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‘BETTER, NOT BITTER’

The Walton County Jail strives to rehabilitate inmates with the philosophy of becoming “better, not bitter.” Five inmates at the jail recently completed a five-week heavy equipment operator’s course. Under the instruction of Detention Deputy Frank Araneo, they learned how to operate five different pieces of heavy machinery, giving them a skill before their transition back into society. “You can’t ...

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OKALOOSA COUNTY WATER AND SEWER AUTOMATED PHONE PAYMENT SYSTEM

Okaloosa County Water and Sewer Automated Phone Payment System will be unavailable 4:30 PM Friday, September 28 through 10 AM Monday, October 1. Due to fiscal year end processing, the Okaloosa County Water and Sewer automated phone payment system will be unavailable to customers from 4:30 PM on Friday, September 28 until 10 AM on Monday, October 1. The Okaloosa ...

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OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING SUSPECT CAUGHT AFTER 10-HOUR SEARCH, FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES

In Mexico Beach, an erratic driver allegedly attacked an officer at a traffic stop, and more than five shots were fired in defense. Around 1 a.m. on Friday morning, officials said Charles Lamar Goodin was using drugs through hypodermic needles while driving down Highway 98. Mexico Beach officials said the officer asked Goodin to step out of the car. “When ...

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MANY GATHERING FOR COASTAL CLEAN-UP DAY

Multiple organizations came together to help our beaches as a part of International Coastal Clean-Up Day. Gulf World, Gulf World Marine Institute, Diver’s Den, and Keep PCB Beautiful teamed up for a coastal clean-up day at Treasure Island Marina. Participants of the clean up grabbed their gloves and filled their buckets with trash along the shoreline. Some went on kayaks ...

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ESCAMBIA COUNTY MAN SHOT TWICE IN THE LEG DURING DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

An Escambia County man is recovering in hospital after an early-morning drive-by shooting. It happened around 4 a.m. on Coast Street. According to Sergeant Melanie Peterson with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the man was walking down the street when a silver Nissan drove past him and someone inside the car shot him twice in the thigh. The victim was ...

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UPDATE ON MURDER SUSPECT

A physical altercation turned deadly early Sunday morning and Walton County Sheriff’s Investigators have the suspect in custody. Just after midnight, WCSO Deputies and Walton County Fire Rescue responded to 9604 County Highway 183 South in Ponce de Leon following a 911 call. When they arrived, they discovered a deceased victim with what appeared to be stab wounds. The victim ...

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FIRE CREWS BATTLE HOUSE FIRE ON WEST MAXWELL STREET

A fire investigation is underway on West Maxwell Street in Pensacola. First responders received a call on Sunday around 11:15 a.m. in reference to a house fire. The fire occurred at the 2800 block of West Maxwell and North U Street in Pensacola. According to fire officials, four people were inside the home when the fire erupted in the kitchen. ...

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