Archives for May 2018

Largest drug bust in neighborhing Okaloosa County

A months long investigation resutled in the largest drug bust in neighborhing Okaloosa County. The Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday announced the largest seizure of heroin and fentanyl in the county’s history at two homes in Crestview. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are pending, according to Sheriff Larry Ashley.
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Bay County woamn arrested for writing fake prescriptions

PANAMA CITY – A 30 year old Bay County woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly forged prescriptions at a doctors office where she worked. Angel Sierra Bocanegra, 30, appeared in court Wednesday in the case, in which she had allegedly been writiing prescriptions on a pad she stole. She is being held on more than 100 counts of forgery and fraud, court records stated. Bocanegra is being held in the Bay County Jail.
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Drowning Under Double Red Flags

A man is dead after a drowning in the Gulf. Georgia’s Rick Correll was found face down in the water off Panama City Beach yesterday afternoon. The 61-year-old was brought to shore and was pronounced dead at the scene. The beach was under a double red flag warning yesterday, which means the water was not safe for swimming.

Courthouse May Get Makeover

Bay County is taking steps to keep the federal courthouse from moving. The county submitted plans this week that detail how it will remake the Juvenile Justice Center into a new courthouse on East 11th Street. The federal government wants to relocate the courthouse because of problems with the building, and County Manager Bob Majka says building a new courthouse is the only option. Majka also tells the “News Herald” the federal government will announce its decision by August.

Drowing Under Double Red Flags

A man is dead after a drowning in the Gulf. Georgia’s Rick Correll was found face down in the water off Panama City Beach yesterday afternoon. The 61-year-old was brought to shore and was pronounced dead at the scene. The beach was under a double red flag warning yesterday, which means the water was not safe for swimming.

PCB mother led police to sexual predator

Panama City Beach, Fla. – A PCB mother led police to a sexual predator after her 13 year old daughter was being checked for pregnancy and STDs. Police arrested a 26 year old Central Florida man who the teen girl said she had sex with at a motel. The mother had the girl examined after she complained of stomach pains, according to police reports. Jorge Mendez- Bamaca is now charged with lewd or lascivious battery.
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Alberto turned out to be a boost for Bay County businesses

This weekends Subtropical storm Alberto turned out to be a boost for Bay County businesses. Memorial Day is usually the start of the busy summer season and some PC businesses said they already were expecting a lot of customers over the holiday weekend, but saw even more customers than expected come in Monday because of the wet weather, helping set a sales record, the News Herald reports.
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It’s not over yet

PANAMA CITY BEACH – After Alberto left local forecasters guessing during the weekend, the Subtropical Storm finally made landfall in Laguna Beach on Memorial day. Questions about the storms location remained much of Monday morning, with models showing potential landfall in Mobile to Panama City, then back west again. Ultimately it would be the back end of the storm, that would bring up to 40 mph wind gusts recorded at the Panama City Marina on Monday afternoon, along with power outages to thousands around Bay County.

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Local forecasters say it’s not over yet. Residents could see scattered to numerous storms at times with localized heavy rainfall through Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Some local beach accesses are closed as Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to make it’s way through the Panhandle. According to Gulf County Emergency Management, the beach access gates at Dunes Drive and on Eglin Air Force Base will be closed Tuesday until beach erosion can be assessed.
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Pier Park predator in custody

PANAMA CITY BEACH – A 19-year-old man was arrested Sunday after police say he molested several children on the beach near Pier Park. According to a press release from the PCPD, Kyle Koch allegedly confessed to the offenses he had committed against children in that area and has been charged. The investigation is ongoing.
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Rising gas prices don’t stop Memorial weekend travel

Despite rising gas prices, experts say this Memorial Day weekend was one of the most traveled in the last decade. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, an almost 5 percent increase from last last year and the most in more than a dozen years, despite the highest gas prices since 2014, according to a news release from AAA.
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