Local and State News

Ham Radio Operator Handed $17,000 Notice of Forfeiture

Washington, DC — A ham radio operator who was repeatedly warned not to deliberately interfere with other amateur radio operators has been slapped with a $17,000 forfeiture. Commission’s rules are clear on the issue: Amateur radio licensees may not monopolize the ham radio frequency for their exclusive use. Yet the Enforcement Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission said New York ...

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Major Drug Rig Dismantled Following Multi-Agency Investigation

October 11, 2019 Santa Rosa / Okaloosa / Walton Counties, Fla — A drug ring supplying meth and heroin to three Northwest Florida Counties has been dismantled thanks to the work of VICE/Narcotics Investigators across multiple agencies. The multi-agency effort has resulted in multiple arrests along with the recovery of firearms, large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, and cash in Okaloosa, ...

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Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Advisory

Sunday, October 6, 2019 Chipley, FL – Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities. Okaloosa County: U.S. 98 Widening from Airport Road to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line- Paving operations are set to begin on the new westbound travel lanes, between Kel-Wen Circle and the Okaloosa/Walton County line, the week of Sunday, Oct. ...

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If you hearing something in the sky starting Monday night it will be the Sound of Freedom.

October 6, 2019 Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. — Residents may experience aircraft noise as early as Monday evening. The 43rd Fighter Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base plans to conduct night flying operations utilizing the F-22 Raptor this coming week Monday through Friday, October 7 – 11, 2019. Eglin advised in a press release as many as 14 F-22 ...

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The Oak Ridge Boys Team With AARP & Justice Department To Raise Awareness About Fraud Targeting Older Americans

Friday, October 4, 2019 TULSA, Okla. – The Department of Justice & AARP unveiled a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign with iconic country music supergroup The Oak Ridge Boys to raise awareness of fraud schemes targeting elders. “The Oak Ridge Boys are honored to bring awareness to elder fraud and abuse,” said Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys. ...

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Florida Forest Service suspends burn authorizations in three-county Blackwater area

Friday, October 04, 2019 Milton, FL – In light of extremely dry and dangerous conditions, officials with the Florida Forest Service’s Blackwater Forestry Center will not be issuing authorizations for broadcast or pile burns. This went into effect this past Wednesday, October 2, 2019, until further notice. Burn authorizations will not be issued until conditions improve and the area receives ...

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Interstate 10 temporarily closed due to man contemplating suicide

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 Walton County Florida – Interstate 10 was temporarily closed earlier this evening due to a man contemplating suicide. According to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to County Road 183 at the Interstate overpass shortly before 5:00 p.m. for a male subject sitting in a car contemplating ...

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New youth deer hunt weekend and muzzleloader season

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission established a new youth deer hunting weekend, which occurs during muzzleloading gun season in each of the four hunting zones. FWC staff initiated the proposal to promote youth hunting and stakeholders were overwhelmingly supportive of this new opportunity.  “Wildlife management areas have had youth and family deer hunts for years, so this newly established ...

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Written threat on a girls’ bathroom wall at Choctawhatchee High School does not appear to be credible

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 Fort Walton Beach, FL — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident after a student located a school threat written on a girls’ bathroom wall at Choctawhatchee High School this morning. The student reported it to her parent who in turn contacted the School Resource Officer. The threat was not directed towards any specific ...

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Holt man purposely wrecks motorcycle

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 Holt, FL — According to a traffic crash report from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 69 year-old Holt,FL man purposely wrecked his motorcycle near the intersection of U.S. Hwy 90 and Galliver Cut-off which is located just east of Holt, FL. At 7:30 a.m this morning, FHP was called to the scene of a single ...

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