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  • Homeland Security pick faces questions on wall, immigration WASHINGTON — Senators are expected to use Tuesday's confirmation hearing for John Kelly, Donald Trump's choice to head the Homeland Security Department, to raise questions about the president-elect's plans to build a border wall and take other steps to boost immigration security.The confirmation of Kelly, a retired Marine general, is almost assured, but members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will likely use the hearing to debate the tough [...]
  • Water main break causes water outages in DestinThe Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is reporting a water main break in Destin that is causing water outages in the area of Norriego Drive, Vera Cruz Drive and Oceola Drive. There also are barricades in place on the roadway in case of undermine damage to roadway.According to Destin Water Users, repair of the break could take 4-5 hours.
  • Democrats set to grill Trump's attorney general pick, Jeff SessionsWASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, is likely to stress his conservative credentials as his Senate confirmation hearings open Tuesday. He'll face a bigger task trying to persuade skeptical Democrats he'll be fair and committed to civil rights as the country's top law enforcement official.The two-day Senate Judiciary Committee hearing features testimony from the Alabama Republican on Tuesday, followed the next day by statements from [...]
  • Fla. woman poses as fellow inmate to get out jailGREEN COVE SPRINGS — Investigators are looking into how a Florida woman managed to get out of jail using another inmate's name and release papers.News outlets report the Clay County Sheriff's Office says Jessica Arnott pretended to be Jessica Davis and bonded out of jail Monday.Sheriff's office spokeswoman Angela Spears says Arnott signed Davis' release paperwork using Davis' name. [...]
  • Man charged with sexually abusing 5-year-old girlYoung girl screamed and cried during the incident, but suspect put a shirt in her mouth to make her stop.
  • Teen charged after threats with BB gun at high school gamePANAMA CITY — A 15-year-old has been arrested on a felony charge after he allegedly threatened a group outside a high school gym with what appeared to be a firearm, according to Bay County Sheriff's Office reports.A BB gun was recovered in connection with the incident, and Curtis James Jackson Jr., of Panama City, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, officials reported. [...]
  • POLICE BLOTTER: 3-year-old describes Christmas Day fight between dad, momCRESTVIEW — A 3-year-old child told Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies that on Christmas Day her father pushed her mother to the ground and then stood over her, grabbing her by the throat.The father, a 27-year-old Crestview man, was charged with battery for the incident.He was angry with his wife over possible marital infidelities, according to his OCSO arrest report. The argument [...]
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  • Louisiana Lottery: Winning numbers for Jan. 10, 2017Pick 3: 7-7-6Pick 4: 2-6-0-3
  • Two Houma teens accused of stealing school busTwo Houma teens are accused of going for a "joy ride" in a stolen Terrebonne Parish school bus, police said.Wallace Jenkins and Bryson Queen, both 18, stole a bus between Dec. 12 and 22 from East Street School, where it was being stored, Houma Police said in a news release Monday.Police said the two traveled as far as Bayou Blue and on at least one occasion used the bus to damage a fence on the East [...]
  • Apply now at local school that service students with dyslexiaMAX Charter School, a Thibodaux school that serves students with dyslexia and other learning disorders, will accept student enrollment applications for the 2017-18 school year through March 6.All previous applications and wait-lists will be void for the 2017-18 school year. Parents interested should re-apply during this enrollment period.Application forms are available online at www.mymaxcharterschool. [...]
  • Scale Back Alabama weight loss contest kicking offMONTGOMERY — The state of Alabama is beginning its annual free weight loss contest this week.News outlets report that weigh-ins for the Scale Back Alabama competition begin Wednesday across the state.The program, which is now in its 11th year, invites participants to join with a partner and work toward losing 10 pounds in 10 weeks.All two-member teams on [...]
  • 2 found dead, 1 hurt in Prattville PRATTVILLE — An investigation is underway after authorities say two people were found dead in Prattville.Local news agencies report that Prattville police say two people were found dead on Sunday on Irma Lane.Police Chief Mark Thompson says arriving officers also found another person injured. Thompson says that person was taken to the hospital with [...]
  • Police Report: Jan. 7-8, 2017Portions of this information are based on facts provided by the arrested individuals. Those individuals have been booked with, not convicted of, the offenses shown. All accused should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.JAN. 7Lafourche Parish Sheriff's OfficeSkye LeBlanc, 30, 269 E. Third St., Larose, felony simple criminal damage to property.Danny O'Brien Jr., 45, 381 Dantin St., Raceland, contempt of court. [...]
  • POLICE BLOTTER: Woman describes beating; man describes rescueCRESTVIEW — A Crestview man was charged with battery, kidnapping and possession of drug equipment after an argument with a woman turned violent.The victim told Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies that she and the 42-year-old man were arguing in his truck Jan. 2 when he began hitting her.She got out of the truck, but he grabbed her and dragged her back, slapping her again, according to his OCSO arrest report.The suspect told deputies she’d tried [...]
  • POLICE BLOTTER: Correctional officer finds marijuana in inmate’s pantiesCRESTVIEW — A 19-year-old woman who was a passenger in a car pulled over for a traffic stop was charged with resisting an officer, possession of marijuana and smuggling contraband into a detention facility.The vehicle was pulled over for driving without headlights after dark, according to the woman’s Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.She gave a false name to deputies and a false age, the report said.Another passenger gave deputies the [...]
  • Medical marijuana dispute handed back to judgeTALLAHASSEE — More than a month after attesting that two businesses trying to get a medical marijuana license in Southwest Florida had reached an agreement, state health officials have asked an administrative law judge to once again take over the case.State health officials on Friday told Administrative Law Judge John Van Laningham that Plants of Ruskin and Tornello Landscape, also known as “3 Boys Farm,” had not settled a dispute that would [...]
  • Man sentenced to 25 years in child beating caseA father who beat his infant son in 2014 has been sentenced to serve 25 years in prison.Jay Minor, 40, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree domestic violence/assault. His trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but he entered the guilty plea Dec. 7 after striking an agreement with prosecutors. Minor was accused of beating his month-old son at their mobile home in Coaling in May 2014. Jerry Minor suffered serious brain injuries from what police and doctors said were [...]
  • Some stores to open if Alabama wins titleShould the Crimson Tide roll to victory in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night, fans will want to grab garb to shout their affiliation. Some stores will open right after, or stay open until after, the end of the game, assuming Alabama wins. Early Tuesday, The Tuscaloosa News will have some visual representations, in a full-size gloss poster of the front page, large laminated plaques and mini-posters, in the lobby [...]
  • One hospitalized after house fire in west TuscaloosaOne person was hospitalized after a house fire in west Tuscaloosa Monday night.The victim was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center after a fire on 63rd Avenue, off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.It was the third house fire in Tuscaloosa on Monday. A fire in The Highlands neighborhood caused serious damage to a home around 6:30 a.m. Another fire on Stephenson Drive in Holt destroyed a home where a 78-year-old man lived. He was also hospitalized.Tuscaloosa Fire and [...]