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SCAM ALERT

 The Fort Walton Beach Police Department has announced that an online scam has hit the local area, with reports spanning from Pensacola to Fort Walton Beach. The scam targets its victims through e-mails, advising they have a parking or traffic citation outstanding and payment is requested. These emails can be vague or detailed, some using Florida Department of Highway Safety Motor ...

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SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD

  Sometimes, apologies take a long time in public life. Other times, they come more quickly. And still other times, despite how the old saying goes, it is too late to say you’re sorry. Miami Republican Frank Artiles learned about the last variation the hard way this week. After making expletive-laden and racially explosive comments, Artiles offered apologies to his colleagues ...

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A CRESTVIEW WOMAN STILL MISSING

A Crestview woman is still missing as police continue to investigate her disappearance. Calandra Stallworth was reported missing near the end of March to the Crestview Police Department.   On March 27, Stallworth informed the police department she wasn’t missing. She told the CPD she was in Alabama with her boyfriend, Antwon Smith, for a getaway and had poor cell phone ...

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GENEVA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SPOIL HOME BURGLARY

  Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms says his deputies along with Geneva police responded to a home burglary around 3:30 Sunday morning. Authorities noticed an older model SUV parked off the roadway with the driver’s door open near the intersection of Highways 52 and 4. Sheriff Helms says the driver was behind the wheel with the vehicle running. When approached, ...

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PDL BURGLARIES

  Holmes County Sheriff’s Office brought in two men on charges stemming from a series of burglaries occurring earlier this year. In a continuing investigation of burglaries of a business on County Road 10-A and two residences on Government Street back in January, investigators gathered information and evidence that 30-year-old Anthony Mcmillian and 32-year-old Thomas Ritchie are responsible for the ...

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WALTON MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS

A 24-year-old man accused of abusing a 5-year-old will spend the next 25 years in prison. Steven Alexander Pettit pleaded No Contest to one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim less than 12 years of age.  He was immediately sentenced by Walton County Circuit Judge Kelvin Wells to the minimum mandatory of 25 years in prison. “Pettit ...

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MAN REFUSES TO LEAVE CRESTVIEW HILTON

 A man who refused to leave the Hilton Motel after being told to do so for 25 minutes was charged with trespassing. The 57-year-old Crestview man was in a room when management told him to leave. A Crestview Police Department officer also told the man to leave, telling him repeatedly to take his possessions and go. He would not obey. ...

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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVES LANGUAGE PROPOSED BALLOT

The Florida Supreme Court is approving the language of a proposed ballot initiative seeking to automatically restore voting rights for most felons once they complete their sentences. The court ruled Thursday that the initiative can be put on the 2018 ballot with its current language. The effort, though, is still a long way from receiving enough signatures to be included ...

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