Archives for March 2018

Rails to Trails project is moving forward

LYNN HAVEN – The Rails to Trails project is moving forward. Construction to turn old railroad tracks in Lynn Haven into walking and biking paths could start in December, according to an update from the City of Lynn Haven during a public workshop, Tuesday.

Misdemeanor hunting charge against former Bay County Sheriff dismissed

A misdemeanor hunting charge against Bay County Commissioner Guy Tunnell in Washington County has been dropped. A judge expanded the Bay County diversionary program across 6 counties, and dismissed the 2nd degree misdemeanor charges filed in Washington County on St. Patrick’s Day against the 66 year old and another man for hunting wild turkey within 100 yards of a game “feeding station,” which is against the law.

Two Dead In A Box Truck

Two people are dead after a fire that’s considered suspicious. The fire broke out early yesterday morning in Ponce De Leon and destroyed a home on Highway 181. The victims have not been identified, and investigators have not revealed a cause. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has not given any details on why they think the fire is suspicious.

Two Arrested On Child Abuse Charges

An alert Bay County deputy is credited with stopping a possible case of child abuse. Camryn Aldin and Derrick Humphryes were arrested this week after a deputy says he saw Humphryes shooting up heroin in a parked car at Callaway Food Mart on Cherry Street. The deputy says a six-month-old child was in the backseat at the time. The “Panama City News Herald” reports a judge has ordered the couple to stay away from the child.

Bay County woman has been arrested for allegedly transmitting HIV

PANAMA CITY – A Bay County woman has been arrested for allegedly transmitting HIV to an underage boy she was having a sexual relationship with, which also resulted in four pregnancies, according to official reports. The 22 year old appeared in court Wednesday in connection with the case that dates back to 2016, court records show.

Investigation into PCB motel robbery ends with two arrests

PANAMA CITY BEACH – A months-long investigation into a robbery at a Panama City Beach motel ended with the arrests of two Altamont Springs residents. Both suspects were returned to Bay County and appeared in court Tuesday in connection to the case, in which a 58-year-old man was allegedly pistol whipped and tied up during the robbery at a Front Beach Drive motel, the News Herald reports.

Spring Break safety focus of Ward 3 candidates

PANAMA CITY BEACH – Spring Break safety was the focus of Ward 3 candidates during the Panama City Beach Chamber’s political forum Tuesday. The candidates also addressed short-term rentals, mandatory garbage collection, property taxes and more.

Suspect surrenders after traffic stop morphs into police chase

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – A traffic stop that led to a police chase ended with a crash on the Hathaway Bridge Tuesday. According to BCSO, the suspect hit three other cars and reportedly appeared to be impaired, the News Herald reports. He was taken into custody at the base of the bridge on the Panama City side.

Suspect charged in FWC Officer shooting was sentenced

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – The suspect charged with shooting at a FWC Officer was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday. Samuel Reager was found guilty last month in connection to the August 2015 incident, in which David Brady was shot when responding to a boat in St. Andrews Bay.

BCSO Bomb Squad Responds To A Suspicious Package

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad assisted Pensacola Police in response to a suspicious package, at the Pensacola International Airport. Police say flights have resumed and the “all clear” was given for the suspicious package. The Bomb Squad which covers counties from Escambia to Gulf County, responds to about 14 calls a year, not including the recovery of explosives.