Author Archives: Nancy Simpler

CREWS STILL COMING IN TO HELP WITH HURRICANE MICHAEL CLEAN UP

People are still coming into the panhandle to help clean up, more than three months post hurricane Michael. A group from south Florida has rented heavy equipment and stopped in the Marianna area to help with cleaning up yard debris. The first united methodist church out of Boca Raton, Fl paid to rent the equipment for about a month. One ...

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PENSACOLA MAN CHARGED WITH MOLESTING 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL

A man has been arrested after a 13-year-old girl said she was molested in May 2018. The victim told Escambia County deputies that Curtis Dale, Jr., 40, kissed her and touched her inappropriately on the morning of May 28. The child said she told him to stop and told her aunt who told Dale, her friend, to leave immediately. Dale ...

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HURRICANE INSURED LOSSES TOP $5 BILLION

A little more than three months after Hurricane Michael smashed through parts of Northwest Florida, estimated insured losses have topped $5 billion, according to numbers posted Monday on the state Division of Elections website. As of Friday, insurers had reported 141,039 claims from the Oct. 10 storm, with estimated insured losses of $5.023 billion. Nearly 73 percent of claims had ...

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ARMY SEARCHING FOR MISSING SOLDIER

The Crestview Police Department and the U.S. Army 7th Special Forces Group are searching for a soldier who didn’t report for duty Monday morning. 23 year-old Sgt. Greco Antoine Tucker Jr., was last heard from Friday. Sgt. Tucker’s Crestview home shows no signs of forced entry and his personal property is in place, but his 2014 four-door, white Dodge Charger ...

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TWO ARRESTED FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING IN LYNN HAVEN

On January 14, 2019, Lynn Haven Police were surveying for illegal dumping near 2401 South Highway 77, arresting two men. Due to past complaints, the owner’s of the empty lot requested to pursue charges against the persons caught illegally dumping on their property. After the request, two “No Dumping” signs were placed at the location on or about December 7, ...

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NO FIREFIGHTER LEFT BEHIND

Brothers helping brothers. It’s nothing new in the fire service. Men and women form a close bond when they work 24 hour shifts, many becoming more like family. “I enjoyed and loved that work,” said Retired Captain Glenn Williams with the Panama City Fire Department. “Best group of people you’ll ever wanna meet.” Captain Glenn Williams retired from the department ...

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‘KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS’: FLORIDA MAN ATTACKS NEIGHBORS WITH MACHETE NAMED ‘KINDNESS,’ DEPUTIES SAY

A Florida man is facing assault and battery charges after deputies say he attacked his neighbors with a machete that had the word “kindness” written on it. Santa Rosa County deputies arrested 30-year-old Bryan Duane Stewart last week. Neighbors told deputies they heard banging and yelling coming from the man’s house all Wednesday. Stewart was also overheard saying he was ...

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GREENWOOD MAN FACING MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES

A Greenwood man has been charged with multiple counts of possession after drugs were found during a routine traffic stop. According to the report, Monday night, a Marianna Police Department officer pulled over a vehicle after the officer noticed that the driver did not have any visible lights on. According to the officer, the driver, now known to be Trevon ...

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NEW BILL WOULD BAN ABORTIONS AFTER HEARTBEAT IS DETECTABLE

New legislation filed by a conservative state lawmaker would severely restrict abortions in the state. Legislation in 2017 aimed at banning abortions in Florida after 20 weeks died in early committee meetings. The new bill, filed for the 2019 session, goes even further. It would make it a third-degree felony for a doctor to perform an abortion if a fetal ...

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ALLEGIANT AIR TO ADD MORE NON-STOP FLIGHTS FROM VPS

Allegiant Air announced Tuesday it will add two new, non-stop service routes from the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) beginning in late spring 2019. Non-stop service from VPS to Omaha’s Eppley Airfield (OMA) and Tulsa International Airport (TUL) is set to begin June 6, 2019. “We’re thrilled to welcome passengers from Tulsa and Omaha to our beautiful beaches and to ...

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