Archives for January 2018

Bay County Job FFair

If you’re looking for a new career, or just looking for a job in general, CareerSource Gulf Coast says look no further than Bay County. As of last December, the unemployment rate in Bay County is at 3.9 percent. And, there are more than 2,000 jobs posted and many of them are full-time. To find out more hit the 31st annual Bay County Job Fair at Haney Tech in Lynn Haven this Friday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m at . More than 50 employers are expected to be there.

Man popped For Trying To Steal Airplanes

A Panama City Beach man is facing charges for trying to steal a couple airplanes. Drew Bronnenberg was arrested this weekend for breaking into two hangars in a Tampa airport. Hillsborough County deputies say he tried to steal a Piper PA-12 and an Icon A5 but failed and eventually crashed a fuel truck into a building. He’s facing several charges of grand theft and burglary.

Train Derails in Quincy

There are no reports of injuries or environmental impacts following a train derailment and acid spill in the Panhandle. It happened Tuesday morning in Quincy. Eight CSX Transportation cars derailed and two of them leaked a white powdery substance used to make plastic and foam. A CSX spokesman says the acid does not present a safety risk.

Dad Wants Super Removed

The family of a boy at the center of a child abuse investigation is benefiting from what they call a huge support group. A fourth Okaloosa County educator was arrested this week for abusing special needs student Noah Perillo. Noah’s dad says his son is doing much better, and he says Noah’s pediatrician is amazed by the improvement. Eddie Perillo also tells Channel 3 News he’d like to see the school district superintendent resign or be removed.

Pilot seriously injured in plane crash identified as Panama City Beach man

The pilot seriously injured in a plane crash Thursday afternoon has been identified as a Panama City Beach man. According to reports from the News Herald, authorities said, Roch A. D Aoust, 65, was attempting to take off from Marathon Airport in the Florida Keys when strong winds reportedly blew the single engine plane into a tree line. Two passengers were also seriously injuried. Another passenger suffered minor injuries. The FAA is investigating the crash.

Questions surrounding future of City Manager answered at special meeting

Panama City, Fla. – Questions surrounding the possible resignation and or termination of City Manager Jeff Brown were answered, Thursday. The Panama City Commission unanimously voted to fire Brown at a special called meeting Thursday afternoon, citing Brown was looking for other jobs and he needed to focus on his family. Assistant City Manager Jared Jones is now the interim city manager. The commission will begin finding a permanent replacement at their February meeting.

lu fatalities

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – If you haven’t already gotten a flu vaccination, you may want to. According to a report released by the Florida Department of Health in Bay County Thursday, one child died from the flu last week, bringing to three the number of child flu fatalities in Florida during the 2017-2018 flu season. The Florida Department of Health expects flu deaths to increase in the coming weeks, and officials say if you’re already sick stay home, adding if you have not received your vaccine yet, you should as soon as possible.

Flu season hits Bay County hard

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – This flu season the virus has been stronger than usual, and doctor’s offices in Bay County are being hit hard. Emerald Coast Pediatriacs said they’ve seen about a 50 percent increase in people testing positive for the flu, and are seing about 15-20 patients per day. Bay District School officials said they have not seen a spike in absences because of the flu and they have no plans to close school, however, they will be sending home a letter outlining flu safety tips with students on Friday.


Panama City Manager could resign

PANAMA CITY – The Panama City Commission will hold a special meeting Thursday to consider the resignation of City Manager Jeff Brown.
The meeting was abruptly scheduled Wednesday, following news that Brown had been job hunting while still serving as city manager for Panama City. Brown was hired as the Panama City manager in 2014 on a six-month trial basis, before being hired full-time in March 2015.

Bay County man confessed to child sexual abuse

Southport, Fla. – A Bay County man confessed to sexually abusing two children. During an investigation Todd Sparaga, 22, told detectives that he sexually abused a child under 12 multiple times, according to an arrest affidavit from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. During the course of the investigation detectives learned of another potential victim and Sparaga confessed to abusing her as well. He is charged with sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation.