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BCSO: Two Men Arrested with $100,000 in Crystal Meth

Panama City Beach, Fla. - The Bay County Sheriff's Office has arrested two people who allegedly had four and a half pounds of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of more than $100,000 and about $7000 in cash.


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


Panama City Beach leaders plan to add new sewage system

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The growth in Panama City Beach is having a huge impact on the city's utilities so leaders are making way for a new sewer system. Panama City Beach city council members have voted to buy more than 40 acres of land off Panama City Beach Parkway. City Manager Mari


Arnold High School previews its newest production

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - If you're looking for some family fun, Jordan McCool was live with some students as they get ready to put on a show. Arnold High School Theater will perform Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical. The show features students from Arnold, Bay, Surfside, and Breakfast P


Brothers arrested on armed burglary charges

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Two brothers are facing charges after police say they tried to rob a home on Lullwater Drive in Panama City Beach. Police said Thursday around 1 a.m. they arrived at the home to find Charles Alford, 30, and brother Hunter Alford, 22, were detained. Investigators


Bay County approves $100 million bond for Hurricane Michael recovery

PANAMA CITY — Bay County leaders approved a $100 million bond issue on Wednesday to pay for Hurricane Michael recovery work. The money will cover mainly debris removal, infrastructure and stormwater system repair. The decision comes after the county took out a similar $50 million bond for hurricane


Panama City Beach man accused of sexually assaulting a minor

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Panama City Beach man is facing charges after deputies say he sexually assaulted a minor. The victim told investigators with the Bay County Sheriff's Office the assault happened at the home of Edward Reese, 29, Tuesday morning. The victim said she and her boyf


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.


9 Panama City Beach Spring Break laws to know for March 2019

It’s that time of year again - Spring Break is just around the corner, with students of all ages descending onto the white sand beaches. But Spring Break also means increased law enforcement presence and a slew of rules in place just for the month of March. As always, the following ordinances will b


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.


Club La Vela Will Remain Closed During Spring Break

Panama City Beach, Fla. - The party is over. "Club La Vela, the largest nightclub in the USA and top Florida Spring Break destination since 1984 regrets to announce that it will remain closed during the 2019 Spring Break season," officials wrote on their Facebook page. "Hurricane Michael which devas


One Person Dies, Another Injured in Callaway Mobile Home Fire

CALLAWAY, Fla. - One person is dead and another injured after a mobile homes catches fire in Callaway. It happened shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Callaway Heights area on Greenwood Way and Chestnut Way.


Florida woman found dead in suspected murder-suicide, police say

A Florida woman and a man were found dead in a Boca Raton home on Monday in an incident police are investigating as a murder-suicide. Laura Randall, 53, and Gregory Schatz, 45, both of Boca Raton, were found dead at the home around 4 p.m., the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office confirmed to Fox News on Wed


Spring break laws taking effect March 1st

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City Beach continues on its path of changing the once wild spring break atmosphere that took over the town every March. "Starting in the spring, we've engaged some rules that help protect having a calmer spring break," said Panama City Beach City Manager


Panama City's new Private Property Debris Removal Program

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Many in Panama City have cleared debris from Hurricane Michael for months now and they still have more to go. Panama City and FEMA will launch a private property debris removal program to help out. City Manager Mark McQueen said all properties will require inspection


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.


“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


Bay County Commissioners throw support behind tax relief bill

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - At Wednesday's Bay County Commission meeting, commissioners agreed to sign a resolution endorsing a bill co-sponsored by Congressman Neal Dunn. The bill was created by Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina and introduced to Congress on February 11. It would allow hur