Archives for February 2018

Cody Shirah asked for forgiveness

PANAMA CITY – Cody Shirah asked for forgiveness from his victims families as the judge sentenced the 22-year-old to 60 years in prison. It took jurors about two and a half hours to find Shirah guilty Thursday of a September 2016 DUI crash that killed four visiting Ohio softball players.
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Charges pending against Panama City woman after plunged into water near the Donald Penny Boat Ramp

SOUTHPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Charges are pending against a Panama City woman after her car plunged into water near the Donald Penny Boat Ramp off of Highway 2302 Wednesday night in Southport. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, she was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
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Bay County Schools on high alert

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – The various social media threats popping up across the county has district officials on high alert. Officials say they are working with Bay County police and are taking all threats seriously.
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Bay students and teachers practice state’s “see something, say something”

PANAMA CITY — In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Bay students and teachers have adopted the state’s “see something, say something,” campaign, reporting two suspicious incidents in two days that resulted in two teens’ arrests for threats of violence. In all three cases, the students had made threats to carry out violence against other students or teachers.
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Bay District Superintendent sends message to lawmakers

Panama City, Fla. – Bay District Superintendent Bill Husfelt issued a strong statement to lawmakers Monday. In response to the school shooting that left 17 people dead at a Florida high school, Husfelt urged representatives to enact legislation to make it more difficult for average citizens to purchase “military-style weaponry.”
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Operation Valentine

(WJHG/WECP) – Operation Valentine netted the arrest of three women Saturday for solicitation. Two of the detainees are from PC. Detectives say the operation targeted online escort services in the area.
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Bay Parkway extension promises to ease traffic congestion

PANAMA CITY BEACH – An eastward extension of Bay Parkway to Nautilus Street is expected to reduce traffic on Back Beach Road. According to the News Herald, the project could be ready for motorists in 2019, Beach Mayor Mike Thomas said Monday.
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Armed guards could soon greet PC students

PANAMA CITY – Armed guards could soon greet PC students. Following the mass shooting at a Florida school last week that left 17 people dead, Superintendent Bill Husfelt said in a statement that he’ll make putting an armed officer at every school a priority.
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Bay Medical searching for new CEO

PANAMA CITY – Bay Medical Sacred Heart will have to find a new CEO. Steve Grubbs abruptly resigned Monday. Bay Medical will be conducting a national search for a new CEO, according to a news release.
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Former PC teacher charged with running drug house pleaded no contest

PANAMA CITY – A former PC first-grade teacher charged with running a drug house has pleaded no contest. Kenya Williams, 43, will receive 18 months probation, as part of a pre-trial intervention program for first-time drug offenders, the News Herald reports. She will be back in Bay County court March 5 for a pretrial hearing.
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