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UPDATE: Foul play not suspected in Sneads death investigation

SNEADS, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE: September 26, 2017 (2pm) Officials with the Sneads Police Department say the medical examiner has officially ruled out any foul play in the death of 37-year-old Charles Adam Cheaney. Cheaney was found dead Sunday around 6:30pm inside a home on Dalemberte Street. R

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 21:10:00

Man in custody after threatening self-harm and refusing to climb out of tree

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A man who was threatening self-harm is safe and in custody after a situation unfolded on the west end of Panama City Beach. Bay County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area around the Dunkin' Donuts on Highway 98 near Carillon Beach after getting a call abou

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 19:42:00

All the Way with Rita Kay Yard Sale

Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 17:32:09

Boy with autism finds perfect match in rescue dog

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Rescue dogs can be big help, especially with kids struggling with autism, but actually getting a rescue dog is harder than you may think. The mother of a 5th grader with autism has been working for years to find her son a rescue dog to help with his moderate case of autism

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 15:22:00

Missing kayakers rescued from Blackwater River

HOLT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Four kayakers are safe after going missing at Black Water River in Okaloosa County around noon on Monday. Walton County Sheriff's Officials tell us the two men and two women were found safe Tuesday morning, but they were "beaten up" from being out in the elements. The Walto

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 14:57:00

Electrical fire at beach resort causes locals and visitors to evacuate

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to Panama City Beach Fire Rescue, an electrical room on the 4th floor of tower two of the Majestic Beach Resort on Front Beach Road caught fire Monday afternoon. They say they saw smoke and flames at around 2:30, but the fire was quickly contained. F

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 01:20:00

Police seek tips in Panama City cold cases

Authorities said they have "persons of interest" in at least one case, but they need the public's help. COLLIN BREAUX News Herald Reporter @PCNHCollinB PANAMA CITY - Lewell Butler was found dead in his Panama City home seven years ago from an apparent homicide, but investigators have not forgotten

NEWS HERALD - 2017-09-25 23:45:40

Okaloosa School District officials speak out regarding child abuse allegations

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As an investigation into child abuse allegations involving the Okaloosa County School District continues, district officials are now speaking out and say they're looking to make changes. Monday, before a regularly scheduled school board meeting, Superintendent Mar

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 05:43:00

Machete wielding man leads deputies on a high speed chase

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A machete wielding man allegedly threatened another man and then led deputies on a high-speed car chase across parts of Bay County. Monday, Bay County deputies received a call about a theft at Scampy's Seafood and Steaks restaurant in Panama City Beach. They say a f

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 05:34:00

Leader of "Ninja Turtles Live Action Show" speaks after local concern

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were supposedly making their way from the big screen to the small stage in Panama City, but right now, there seems to be a big problem. The venue, the Martin Theater, says the contract was never submitted by the company, Jam Entertain

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 05:07:00

Family member sues over nursing home deaths

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Records released by the governor's office show more than 150 calls were made to Rick Scott's personal cell phone while Irma approached on Saturday the 9th through Tuesday. Included were four calls from Natasha Anderson, the CEO at the nursing home where 11 people eve

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 01:30:00

Information about the Equifax data breach

Our crime and safety consultant Paul Vecker stoppped by the NewsChannel 7 Studio to discuss the Equifax data breach, which is believed to have affected millions of Americans. For more information, watch Paris' interview.

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 01:20:00

Bay District Schools recognizes Attendance Awareness Month

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the nationwide initiative "Attendance Works," chronic absenteeism as early as kindergarten can predict lower test scores and lack of retention later in a student's career. "We realized that we needed to put in more effort," Amanda Roberts, Instructional

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 01:11:00

'Liquor by the drink" to be decided by mail-in ballot in Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Beer and wine are the only adult beverage items available at restaurants in Jackson County, but one group is looking to change that. A group called Jackson Forward recently asked Jackson County commissioners to approve a mail-in ballot that would allow the public t

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 01:06:00

Man allegedly threatens delivery truck driver with machete, leads police on chase

BAY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE (Press Release) - The Bay County Sheriff's Office was called to a business on Panama City Beach this [Monday] morning at about 11 a.m. in reference to a report of a man with a machete stealing items. Deputies responded to the business. The victim, the driver of a delivery

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 00:39:00

Unemployment rate down as new shops and restaurants come to Bay County

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The already declining unemployment rate in Bay County is getting an extra push down with the arrival of new shops and restaurants. "We literally have hundreds of jobs available each week," CareerSource Gulf Coast Director of Workforce Services Lee Ellzey said. At this

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-26 00:35:00

Fifth grader gives up recess to start lunch recycling program

WOODWAY, Texas (KWTX) -- A fifth grader is taking advantage of a new law in his area that allows schools to recycle unopened food. Ronnie Dibold always enjoys a tasty meal with his classmates, but his real work begins after he clears his tray. A few weeks ago he began collecting unopened drinks th

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-25 23:53:00

Deputy praised for effort to save two dogs

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- Community reactions poured in on the Ingham County, Michigan Sheriff's office Facebook page after a dog owner left a heartwarming voicemail following the rescue of his two dogs. "Hello Mr. Kuch. You rescued my two dogs this morning... and I just want to thank you so much fo

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-25 20:53:00

Make-A-Wish grants teen with dream to be a rock star

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Make-A-Wish Ohio Kentucky & Indiana presented Jacob Dockery with his dream to be a guitar star. "As parents you want your children to have a normal childhood, and unfortunately, his hasn't been," said Jacob's mother, Donna Dockery. Seventeen year-old Jacob Dockery looks

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-25 20:32:00

Testing the future of energy with a smart neighborhood

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It may look like your average home lining the streets of a typical suburban neighborhood, but on the other side of the walls is a lab for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, testing the future of energy efficiency. No one is living in the home, but ORNL scientists rigged the ho

WJHG-TV - 2017-09-25 20:24:00