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The Bay beacon

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Title:
The Bay beacon
Portion of title:
Beacon
Place of Publication:
Niceville, FL
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Bayou Enterprises Inc., Stephen W. Kent- Publisher
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2010
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Weekly
regular
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.) ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.) ( lcsh )
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United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Bluewater Bay
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
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30.516111 x -86.471667 ( Place of Publication )

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Began Apr. 22, 1992.
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Description based on: May 11, 1994.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Copyright Bay Beacon. Permission granted to University of Florida to digitize and display this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.
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T T h h e eB B a a y y B B e e a a c c o o n n info@baybeacon.com The voice of Niceville, Bluewater Bay and Valparaiso since 1992 (850) 678-1080 Police Blotter, page A-4 One homes proximity to a fuel depot contributed to a decision to raze the building and relocate its occupant, according to Niceville officials.Beacon photo By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Valparaiso City Commission agreed to convey some city-owned property to local institutions, appointed a commission member to the regional sewer board, and heard some reports on city government activity during the April 9 commission meeting. Commissioners also listen to concerns expressed by some city residents during the meeting. Commissioners agreed to vacate the right-of-way to an alley off Valparaiso Parkway, as a step toward selling the alleyway to the Okaloosa Gas District. The alleyway is not used for public traffic, but is a narrow strip of land between 2 buildings already used by the gas district. City Administrator Carl Scott briefed the commission on the right-of-way vacation, and said the city was in the process of selling the land to Okaloosa Gas, probably for about $23,000, although finalization of the sale awaits approval by the Valparaiso-based utility.By Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent The Niceville City Council heard a briefing April 10 on the results of a recent financial audit of city government. Auditors recommended improvements in accounting for municipal assets. The council was also informed of the status of the citys Community Development Block Grant program. Under the program, one homeowner who lives close to the Citgo fuel depot will be relocated and his home razed. Council members also approved the second of three required readings of a proposed ordinance to govern the operation of food truck vendors. They also learned about activities of the citys Youth Advisory Council. Tammy S. McGaughy, of the Warren Averett accounting firm, briefed the city council on the results of her companys recent annual audit of municipal finances. The overall result, she said, was an unmodified opinion regarding the citys finanPeople flocked to Rocky Bayou State Park Saturday for Estuary Day, a festival highlighting the importance of protecting local waterways and other natural features. Children went on scavenger hunts, earning stamps at various exhibits as they learned about the natural environment and humankind s effects on it. Top left, an adventure on Rocky Bayou. Top right, Gavin Houston, 2, enjoyed painting his version of a fish. Pictured immediately below, Margaret Benner, of the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society explains bird migration to a young listener. Center left, T-shirts painted by participants are hung out to dry. The event was sponsored by the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance. Beacon photos by Paula MimsNiceville officials eye audit, housing rehabsValparaiso gives property to the Heritage MuseumBy Mike Griffith Beacon Correspondent During an informal, nonvoting workshop preceding their regular meeting on April 10, members of the governing board of the Bluewater Bay Municipal Services Benefit Unit (MSBU) discussed the possibility of raising the annual tax charged to Bluewater Bay property owners from $69 to $72 per property unit. The additional revenue, said board members, could be used to conduct improvements and maintenance of landscaping, street signs, and other services provided in common areas of Bluewater Bay. A property unit is a residential lot, or each 1,000 square feet of commercial property. The MSBU is authorized to raise its annual fee by no more than 5 percent in any given year, and a $3 fee hike would fall within that limit. The MSBU is a branch of Okaloosa County government, established to provide such maintenance, especially along main thoroughfares and in other common areas of the unincorporated Bluewater Bay community. It is managed by a fivemember elected board of unpaid Celebrating Mother Nature Please see AUDIT, page A-2 Please see TAX HIKE, page A-3 Please see MUSEUM, page A-3 BWB panel mulls tax hike50Wednesday, April 18, 2018 8 Pages, 1 Section, 4 Inserts An entrance monument at Bluewater Boulevard and Range Road will get new plantings.Beacon photo by Mike Griffith On property donated by the city of Valparaiso and others, the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida has proposed adding programs to teach traditional crafts. Beacon photo Woman s Club hosts bingo at PavilionThe Twin Cities Woman s Club hosted a bingo and lunch for the residents of the Twin Cities Pavilion, Niceville. Residents enjoyed a traditional St. Patrick s Day meal, prepared by Diane Ballard, that featured corned beef and cabbage, mashed Irish potatoes and carrot cake. Club members helping with the event also included Lillian Lewis, Kitty Allen, Deb Crenshaw, Joanne Herron, Linda Richardson, Virginia Peters, Gail Weaver and Marilyn Hanks.Courtesy photo

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cial statements and financial condition. Such an unmodified opinion, she said, indicates that the city is in good financial condition. According to the audit report, no material weaknesses were found in the citys finances. However, a significant deficiency was noted in internal controls over the citys financial reporting procedures, particularly with regard to capital assets. According to the report, Significant audit adjustments were proposed during the audit to adjust capital assets accounts for current year activity. Documentation is not getting to Finance to properly record activity, in addition to software conversion/significant capital activities since conversion, the report stated. Auditors recommended that the city review subsidiary details and evaluate differences within subsidiary and general ledger. Documentation of purchases needs to be submitted to the citys finance department in a timely way to ensure assets are being fully captured. McGaughy said that the deficiency does not indicate any deliberate mismanagement of city finances. She and City Manager Lannie Corbin said that city officials are taking steps to improve the transmission of information to the citys finance department. The city council also heard a briefing from Dennis Dingman, of Summit Professional Services, a consulting firm that assists the city in managing its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The program uses federal money to help improve blighted areas by assisting low-income homeowners with improvements or replacements of their dwellings. Dingman said that 10 applicants are expected to receive assistance from the CDBG program, with amounts of money ranging from about $25,000 to more than $68,000 to repair or replace each such residence. In one case, he said, a residents home must be demolished because it cannot easily be repaired, and also because it is located very near to the Citgo fuel depot on the shore of Boggy Bayou, too close to a potential danger zone in the event of any disaster occurring at the installation. As a result, said Dingman, the city program will help that resident with the cost of demolishing the current structure and moving into a mobile home elsewhere in Niceville. The resident will, however, retain ownership of the land on which the current home now stands, and will have the right to sell it. In other business, council members approved on second reading an ordinance to regulate the operation of food truck vendors. Three such readings must be conducted and approved by the city council before the ordinance becomes law. The most recent version of the ordinance, submitted to the council by City Attorney Dixie Powell, includes copies of the applications that would need to be filled out by food truck vendors wanting to operate within the city. The third, and presumably final, reading of the ordinance is expected to take place during a council meeting May 8. Council members also heard a briefing from Mariah McClaren, vice chair of Nicevilles Youth Advisory Council (YAC), made up of high school students who parallel the organizational structure and procedures of the city council. The YAC does not have the authority to pass ordinances or perform other functions typically done by a regular city council, but is involved in a number of public service projects and similar activities. Some of the activities briefed to the city council during the April 10 meeting included a recycling project that was successfully done at Niceville High School, as well as some upcoming activities such as an Earth Day cleanup project scheduled for April 21, a project to clearly label each of the buildings on the Niceville High School campus to make it easier for first responders to find their way during emergencies, and a project for YAC members to shadow various officials of city government during October of this year. Page A-2 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 THEBAYBEACON FREE HEARING PROFILEFOR SENIOR CITIZENS Like the aging process, hearing loss is usually a gradual occurrence that very often goes undetected by the affected person. People mumbling, asking them to repeat, missing key words, turning the TV volume too loud are all symptoms of hearing loss. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, call today for your appointment. James W. 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Make history and join the fun at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida's 42nd Saturday in the Park Festival. There will be plenty of handicap parking and a golf cart shuttle from Lincoln Park and surrounding streets. Vendor spaces are still available for Arts/Crafts, Nonprofit/Gov't Agencies/Clubs. Visit www.heritage-museum.org, call 850-678-2615. or email info@heritage-museum.org.

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volunteers, and is funded by annual assessments on each property. One resident who attended the budget workshop suggested that prior to implementing such a fee hike, the MSBU should hold a town meeting at which Bluewater Bay residents could attend, hear the reasons why such an increase might be necessary, and make comments of their own. The resident also suggested that copies of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19 be made widely available prior to any decision. Board member Felix Beukenkamp said he agreed that the public should be as involved as possible in any decisions about the budget or fee. He said he and fellow board members intend to reach out and talk to as many people as possible, between now and the regular MSBU board meeting scheduled for May 8, when the proposed spending plan may be voted upon. The proposed, tentative budget for the fiscal year to begin Oct. 1 calls for a reduction in expenses from the $341,594 budgeted for the current year to $331,812 for the next. However, the proposed budget does not yet include the amount of money to be carried over from this fiscal year to the next, and is subject to change before adoption. After a budget is approved by the MSBU board, it will be forwarded to the Okaloosa County Commission for final approval. No vote was taken during the budget workshop on April 10. The workshop was followed by a regular, voting meeting of the MSBU board. Board members approved spending $1,094 from the current years budget to install dwarf rudbeckia plants in front of both sides of the monument style entrance sign to Bluewater Bay, located at the intersection of Bluewater Boulevard and Range Road. The plants, expected to cost about $70 each, are intended to improve the appearance of that entrance to Bluewater Bay. Other proposals for landscape improvements throughout Bluewater Bay were also discussed during the meeting, but were tabled pending further discussion of the coming years budget. Also during the meeting, a Bluewater Bay resident asked MSBU board members to update the information posted on the MSBU website at bay.org. The resident said that information on the website is often outdated or missing. For example, he said, he checked the website for minutes of the previous MSBU board meeting before attending the April 10 meeting, but found that instead of MSBU board minutes, the website displayed only a set of minutes from a homeowners association meeting held at one of the neighborhoods within Bluewater Bay. Board members said that they would take action to correct the problem and post more current information. THEBAYBEACONWednesday, April 18, 2018 Page A-3 Commissioners also approved the gift of city-owned real estate at 115 Westview Ave., declaring it to be surplus, and agreeing to donate it to the Board of Trustees of the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida. According to the ordinance authorizing the conveyance, The board of trustees of the Heritage Museum has requested that the City of Valparaiso, along with Northwest Florida State College and Ruckel Properties, consider donating to the museum certain real property located at around the Heritage Museum for the use of expanding its museum offerings for the benefit of the City public. The ordinance also states, The city has no immediate future need for the property and has decided not to seek an independent appraisal. The city property is occupied by part of the building that houses the Heritage Museum. At 3,900 square feet, the property is valued in county records at $73,000. The museum has been seeking to expand its property on Westview in order to offer more programs teaching and demonstrating traditional crafts such as blacksmithing. Also during the meeting, City Commissioner Jay Denny was appointed to serve on the Niceville Valparaiso Regional Sewer Board, with a term to run through April 30, 2020. The city of Valparaiso have previously been represented on the sewer board by Mayor Bruce Arnold, who died last year, followed by Mayor H.H. Strong, who lost a recent election bid to current Mayor Brent Smith. Some Valparaiso residents also addressed the commission meeting. One of these was Bob Bachelor, who urged the city commission to be vigilant concerning any action by the Florida Legislature regarding state versus local regulation of short-term rentals of homes, especially by such large companies as Airbnb. Bachelor said such rentals may adversely affect Valparaiso and its residents, and could potentially cause the city to be overwhelmed by tourists, some of whom, he said, could party right next to your house. Another city resident asked the commission to revive the practice of curbside collection of recyclables, saying that currently some recyclable material is being put into ordinary garbage cans, causing some such containers to overflow, and wasting potentially recyclable material. Another resident complained about recent problems with the citys cable TV and Internet service, to include interruptions of Internet service, and the presence of some unburied cables in their yard, which the resident considers a safety hazard. City officials said that they were aware of such problems and that action is already being taken to correct them. Also during the meeting, city Public Works Director Nathan Kelley said that reconstruction of the T-pier at the juncture of Boggy Bayou and Toms Bayou is complete, and that the new structure looks great, and is already popular with local fishermen. 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Page A-4 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 THEBAYBEACON ArrestsOn March 25 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Ian Robert Foster, 32, of 125 W. 1st Ave., #30, Crestview, on a charge of shoplifting. The arrest was made on a warrant stemming from an incident in Niceville on Feb. 3 in which Foster had been seen taking some items from Walmart valued at a total of $177.89. * On March 27 Valparaiso police arrested Kelvin Tavion Sharp, 20, a detailer, of 505-A 23rd St., Niceville, on a charge of failure to register a motor vehicle. An officer stopped Sharp on John Sims Parkway for driving with an inoperable tag light and an expired tag. A police database indicated that Sharps license had been suspended, and that he was using the previous owners registration. Sharp also failed to exhibit any proof of insurance. He was issued a criminal citation, arrested, and transported to the Okaloosa County Jail. His vehicle was towed from the scene. * On March 29 Niceville police arrested Jeffery Jay Osborne, 31, at large, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and drug equipment possession and/or use. Police made contact with Osborne on Valparaiso Boulevard and ran his information through a police database, which revealed a warrant out of Okaloosa County. When asked, Osborne said that he had some heroin on him. A subsequent search revealed the heroin, as well as a syringe and a crystal like substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine. * On March 30 Niceville police arrested Alec Chase Sullivan, 26, of 331 Post Office, #455, Freeport, on a charge of retail theft shoplifting. Sullivan had been seen taking 9 items valued at a total of $246.47 from Walmart without attempting to pay for them. * On March 30 Niceville police arrested April Marie Owens, 25, of 401 South Rayburn St., Crestview, on a charge of retail theft shoplifting. Owens had concealed several items, valued at a total of $76.60, in her purse, and attempted to leave Walmart without paying for them. After a Miranda warning, Owens said she had the money to pay for the items, but she is addicted to the rush of shoplifting. * On March 31 Niceville police arrested Kurt Wade Barrentine, 30, listed as homeless, on charges of carrying a concealed firearm, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted Florida felon, and resisting an officer with violence. Also arrested was Louis Eaklen Guidry, 40, of 1043 47th St., Niceville, on charges of driving while license suspended, first offense, and drug equipment possession and/or use. Also arrested was Melissa Christine Sharpe, 31, of 196 Chicago Ave., Valparaiso, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and drug equipment possession and/or use. Officers responded to a midnight disturbance at an address on 2nd Street, and observed a blue Dodge truck leaving the residence. The officers conducted an investigative traffic stop, and found that Guidry had been driving. The officers also observed that Guidry and Barrentine had delayed stopping for the police emergency lights, and were moving around excessively, apparently concealing items. A police dog conducted a free air sniff around the truck and gave a positive indication of the presence of drugs. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 2 glass pipes with residue, and a police database indicated that Guidrys license had been suspended since January. Barrentine was told to exit the vehicle, but began resisting the officers, kicking and injuring one of them seriously enough that the officer had to be treated at Twin Cities emergency room. An officer spotted a 40 cal. pistol under where Barrentine had been sitting. A police database confirmed that Barrentine has 8 felony convictions. Sharpe had a purse that contained 5 syringes, a cut straw containing white powder, and 2 small clear bags with a white powdery substance inside, as well as an Inmate ID Card. A search of her person revealed a small bag containing crystals which field tested positive for methamphetamine. * On March 31 Niceville police arrested Chad Ray Scott, 45, of 107 Lake Court, Niceville, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and drug equipment possession and/or use. Police responding to a call of a suspicious person found Scott in a shed in the backyard of his residence. He had no immediate proof confirming that he resides there, however. Scott admitted that there were warrants for his arrest. He was detained pending investigation. A search of his person revealed a cut straw with white residue, and a bag containing a crystallized substance. A field test of these items gave a positive result for methamphetamine. * On April 2 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested DeShawn Lamar Anthony, 23, of 1209 Willow Lane, Niceville, on a charge of failure to appear for a misdemeanor offense. * On April 2 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Michael Joseph Babin, 23, of 8016 Foxhead Branch Trail, Niceville, on a charge of felony probation violation. * On April 3 Anita G. Alford, 59, of 316 Cedar Ave., Niceville, was booked into the Walton County jail on a charge of simple assaultintent / threat to do violence. She was released on bond later that day. * On April 3 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Sherry Lynn Ussery, 45, of 1477 Pine St., Niceville, on charges of knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked, aggravated battery on a police officer, firefighter, EMT, etc., and resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. * On April 3 Niceville police arrested Michaela Marie Turner, 27, of 301 17th St., Niceville, on charges of driving with driver license suspended, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer stopped a 2008 Mazda with no tag light, driven by Turner on Bayshore Drive, and during the traffic stop a police database indicated that Turners drivers license had been suspended in September 2016, and again in July 2016. A police dog conducted a free air sniff around the vehicle and gave a positive indication for drugs. A subsequent search revealed a grinder, a cut straw, and suspected marijuana, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. Field tests gave positive indications for all 3 substances. * On April 3 Niceville police arrested Gregory Edward Houde, 34, of 881 SW McCracken Avenue, Port St. Lucie, on charges of battery touch or strike, trespassing after warning, and resisting or obstructing an officer without violence. An officer responding to a disturbance call on Reeves Street at 10:30 p.m. observed a vehicle parked in front of the location of the disturbance. As the officer approached, Houde stepped out of the vehicle and announced out loud that he had a knife. The officer unholstered his service pistol and aimed it at Houde, ordering him to get on the ground. While on his knees facing away from the officers, Houde reached his hands to his pelvic region, where they could not be seen by the officers, who then assisted him to the ground for safety reasons. Houde continued to resist the officers, and while being taken into custody, began a verbal confrontation with another person, and also began swinging at yet another person. * On April 4 the Okaloosa Sheriffs office arrested Vanessa Marie F orgione, 21, of 286 Montana Ave., Valparaiso, on a charge of felony probation violation. * On April 5 Niceville police arrested Chester Lance McIntosh, 20, of 111 Perdido Cir., Niceville, on a charge of marijuana possession not more than 20 grams. An officer stopped a car with no tag lights on Redwood Avenue at 10:43 p.m. During the stop, the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed a green leafy substance which field tested positive for THC. * On April 8 Niceville police arrested Thomas Daniel Chesser, 36, of 125 Beacons Bend Rd., Crestview, on charges of trespassing an occupied structure or conveyance, resisting or obstructing an officer without violence, and disorderly intoxication in a public place, causing a disturbance. Police were summoned when Chesser, who had been sleeping inside a restaurant for about an hour and a half, apparently intoxicated, refused to leave when told to do so by employees. He had told the restaurant manager that he was too intoxicated to go anywhere. When officers arrived, Chesser was observed passed out at one of the tables. He was very lethargic at first, and his speech was slurred and mumbled, but he soon became irate and used profanity to the police, saying he had nobody to pick him up. When police attempted to handcuff him, he became combative, resulting in an injury to one officer, and he kicked a door as he was being taken into custody. * On April 6 Valparaiso police arrested Calvin Tyrone Johnson, 45, of 958 Denton Blvd., #2, Fort Walton Beach, on charges of attaching a registration license plate not assigned, and driving while license suspended, 3rd or subsequent offense. An officer made a traffic stop at 11 p.m. on a Lexus for traveling 78 m.p.h. in a 55 m.p.h. zone on Highway 85. During the traffic stop, a police database indicated that Johnsons drivers license was invalid, and that the tag on the vehicle was not registered to it. * On April 7 Valparaiso police arrested Edward Joseph Braden, 40, of 336 East Griffith Ave., Crestview, on charges of failure to register a motor vehicle, attaching a registration license plate not assigned, knowingly driving while license suspended or revoked, failure to have motor vehicle liability insurance, and possessing a controlled substance without a prescription. Also arrested was Charles T. McLean, 33, of the same address, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, and drug equipment possession and/or use. An officer made a traffic stop on a Mazda van pulling a trailer on John Sims Parkway at Bayou Plaza at 10:13 p.m. A police database indicated that the tags on both vehicles were registered to owners with suspended drivers licenses. The tag on the van was registered to a Ford truck. Braden, the driver, told the officer that he did not have a drivers license because it was suspended, and that he had removed the tag from his truck and placed it on the van. A subsequent search of Braden revealed a vial of clear liquid which field tested positive for fentanyl. McLean, a passenger, told the officer that he was in possession of narcotics and paraphernalia. A search of his person revealed 3 jewelers bags of a white crystalline substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as some green leafy substance which field tested positive for THC. * On April 9 Niceville police arrested Stephanie Richelle Davis, 23, of 3190 Pine Woods Dr., Crestview, on charges of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and drug equipment possession and/or use. Davis was the driver of a Dodge Caravan stopped on John Sims Parkway because she was not wearing a seatbelt. She consented to a search of her vehicle, which revealed 30 lorazepam pills and a small silver pipe containing suspected marijuana residue.Criminal summonsesOn April 3 Niceville police issued a criminal summons to Elizabeth Carolann Ritter, 27, of 363 Bracken St., #A, Crestview, on a charge of marijuana possession not more than 20 grams. During a traffic stop on John Sims Parkway, an officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from Ritters vehicle, and asked her if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. She said no. She agreed to a search of the vehicle, then said, Im not gonna lie, and gave the officer a bag containing suspected marijuana, which field tested positive for THC. * On April 8 Niceville police issued a criminal summons to Jason Christopher Mason, 37, a store employee, of 321 Saint Andrews Dr., Niceville, on a charge of retail theft shoplifting. An officer responded to a report from Walmart that someone had committed a retail theft and fled the store in a cream-colored Chrysler. The responding officer saw the suspect vehicle and made a traffic stop on John Sims Parkway. During a subsequent search, the officer found a stolen mini projector valued at $99, and a TV valued at $37.48. Mason told the officer that he had not stolen anything. However, a surveillance video at Walmart showed that Mason had taken the items, as well as some others, and passed all points of purchase without making payment. Total value of stolen merchandise was $231.36.OtherOn March 29 Niceville police received a report of the theft of a business card, and that some charges had been made on a stolen card. * On March 30 Niceville police responded to an address on Kelly Road where a 7or 8-year-old child had possibly broken a table and painted a Z on it. Police spoke with the childs parents and they agreed to pay for the table. * On March 30 Niceville police responded to the Okaloosa Tax Collectors Office, where a suspicious package had been found. The package turned out to be a hair dye kit and all was well. * On March 31 Valparaiso police responded to the Matador Club, where 2 men had had an argument, culminating in one of them sucker punching the other, giving him a lacerated tongue, bloody nose, and possible loss of consciousness for a brief time. The other man had fled by the time police arrived. The injured man was heavily intoxicated, and when EMS was summoned, he became agitated, refused to accept medical treatment, and approached a police officer in an aggressive manner, prompting the officer to unholster his Taser as a precaution. After a while, the victim calmed down, and decided to go back into the club for a drink. Police BlotterThe following accounts of the activities of police are according to records of the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and Walton County sheriff s offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the Okaloosa County and Walton County jails. Fire Department ReportsThe Niceville Fire Department responded to the following calls from April 9, 2018 through April 15, 2018. 0 Structure Fire17 Emergency Medical Calls 0 Vehicle Fire4 Vehicle Crash 0 Other Fire0 Vehicle Crash with Extrication 0 Illegal Burn5 Other Emergency Calls 0 False Alarms3 Hazardous Conditions STREET SiTUATION DATE TIME Twin Cities Blvd........................Medical..................................4/9/18.......................12:56 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................4/9/18.......................17:04 N. Partin Dr...............................Medical..................................4/10/18.....................11:07 Kelly Road ...............................Power line down....................4/10/18.....................12:18 26th Street................................Power line down....................4/10/18.....................15:26 John Sims Pkwy.......................Vehicle crash.........................4/10/18.....................16:58 Duncan Dr................................Medical..................................4/10/18.....................23:34 Valparaiso Blvd........................Medical..................................4/11/18......................08:09 Linden Ave................................Medical..................................4/11/18......................09:53 Kazmire Ct................................Medical..................................4/11/18......................11:34 White Circle..............................Medical..................................4/11/18......................12:05 N. Partin Dr...............................Good intent............................4/11/18......................16:49 S.R. 85 N..................................Vehicle crash.........................4/11/18......................17:22 S.R. 85 N..................................Cancelled...............................4/11/18......................18:55 Crestview Ave..........................Medical..................................4/11/18......................23:14 Linden Ave................................Medical..................................4/12/18.....................06:09 Pontevedra Ln..........................Service call............................4/12/18.....................10:22 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Cancelled...............................4/12/18.....................12:53 Pontevedra Ln..........................Service call............................4/12/18.....................15:36 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Vehicle crash.........................4/12/18.....................20:25 20th Street................................Medical..................................4/13/18.....................11:18 N. Palm Blvd............................Medical..................................4/13/18.....................17:44 E. John Sims Pkwy..................Medical..................................4/14/18.....................00:36 Pin Oak Cir...............................Medical..................................4/14/18.....................09:21 Matt Blvd...................................Medical..................................4/14/18.....................11:27 Rue De Palms..........................Gas leak................................4/14/18.....................18:35 Bullock Blvd..............................Medical..................................4/14/18.....................20:22 Royal Palm Dr..........................Medical..................................4/14/18.....................21:44 S.R. 85 N..................................Vehicle crash.........................4/15/18.....................09:30 Weekly Safety Tip: Use or store flammable products (e.g. pesticides, fertilizers, paint, gasoline) away from any source of heat or flame. Never smoke near flammable liquids. The Niceville Fire Department has a Facebook page, check it out! Niceville North BayThe North Bay Fire District responded to the following calls from April 9, 2018 through April 15, 2018. STREET SITUATION DATE TIME E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................4/9/18.......................08:32 Ida Coon Cir.............................Good intent call.....................4/9/18.......................09:43 Myrtlewood Ln..........................EMS call................................4/9/18.......................12:58 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................4/9/18.......................18:04 Windlake Dr..............................EMS call................................4/9/18.......................21:04 Sandalwood Cir........................EMS call................................4/10/18.....................09:49 Westlake Ct..............................EMS call................................4/10/18.....................19:56 S. Curacao Cv..........................EMS call................................4/10/18.....................19:29 Southwind Ct............................Public assist...........................4/10/18.....................22:59 Yacht Club Dr...........................Vehicle accident....................4/11/18......................14:46 Sandalwood Cir........................EMS call................................4/11/18......................19:58 N. White Point Rd....................Medical assist........................4/11/18......................21:14 Sandalwood Cir........................EMS call................................4/12/18.....................08:58 N. Lakeshore............................No incident found..................4/12/18.....................14:46 E. Hwy. 20................................EMS call................................4/12/18.....................16:14 Antiqua Way.............................EMS call................................4/12/18.....................20:29 E. Hwy. 20................................Dumpster fire.........................4/13/18.....................12:38 Visit northbayfd.org for more information. Kurt Wade Barrentine

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BEACONSPORTS BEACONSPORTSWednesday, April 18, 2018 Page A-5 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 info@baybeacon.comThe Bay Beacon& Beacon ExpressThe Bay Beacon and Beacon Express, incorporating the Bluewater Breeze, is published every Wednesday by Bayou Enterprises Inc. Free total-market home delivery to Niceville, Valparaiso, Bluewater Bay and Seminole, as well as mid-Walton County from Villa Tasso to Choctaw Beach. Subscriptions: One year, mail, $104. One year, electronic subscription, $52. All submissions for publication become property of The Bay Beacon.Niceville s NewspaperKaron DeyBookkeeper Cheryle ValentineReceptionistBunni FarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeAndrea WolfeGraphic DesignerStephen W. KentEditor and PublisherSara KentMarketing DirectorKatie KillenGraphic Designer NicevillePACK & SHIP PAINT NIGHT! Palm Plaza Shopping Center 1049 John Sims Pkwy. E., Ste. 2, Niceville Arrive 15 minutes early. Must RSVP. Space is limited.May 4th at 6:30 p.m.$35 per person at Call 850 279 3162 to RSVP 209 Government Ave., Niceville 678-7925Sales & Installation FREE Estimates Mon.-Fri. 8am 5pm Sat. by AppointmentSIMPLER CARPET & TILE, INC. Serving Niceville-Valparaiso for 50 yearsBrowse our selection of Hardwood & Laminate Niceville High School improved to 19-1 on the season with a commanding 10-0 win over Crestview last Thursday. The Niceville bats were quiet in the first four innings, but exploded in the fifth for 11 hits and 10 runs. Harrison Dorsett pitched the complete game for the Eagles, giving up only one hit and striking out five. Niceville has two home games remaining on the season. Milton comes to town on Friday and next Tuesday; Niceville will celebrate senior night when they take on Choctaw. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. Niceville fans enjoyed another great night of baseball as their Eagles got their 19th win on the season. Inset: Harrison Dorsett was almost perfect on the mound for the Eagles, giving up just one hit.Beacon photos by Paula MimsNiceville blanks Crestview Both the boys and girls Niceville High School lacrosse club teams came away with victories against Fort Walton Beach last Friday night at Eagles Stadium. The boys defeated the Vikings by a score of 18-2. Nathan Sheppard was the leading scorer for the boys with six goals, and Tyler Kersanac chipped in four. On the girls side, Niceville won by a final score of 11-4. Niceville's ten seniors went out on a winning note with Friday's win over Fort Walton. Inset: Niceville girls will only lose two seniors this year, Ally Keen, second from left, and Emily Paulson, third from left.Beacon photos by Paula MimsEagles take down Fort Walton Rocky Bayou Christian School lost a home conference game against St. John Paul II (Tallahassee) by a score of 7-4 last Friday afternoon at Rocky Bayou. Tied at one going into the fifth, St. John Paul scored five runs in the top of the fifth. Rocky scored two in the bottom of the sixth and one in the bottom of the seventh, but came up short in their comeback effort. Starting pitcher Jack Wolgast pitched four and two-thirds innings, giving up three hits and three earned runs, while striking out six. Second baseman Adam Mistretta had two hits and batted in one of Rocky's runs. Next up for the Knights at home will be Baker on April 24 at 4:00. Starting pitcher Jack Wolgast struck out four batters in four and two-thirds innings of work for Rocky Bayou. Beacon photos by Paula MimsRocky falls to St. John Paul II In the last home game of the season, the Ruckel Middle School Rams let their bats do the talking and scored 16 runs on 13 hits during last Monday, April 9 game against the Pryor Pirates, winning 16-4. Addison Moore had two hits and batted in four for Ruckel. Jack Messmore hit two homers and Braden Parker chipped in one. Ruckel closes out the regular season on the road this week at Destin on Wednesday at 4:00. Playoffs are set to begin on April 23. Braden Parker got in under the tag at home. Parker had two hits and batted in three for the Rams. Alec Morvay pitched two and two-thirds innings for Ruckel, striking out three and allowing three earned runs. Beacon photos by Paula MimsRuckel beats Pryor 16-4

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Beacon ExpressOUR TOWNWednesday, April 18, 2018 Page A-7 Master Sergeant Ardelphus McLaughlin Jr. of Bluewater Bay is retiring after 35 years of Military Service. MSG Ardelphus McLaughlin Jr. was born March 28, 1958. He is from a family of seven where several of his siblings also served in the United States Military. He is a native of Crestview, and graduated from Crestview High School in 1976. McLaughlins military education includes, Structured SelfDevelopment Level 4, Level II Range Safety, Master Resilience Training, Career Management Field 91/94 Ordnance Senior Leadership Course, Commanders Safety Course, Ordnance Senior Leadership Course, Enhanced Remote Equipment Target Systems Armor Direct/General Support Maintenance Course, Basic Non-commissioned Officers Course Phase 1, M-1 19K 10/20 Transition Training Program and Product Development Life Cycle. McLaughlins awards include (3) Army Commendation Metal, (1) Army Achievement Metal, (2) Army Good Conduct Metal, (7) Army Reserve Components Achievement Metal, (2) Armed Forces Reserve Metal, (3) NonCommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon and (1) Army Service Ribbon. McLaughlin is married to Roxie McLaughlin a native of Michigan. McLaughlin alongside his military career served with the Department of Justice Federal Law Enforcement from May of 1992 to May of 2012. He and his wife both retired from Federal Law Enforcement after over twenty years of service and now live in Bluewater Bay, Niceville. * Niceville native Stephen Farrell recently won a competitive, national audition for the United States Naval Academy Band. Comprised of active duty, professional Navy musicians, The U.S. Naval Academy Band is one of the nine premier musical organizations of the U.S. Armed Forces. Farrell graduated from The Collegiate High School in 2011, from Baylor University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance and from The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2017 with a Master of Music in Trombone Performance. A past winner of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Collegiate Division (2012), he was one of three International Finalists for the prestigious Gilberto Gagliardi Solo Competition held at the Paris Conservatory in Paris and selected as one of only four participants from the United States to attend the Alessi Seminar in Fossano, Italy, a weeklong international event hosted by Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic and professor of trombone at The Juilliard School. In 2017 he was invited to serve as a performing artist and clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company, which is one of two leading trombone manufacturers and innovators in the United States. Upon completion of recruit training at RTC Great Lakes, he was permanently assigned to the United States Naval Academy and promoted to Petty Officer First Class (E-6). Stephen is the son of Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Kenneth and Donna Farrell of Niceville. * Catherine Nicole Escoffier, Niceville High School Class of 2015, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force recently. Col Sal Nodjomian, USAF (Ret.), administered the oath of office. In the fall, Nicole will be entering the University of Florida College of Dentistry Class of 2022. Upon graduation she will proudly serve the USAF as a Captain. * Hannah Mizell, a senior Arts Administration major at the University of West Florida, has been named the recipient of the Kugelman Honors Program's Outstanding Student Award. The award was presented at UWF's Honors Convocation, held on March 30. Hannah has been accepted into Florida State University's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies master's of science in higher education program. She has been awarded a graduate assistantship for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters. She is the daughter of Chris and Mary Beth Mizell of Niceville. * Luis Gallego and Tatum Knowles both juniors at Niceville High School, were recently invited by the College Board to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). They both scored in the top 2.5% on the October 2017 PSAT among all Hispanic and Latino test-takers in our region. Every year, the NHRP recognizes about 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT. The College Boards NHRP program is an academic honor that can be included on college applications. Colleges may use this program to identify academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students. Luis and Tatum are both enrolled in Advanced Placement and University of Cambridge AICE courses at NHS. Whos NewsE-mail items to info@baybeacon.com Whos News Master Sergeant Ardelphus McLaughlin Jr. Stephen Farrell Hannah Mizell Luis Gallego Tatum Knowles FIT4MOM celebrated their 1 Year Anniversary with a Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting recently.FIT4MOM celebrates 1 year Paint the music is an activity sponsored by the Sinfonia Gulf Coast aiming to foster an appreciation for the visual arts and music while engaging students to express their creativity. Students painted how they felt while listening to excerpts from The Sound of Music. Student work was displayed in the lobby of the Emerald Coast Conference Center during the Sinfonia Gulf Coast GALA event, Rodgers and Hammerstein on Stage and Screen concert on March 31. Luke Lalli (pictured with his painting) of Edge Elementary placed 2nd. Mrs. Jennifer Harper is the Edge Elementary Art Teacher.Edge student paints the music In Loving Memory of Seth N athani el Par ker1990-2017Our deepest appreciation to First Baptist Church of Niceville for their love, support, and prayers. P reci ous S on Grandson B rother and Uncle Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21Please join us for sips, snacks, and shopping to celebrate the grand opening of our boutique. Hope to see you there!Giveaways Jewelry, Clothes, Gift Certi f icates Gift with Purchase Storewide SALE and more!Located in the Publix shopping center 1538 E. John Sims Pkwy. NicevilleMonday-Saturday 10 a.m 6 p.m. 850-424-716215% Dont forget to register for our Giveaways!your purchase during our Grand Opening April 20 & 21Off

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Joel Maneen, 40, Niceville, aircraft mechanic The best is the warmer weather. The worst is the allergies. Albert Brown, 42, Freeport, delivery driver The best part is Lentpreparing for and celebrating Easter. What I like least is that theres no football or basketball. Joe Doenges, 48, Niceville, physicianPage A-8 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 THEBAYBEACON & GENERAL REPAIRBrakes Water PumpsTiming Belts Struts/Shocks Expert, Certified Techs Detailed Estimates(850)729-6629 Quality Parts Friendly Service FULLSERVICEHAIRfor ladies & men Call Today!678-1977 Hair Styling Hi/Low Lites Shades Hair Color Perms Pravana Perfection Smooth Out 101 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville Tues-Fri 9-6 Sat 8-2 Evening Appointments Upon Request Redken Color & Products Kenra Haircare Products 143 S. John Sims Pkwy. Valparaiso ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS729-3300 CARING FOR FAMILIES -NEWBORN TO ADULTEMERALD COAST FAMILY MEDICINE Internal Medicine Pediatrics Preventive Care Sport/school Physicals ImmunizationsDr. T. 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