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PCPD: Woman sought for passing counterfeit bills

The Panama City Police Department needs the public's help finding a woman suspected of passing counterfeit $100 bills. The female last was seen visiting Family Dollar stores at 297 and 1907 W. 15th St. about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Seen in video surveillance footage, the woman is white with brown hair an

NEWS HERALD - 2018-03-21 16:23:01

BCSO: Panama City Beach Man Accused of Molesting Two Children

Panama City Beach, Fla. - A Panama City Beach man was arrested Tuesday after a victim came forward to report sexual abuse. The victim told a school counselor that about one year ago Bennett had touched her while he was babysitting, Bay County Sheriff's deputies wrote in a news release. The victim al

MYPANHANDLE.COM - 2018-03-21 16:28:00

Large mako shark caught in waters near Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A man caught a huge mako shark last week (not pictured in article). The shark was caught in Panama City. A research biologist tells us catching the shark this time of year is not unusual because of the water temperature. However, larger sharks are usually found farthe

WJHG-TV - 2018-03-21 05:41:00

Police make arrests in connection with copper wire thefts

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Three men are facing charges in connection with a series of large-scale thefts of copper wire from a vacant industrial manufacturing facility. According to Lynn Haven police, Sunday afternoon a patrol officer found a silver Ford truck in the woods of the 1000 block of


Two Arrested in Child Abuse Case

Panama City, Fla. - The Bay County Sheriff's Office arrested a local couple after three children were brought to law enforcement by a babysitter who noticed extensive bruising on two of the children, deputies wrote in a news release. The babysitter reported that Melody Kelley brought an infant and a

MYPANHANDLE.COM - 2018-03-20 15:33:09

4 teens netted in string of vehicle burglaries

BAYOU GEORGE - A string of vehicle burglaries in the Sweetwater area of Bay County has been resolved with the arrests of four juveniles, according to official reports. The Bay County Sheriff's Office reported James Austin Harris, 16; Keaden Phillips, 16; Caleb Dutton, 16; and David Finch, 15, all of

NEWS HERALD - 2018-03-21 17:26:15

UPDATE: Health officials: Free clinic likely moving locations

Shortly after the rescue mission clinic closure was announced, three officials said the clinic is hoping to reopen at the A.D. Harris building in April. PANAMA CITY - The free health clinic that opened in January at the Panama City Rescue Mission likely will move to A.D. Harris Learning Village. Hea

NEWS HERALD - 2018-03-21 19:21:21

NW Florida man escapes death after ejection in rollover crash

Man fell asleep at wheel which initiated vehicle to rollover multiple times after leaving the roadway. A Northwest Florida man escaped death, but is hospitalized in serious condition after being ejected during a rollover crash late Monday night. According to a Florida Highway Patrol press release, A

NW FLORIDA DAILY NEWS - 2018-03-20 13:42:03

BCSO: Felon's high-speed chase nets litany of charges

The vehicle Michael Sporko was driving had earlier that day been involved in a high-speed pursuit in Springfield. CALLAWAY - A citizen reporting suspicious activity Thursday led police to the suspect in a high-speed chase earlier that day in Springfield. A caller on March 15 told the Bay County Sher


BCSO: Child found sleeping near drugs, two people arrested

FOUNTAIN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay County Sheriff's Deputies arrested two Fountain residents Thursday on multiple drug changes and child abuse after they say an infant was found sleeping near meth and marijuana. Investigators say they served a search warrant on the home in Fountain and arrested Paul


Habitat for Humanity Opens ReStore

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - When you hear the words Habitat for Humanity you think of helping people with new homes. But it takes money to build those houses. Now the organization is raising the roof with a brand new showroom. Habitat for Humanity has a goal for our community, to eliminate poverty housing


PCB Stetson student arrested after rifle found in car on campus

The rifle was kept inside a "soft shell rifle case" in the hatchback area of the car being driven by Preston Barrow, 20, police said. A Stetson University student from Panama City Beach was arrested Wednesday after telling a security officer in a campus parking lot that he had a firearm in his car a


Panama City Woman Arrested for Human Trafficking

Panama City, Fla. - A Panama City woman has been arrested for allegedly trafficking other women into prostitution. According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, 27 year old Victoria Taunton intentionally recruited another person to work in prostitution. Taunton threatened financial harm to that pers


Panama City Beach mayor on 2018 spring break season

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Spring break is in full swing in our area and that comes with some rule changes like no drinking on the sandy beaches. We talked with Panama City Beach Mayor Mike Thomas to see how that's affecting our community. "Well it's been a lot quieter this year but ther


Mother, infant son die in fire

LYNN HAVEN - Long after the flames had been extinguished from a house fire that claimed the lives of a mother and infant son, neighbors still were in shock Thursday at what transpired the night before. Flames already had engulfed a portion of the 1420 Carolina Ave. home about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday as


PCB councilman files libel suit against candidate

PANAMA CITY - In a lawsuit filed against a candidate for the Panama City Beach City Council, a sitting councilman claims that he has continued to endure defamation about his previous law enforcement career despite providing what he considered proof of his service, according to court records. Beach C


Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


One person dies in Lynn Haven house fire

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - One person is dead after a house caught fire in Lynn Haven late Wednesday night. According to the Lynn Haven Fire Department, the fire happened near Carolina Avenue and 15th Street around 10:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived to the scene, the house was in flames. Thre


Woman pleads guilty in home invasion shooting

PANAMA CITY - One of four Bay County locals arrested in connection with the shooting of a man in the leg and ear during an early morning kidnapping attempt has thrown herself on the mercy of the court. Rachel Lynne Hinson, 26, entered a plea Monday directly with the court in the case. She and her co


BCSO captures man charged with trying to kill 3

Dedrick Howard, 27, had been wanted in connection with a shooting in Alexandria, Louisiana, that took place in 2016. He last had been seen in July 2017. ZACK McDONALD News Herald Reporter @PCNHzack LYNN HAVEN - Bay County Sheriff's Office deputies who tracked down and arrested a man in Lynn Haven w