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WALTON COUNTY WEEKLY BEACH SAMPLING RESULTS

WALTON COUNTY WEEKLY BEACH SAMPLING RESULTS The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) conducts regularly scheduled saltwater beach water quality monitoring at seven sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Samples are collected from March through the end of October. The water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and ...

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DEPUTY SHOT TO DEATH; SWAT TEAM KILL GUNMAN

  DEPUTY SHOT TO DEATH; SWAT TEAM KILL GUNMAN A longtime veteran of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office who rejoined the agency to serve part-time after retiring in 2013 has died at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center following an early morning shooting in Shalimar. 64-year old Deputy Bill Meyers retired from the OCSO in November 2013 after nearly 25 years ...

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TWO MEN CHARGED WITH FALSE IMPRISONMENT

TWO MEN CHARGED WITH FALSE IMPRISONMENT Two men were arrested Sunday after placing two children on their kayaks at Crab Island Sunday afternoon and refusing to give them back to their mothers. 54-year old Daniel Maria Hernandez of Philadelphia Pennsylvania and 55-year old Gabriel Bobavilla Gonzalez of Crestview are each charged with false imprisonment of a child under age thirteen. ...

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MAN ARRESTED FOR SECOND DUI IN LESS THAN THREE MONTHS

MAN ARRESTED FOR SECOND DUI IN LESS THAN THREE MONTHS A Panama City Beach man was arrested Sunday night in Walton County for Driving Under the Influence just two months and five days after receiving a DUI in Panama City Beach. 27-year-old Jason Romano was driving east on County Highway 30A when he rear-ended a car in front of the ...

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COUNTRY SHOWDOWN FINALIST DISQUALIFIED

COUNTRY SHOWDOWN FINALIST DISQUALIFIED 41-year-old Niceville resident Austin Thresher, winner of the 34th Annual Country Showdown for the Panhandle Region, was disqualified by promotion officials in Nashville Monday. Information surfaced over the weekend regarding Thresher that violates section 9 of the contestant contract and resulted in a situation that could adversely reflect on the event.  Thresher beat out 11 other regional ...

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ARGYLE & LIBERTY FIREFIGHTERS TRAIN FOR THE WORST

ARGYLE & LIBERTY FIREFIGHTERS TRAIN FOR THE WORST Walton County Volunteer Firefighters participated in the 10th Annual Northwest Florida Firefighters Weekend September 16th thru the 20th. Both, Argyle Fire District and Liberty Fire District, participated in the important Firefighting training event.  Sponsored by the Florida Fire Chiefs Association and the Florida Fire College in Ocala, FL, over 220 Firefighters from ...

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VIOLENT RAPE SUSPECT CAPTURED IN DESTIN

VIOLENT RAPE SUSPECT CAPTURED IN DESTIN Okaloosa county sheriff’s investigators captured a Mississippi man Monday wanted in connection with the brutal beating  and rape of a single mother on September 10th in Ocean Springs. 24-year old Cameron May, of Biloxi, was captured shortly before noon in the parking lot of the Goodwill Store at 747 Harbor Boulevard in Destin. May is wanted ...

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CHILD KILLED IN ATV CRASH

CHILD KILLED IN ATV CRASH A 9-year-old Bonifay boy was killed after the four-wheeler he was driving collided with a utility vehicle in Holmes County Sunday afternoon. The Florida Highway Patrol reports the juvenile was traveling northbound on Tri-County Road, just behind a Polaris utility vehicle around 3:30 p.m. when the UTV stopped in the roadway due to a group ...

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FORMER GENEVA MAGISTRATE ARRESTED

FORMER GENEVA MAGISTRATE ARRESTED Authorities have arrested the former Geneva, Alabama City Magistrate. 28-year-old Crystal Glisson was arrested  over the weekend and charged with embezzlement.  She is accused of embezzling money while serving in her official capacity as the City Magistrate. Though Glisson resigned her position several years ago, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation recently completed an investigation resulting in ...

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