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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.


Cajun Festival underway at Schooners

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - Cajun music, Cajun food & Cajun fun. A guest joined us in the studio to tell you how you can get all this in one event. Schooners Cajun Festival started April 22 and will go through April 28. There will be live entertainment all day Saturday and Sunday as well as a c


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


Bicyclist in critical condition after crash in Bay County

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A bicyclist is in critical condition after a crash in Bay County Tuesday at around 11:30 p.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a pick-up truck driven by Michael McIntyre, 26, was traveling west on County Road 392 in the right lane when the bicyclist entered the


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.


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.


Coast Guard ends search for man missing near Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WCTV) – The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for a man who went missing in the water near Panama City Beach. “The Coast Guard searched diligently with our partner agencies to locate the missing man,” said Cmdr. Matthew Derrenbacher, a search and rescue mission coordin


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


Florida deputy charged with kicking inmate in the side over a cookie

A deputy who worked at a Florida jail was arrested after he made an inmate drop to the ground and do pushups as punishment for throwing a cookie and then kicked the prisoner in the side when he couldn't finish, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.


BLOTTER: Witness is honest, but says it's 'not in me' to cooperate

FOUNTAIN — A deputy "observing traffic" spots a car with a tag that indicates it was reported stolen out of Panama City Beach. The deputy gets behind the vehicle and attempts a traffic stop, activating his emergency lights and siren. It didn't work.


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.


Here's what's in Florida's controversial school safety bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Willing, trained teachers and staff are one step closer to being able to carry a gun on school grounds to protect students. The Florida Senate passed a school safety bill on Tuesday that enhances a law put forth by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSDHS) Public Safety Commission aft


BLOTTER: 1 is the loneliest number when you pick up the bar tab

PANAMA CITY BEACH — A deputy dispatched to a disturbance at a bar arrives to spot a man "inside of the building yank the front door out of the hands of the female bartender."


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


What Hurricane Michael's new Category 5 status means for those affected

A new threshold has been established for Florida residents who were in the path of Hurricane Michael's destruction. "The conversation now is, ‘Did you guys do OK in the storm?'" Valerie Sale, who lives in Bay County, perhaps the hardest hit area, told AccuWeather. "And my response is, ‘Well, we had


Family faces homelessness in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath

BAY COUNTY, FL (WJHG/WECP/Gray News) – Six months after Hurricane Michael tore into the Florida panhandle, uncertainty is a fact of life for many who still call it home. But for Martha Bartlett and her family, there’s nowhere to call home.


Salvage Santa's home demolished more than six months after sustaining severe damage from Hurricane Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Salvage Santa's home isn't in the North Pole, but instead right here in Bay County, and Hurricane Michael destroyed it along with many other homes in the area.


One more debris pass coming to Lynn Haven in May

LYNN HAVEN — More than six months after Hurricane Michael wrecked Lynn Haven, there will be one more debris pass. The pass will start May 1 and go through May 31. The Lynn Haven Commission approved the pass by a 4-0 vote during Tuesday’s meeting. Commissioner Judy Tinder was not at the meeting becau


Lynn Haven mayor, city attorney decline to comment on FBI subpoenas due to ongoing investigation

LYNN HAVEN - During and after a Lynn Haven Commission meeting Tuesday, Mayor Margo Anderson and City Attorney Adam Albritton declined to comment on FBI subpoenas recently served to the City of Lynn Haven related to former City Manager Michael White and two Bay County businesses, citing an “ongoing i


Housing forum talks rising prices, labor shortages after hurricane

PANAMA CITY — Inventory and construction labor shortages are why housing costs have spiked in Bay County since Hurricane Michael, a panel of experts said Tuesday. Area housing remains at a premium more than six months after the storm’s destruction as heavy demand is raising prices for homes and rent