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Prescription Call-In Sentencing

A fraudulent prescription call in scheme involving a head nurse ends with prison. Wendy Sue Cagle entered a plea to Conspiracy to Traffic in Hydrocodone and was sentenced by the Honorable William F. Stone to a minimum mandatory term of 15 years in the Florida Department of Corrections followed by 10 years of probation. The 15 year minimum mandatory sentence ...

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WC BCC Looks at Beach Vendor Permits

The Summer Tourist Season is coming and the Walton Commissioners are considering what they want the Beach Vending permits to contain. At the recent meeting, the commissioners decided to delay any action to allow staff and the public more time for revisions and review. The Beach Vendor Permits have been delayed and a public hearing will take place in March. ...

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WCSO Deputies Save Man’s Life

Monday, Walton County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant William Curtis and Deputy Sheriff Ryan Hooks were dispatched to a local resort in reference to an elderly gentleman who had collapsed at the gym. Both units arrived on scene at the same time, grabbed their AED’s and medical bags, and went inside to assess the patient. They were able to determine that the ...

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DFS PD’s New Parking Lot

Good work by city staff, good work by businesses equals good work for the police. The DeFuniak Springs Police Department needed a new parking lot and the cost would have run around $15,000. Working with a local contractor and pulling some extra asphalt, the PD now has a paved lot and it cost around $1500. So instead of a patch, ...

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WCBCC Meeting Review

Remember the DeFuniak Springs City Council asking to let legislators know the Enterprise Zone legislation has been a success. Walton County Administrator Larry Jones asked to send information to Senator Gaetz and Representative Drake so they can help keep the program at the state level. Jones said the Enterprise Zone has helped their efforts at the Mossy Head Business Park. ...

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DFS Council Meeting

Clarification On City Applications DeFuniak Springs City Manager Sara Bowers told the City Council they have three qualified applicants for the Planning Director position. It is this position that the application acceptance will close at the end of the month. Bowers will review and rank the applicants and make a recommendation to the Council. In another matter, the city has ...

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DFS City Council Receives Audit for 2012-13

It is a clean audit report, but there were plenty of comments from the Council. As the DeFuniak Springs City Council met Monday night, the auditor presented the audit report for 20012-20013. The report was a clean opinion. The audit included a 16 page staff report with graphs. The total assets were $47 million for the audit. The city also ...

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Destin Woman Charged With Stabbing Boyfriend

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Destin woman with aggravated battery domestic violence after her boyfriend suffered multiple cuts and stab wounds following a verbal argument. 31-year old Heather Michelle Hudson of 4050 Dancing Cloud Court was arrested Sunday, January 25th, at the apartment she shares with the victim. Deputies found 31-year old Richard Sansom on his back ...

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Deputies Respond to Commercial Burglary within Two Minutes, Find $200,000 Dollars’ Worth of Sunglasses in Garbage Cans

Around 10 p.m., last Friday Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to an alarm activation at Solstice Sunglasses located in the Silver Sands Outlet Mall in Miramar Beach.  Upon arrival, Deputies found four large trash cans containing an estimated 1,000 pairs of sunglasses worth $200,000 dollars.  Video footage shows a silver or white van pull up in front of the ...

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