Happy birthday Panama City

PANAMA CITY – A ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning will mark the 110th anniversary of Panama City. The public is invited to a brief ceremony and celebration on the lawn behind City Hall in Downtown Panama City. Bay High School’s Junior ROTC Cadets will present the colors. Local clergy will offer blessings for citizens, city employees and City Hall.
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Wewahitchka fugitive captured by Bay County Sheriff’s officers

WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. – A Wewahitchka fugitive led Bay County Sheriff’s officers on a high speed chase. Deputies attempted to pull over, 25-year-old Stephen Stanley near 2nd street, and he sped away prompting a police pursuit down State Road 71 into Calhoun County where Stanley rammed a patrol car before deputies were able to box him in and arrest him. No one was hurt in the incident. Stanley is facing at least as half dozen charges.
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Local fifth grader facing charges making threatening remarks

A local fifth grader is facing charges after allegedly making threatening remarks. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s officials say the 12-year-old Elliot Point Elementary student is accused of saying he would shoot his teacher and a fellow student. The child was detained by police for making a false report of using a firearm in a violent manner.
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Victims in PCB rollover crash miraculously walk away with minor injuries

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – Three people involved in a two car rollover crash on back beach road miraculously walked away from the crash with only minor injuries. Police said a truck pulled into traffic on Highway 98 and Alf Coleman Road and collided with an oncoming car causing it to overturn Saturday afternoon. Traffic was backed up as officers worked the scene and the overturned vehicle had to be uprighted. The victims were treated at an area hospital and released.
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They’re playing musical chairs at Bay District Schools

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – They’re playing musical chairs at Bay District Schools. Following concerns of layoffs, after the district announced it will close three Bay Districts schools in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, reassignments will help keep some on the job. Blythe Carpenter will switch from principal of merriam cherry street elementary school, to be the new principal at Jinks Middle School, and Bryan Long, who is currently the principal at Oakland Terrace, one of the schools closing, was named as her replacement.
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Alternative heating may be to blame for Southport mobile home fire

SOUTHPORT, Fla. – Alternative heating may be to blame for burning down a mobile home Thursday in Southport. Bay County Fire officials say the homeowner was using a propane heater and candles to heat the trailer, because there was no electricity. The owner and his dog escaped the blaze unharmed, according to online media reports, which state no foul play is suspected.
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Shoplifting incident at Panama City Best Buy being investigated

Panama City, Fla. – A shoplifting incident at a Panama City Best Buy last week is still being investigated. Police say they are following all leads after a couple allegedly was seen on surveillance photos walking into the 23rd Street Best Buy February 7 and then walking out with computers they didn’t pay for. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call PCPD.
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Mother and son arrested in revenge home invasion robbery in PC

Panama City, Fla. – Five people were arrested, including a mother and son, in a revenge home invasion robbery in PC. Bay County Sheriff’s officers responded to a home Wednesday on East Orlando Avenue and say the victim said three men broke in, attacked him, and stole a backpack containing cash and marijuana. Police learned a woman who bought weed from the victim was angry he shorted her, so she allegedly enlisted her 18-year-old son, and two of his friends, along with another woman who had been talking with the victim on a dating site, to rob him, according to arrest affidavits.
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Cyber search leads to PCB man in child pornography sting

Panama City Beach, Fla. – A PCB man is facing multiple child pornography charges. Bradley Joseph Wiedenheft, 31, was taken into custody at his home Wednesday, after an online investigation located four videos containing child pornography on a computer belonging to Wiedenheft, with children between three and 10 years old, according to a news release. Wiedenheft was being held at the Bay County Jail. Additional charges are possible upon completion of forensic exams, the news release stated.
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Panama City is moving forward with affordable housing development

PANAMA CITY – To help address the housing crisis, Panama City is moving forward with purchasing 27 lots in Millville. The commission unanimously voted to buy the lots off of Horizon Lane and Horizon Drive, as part of planned affordable housing development. The city is using funds from the State Housing Initiative Partnership Program that became available after Hurricane Michael to purchase the lots. The program will also help buyers with the down payment and closing costs.
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