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Niceville, Valparaiso could share fire chief

NICEVILLE — Consolidation of the Niceville and Valparaiso fire departments could mean one fire chief actively overseeing both agencies. "When you first listen to it, it's a shocker because we've been used to something for so long," Niceville Fire Chief Tommy Mayville said.


Shots fired during Florida mayor's arrest

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities say shots were fired when they arrested a Florida mayor on a charge of practicing medicine without a license. The Tampa Bay Times, citing news releases, reports that no one was injured during the Thursday morning arrest of Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad.


Florida Man Charged With Murder In Wisconsin Cold Case

WAUKESHA COUNTY, WI -- A 78-year-old Florida man has been arrested and charged in Wisconsin after authorities say he may be the person responsible for his wife's death in 1979.


Senator requesting Florida governor to deploy National Guard, state troopers to Jacksonville to combat violent crime wave

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — State Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) has officially requested the assistance of the Florida National Guard to combat crime in Jacksonville by way of a letter to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.


Okaloosa County beaches preparing for influx of visitors

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — Hurricane Michael took a toll on Panama City Beach and now local commissioners are making sure their beaches are prepared for the influx of visitors this tourist season.


Huge snake mauled by alligator in Florida, shocking video shows

A giant python in the Florida Everglades met its demise earlier this week when an alligator decided to make the serpent its next meal. Rich Kruger was near the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Miami-Dade on Monday when he came across the shocking sight.


Niceville's season ends in Tally

TALLAHASSEE —Niceville had visions of returning to the Final Four. But Lincoln, riding 38 points from Erin Turral and a hot shooting effort from the charity stripe on its home court Tuesday, was just slightly better in a 72-68 win over the Eagles.


FWB Police investigating deadly crash on Highway 98

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — Fort Walton Beach Police are investigating a deadly crash on Highway 98. It happened just before 5:00 a.m. on Thursday near city hall. Police say it was a single-car crash.


Two endangered Florida panthers found dead just days apart, wildlife officials say

Two Florida panthers were found dead days apart from each other, state wildlife officials said. Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said Tuesday that a 2-year-old male was found dead off of Golden Gate Boulevard in Collier County. It was struck and killed by a


BODY CAM FOOTAGE: Woman rescued from burning home in Okaloosa County

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — Several Okaloosa County first responders are being credited withsaving a woman’s life on Valentine's Day. They had to break into a burning home to save the 67-year-old woman, who was trapped inside.


One man dead after single-vehicle crash in Fort Walton Beach

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - One man is dead after a crash in Fort Walton Beach early Thursday morning. Police say Marc Jordan, 52, was driving down Miracle Strip Parkway at about 4:45 a.m. in front of City Hall when it happened. They say they found the vehicle on its side and Jordan had be


Fort Walton Beach Man Killed in Wreck

Fort Walton Beach, Fla. - A Fort Walton Beach man was killed in a wreck Thursday morning. At about 4:45 a.m., Fort Walton Beach Police Officers responded to a single-vehicle crash on Miracle Strip Parkway in front of city hall between St. Mary Ave. and Cedar Ave.


Valparaiso shooting range is gunning for business (PHOTOS)

VALPARAISO — Emerald Coast Indoor Shooting and Sport hasn’t even officially opened yet, but business is already booming. The indoor shooting range on Valparaiso Parkway quietly opened its doors about three weeks ago, and its growing popularity was evident on Monday's holiday. A steady flow of custom


A Florida mobile home park is under fire for apparently charging residents different rental application fees based on what country they're from

A mobile home park in Florida is facing scrutiny for charging different rental application fees based on what country the potential residents come from. A list of application fees for Lakeside Park Estates in Pembroke Park, Florida, obtained by Local10.com revealed that prices go up for applicants w


Man guilty of traveling to Destin for sex with 12-year-old

PENSACOLA — A Traverse City, Michigan, man will serve at least 25 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to traveling to Destin to have sex with a 12-year-old girl.


Florida is the second most sinful state, new study says

Florida is already known for its, let's be real, excessive heat. This time, Florida is in the hot seat, but for a different reason. The sunshine state was ranked as the second most sinful state in the United States in a new study by Wallethub.


“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


UPDATE: Walton County man gets prison time after pulling gun on neighbors

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE: February 21, 2019 (12 p.m.) State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Thursday that Willie Clyde Bryant, Jr. was sentenced February 19th to 20 years in prison for two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Methamph


Alleged drug dealer charged in overdose death

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — A Fort Walton Beach man who allegedly sold drugs to a woman who overdosed is now charged in her death. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) arrested 38-year-old Thomas Baldwin III on charges of sale of a controlled substance and manslaughter.


Firefighter injured in Crestview blaze

CRESTVIEW — One firefighter was injured Wednesday while fighting a house fire at the 300 block of McCallum Avenue. The Crestview Fire Department responded to the call at approximately 3:52 p.m., according to a social media post. When crews arrived, the duplex had significant smoke coming from the fr