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LOUISIANA MAN SENTENCED IN McDONALD’S ROBBERY

LOUISIANA MAN SENTENCED IN McDONALD’S ROBBERY  The Honorable Kelvin Wells, sentenced Christopher Wayne Smith, a 21 year old from Slidell, Louisiana, following his entry of a plea in May to three counts consisting of Robbery with a Firearm, Burglary of Structure with a Battery, and Aggravated Assault. Judge Wells sentenced Smith to 25 years in state prison for the robbery ...

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MOTHER SENTENCED IN DEATH OF SON

MOTHER SENTENCED IN DEATH OF SON State Attorney Bill Eddins announced last night that Stephanie Ann Howell was sentenced Tuesday by the Honorable Kelvin Wells to 12 years in state prison.  Howell was convicted on June 17, 2015 by a Walton County Jury of Child Neglect resulting in Great Bodily Harm in the drowning death of her 3 year old child ...

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UPCOMING MEETINGS

UPCOMING MEETINGS By: T.H. Merritt  The Defuniak Springs City Council will hold their regular meeting to discuss city business on Monday, July 27th at the City Hall Council Chambers at 71 US Highway 90 West. The meeting begins at 6:00 PM. The Walton County Commission holds their meeting on Tuesday, July 28th at the Walton County Courthouse Boardroom in Defuniak ...

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CITIZENS TO THE RESCUE

CITIZENS TO THE RESCUE By: T.H. Merritt A group of armed men showed up this week at an armed forces recruiting center in Dothan.  However, they were the good guys. In the wake of the shootings in Chattanooga, TN that killed several U.S. Marines and a Sailor, citizens from across America have been voluntarily standing armed guard outside recruiting facilities ...

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GENEVA COUNTY SHERIFF COMES CLEAN

GENEVA COUNTY SHERIFF COMES CLEAN By: T.H. Merritt Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms continues his popular program of having county jail inmates pick up trash along Geneva county roads. Sheriff Helms recently hired a full time Deputy to oversee the program and has hired additional help.  He urges residents not to throw trash on highways and says anyone caught littering ...

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OKALOOSA SHERIFF RECEIVES MONEY FROM BP SETTLEMENT

OKALOOSA SHERIFF RECEIVES MONEY FROM BP SETTLEMENT By: T.H. Merritt  The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office will receive half a million dollars from County Commissioners from the recent BP settlement. Sheriff Larry Ashley has earmarked the money to hire nearly a dozen new deputies, replace patrol cars and hire three new civilians to help the agency deal with a growing population ...

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RIDIN’& ROPIN”

RIDIN’& ROPIN” Good Luck and Safe Travels to Walton County’s Garrett McDonald as he travels to Rock Springs, WY to compete at the National High School Finals! He and teammate, Luke Taylor of Kinston, Ala recently won the Team Roping event. Garrett is a 2015 graduate of Walton High School and was recently awarded a scholarship to attend Tennessee-Martin for ...

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HOT WEATHER CONTINUES

HOT WEATHER CONTINUES By: T.H. Merritt It’s hotter than, well, just about everywhere else.  Temperatures have hovered between 95 and 100 degrees steadily for the past few weeks. Meteorologist Don Van Dyke of the National Weather Service office in Tallahassee says we can expect more of the same; (SOUNDBITE available on www.wzep1460.com) Remember to slow down: reduce, eliminate or reschedule ...

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NEW DIGS FOR POLICE K-9s

NEW DIGS FOR POLICE K-9s The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit opens its new K9 training facility today, thanks to a partnership with the Okaloosa County School District. The agency’s K9 handlers and their dogs will be using approximately five acres of land near the Choice High School and Technical Center at 1976 Lewis Turner Boulevard.  The new facility ...

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Gov. Scott Directs Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Military Troops Killed in Tennessee Shooting

Gov. Scott Directs Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Military Troops Killed in Tennessee Shooting Governor Rick Scott has directed the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff in honor of the five service members who were murdered at recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week.   This is effective immediately throughout the ...

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