Local and State News

Friday Night Shooting in Crestview Public Housing Leaves Two In Critical Condition

March 17, 2018 Crestview, FL – Investigation continues into a shooting that took place late Friday night on W. Hickory Ave in Crestview Public Housing that left two men in critical condition. The Crestview Police Department were first called to the Waffle House at 298 W James Lee Blvd at approximately 10:30 pm Friday night in reference to two gunshot ...

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Meigs Middle School Student Charged with Issuing Written Threat to Kill Teacher

March 14, 2018 Shalimar, FL – A Meigs Middle School student has been charged with issuing a written threat to kill or do bodily  injury. A handwritten note outlining the threat was found in a boys’ bathroom at the school around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning and turned over to the School Resource Officer to investigate. The note specifically mentioned an intention ...

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Deputies Find Pair Passed Out at Gas Pump in Crestview with Toddler in Back Seat

March 14, 2018 Crestview, FL – Deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office found a man and woman passed out in a truck at a gas pump in Crestview Monday night, while a three year old child had syringes, methamphetamine, and Oxycodone within easy reach. 23-year old Amanda Hatton of Holt and 31-year old Jared Smith of Baker are charged with ...

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“I Thought About Killing You When You Pulled Me Over.”; Alabama Fugitive Arrested

March 9, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, Fla — A bag of large knives were found within arm’s reach of a man who said he thought about killing the Deputy that pulled him over. On March 9th a deputy on routine patrol observed a camouflage Jeep traveling eastbound on US Highway 90 near Gene Hurley Rd. The tag displayed on the Jeep ...

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Pensacola Tax Preparer Charged With Preparing False Tax Returns

March 13, 2018 Pensacola, FL – Benell English, 57, of Pensacola, was arraigned on Friday in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with eighteen counts of preparing false tax returns. The indictment alleges that English, a tax return preparer at Select Tax Service in Pensacola, prepared and filed false tax returns with the Internal ...

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Stolen Guitar From Residential Burglary Found at Local Pawn Shop in Crestview

March 10, 2018 Crestview, FL – A 28-year-old Navarre man has been charged in connection with a Crestview Residential Burglary. The Crestview Police Department responded to an address on Panama Avenue on February 12 in reference to a burglary. The resident stated someone had entered into their home between February 7th and February 12th without permission. The owners were in ...

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NRA Files Suit Challenging Florida Gun Control Law

March 9, 2018 Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Friday announced that it had filed a lawsuit challenging the State of Florida’s newly-enacted ban on the purchase of firearms by young adults between the ages of 18-21. Florida’s ban is an affront to the Second Amendment, as it totally eviscerates the right of law-abiding adults between the ages of 18 and ...

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Gov. Rick Scott Signs Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act

March 9, 2018 Tallahassee, Fla. – Following a meeting with the families of victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Governor Rick Scott today signed SB 7026, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. This legislation makes significant reforms to make Florida schools safer, while keeping firearms out of the hands of mentally ill and dangerous ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report 2/9/2018 – 2/15/2018

Franklin County Officers Peterson, Kossey, and Travis were targeting undersized oysters in the Eastpoint area. They conducted a resource inspection at the Eastpoint Boat Ramp and found two bags of oysters hidden in the boat. After checking the two bags of oysters for size tolerance, they determined one bag contained 96% undersized oysters and the other contained 100% undersized oysters. ...

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More Than 150 Charges Filed on Burglary Suspects Caught In Santa Rosa Beach

March 9, 2018 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla — Two burglars wreaking havoc in three counties finally slipped up. All because they picked a bad place to park. Deputies patrolling Watersound North community early Wednesday morning came across a white Toyota Tundra parked in a construction area. The deputies blocked the truck with his patrol car and then climbed onto a ...

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