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CHIPLEY POLICE SEARCHING FOR SEX ASSAULT SUSPECT

  The Chipley Police Department is asking for help identifying a suspect in an abduction and sexual assault that happened Wednesday. The suspect is described as a heavier set black male approximately 5’8-5’9, no facial hair. The suspect was last seen wearing a black Georgia bulldog’s baseball cap, grey hoodie, whitewash loose fitting jeans and white high top tennis shoes, ...

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PROGRAM FOR SENIORS PROVIDES MORE THAN MEALS

  Next week will mark six months since Hurricane Michael ravaged communities across the Florida Panhandle; everyone is still working towards a “new normal” The process of recovery can be difficult for some of the some of the most vulnerable – senior citizens. The Bay County Council on Aging says their volunteers with the Meals on Wheels program strive to ...

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CRESTVIEW POLICE DEPARTMENT POSTPONES REACCREDITATION

The Crestview Police Department plans to withdraw from the reaccreditation process that recognizes it as having among the highest standards in law enforcement in Florida. The department achieved accreditation for the first time in October 2016 under the Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. Only Crestview and Gulf Breeze hold the distinction among cities in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties. ...

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MAN DOWNS M&MS, MAKES LEWD COMMENTS WITH HIS PANTS UNZIPPED

  A 46-year-old man was arrested for disorderly intoxication after downing a bag of M&Ms in the checkout lane without paying, and yelling sexual comments in a Target store. According to an arrest report provided by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a 911 call about an intoxicated man threatening to harm customers and staff. Deputies found the ...

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CHILD SEX SUSPECT SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS

  A man who tried to meet a minor for sex was sentenced to 15 years in prison and designated as a sexual offender. Trenton Hooks was convicted by a Walton County Jury on December 13, 2018, of Traveling to Meet a Minor to Engage in Sexual Conduct with Consent by a Parent, Using a Computer to Facilitate or Solicit ...

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LYNN HAVEN MAYOR REACHES OUT TO CITIZENS FOR INPUT

  The city of Lynn Haven is currently operating without an official city manager and Mayor Margo Anderson is wondering if it should stay that way. On Friday, Mayor Anderson posted on her personal Facebook page asking the residents what they think about changing the city’s government  The possible change would eliminate the need for a city manager and allow ...

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LOCAL ORGANIZATION HELPS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS THROUGH COLLEGE

  A local group is doing their part to help high school seniors go off to college. The Pilot Club of Panama City hosted their annual pancake festival Saturday morning. The event took place at Applebee’s on in Panama City, featuring pancakes, sausage, coffee, and orange juice. Those who attended also were able to buy sweet treats in part of ...

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UWF OFFICE HELPS VETERANS, ACTIVE-DUTY TROOPS, DEPENDENTS NAVIGATE COLLEGE

  Technically, it’s the Military and Veterans Resource Center. Practically, though, the offices and study spaces on the second floor of Building 4 at the University of West Florida’s Emerald Coast campus are a haven for active-duty military personnel, veterans and dependents navigating the decisions, paperwork and other challenges of beginning, or continuing, a collegiate career. Even a partial list ...

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FEEDING THE GULF COAST DISTRIBUTES 30,000 POUNDS OF FOOD

  Feeding the Gulf Coast has been committed to the recovery effort post-Hurricane Michael and Saturday they partnered with First Baptist Church of Panama City to continue their work. Thirty thousand pounds of food were distributed, which is expected to feed up to five hundred families. Feeding the Gulf Coast’s service area includes all gulf coast counties in Florida, Alabama, ...

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