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Life sentence for crash that killed linemen after hurricane

Jan. 28, 2020 1:04 PM EST

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — A man who prosecutors say was high on drugs when his pickup truck fatally struck three utility workers in the Florida Panhandle as they were repairing power lines after Hurricane Michael was sentenced Monday to life in prison. John Goedtke, 38, had pleaded no contest last week to three...

No contest plea in crash that killed workers after hurricane

Jan. 24, 2020 6:04 PM EST

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — A man prosecutors say was high on drugs when his pickup truck fatally struck three utility workers in the Florida Panhandle as they were repairing power lines after Hurricane Michael faces the possibility of life in prison. John Goedtke, 38, pleaded no contest Thursday to three counts...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. file photo, rescue personnel perform a search in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach, Fla.  Officials in in Mexico Beach are hoping tourists will help rebuild the neighboring beach town devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018. Officials in Panama City Beach on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 introduced a program that allows tourists during their visit to help build homes and plant sea oats in the sand dunes of neighboring Mexico Beach, which was demolished by the category 5 storm. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Tourists can help rebuild storm-ravaged town in Florida

Jan. 15, 2020 11:59 AM EST

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials in a Florida Panhandle beach town are hoping tourists want to do more than frolic in the surf and lay in the sun. They're hoping tourists will help rebuild a neighboring beach town devastated by Hurricane Michael in 2018. Officials in Panama City Beach on Tuesday...