Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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. ...

Read More »

LAKE COUNTY MAN WITH COCAINE ARRESTED IN MEXICO BEACH

  A Lake County Florida man has been arrested after allegedly dumping debris illegally in Mexico Beach and for cocaine possession. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office said that yesterday they received a complaint about illegal dumping. Deputies later were able to question Donald Blankenship of Lake County. He said  he had an arrangement with the owner of the property to ...

Read More »

FAMILY OF WWII VETERAN RECEIVE PURPLE HEART AWARD

  Naval Support Activity Panama City honored a WWII veteran this morning. The purple heart medal was awarded to the family of Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Wheeler Raymond Ervin. He was honored for his actions taken during combat in August of 1943. Petty Officer Ervin was able to receive the purple heart but didn’t before his discharge in 1946. He ...

Read More »

STATE ROAD 388 EXPANSION PROJECT IS OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY

  The State Road 388 expansion project is officially underway which will change several elements of the existing road. One of the main improvements is the entrance to the airport, which will become a roundabout to keep traffic flowing smoothly. The second is the relocation of the Highway 79 and Highway 388 intersection about 1.3 miles north of its present ...

Read More »

PANAMA CITY BEACH LEADERS CONSIDER ADDING MEDIAN TO ROADWAY

  Panama City Beach leaders are considering adding a median to a local roadway to improve safety. Council Member Geoff McConnell said three crashes have happened on the roadway between Autozone and Friday”s off of Back Beach Road in the past two weeks. He said they’ve received more than 60 calls with complaints about traffic in the area over the ...

Read More »

INMATE STABBED IN WALTON COUNTY PRISON

  An inmate apparently was stabbed by another inmate at the Walton County Correctional Institution on Friday morning, officials say.According to the Florida Department of Corrections, the inmate was taken from the prison to be treated for his injuries. Preliminary reports indicated he was taken by medical helicopter to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center at about 9:30 a.m. He was ...

Read More »

DEFUNIAK MAN KILLED AFTER SUV HITS TREE

  A 26-year-old DeFuniak Springs man died in a single-vehicle crash Thursday after his car hit a tree. According to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol, Brock Alden Shaw was driving a Lincoln SUV on U.S. Highway 90 around 3:40 p.m. when he missed the curve, went onto the shoulder, and hit a tree. Shaw was pronounced dead ...

Read More »