PCP find toddlers in street

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – A Panama City man is facing charges after deputies found two toddlers in his care playing in a street. According to Bay County Sheriff’s Office reports, a two and three year old were wandering in the roadway near Everitt Avenue and East 14th Court and deputies also found a less than one year old child unattended when the toddlers led deputies to their house nearby, along with a 22 year old man who police say was sleeping.
-0-

Oscar Patterson Elementary School is in jeopardy of shutting down

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Oscar Patterson Elementary School is in jeopardy of shutting down. Superintendent Bill Husfelt says if the school earns a “C” this school year, the campus will remain open, otherwise he has no choice but to close the doors at the failing school, and send the students to a school with a grade of “C” or higher. Patterson is on the upcoming school board agenda for Tuesday.
-0-

Bay County officer accused of falsifying arrest affadavit resigns

PANAMA CITY – A Bay County officer accused of falsifying an arrest affadavit has resigned. According to reports released Friday by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, an internal investigation that stemmed from a January welfare check on children at an East Fourth Street home in Callaway, revealed Corp. Chris Faircloth lied and said a teen boy had assaulted him. Investigators concluded Faircloth did not have probable cause to arrest the teen.
-0-

New Life to An Old Restuarant

New life could soon be coming to an old and familiar place in Panama City. Developer Danny Davis is working on restoring the building that was home to the Black Angus restaurant on West Highway 98. The restaurant was known for its steaks, country music and its big black bull signage. Davis will be done remodeling in a month, and he recently told the “News Herald” he hopes the new occupant would want to use it as a restaurant, preferably a steakhouse.

Gas Prices In Bay County On The Rise

Prices at the pump in Bay County and all across Florida are now the highest in more than three years. According to Triple-A, today’s statewide average for a gallon of regular is two-dollars 74-cents a gallon, up 11 cents from a week ago. The auto club says high oil prices are to blame for the price increase, along with dwindling inventory and strong demand. 2.69 a gallon is the average in PC according to Gas Buddy Dot Com.

Controversy continues to surround a nonprofit specializing in religious-based addiction recovery

PANAMA CITY – Controversy continues to surround a nonprofit specializing in religious-based addiction recovery. NewsTalk @ 101 broke the story earlier this month, after complaints were reported about numerous code enforcement violations. Tuesday the Kramer Show spoke with the director of Right Way Ministries, Robert Flores and he had this to say….

:10

A Bay County fire safety inspector and code enforcement officer both have sent letters to Right Way Ministries and noted concerns about the alarm system, lack of emergency lighting, blocked exits in sleeping areas, uncovered electrical wiring and expired fire extinguishers, according the News Herald reported this week.
-0-

Bay County man who murdered his wife has been sentenced

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – A Bay County man who murdered his wife four years ago has been sentenced. Philip Moran will spend life in prison for second degree murder for the 2014 shooting death of his wife, Milissa, at their home near Deer Point Lake.
-0-

Bay County voter turnout barely hits double digits

BAY COUNTY – The News Herald reports, Panama City Beach resident Geoff McConnell edged out talk show host Burnie Thompson for the Ward 3 Commissioner spot with 49 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election.

MEANWHILE…

In Callaway, incumbent Melba Covey lost her seat to newcomer Scott Davis, Tuesday, who secured 70 percent of the vote. David Griggs won the Ward 2 seat with 70 percent of the vote, over incumbent Wayne McLeod.

AND…

In Springfield, incumbent Jack Kennington kept his with 58 percent of the vote over challenger and former councilwoman Beth McLean.

Overall, voter turnout was 13 percent.
-0-

Public safety main concern after barge crashed into PC Marina

PANAMA CITY – The city began assessing what damage was caused when a barge broke loose and crashed into the Panama City Marina seawall Sunday afternoon.The two biggest concerns for the city are the integrity of the marina’s structure and the fuel tanks stored under the marina, which were hit when the barge drifted ashore, the News Herald reports.
-0-

You may not have to pay for ambulance fees

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – You may not have to pay for ambulance fees. The county commission will review a policy that will waive ambulance fees for local residents, which can range from $800 to $1,400. Fees would be waived beginning May 1, if the county commission approves the proposal.
-0-