Gulf Coast Regional reopened

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has officially reopened their entire facility. State officials cleared inspections on Monday for the final nursing unit, according to Hospital CEO Brad Griffin. He says, with the reopening of the facility they can now concentrate on replacing the nearly 1,000 workers Gulf Coast lost after the storm. Griffin said they’ve hired about 70 more people but still have positions that need to be filled.
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Two people were arrested in connection to a police impersonation incident

Two people were arrested in connection to a police impersonation incident. Cody Blaine Jones, 21, is facing nearly a dozen charges for allegedly hacking into law enforcement networks recently, and putting responding officers in dangerous situations, according to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. A 26 year old woman was also charged in connection with the investigation. Both were being held at the Bay County Jail.
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Firery early morning police chase snarled traffic on Front Beach Road

BAY COUNTY, Fla. – A firery early morning police chase snarled traffic on Front Beach Road in Panama City Beach Monday. According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, when police approached what they described as a “suspicious vehicle” the driver took off, and a police pursuit ensued. Tire troubles caused the car to crash on Highway 231 near Highway 390, and catch fire. The suspect tried to flee on foot but was quickly caught. There were no reported injuries. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
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Good samaritans caught on video in endearing rescue

It was an endearing sight that drew a crowd Saturday in downtown Panama City. Surviellance video at a donut shop captured an injured pelican being rescued by two good samaritans Saturday, after getting entangled in a fishing net. The injured bird was free from the net and taken to a local veterinarian on Panama City Beach.
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Hurricane Michael is being blamed for high rent prices

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Hurricane Michael is being blamed for high rent prices. Those displaced by the storms are having difficulty finding affordable housing, after Hurricane Michael damaged or destroyed 80,000 homes, and the supply of available housing has diminished considerably while the demand has shot up greatly, according to local realtors, who noted that over the course of next few months renting availability should free up as out of town workers and property owners return to their homes.
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House fire prompts space heater safety warning

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – PC fire officials are reminding everyone to be careful using portable space heater and make your smoke detectors are working. The warning follows a fire at a Panama City home early Saturday morning just off of East 9th court. No one was injured. The cause of the blaze is being investigated.
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Double jeopardy for PC tax filers

Double jeopardy for PC tax filers in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael and an ongoing government shutdown. How will filing taxes be affected this year following Hurricane Michael? If you’re not going to make the April 15th deadline to file your taxes, you are able to apply for an extension, and if you are still waiting on an insurance claim, you are still able to write off damages to personal property, as long as the claim is settled before the end of tax season.

HOWEVER….

If the partial government shutdown continues into tax filing season, early filers will not get their expected refunds right away.
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It takes a village

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. – It takes a village. That’s the theme of a new program being promoted by Lynn Haven city officials, called One Road at a Time, inviting the community to come out and help clean up the sides of the roads from smaller debris left behind by debris removal trucks.
Lynn Haven officials say initial recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Michael have now morphed into more long term rebuilding goals to help the city of Lynn Haven help themselves. Anyone who wants to join the clean up crew can head to Porter Park at 8 a.m. next Saturday (January 12) to start cleaning up Pennsylvania Avenue.
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You may not be able to light up on Bay County beaches anymore

You may not be able to light up on Bay County beaches anymore. A Senate Bill was filed this week that would prohibit smoking tobacco on all public beaches in Florida. Violators could face a fine up to $25 or 10 hours of community service. If passed, it would take effect July 1st.
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Bomb scare traffic stop suspect facing multiple charges

The driver who was arrested during a routine traffic stop Wednesday involving the Bay County bomb squad is now facing multiple charges. Joshua Abernathy, 33, was stopped in the 5200 block of E. 14th Street and charged with driving on a suspended license and reckless driving, leading officers to further investigate his vehicle, which is when deputies spotted what appeared to be an explosive device, according to a news release. Abernathy was subsequently charged with possession of a hoax weapon of mass destruction and possession of a concealed weapon. Officers said the device will be analyzed and more charges are possible.
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