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Crestview Man Fatally Wounded During Domestic Violence Incident

Monday, August 03, 2020 Crestview, FL — A Crestview area man has died after being shot by his son who was protecting his mother during a domestic violence related incident Sunday evening. According to a news release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred at a residence on Lake Silver Road Sunday ...

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Scholarship Legislation

Thursday, June 25, 2020 Tampa, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 7067 which provides more education opportunities for children from low income families to get a great education. The K-12 Scholarship Programs legislation signed today expands the Family Empowerment Scholarship championed by Governor DeSantis by increasing the authorized annual growth of participating students and ensures the educational ...

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Historic Teacher Pay Increases into Law

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Hialeah Gardens, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 641, Funds for the Operation of Schools, and announced the approval of $500 million in the state’s budget that will be signed in the coming days, dedicated to raising teacher salaries in Florida. $400 million is invested to raise the minimum base pay for full-time ...

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Two Dead, Three Arrested Following Botched Robbery at a Local Motel in Crestview

May 20, 2020 Crestview, FL — Two people are dead and three have been arrested following what police are describing as a robbery gone wrong in a local Crestview motel room Tuesday night. While an officer with the Crestview Police Department was at the Hilton Motel located at 353 West James Lee Boulevard in reference to an unrelated incident, shortly ...

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Okaloosa County Launches Small Business Recovery Webpage

Thursday, April 09, 2020 Fort Walton Beach, FL – Okaloosa County has launched a webpage dedicated to the resilience of our small business community and its workforce at this time of trial as we collectively face the coronavirus pandemic. Numerous resources for the business community and unemployed individuals are available at the webpage to include direct links to local, state ...

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Mother Charged In Shooting Death of Five Month Old Son

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 Fort Walton, FL — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fort Walton Beach woman in connection with the shooting death of her five month old son. 30-year old Maria Jaimicia Llaia Rodriguez-Barnes was arrested today, April 07, 2020, and charged with first degree premeditated murder. Deputies were called to the parking lot of The Boardwalk ...

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Watch Out For Schemes Tied To Economic Impact Payments

April 2, 2020 Washington, D. C. — The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and email phishing attempts about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. These contacts can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft. “We urge people to take extra care during this period. The IRS isn’t going to call you ...

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Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments

April 1, 2020 Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. “Social Security recipients ...

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Economic Impact Payments: What you need to know

March 30, 2020 Check IRS.gov for the latest information: No action needed by most people at this time WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically ...

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Five Month Old Infant Dies From Gunshot Wound To Torso

Thursday, March 26, 2020 Fort Walton, FL — A thirty year old Fort Walton Beach woman suspected of killing her infant son yesterday remains in stable condition at a local hospital. In a press release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Investigators believe it was a murder/suicide attempt. An autopsy today revealed the five month old had been shot once in ...

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