Out of state contractors caught dumping debris illegally in Bay County

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – Two people were caught disposing of hurricane debris illegally in Bay County, and are now facing charges. Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested the out of state contractors, hired to remove building and demolition debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, after both were spotted separately dumping debris in Bay County. Officials say illegal dumping is a third degree felony.
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Elerly PC man accused in fatal 2017 Labor Day hit and run will soon learn his fate

PANAMA CITY — A 77 year old PC man accused in a fatal 2017 Labor Day hit and run will soon learn his fate. A Jan., 22 plea hearing is scheduled for Barry Arch M. Gardner, in connection to the crash he allegedly caused in Panama City Beach when he failed to yield for oncoming traffic near the intersection of Back Beach and Gulf View Drive. Gardner is expected to plead no contest to the charges, after turning himself in, court records stated.
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One car crash in Bay County sends four to hospital

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – Four people were seriously injured, including two children, in a one car crash in Bay County Thursday night. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Shannon Martin, 32, lost control of the vehicle on County Road 388, near Burnt Mill Creek Road, side-swiping a utility pole, before slamming into two large trees. Martin, two children, ages 6 and 10, and a 27 year old passenger were taken to area hospitals. Charges are pending an investigation.
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Alabama man pleads no contest in fatal PC drug robbery

PANAMA CITY – An Alabama man has pleaded no contest in a fatal drug robbery in PC. Cordarious Merell Wright, 25, was one of four Alabama men arrested in connection with the Aug. 20, 2017, shooting death of a 16-year-old Arnold High School student during an armed marijuana robbery at the CVS on U.S. 98, according to court records. Wright was not involved in the fatal shooting, but is accused of lying to police during the investigation, court documents state.
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Bay County leaders work to give kids impacted by Hurricane Michael merry Christmas

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Bay County leaders are making sure kids impacted by Hurricane Michael have a merry Christmas. The annual Stuff the Bus in Bay County has been extended to 12 days this year, with a goal of collecting 12,000 toys. Toys can be dropped off at the bus across from the Walmart on 23rd Street. And, with Bay District School’s “Salvage Christmas” Operation parents can receive free toys to put under the Christmas tree for their kids. New toys can be donated at the Bay District School’s warehouse or the district’s amazon wishlist.
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Empty desks at Bay County offices may soon be filled

PANAMA CITY Fla. – Empty desks at Bay County offices may soon be filled. The Bay County Senior Human Resources Coordinator says they have lost employees due to Hurricane Michael, but after dozens showed up to its first job fair this week (Dec. 5), the County is hoping to fill about 30 vacancies as early as next week.
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Hurricane recovery at Tyndall air force base on track

Officials are working to get Tyndall air force base up and running again after Hurricane Michael. Airmen are preparing to return to Tyndall next week, and officials say a good part of the base is still usable, with only about 20 percent that will possibly need to demolishing. A majority of airmen are scheduled to return to Tyndall Air Force Base on Dec. 10 to “work at full capacity,” according to a press release.
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PC Mall says goodbye

PANAMA CITY – The Panama City Mall may not be able to afford to reopen. Mall management announced it will stay “closed for the foreseeable future,” citing the costs to rebuild after Hurricane Michael far exceeds the repaired value of the mall, which opened 42 years ago. A timeline for “building demolition is not yet determined,” according to a press release. A handful of businesses will stay open, the release stated.
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Open hearts helping lift spirits this holiday season

PANAMA CITY – As Bay County continues hurricane recovery efforts, donations are helping lift spirits this holiday season. Throughout the county and beyond, people are rallying to make sure there will be presents under the tree this year, with good samaritans sending gifts by the truckload. On Tuesday, hundreds of toys were given to the annual Salvage Santa program, ensuring area kids will have a merry Christmas.
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Layoffs at Bay Medical could affect the local economy

PANAMA CITY – Layoffs at Bay Medical could affect the local economy. Sacred Heart’s plans to lay off hundreds of workers could hurt other industries, from real estate and retail, to food service, economic experts said Wednesday. The statement comes a day after Ardent announced nearly 800 of its workers could be let go because of the severe damage the hospital sustained from the hurricane.
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