Bay County police got quite a surprise when they did a welfare

FOUNTAIN – Bay County police got quite a surprise when they did a welfare check at a home on Timercrest Rd. Deputies were responding to a report of child neglect and say they found the tenants had illegally routed electrical lines directly to their trailer to get free power. A 32 year old man appeared in court Thursday on several charges.
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Panama City man with shotgun didn’t intend to use it

PANAMA CITY – Reports of a man with a shotgun at a 23rd Street business Thursday afternoon turned out to be innocent. Police say the man did have a shotgun but told officers he brought it to his friend – an “experienced hunter” and employee at the Pain Clinic on Harrison Ave., to see if they could repair the gun.
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A man was found dead inside a room at Coconut Grove Motor Inn

Panama City Beach, Fla. – A man was found dead inside a room at Coconut Grove Motor Inn Thursday afternoon. Bay County Sheriff’s deputies said it appears the badly decomposed body had been in the motel room for several days, as reported by our content sponsors at the News Herald. The investigation is ongoing.
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8th annual Bay County Hayride

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – The 8th annual Bay County Hayride at Harder’s Park is running this weekend. Organizers say new scary features and technology has been added, making this years event better than ever!
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Bay County bewared of work from home con

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies are warning people about a work from home con. Police are urging anyone receiving “Mystery Shopper” emails to be aware, it is an identity theft scam.
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Selfie suspect arrested

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Incriminating selfies and emojis led to the arrest of a 48-year-old Panama City Beach man. According to a sheriff’s report, investigators reviewed text messages this week between the man and a 14 year old girl that he worked with cleaning houses in the South Walton beach community, and said they were sexually inappropriate. He has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a child, according to an arrest report.
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Springfield Police department will have to find a new Chief

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Police department will have to find a new Chief. Philip Thorne has abruptly resigned amid an investigation into claims he created a hostile work environment within the police department, city officials said Wednesday.
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Air National Guard colonel busted in undercover child sex sting

PANAMA CITY – An Air National Guard colonel, stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, is facing charges of soliciting sex from a 14-year-old-boy, who actually was an undercover Panama City Beach Police Department officer. A federal jury found Michael Shawn Garrett, 44, guilty, Tuesday, in connection to the incident. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 11.
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Military police officer injured in DUI blockade

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE – A military police officer was injured after she tried to stop a suspected drunk driver from entering the main gate at Tyndall Air Force Base on Monday, according to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. The 29 year old man appeared in court Wednesday on several charges in connection with the incident, the News Herald reported.
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Tourism continues to grow in Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Tourism continues to grow in Panama City Beach. Officials say tourism is currently up 13.5 percent over last year, marking the twelfth consecutive month of strong growth in Panama City Beach.
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