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Families await housing aid 2 weeks after Florida wildfire

Jul. 8, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

EASTPOINT, Fla. (AP) — More than 100 people have been waiting for temporary housing for almost two weeks since being displaced by a wildfire that burned through their tiny community in the Florida Panhandle. In a Panama City News Herald report , Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith said efforts to get 31...

Florida man joins elite aviation club of octogenarian pilots

Jul. 8, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

SAND HILLS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is the newest member of an elite aviation club: the United Flying Octogenarians. According to a Panama City News Herald report , only about 1,500 pilots nationwide have registered as flying after the age of 80. On Saturday, Dick McFadden joined the club with a birthday...

Couple charged with locking puppy in trunk while shopping

Jul. 3, 2018 1:49 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Mississippi couple locked a puppy in the trunk of their car while they went shopping at a Florida mall. The Panama City News Herald reports that 30-year-olds Maurice Sanders and Keshanna Thompson were arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty....

New Florida law reignites beach access fight in Panhandle

Jun. 24, 2018 10:15 AM EDT

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Along a stretch of white, sandy shoreline in Florida's Panhandle, a simple question has led to profanity-laden arguments, private security guards and calls to law enforcement: Who owns the beach? In one coastal county, a new state law is set to rekindle that uproar just in...

Deputies: Man smoked weed while child drowned in pool

Jun. 21, 2018 10:54 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing manslaughter charges after authorities say a child he was watching drowned in a backyard pool while he smoked marijuana with a teenager in the front yard. Bay County Sheriff's Officials say 45-year-old Charles Lee was arrested Wednesday. The News...

2 dogs die in hot car after their owner is arrested

Jun. 8, 2018 11:24 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who left his dogs in his van while he went drinking faces more charges after being arrested for disorderly conduct. Court records say he didn't tell deputies that three dogs were in the van, and now two of them are dead. Deputies arrested 39-year-old Jason...

Bush-whacked: Deputy hurls Bush bean cans to subdue suspect

Jun. 2, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — You might say the hammer-wielding suspect got Bush-whacked. The Panama City News Herald reports a Bay County sheriff's deputy threw two cans of beans and helped subdue a man threatening people with a hammer inside a grocery store. Maj. Jimmy Sanford says the cans of Bush's extra...

The Latest: Alberto downgraded to depression, rains persist

May. 28, 2018 10:51 PM EDT

The Latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Forecasters have downgraded Alberto to a subtropical depression but say a flood threat persists as the huge system continues to dump heavy rains. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Alberto, formerly a subtropical storm, weakened...

The Latest: Alberto stronger on move toward US Gulf Coast

May. 27, 2018 9:50 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Subtropical Storm Alberto has gained strength as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast. Forecasters say Alberto was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) west of Tampa, Florida, at 7:30 p.m. EDT. It is moving...

Sheriff: Suspect in Florida standoff, gunfire, found dead

May. 22, 2018 9:47 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A man suspected of trading wild bursts of gunfire with officers during a long standoff in the Florida Panhandle was found dead Tuesday in a gasoline-soaked apartment after an armored vehicle approached, authorities said. "We were just blessed that we didn't lose multiple officers...