Bay County’s kids got to see what it’s like to be a police officer

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Bay County’s kids got to see what it’s like to be a police officer. The Panama City Police Department hosted a Junior Police Academy this week, and kids got to practice real life exercises like breaching a home, studying crime scenes and they even took on the responsibilities of a SWAT team. This is the first year the department offered the camp. They plan to hold it again next summer.
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The future of the Federal Courthouse is uncertain

PANAMA CITY – The future of the Federal Courthouse is uncertain. Panama City officials say the developer who won the bid for the project has backed out, and they will attempt negotiations with another company who also bid on the project. City leaders say the original developer decided the project would not be financially feasible, after learning certain taxes had to be paid out of pocket.
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Developer Steps Away From Courthouse Project

Panama City could be closer to losing a downtown fixture. Rooker Properties yesterday withdrew its offer to build a new federal courthouse on Luverne Ave. A city official says Rooker decided to pull their bid once they couldn’t work out a deal with the city over tax abatements. A bid by Bay County has proposed keeping the courthouse in Panama City, on 11th Street, but the federal government could also choose a bid that would move the courthouse to Marianna.

Georgia man involved in fatal 2015 crash in PC found guilty of lesser offense

PANAMA CITY – A Georgia man involved in a fatal 2015 crash in PC while he was having a medical emergency has been found guilty of a lesser offense. According to reports at NewsHerald.com, Jack C. Payne Jr., 46, appeared in court Wednesday for the one-day trial on charges of driving without a valid license, according to court records. Payne was sentenced to time already served in the case.
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Report of swimmer in distress in Gulf of Mexico being investigated

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – A report of a swimmer in distress in the Gulf of Mexico is being investigated. The Coast Guard began a search early Thursday morning, after a woman said she saw someone drifting in the water from the balcony of the Fontainebleau Terrace in Panama City Beach around midnight. No one was reported missing, officials said.
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Report of swimmer in distress in the Gulf of Mexico being investigated

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – A report of a swimmer in distress in the Gulf of Mexico is being investigated. The Coast Guard began a search early Thursday morning, after a woman said she saw someone drifting in the water from the balcony of the Fontainebleau Terrace in Panama City Beach around midnight. No one was reported missing, officials said.
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Elderly Bay County man arrested in road rage incident

PANAMA CITY BEACH – A 62 year old Bay County man has been arrested in a road rage incident. Keith Robert Muller appeared in court Tuesday in connection with the incident, in which a motorcyclist told police he feared for his life after a driver on Back Beach Road near Pier Park, identified as Muller, had pointed a 9mm Glock at him while making verbal threats, according to reports at NewsHerald.com.
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Suspect in sexual predator case sentenced to 700 years

PANAMA CITY – A man convicted in Bay County on 127 charges including producing child pornography, will spend the rest of his life in prison. Scott Allen was sentenced, Tuesday, to three consecutive life sentences plus 700 years in prison, after evidence was presented at trial showing that Allen recorded multiple women and children changing in dressing rooms and using the bathroom in his Lynn Haven home in 2016. They also found images of Allen touching a sleeping infant inappropriately.
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Area Firefighters will soon be sleeping like a baby

PANAMA CITY BEACH – Area Firefighters will soon be sleeping like a baby. Thanks to a donation from the Sleep Center Superstore in Panama City, five Tempur-pedic mattresses will each be given to fire departments in Panama City, Lynn Haven and Panama City Beach before the month ends.
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PC residents expressed mixed emotions about a proposed multi-use path

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – PC residents expressed mixed emotions about a proposed multi-use path in their neighborhood. During a townhall meeting at the Oakland Terrace Clubhouse some residents said they’re concerned about the pedestrian traffic that could potentially pass by their homes. Others expressed their favor for the multi-use path that would connect the Panama City Marina to the St. Andrews Marina.
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