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WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH A Crestview woman was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola Wednesday night after two car crash on Interstate 10. The Florida Highway Patrol says 22-year-old Rachel Stevens, of Crestview, was westbound on I-10 near the 56 mile marker around 8:15 PM when she drifted into the center grass median and entered the eastbound lane ...

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GULF POWER TROOPS HEAD EAST IN ADVANCE OF HURRICANE JOAQUIN

GULF POWER TROOPS HEAD EAST IN ADVANCE OF HURRICANE JOAQUIN A cavalry of more than 100 crew and support staff, including 52 line personnel, from Gulf Power will depart today to help Dominion Virginia Power in Richmond, Va., to prepare for possible widespread outages in the area due to Hurricane Joaquin. The crews struck out Friday morning from various company locations including Pensacola, ...

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COVINGTON COUNTY DEPUTY KILLED IN OFF-DUTY CRASH

COVINGTON COUNTY DEPUTY KILLED IN OFF-DUTY CRASH An off-duty Covington County sheriff’s deputy was killed Wednesday night in a single vehicle crash. Law enforcement authorities confirm Sgt. Larry Smith of the Covington County Sheriff’s Department died in a motorcycle accident on old U.S. Hwy. 84 near the Opp Country Club around 7:15 PM. According to the Opp Police Department, Smith, ...

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DRAPER LAKE BRIDGE UPDATE

DRAPER LAKE BRIDGE UPDATE The Draper Lake Bridge Construction Project has been under way for the last two weeks. Currently, the utility contractors are scheduled to be complete with the associated utility relocations by the end of this week. A preconstruction meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 6th at which time the notice to proceed will be issued to Murphree Bridge ...

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FORMER WALTON COUNTY DEPUTY LAID TO REST

FORMER WALTON COUNTY DEPUTY LAID TO REST The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of Catherine “Kitty” McGuire who passed away earlier this week. Visitation was held Tuesday night at Brackney Funeral Home in Crestview. The funeral was Wednesday at Old Bethel Cemetery off Old Bethel Road in Crestview.   McGuire served under Sheriff Quinn McMillian for 12 years ...

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ROAD REPAIRS UNDERWAY

ROAD REPAIRS UNDERWAY Things are slowly getting back to normal as flood waters recede after two days of torrential downpours. A slow moving tropical system dumped over 16 inches of rain Monday and Tuesday in some areas leaving roads and bridges flooded, washed out or otherwise impassable. Walton County Public Information Officer Louis Svelah says crews are making great progress. ...

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN It’s like the plot from the movie “Catch Me If You Can” except in this film authorities WILL catch the antagonist. Wanted and arrested in multiple states, Joseph Donald Baxter, 32, is being heavily pursued by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office as a suspect in numerous fraud investigations in Walton and surrounding counties. An absconder from ...

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FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL GRADUATES 56 NEW TROOPERS

  FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL GRADUATES 56 NEW TROOPERS  Wednesday the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles welcomed 56 new troopers to the division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). The troopers will join the more than 1,800 troopers who patrol the state’s roads each day to provide protection and assistance to Florida residents and visitors. “Today’s graduating class is ...

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INMATE CONVICTED IN MURDER OF CELLMATE

INMATE CONVICTED IN MURDER OF CELLMATE A 12 ­person Washington County jury convicted Clinton Powers of second­ degree murder Sept. 29 for killing his cellmate at Northwest Florida Reception Center in Chipley. Assistant State Attorney Bob Sombathy told jurors in his opening statement that Powers, 38, used a torn strip of bed sheet to strangle his cellmate, David Hults, 54, ...

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OKALOOSA SHERIFF ISSUES 20 CITATIONS FOR SCHOOL ZONE VIOLATIONS

OKALOOSA SHERIFF ISSUES 20 CITATIONS FOR SCHOOL ZONE VIOLATIONS The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office took part in a statewide initiative aimed to increase awareness of the need for increased vigilance and safe driving practices in school zones. Sheriff Larry Ashley says although the month long operation is over, deputies will continue keeping close tabs on school zone safety. The Florida ...

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