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Florida man charged with hate crime after yelling racial slurs, waving gun at black protesters

A Florida man has reportedly been charged with a hate crime after a video emerged showing him pulling out a gun and yelling racial slurs at a group of African-Americans participating in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.


Freeport man facing drug charges in Washington County

A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy arrested 23-year-old Brandon Johnson of Freeport after getting out with a vehicle that caused the deputy some concern. Around 8 p.m. on February 13th, the WCSO deputy observed a vehicle traveling 67 miles per hour on Pioneer Road. As the deputy got behind the veh


CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Gator vs Python in Florida Everglades

MIAMI, FL. (WFLA) - Cameras caught a one-of-a-kind fight in the Florida Everglades Monday. Rich Kruger captured this video of an alligator attacking what he says is 10-foot python at the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami Dade.


2 Florida women accused of running sex trafficking rings out of day spas

STUART, Fla. - Two women are accused of running separate sexual trafficking operations out of local day spas from Jupiter to Hobe Sound. In a news conference Tuesday, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder announced the results of an 8-month, multi-agency investigation resulting in the arrests of Ruim


John Goedtke appears before county judge Monday

CHIPLEY, Fla. - The man accused of killing three electric company linemen in Washington county back in front of a judge Monday morning. In December, John Goedtke was seen in front of judge Tim Register where he entered a plea of not guilty for the incident happening back in October.


Fatal Wreck in Washington County

BONIFAY, Fla. - The Florida Highway Patrol said that Ted Roberts, 55 of Lynn Haven, was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram south on State Road 79 and failed to observe stopped traffic, crashing into the back of a 2007 Honda Civic driven by Scott Haines, 77 of Knoxville.


Florida Woman Caught Threatening Black Cop With KKK Attack After Being Pulled Over for DUI

A Florida woman arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence worsened her situation by threatening the deputy who detaining her with violent action from the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).


FHP: One dead after crash in Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the Florida Highway Patrol, one person is dead after a crash in Washington County Monday afternoon. Troopers say a Dodge Ram was stopped on State Road 79 in a construction zone when a Honda Accord rear-ended the truck.


“Fully skeletonized” remains found in rural Florida identified as missing teen Jabez Spann

Skeletal remains found Saturday in a rural Florida area have been identified as belonging to teen Jabez Spann, missing since September of 2017. “Saturday afternoon at approximately 4:30 p.m., skeletal remains were found in rural portion of Manatee County, west of I-75, [by] an individual working in


Peel appointed EVP & CEO of West Florida Electric

GRACEVILLE, FLA. –Ty Peel of Chipley, Fla., has been appointed Executive Vice President & CEO of West Florida Electric Cooperative by its board of trustees. He has also been elected to represent West Florida Electric Cooperative (WFEC) on the PowerSouth Board of Trustees. Peel was unanimously appoin


Chipley noise ordinance moves ahead

By Jacqueline BostickThe News 850-630-6167 | @_JBostickjbostick@chipleypaper.com CHIPLEY - Chipley City Council is moving forward with its latest draft of a noise ordinance aimed at snuffing out loud music and rowdy partying.


Pythons run amok, but Florida hopes to stop anacondas before they eat the Everglades

Invasive pythons run rampant in the Everglades and imported iguana burrow into canal banks with abandon, but Florida is trying to keep additional exotics from gaining a foothold in the state with new rules considered this week.


Florida Highway Patrol trooper dies after training exercise

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A Florida Highway Patrol trooper died after taking part in a training exercise in Fort Myers Tuesday. FHP Master Sergeant Daniel Hinton was rushed to Gulf Coast Hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during a training exercise.


Florida prisoners could form class action to demand refund on confiscated media players and files

The Florida Department of Corrections is facing a potential class action over recently forcing inmates to forfeit millions of dollars worth of mp3 and other multimedia files purchased under a since-axed media player contract.


CHS FBLA storms district in a big way

CHIPLEY - Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) from Chipley High School made a big showing at district competition last month at Chipola College by bringing home seven first place wins.


Florida Correctional Officer arrested on multiple charges

GRACEVILLE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Florida correctional officer is behind bars according to the Florida Department of Corrections. They say correctional officer Holly Haessig was charged with multiple counts of unlawful compensation as a public servant, the introduction of contraband into a correction


Fire completely destroys home in Marianna

MARIANNA, Fla. - The Jackson County Fire Department was called out to a structure fire on Pebble Hill Road in Marianna around noon Monday. When firefighters arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.


Roger Stone's FBI-raided Florida home now up for rent

The Florida house where Roger Stone was arrested in a dramatic predawn raid by the FBI in January is now up for rent. The longtime associate of President Trump is moving out of the Fort Lauderdale residence he leased and into a smaller nearby apartment to save money for his legal defense, his wife w


Bay Co. Deputy Provides Calm During the Storm

SOUTHPORT, Fla. - Deputy Casey melton usually keeps watch in Southport. During Hurricane Michael, it was no different. She spent the night before the storm made landfall at the Emergency Operations Center.


Wausau prepares for CDBG administration of $600k grant

WAUSAU - Fred Fox Enterprises was approved to administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Possum Palace renovation project when the Wausau Town Council met in regular session February 14.