News

FECAL BACTERIA PROMPTS HEALTH ADVISORIES FOR THREE OKALOOSA COUNTY PARKS

Three Okaloosa County swimming parks have been issued advisories after high levels of fecal bacteria were found in the water. The health advisories were issued Monday for Liza Jackson Park in Fort Walton Beach, Rocky Bayou State Park in Niceville and Clement Taylor Park in Destin. The health advisory is based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended standards for ...

Read More »

TWO WALTON COUNTY EDUCATORS DISCIPLINED AFTER ABUSE INVESTIGATION

An investigation into alleged child abuse against special needs students at Freeport High School ended with a teacher being fired and that teacher’s aide being reprimanded and suspended for five days. Both employees were notified last month, according to documents obtained Monday. The investigation began back in February when parents refused to allow their 10 special need students at Freeport ...

Read More »

VICTIMS IN DEFUNIAK SPRINGS HOUSE FIRE IDENTIFIED

The victims in a fatal fire in DeFuniak Springs on Friday have been identified. 54-year-old Sherrie Renee Urciolo and 51-year-old Herbert M. Smith, Jr. died in the fire, according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO). According to WCSO’s website, Walton County Fire Rescue and Walton County Sheriff’s Office were called to a home around 9:54 p.m. on Friday night ...

Read More »

FEDERAL LAWSUIT COULD BAR PUBLIC FROM BEACHES AND RECREATION

A federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of a beachfront homeowner, attempts to block Walton County, Florida’s efforts to legally recognize customary use, or the public’s long-standing right to use the beaches for recreational purposes. This lawsuit has national implications and, if successful, could deny the public’s traditional right to use recreational sites throughout the United States.  Walton County takes this ...

Read More »

MAN TUCKS HEADLIGHTS INTO MAN PURSE, FAILS TO PAY

A 23-year-old man who tried to steal three sets of headlights from the Niceville Walmart was arrested after his actions triggered the suspicions of a store employee. The man selected the headlights – each set valued at nearly $50 – and put them in a satchel he was carrying. He never took the headlights out of his bag and as ...

Read More »

TALLAHASSEE MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTED ENTICEMENT OF A MINOR

Dayton Michael Cramer, 71, of Tallahassee, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday after being convicted on March 21 of attempted enticement of a minor. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. During the three-day trial, the government presented evidence that, in February 2017, undercover investigators conducted “Operation ...

Read More »

THE LEGAL SIDE OF PURCHASING PARAPHERNALIA

Items that could be considered paraphernalia can be purchased legally at a number of shops and even gas stations in Bay County. Those same items could also carry a misdemeanor charge under Florida law. So where is the line drawn? Officials with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office say items like pipes, rolling papers, and even bongs are perfectly legal to ...

Read More »

DIAPER DUTY AN ECONOMIC BURDEN FOR 1-IN-3 FAMILIES

Diaper duty can certainly be stressful, and for some parents, it’s a stress on not just their patients, but also their wallets. Nearly one-in-three families in the U-S is affected by diaper need, which is a lack of access to clean diapers during the newborn, infant and toddler years of a child’s life. Elizabeth Rochin with the Association of Women’s ...

Read More »

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS SPEAKS MANY LANGUAGES

  It’s only June and we have already seen the first named storm of the season. Don’t wait until a hurricane is approaching, act now to protect your home and family. FEMA has preparedness tips in 13 languages. Hurricanes are Part of Living in Florida Florida has experienced more landfalling hurricanes than any other state in the nation. Nearly 120 ...

Read More »