Archives for January 2019

Overload of permit requests delaying Hurricane Michael repairs

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Repairs to many PC homes and business in the wake of Hurricane Michael are taking longer than expected. EPCI, the company which manages contractor permits for 10 cities, including Panama City, says homeowners and businesses still needing repairs after the hurricane are experiencing delays, because of an overload of permit requests, which is now ten times more than they recieved before the storm.
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Bay County’s crackdown on illegal dumping netted two more arrests

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – Bay County’s crackdown on illegal dumping netted two more arrests Monday (January 14). Lynn Haven Police were surveying for illegal dumping near 2401 South Highway 77, and took two Alabama men into custody in connection to dumping more than 500 pounds of debris including mattresses, electronics, a vacuum cleaner and other household items. Both men were being held at the Bay County Jail.
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Mark your calendars….largest job fair in Bay County

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Mark your calendars….Haney Technical Center and CareerSource Gulf Coast are teaming up to hold the largest job fair in Bay County. The event will be on Feb. 9 starting at 10 A.M. Veterans and transitioning service members will receive early access from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. This event is free and will take place at Gulf Coast State College in the Student Union East building. Employers have until Feb. 4 to sign-up.
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Hurricane Michael death toll has risen

PANAMA CITY – The death toll in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael has risen. More than three months after Hurricane Michael, the Medical Examiner’s Office has added more names to the list of area Hurricane Michael-related casualties, bringing the total so far to 36 deaths. These include deaths directly caused by the storm, as well as deaths caused by conditions brought on by the storm. Of the 36 casualties, 23 were in Bay County.
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Why are gas prices in the area so high?

PANAMA CITY BEACH – Why are gas prices in the area so high? That’s the question Bay County City Council members want answered. Members pointed out, at $2.46 a gallon, gas prices in Bay County are higher than anywhere else in the state, and they’ve called for lawmaker to launch an investigation into the matter, noting that many Bay County residents are struggling financially in the wake of Hurricane Michael and regulatory agencies should ensure local motorists are not the victims of price gouging.
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Domestic disturbace at Panama City residence turned into fatal shooting of family pet

A domestic disturbace at a Panama City residence turned into a fatal shooting of a family pet. Police responded to a home on Deer Avenue Saturday (January 12), and say when they began talking with the Complainant a large dog in the residence charged an officer and chased him into the street, forcing him to shoot the animal to prevent an attack, according to reports.
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PCBP still trying to determine how driver plowed into power pole

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Panama City Beach Police are still trying to determine how a driver plowed into a power pole Saturday evening. Police responded to the single vehicle crash near the intersection of Back Beach Road and North San Souci Boulevard and found the car wrapped around the pole at the Northwest corner. The driver of the vehicle was taken to Bay Medical Sacred Heart in stable condition. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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Police standoff turned shooting in PC

PANAMA CITY – A police standoff turned shooting in PC is being investigated. It all unfolded Sunday afternoon following a stolen vehicle call out of Callaway in which the officer shot the suspect at his PC residence on Sherman Avenue, after he allegedly threatened law enforcement and held police at bay for hours, according to a press release. Steven Gregory Russell, 37, was taken to the hospital. The deputy involved has been placed on leave.

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Panama City Beach parking ordinace approved

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Panama City Beach City Council approved an ordinance Thursday to improve parking on the beach. City leaders said the code only required developers to build two parking spaces for each property regardless of how many people were living in the residence, which has forced people to park on the street. The new ordinance will require a set number of spaces depending on the size of the unit.
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Charred body found in Bay County convenience store fire

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – A fatal fire in which a man’s charred body was found inside a Bay County convenience store is being investigated. Panama City Police say a fire borke out at Mr. Mart on Beck Avenue and 11th Court around 8:00 p.m. Thursday night, and upon inspection officers found the man in the fire debris. There were no other injuries reported. Authorities are working to determine the cause of the blaze and how the victim died.
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