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Student brings loaded gun to Ruckel Middle School in Niceville

Student brings loaded gun to school - NICEVILLE, Fla. (WKRG) -- The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says a 14-year-old student brought a loaded firearm to Ruckel Middle School Tuesday.


Goodbye Mullet Festival, hello Boggy Fest

NICEVILLE — If you haven't already attended the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival in its first 40-plus years, you may have missed your chance. The festival, which has taken place in Niceville for more than 40 years, is being renamed and rebranded.


Bruner, Meigs get new principals

NICEVILLE — Two middle schools have new leaders after the Okaloosa County School Board on Monday appointed principals for Bruner and Meigs middle schools. Gary Massey transferred from principal of Shoal River Middle School to principal at Bruner, while Tracey Lamb was promoted from assistant princip


OCSO: Loaded handgun found inside student's backpack

NICEVILLE, Fla. (WEAR) — A 14-year-old Ruckel Middle School student is in custody after deputies reportedly found a loaded firearm in his backpack on Tuesday. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were initially investigating a possible theft involving the student that was apprehend


Governor orders execution of Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the death warrant for convicted serial killer Robert Joseph Long. Known more commonly as Bobby Joe, Long admitted to authorities he had killed 10 women in Hillsborough and Pasco counties.


Airport Road project back at square one

Due to concerns from the Florida Department of Transportation, the city of Destin is starting a second search for an engineering firm to complete the Airport Road project. After watching four different firms present their project proposals in February, the Destin City Council awarded the contract fo


14-year-old charged with carrying a firearm on school property

NICEVILLE, Fla.- Okaloosa County deputies have charged a 14-year old Ruckel Middle School student with carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm on school property.


End could be near for Visit Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s tourism-marketing agency is closer to having its doors closed this fall as a Senate budget proposal Tuesday matched the House’s stance to eliminate Visit Florida.


Corrections officer arrested on multiple charges

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to a release from the Office of the State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida, a former Florida Department of Corrections officer has been arrested on multiple charges.


Florida deputy fired, charged with battery for kicking inmate

A Pinellas sheriff's deputy has been fired and is now facing charges after forcing a jail inmate to do push-ups, then kicking the man in the stomach because he'd thrown a cookie from the trash to a nearby bird. WFLA's Jamel Lanee reports.


Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Buyers Arrested by Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Dealers

Well, this is a new one. A gigantic drug raid mistake led to police officers arresting…well, each other. Turns out undercover cops in Detroit posed as drug dealers to help catch a pair of sellers. However, thanks to a “tiny” mess up, another undercover police group thought they were real drug dealer


Missing Florida woman considered endangered

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 33-year-old woman who is considered missing and endangered. Leslie Graham last contacted her husband around 7:22 p.m. Tuesday evening, according to deputies.


The Florida House passes texting while driving bill

(WCJB)-- Florida is a step closer to strengthening it's texting while driving laws a bill that passed the House Tuesday, would make texting while driving a primary offense. That means an officer could pull you over if they see you texting and the Senate bill would make using a wireless communication


E. coli outbreak from tainted ground beef expands to Florida, other states

At least 156 people in 10 states have been infected with E. coli after eating tainted ground beef at home and in restaurants, federal officials said. Of the people infected so far, 20 of them have been hospitalized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday . There have been no fat


Florida sheriff Scott Israel, blamed in Parkland shooting aftermath, is dealt blow by state’s Supreme Court

Florida’s Supreme Court dealt a blow Tuesday to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, ruling Gov. Ron DeSantis had the legal authority to remove the embattled lawman from office amid widespread criticism Israel failed to prevent the Parkland high school shooting.


UPDATE: Okaloosa County deputies recover body believed to be missing snorkeler

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE: April 22, 2019 (12:30 p.m.) The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit and Dive Team say they recovered a body shortly before 10 a.m., Monday morning during a search for a snorkeler who went missing in Destin's East Pass Sunday evening.


Family cat died during fumigation in Florida home: report

A St. Petersburg woman’s cat is dead after a pest control company tented and fumigated her house earlier than she expected, according to WFLA, a NBC affiliate serving Tampa. Caroline Stadler and her cat Dahlia recently moved into her new home and soon discovered termites. Stadler called Terminix and


Multiple car crash on Three Mile Bridge

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. ( WEAR-TV) — Multiple cars have collided on the Three Mile Bridge in Santa Rosa County. The accident took place on Wednesday morning near the fishing pier.


Riding Trump wave, Florida Republicans poised to adopt sanctuary city ban

Florida Republicans once worried that hardline immigration policies would alienate Hispanic voters and cost the party the nation’s biggest swing state. Then came Donald Trump, who carried Florida in 2016. Two years later, Gov. Ron DeSantis won election running as a Trump clone.


Florida's Andrew Gillum faces hearing over allegations of improperly accepting gifts from lobbyists

Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum faces an administrative hearing Wednesday over allegations he improperly accepted gifts from lobbyists. The state Ethics Commission says it found probable cause in January to believe that Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor, accepted gifts in vio