Local and State News

Sonic goes to school, Crestview Police K9 meets some Walker Owls

May 27, 2017 by BRIAN HUGHES Crestview, FLA  — A Crestview Police Department K9 officer has some new friends among the Walker Elementary School Owls. Officer Sonic and his handler, Officer Jay Seals, visited Liz Bears’ third-grade class Thursday morning. With just one more day of school, Sonic’s visit brought back to the halls of academia about 16 young minds ...

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Deputy Cutler Peterson and K9 Miro Earn Their Paws

May 27, 2017 Deputy Cutler Petersen was officially welcomed into the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit on May 24th. In a ceremony attended by his family, he was awarded the coveted K-9 lapel pin. K-9 handlers make up less than 1% of the Sheriff’s Office and Law Enforcement Officers in general. It is not an easy process. First they ...

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Bay County Traffic Stop Reveals Drugs

May 25, 2017 Bay County FL -Traffic Stop reveals drugs after vehicle attempts to elude law enforcement and driver flees on foot. On May 25, 2017, at approximately 11:30am a Florida Highway Patrol trooper attempted to stop a maroon 2004 Chrysler on US 231 and Titus for a seatbelt violation. The driver fled from the trooper southbound and crossed the median and ...

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Stock Up on Disaster Preparedness Supplies June 2-4 During Florida Sales Tax Holiday

May 25, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – June marks the start of hurricane season and a time for Floridians to stock up on qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from sales tax. Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott, the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 and ...

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OCSO Seeks Information in Car Versus Pedestrian Accident

May 23, 2017 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for additional information in an accident that took place near the intersection of Highway 98 and Palmetto Drive in Destin around 3:45 a.m. on May 7 th . Deputies initially believed the injuries suffered by 22 year old Tyler Ponthieux of Dryprong Louisiana occurred after he tripped and fell on ...

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FWC Uncovers Major Alligator Violations in Long-Term Covert Investigation

On Wednesday, May 24, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers arrested nine suspects for violations of Florida’s laws pertaining to possession of American alligator, alligator egg harvesting, interstate transport of alligator eggs and hatchlings, falsifying official records, dealing in stolen property, conspiracy to commit racketeering, racketeering and other wildlife violations. These serious charges include first-, second- and third-degree ...

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Florida Cops On Top Event Scheduled For June 24th

May 24, 2017 Walton County, Fla — On Saturday, June 24th, teams from across the country will set out to summit their state’s highest point in honor of the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Cops on Top teams are comprised of volunteer climbers, largely self-funded law enforcement officers. Whether their attempt is to climb ...

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Governor Scott Signs 16 Bills Into Law

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed the following bills into law:   CS/CS/SB 18 Relief of ‘Survivor’ and the Estate of ‘Victim’ – This bill directs the Florida Department of Children and Families to provide a total of $3.75 million in compensation relief to Victor Barahona and the estate of Nubia Barahona.   CS/CS/SB 80 ...

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Settlement Reached with Target Regarding Data Breach

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi and 47 other attorneys general are announcing the largest multistate data breach settlement achieved to date. The $18.5 million settlement with Target Corporation resolves the states’ investigation into the retail company’s 2013 data breach that affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and contact information for more than 60 million ...

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Attorney General Bondi and FTC Halt Massive Debt Relief Scam

May 23, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly obtained a court order halting a massive phony debt relief operation that bilked millions of dollars from financially strapped consumers, including the elderly and disabled. According to the complaint filed by Attorney General Bondi’s Office and the FTC, Jeremy Lee Marcus, Craig Davis Smith and ...

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