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Troopers begin crackdown on speeding motorists

Law enforcement officers in five southern states are planning a crackdown on speeding motorists next week. State troopers and local officers in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee are participating in a speed enforcement campaign called Operation Southern Shield 2019, according to news releases from the state agencies. The enforcement push begins Monday and continues through July 21. “Speed ...

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New high school underway in Destin

Destin residents could see a new high school within their area in the upcoming 2020 school year. The governing board of Destin High School Inc. announced on Sunday, July 14 they plan to move forward into purchasing Destin United Methodist Church’s (DUMC) Beach Drive campus to build Destin High School. According to the Destin High School Inc. officials Destin High ...

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Search for wanted man in Holmes County

The Bonifay Police Department and Crimestoppers of Holmes County needs your help finding a wanted man. Officials say Jesse Rogers, 36, is wanted on charges of organized scheme to defraud, burglary, and criminal mischief. Rogers is described as 6’1″ tall and about 170 pounds. Officials say if you see Rogers or if you know any information about his case, call ...

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Man arrested for DUI after apparent hit and run

Witnesses at the scene thought a motorcyclist was hit by an SUV on Saturday night in Panama City Beach but the Florida Highway Patrol says that’s not the case. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident on Thomas Drive near Joan Avenue around 9:00 p.m. Troopers with Florida Highway Patrol also responded to further investigate the initial reports ...

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Alabama prison escapee remains on the run after eluding authorities

The search continues this morning for an escaped Alabama inmate. Last week, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Travis Dawson escaped from Loxley work release Wednesday night. Authorities believe he was in the area of Miller Road and Rockaway Creek Road Friday morning near the Florida community of Nokomis. They say Dawson had previous ties to the North Escambia and ...

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A REMINDER THAT WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO CONDUCT DUI CHECKPOINT IN DEFUNIAK SPRINGS

Walton County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DUI and Roadside Safety Checkpoint Friday, July 19, between 10 PM. and 3:00 AM on Highway 90 near the intersection of Bishop Pond Road. DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and DUI arrest frequency, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen ...

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ARGYLE MAN CHARGED WITH 42 FELONIES INCLUDING POSSESSION OF CHILD PORN

A 62-year-old Argyle man is charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography after a nine-month-long investigation by Walton County investigators. Starting in November 2018, Walton County Sheriff’s Office received numerous tips via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children involving child exploitation. WCSO Special Victims Unit quickly identified the suspect as Terrell Lee Burdette, 62, of 43 ...

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2 TOURISTS DROWN IN THE GULF OFF PANAMA CITY BEACH

  It started as a single red flags Sunday morning, but was quickly upgraded to double red as first responders performed a number of water rescues throughout the day. Panama City Beach police and Beach fire rescue arrived at the beach near Crane street and Front beach road in response to a distressed swimmer. The swimmer was pulled from the ...

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MID-BAY BRIDGE CLOSURE PLANNED

  The Mid-Bay Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 11 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 to 5 a.m. Thursday, June 27 as workers continue permanent repairs. Drivers will have to use alternative routes during the temporary nighttime closures. Repairs to the post-tensioning tendons, which are prestressed steel cables inside the bridge that reinforce concrete, are expected to be complete ...

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