Archives for December 2017

Glenwood neighborhood residents homeless for the holidays

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Some former tenants of a Panama City community are still without a place to call home for the holidays after their landlord evicted them. In April tenants living in the Glenwood neighborhood were told they had to move out because the city planned to buy the land to build single-family homes.
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Social media led Panama City police to suspected human trafficking operation

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Social media led Panama City police to a man involved in a suspected human trafficking operation. Arrest reports from the Panama City Police Department say Chad Seymore, 41, connected with undercover officers, Tuesday, on a text app on his cell phone regarding a $240 date at the La Quinta Inn on 23rd Street. When officers arrived, Seymore was promptly arrested. The report also says Seymore forced an individual into prostitution.
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Counterfeit money landed Panama City couple in jail

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Paying their hotel bill with counterfeit money landed a Panama City couple in jail. The pair are facing charges after police say they passed a fake $100 bill at the Red Roof Inn on Highway 231 in Panama City, Wednesday, according to arrest reports. After searching the room, reports say they found 41 fake bills along with equipment and templates to make the illegal currency.
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Panama City man indicted in ex-lovers murder

PANAMA CITY – A 26 year old man accused in the murder of his ex-lover has been indicted by a grand jury. According to court records, Billy Herman Shaffer III, who was arrested last month in connection with the shooting death of 48-year-old Matthew Kelley at his Buena Vista Blvd. trailer, now faces charges of first-degree murder and burglary. He remains at the Bay County Jail. His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 2, court records show.
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Ringing in the new year with a glass of champagne is a longstanding traditon

Every holiday has its own set of customs, traditions and drinking habits, and ringing in the new year with a glass of champagne is a longstanding one. In fact, drinking champagne to ring in the new year technically dates back to the 16th century, and was considered a holy drink for elite society. It was eventually marketed as a drink of aspiration, which people now use for celebratory events such as christenings and new year celebrations. Cheers!
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Flu season is making its debut in the area

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Flu season is making its debut in the area. Health officials at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, said they have seen more than 20 positive flu cases this week, and they’re bracing for a record number of cases in February. The CDC recommended getting the flu shot as a preventive measure, before the season picks up.
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No one injured in fiery Bay County crash

PANAMA CITY – No one was injured in a fiery crash that snarled traffic for more than a hour Wednesday just afternoon on one of Bay County’s busiest roads. According to reports, a car burst into flames after crashing with a semi-trailer truck on U.S. 231 north of Transmitter Road. FHP is investigating.
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Pot package delivered to FedEx

LYNN HAVEN – Four Bay County men appeared in court Wednesday on drug smuggling charges. Employees at FedEx on Mosley dr., smelled a suspicous odor coming from a package and contacted the Bay County Sheriff’s Office moments before the group called wanting to pick it up in person, according to reports. Officers found nearly 5 lbs of marijuana. When the men arrived to pick up the delivery, police greeted them with handcuffs. Three of the suspects are scheduled to be back in court Feb. 13, with one court date scheduled for Jan. 29.
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irst respondersChristmas was just another day at the office for

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Christmas was just another day at the office for first responders. The Bay Medical Sacred Heart ER in Panama City had 103 people admitted Christmas Day, and at Bay Medical’s Beach ER hospital officials said they were very busy for the holiday. Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center also had a busy ER Christmas Day, where a lot of people were admitted with the flu.
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Legal smoking age could be raised to 21

(CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) – Florida lawmakers hope raising the legal smoking age to 21 will prevent teens from picking up the habit.
A new proposal in the state legislature would raise the age to 21. If the legislation passes, Florida would become the sixth state to raise the legal age for tobacco to 21. In Florida, a person can legally purchase and consume tobacco products at 18.
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