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STATE ATTY GENERAL WARNS AGAINST ELDERLY EXPLOITIATION

STATE ATTY GENERAL WARNS AGAINST ELDERLY EXPLOITIATION This week, my Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Florida woman for exploiting a vulnerable adult. According to the investigation, Megan Sanai knowingly purchased goods with the private funds of a vulnerable adult that was mentally incapable of making legal and financial decisions. Sanai is charged with one ...

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NEARLY HALF OF RESIDENTS ARE NOT PREPARED FOR A HURRICANE

NEARLY HALF OF RESIDENTS ARE NOT PREPARED FOR A HURRICANE Hurricane Danny became the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season on Thursday. According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey, almost half (42%) of residents in Florida and Georgia do not make advanced preparations for hurricane season.   If a named storm were to cause an evacuation warning, nearly one in five (18%) residents say they would not leave ...

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FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL GETS NEW COMMANDER

FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL GETS NEW COMMANDER The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes has announced the promotion of Gene Spaulding to become the next Florida Highway Patrol Director, effective Aug. 21, 2015. Colonel Spaulding brings 22 years of law enforcement knowledge and experience of serving the residents and visitors of Florida to this position. ...

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BULLETIN HURRICANE DANNY ADVISORY NUMBER 13

At 900 AM CST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Danny was located near latitude 14.0 North, longitude 48.2 West. Danny is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h),  and this motion is expected to continue through tonight.  A turn toward the west is expected on Saturday or Saturday night. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph ...

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HOLMES COUNTY JAIL OVERSIGHT MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO ESCAPE

HOLMES COUNTY JAIL OVERSIGHT MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO ESCAPE On Wednesday August 19th just before 4:30 pm deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Lakeview and Shoemaker Drives after reports of a wanted felon out of Holmes County being spotted in the area.  34-year-old Patrick Owens of Ponce de Leon and his girlfriend, 24-year-old ...

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FORMER CRESTVIEW PD OFFICER CONVICTION UPHELD

FORMER CRESTVIEW PD OFFICER CONVICTION UPHELD  State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that the first District Court of Appeal affirmed the racketeering conviction of Joseph Lloyd, former Major of the Crestview Police Department.  Floyd has 15 days from the date of the opinion to ask for rehearing. In 2013, Okaloosa County Jury found Joseph Floyd guilty of racketeering after a ...

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UPDATED: TRUMP RALLY MOVED TO FOOTBALL STADIUM

UPDATED: TRUMP RALLY MOVED TO FOOTBALL STADIUM Presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives in Mobile, Alabama tonight. The eclectic, no nonsense, speak-your-mind businessman was scheduled to address supporters and the press at 7 PM at the Mobile Civic Center.  However, organizers may had to move the rally to a 40,000 seat football stadium to accommodate throngs of supporters, media and curiosity seekers. The trip comes ...

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RECKLESS DRIVER CAUGHT BY WALTON SHERIFF’S K-9 AFTER FLEEING ON FOOT

RECKLESS DRIVER CAUGHT BY WALTON SHERIFF’S K-9 AFTER FLEEING ON FOOT   Scratched, cut, and bruised from running through the woods an 18-year-old is now behind bars after a citizen calls to report a reckless driver in Santa Rosa Beach.   Early yesterday morning,  just before 12:30am Walton County sheriff’s deputies responded to a reckless driver complaint near 30A and Highway 98. The ...

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SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT IN BAY COUNTY

SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT IN BAY COUNTY A school bus from Waller Elementary school slid off the road yesterday afternoon around 2:15 in Bay County  on Veal Road at Miles Lane. The 2006 Bluebird bus, driven by 54-year old Gabrielle Butler of Panama City was traveling westbound on Veal Road. The roadway bed and westbound shoulder gave way under the weight ...

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