Local and State News

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Receives Donations from McCafe with a Cause

Destin, FL (August 23, 2016) – Costa Enterprises McDonalds is in its second year of “McCafé with a Cause” at all of its McDonald’s locations throughout Northwest Florida. For every McCafé coffee purchased on Mondays throughout the year, they will donate 50 percent of their coffee proceeds to a different local charity each month. Boys and Girls Club of the ...

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Two Pensacola teens sentenced as Youthful Offenders to 42 months in state prison followed by probation

August 24, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Tracy Deshawn Lett, Jr., and Mariachi Jerrell Chambers, both 17 years of age, were sentenced as youthful offenders by Circuit Judge Scott Duncan to 42 months in state prison to be followed by 18 months of probation.  Lett and Chambers previously entered a plea in July 2016 to three counts of ...

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Pensacola man sentenced to 40 years in state prison second degree murder

August 24, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Terrance Soles was sentenced on August 23, 2016, by Circuit Judge John Miller to 40 years in state prison with 25 years as a minimum mandatory sentence to be served day for day.  On June 3, 2016, Terrance Soles was convicted by an Escambia County Jury of Second Degree Murder for ...

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Attorney General Bondi Shuts Down Multimillion Dollar Tech Support Scam

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi this week obtained a court order temporarily shutting down a tech support company that, along with its owners, allegedly deceived consumers out of more than $25 million. The scam operated as Client Care Experts, formerly known as First Choice Tech Support, LLC, and is owned by CEO Michael Seward and his partner, Kevin McCormick. The ...

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DeFuniak Springs man indicted for First Degree Murder for the death of his eight week old son.

August 24, 2016 William Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced that Harold Bielec, Jr was indicted today in DeFuniak Springs on the charge of First Degree Felony Murder for the death of his eight week old son. The charges arose from an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of December 13, 2015 when the Defendant ...

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Florida Commission on Offender Review sets Presumptive Prison Release Date for Sean Patrick Esty

August 24, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that the Florida Commission on Offender Review has set a Presumptive Prison Release Date (PPRD) of January 7, 2059 for Sean Patrick Esty.  Esty is serving a life sentence for the murder of 15 year old Lauren Ramsey at Battery Langdon, a secluded area of Fort Pickens, on December 22, 1991. ...

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Fatal crash in North Walton County claims the life of a DeFuniak Springs man

  According to a Florida Highway Patrol news release, Thomas E. Molinets of DeFuniak Springs, Fl succumbed to injuries from a traffic crash which took his life. On August 23,2016 at 2:10 am, 73 year old Lynwood Doughty, of DeFuniak Springs, was traveling westbound from Spradlin Rd into SR 83 in his 2014 Chrysler. 45 year old Thomas E. Molinets, ...

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Pensacola mn sentenced to 20 years in prison for Attempted Murder among other charges

August 22, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Tobias Jerel Whiting entered a plea to 20 years in State Prison for three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, Shooting into or within an Occupied Vehicle, Criminal Mischief, Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana (less than 20 grams), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The 20 year sentence must be ...

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SEXUAL PREDATOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS NOTIFICATION

SEXUAL PREDATOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS NOTIFICATION Steven Butler to 6546 Welannee Boulevard, Laurel Hill Florida   Steven Scott Butler – Florida Sexual Predator       Click Here to Track this Offender Designation: Sexual Predator Name: Steven Scott Butler Status: Released – Subject to Registration Department of Corrections #: 685547 Search the Dept of Corrections Website Date of Birth: 10/28/1975 Race : ...

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Hunter safety courses offered in August, September

     The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in six counties in August and September. (List follows).      Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. Traditional course students must complete the entire course in person.     ...

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