last known address ...

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BAY TEACHER RENEWALS AWAITING FUNDING

  Bay District is rehiring 80 percent of its workforce while it waits on news about funding from the Florida legislature. “I have been keenly aware of the added stress that teachers are experiencing since the storm. Worrying about whether or not you have a job next year only worsens that stress,” Superintendent Bill Husfelt wrote in an email to ...

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MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ABUSING DISABLED ADULT

  A Panama City man was arrested on Thursday after deputies with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a possible battery. According to the incident report, D.J. “Danny” Trevathan was seen by a witness standing overtop the victim and believed Trevathan was attacking the victim. The witness stated the victim was calling for help. ...

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