Local and State News

WCSO Undercover Investigation Leads to Child Porn Charges for South Carolina Man

June 5, 2019 DeFuniak Springs, Fla — A Myrtle Beach man could face up to 100 years in prison after an undercover investigation originating in Walton County reveals multiple images of child pornography in his South Carolina home. On December 30, 2018, an investigator with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit began chatting undercover with Ronald Hinch, 66, ...

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FWC Issues Executive Order Suspending Harvest and Possession of Shoal Bass

June 5, 2019 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued an executive order on June 5, suspending the harvest and possession of shoal bass from the Chipola River and its tributaries effective immediately until the order is repealed. Anglers are still permitted to catch and immediately release shoal bass. The shoal bass population in the Chipola River and ...

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2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 31 through June 6, 2019

May 31, 2019 The 2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins on Friday, May 31, 2019, and ends on Thursday, June 6, 2019. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. The sales tax holiday does not apply to: The rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Sales in ...

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Gag season starts June 1 in most Gulf state waters

May 31, 2019 Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters June 1, and will remain open through Dec. 31. Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties opened April 1, will remain open through June 30, and will reopen Sept. 1-Dec. 31. Monroe County follows the Atlantic state season and ...

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Announcing two license-free fishing weekends for Florida in June

May 31, 2019 Want to try your hand at Florida fishing? License-free saltwater fishing weekend is June 1 and 2, and license-free freshwater fishing weekend is June 8 and 9. During these weekends, a fishing license is not required for Florida residents or visitors. License-free weekends provide an excellent opportunity for non-licensed recreational anglers to experience fishing. The Florida Fish ...

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Okaloosa County Road Graders Slowed by Lack of Rain

June 1, 2019 Crestview, FL – Due to lack of rainfall in the last several weeks, the task of grading dirt roads in the northwestern portions of Okaloosa County has become much more difficult, report graders on the job. When dry conditions occur, roads become dusty and prone to a wash-boarding effect, making driving on the roads – even at ...

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FWB Man Arrested for Aggravated Battery & False Imprisonment

May 31, 2019 Fort Walton Beach, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Fort Walton Beach man in connection with the false imprisonment and battery of his girlfriend. 28-year old Blaise Khamisi Albertie Chamberlain was arrested Thursday at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center after being treated for an unrelated motorcycle crash. The 19-year old victim contacted the ...

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WOCOA Offering Funds for Seniors for Purchase of Fruits and Vegetables

May 3, 2019 Are you a Senior, 60 or older, and would like some fresh fruits and vegetables from a local Farmer? If so, the Walton Okaloosa Council on Aging (WOCOA) has a program that operates from May to September  that can help. This program is open to any Senior whose household total gross income is at or under 185% ...

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Firefighter Cancer Benefits Bill

May 3, 2019 Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/CS/SB 426: Firefighters, granting certain benefits to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer. Nationwide, 70 percent of firefighter line-of-duty deaths in 2016 were cancer-related. With the signing of this legislation, Florida joins 45 other states that provide a cancer benefit to these first responders. The Governor was joined ...

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Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Advisory

May 3, 2017 Chipley, Fla. – 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 (Harbor Boulevard) Improvements from East Pass (Marler) Bridge to Airport Road- Drivers can expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures between Airport Road and East Pass (Marler) Bridge, ...

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