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Missing U.S. soldier who "disappeared" could be in south Florida, police say

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WALA) - Police say there is a possibility a missing U.S. soldier, who was last seen on January 11, could be in south Florida. Crestview police say 23-year-old Sgt. Greco Tucker Jr. may be or has recently been in the Hialeah and Miami area.


Fatal crash in Okaloosa County leads to arrest

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A crash in Okaloosa County has left one woman with serious injuries, another woman dead, and a man in handcuffs. Troopers say Shelby Byington,24, was driving with Alexis Marshall,26, southbound on Mary Esther Cutoff and approaching the Hollywood Boulevard intersec


Hyatt Place celebrates grand opening

Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting with the Destin and Walton Area chambers of commerce on Jan. 10. Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is a 5-story, 84-room hotel catering to business and leisure travelers with its open, intuitively designed,


Florida driver's licenses could soon be stored on smart phones

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida could become one of the first states to allow electronic versions of driver’s licenses. The licenses would be stored on cellphones as proof of identification.


Woman killed in Mary Esther wreck was mother of 3 (PHOTOS)

MARY ESTHER — A 20-year-old Fort Walton Beach man was arrested early Thursday after allegedly causing a crash that killed one young woman and seriously injured another. Hilson Robert Smith was arrested just before 4 a.m. and charged with DUI homicide, DUI serious injury and underage possession of al


The end of an era

By Nathan Cobb | 315-4432 | @WaltonSunNate | nathan@waltonsun.com After nearly 33 years in business, The Shoe Salon — located in Miramar Beach — is set to close. Co-owners Gary Holmes of Miramar Beach and Donna Adkins of Destin said it's bittersweet, but that they're excited to see what the future h


DESTIN SNOWBIRD CLUB: Snowbirds have fun all around the world

I am on a “Jeff Cavins Pilgrimage” to the Holy Land, as I write. There are six buses seating travelers from all over the country. One of the buses, the Blue Bus, is exclusively Destin area residents and snowbirds. Doris and Mike Beam, group leaders of the Blue Bus, said they shared the trip informat


Sheriff's deputy resigns after fight at Florida strip club

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned after being arrested on charges that he battered a couple at a strip club. An internal affairs report says 33-year-old Dwight Robinson quit his job at the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office two days after the July 3 incident at Scores.


19 events to look forward to in 2019

Break out your 2019 planners and pencil in these 19 events — including several family-friendly outings. 1. Emerald Coast Theatre Co.’s production of “Dancing Lessons.” When: 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 3 (6 p.m. Jan. 20)


One dead, one injured in DUI crash

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — A 26-year-old woman is killed by a suspected drunk driver in Fort Walton Beach. The fatal crash happened around 2:00 a.m. at the intersection of Mary Esther Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard Thursday.


Video: Florida man chased down by horses while eluding arrest, deputies say

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - After being approached by authorities on a roadway, a Florida man took off on foot and was chased down by horses before arrest, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.


Lawmen search for hit-and-run suspect

DESTIN — Law officers were searching for a hit-and-run suspect who fled the scene of a traffic crash on U.S. Highway 98 about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.


Okaloosa County man sentenced to 50 years for molestation, child porn

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - An Okaloosa County man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography and molesting a child under the age of 12.


FHP: Driver in fatal crash smelled of alcohol, had open Busch beer

MARY ESTHER — A 20-year-old Fort Walton Beach man was arrested early Thursday after allegedly causing a crash that killed one young woman and seriously injured another. Hilson Robert Smith was arrested just before 4 a.m. and charged with DUI homicide, DUI serious injury and underage possession of al


Attorneys for suspended Okaloosa Superintendent plan to dispute allegations

Okaloosa County, Fla. (WEAR-TV) — Okaloosa Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson has requested Senate hearing to appeal her suspension. On January 11th, Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference in Tallahassee announcing the suspension of Jackson following what he called ‘scathing’ grand jury reports rega


Benefit of being a snowbird — visit Israel

The snowbirds love to travel, and recently many of them have been in Israel. Traveling on a tour that included six buses, the 57 snowbirds and Destin locals who made the trip were on the Blue Bus. Among the stops they made were in Bethlehem and Nazareth. They learned what it was like to live in Isra


Local Governments Looking To Purchase Beachfront Properties To Increase Access

People visit Destin and South Walton primarily for the beaches. But local governments are finding there’s little public access to its No. 1 asset. Now, they’re tasked with buying beachfront properties for visitors to enjoy.


Search for missing soldier continues

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Crestview Police Department is still searching for a missing soldier. Police say Sgt. Greco A. Tucker never showed up for work Monday. He is with the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne).


Florida Man Who Killed Man After Touching His Truck Wins On ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law

MIMS, Florida – A Florida man who punched a man during an argument over whether or not the man touched his truck was released from custody after prevailing on Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law defense.


If you drink, hand over your keys

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2017, 10,874 people died in drunk driving crashes. It equates to one person every 48 minutes. If it takes your breath away, think about this – that number has decreased from previous years.