Category Archives: Florida

Death penalty sought in boater’s murder

April 23, 2016

Local officials announced Friday that a Milton man will be charged with murder in the death and disappearance of an Alabama boater.

In a press conference, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said that investigators would be serving a homicide warrant to 36-year-old Michael Paul Rodgers, who is jailed in Louisiana on fraud and theft charges. Rodgers was arrested in Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana, after allegedly trying to assume the identity of a missing Gulf Shores man, 62-year-old James Gunther.

via Death penalty sought in boater’s murder.

Missing boater’s death now a homicide investigation, suspect nam – FOX10 News | WALA

April 23, 2016

The Escambia County, Fla. Sheriff’s office says the the death of 62-year-old missing boater James Bradley Gunther of Gulf Shores is now a homicide investigation.

That means more answers for a Gulf Shores community, mourning the loss of a fellow boater. Investigators say Brad Gunther was killed after he left this dock on his sailboat. Gunther had been missing for nearly three weeks.

via Missing boater’s death now a homicide investigation, suspect nam – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Missing Sailor Case Now A Murder Investigation

April 23, 2016

The body of 62-year-old Brad Gunther was discovered by family members a week ago. Now investigators in Florida are calling it a homicide and have a warrant for the arrest of Michael Paul Rodgers.

“Our office working with the sheriff’s office has obtained a warrant for homicide and has put a detainer on Mr. Rodgers.”

via Missing Sailor Case Now A Murder Investigation.

Close call as Tomahawk missile crashes near fisherman off Florid – FOX10 News | WALA

April 20, 2016

There was scary situation Tuesday near Eglin Air Force base, where a Tomahawk missile crashed in Okaloosa County.

It happened during a Navy test run, and the missile was not armed with explosives or radioactive material.

While no one was injured, it was a close call for a fisherman who witnessed the missile crash from his boat.

Chris Call was vacationing from Georgia. On the top of his list was a little morning fishing.

via Close call as Tomahawk missile crashes near fisherman off Florid – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Silver Alert issued for Pensacola woman – FOX10 News | WALA

April 18, 2016

PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - A Silver Alert has been issued for an 85 year-old Pensacola woman.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials say Jean Rodriguez Yenzer was last seen in the tenth block of Mohawk Trail in Pensacola Sunday.

Officials say she may be traveling in a 2005 black Ford Focus with a Florida tag number DK117.

via Silver Alert issued for Pensacola woman – FOX10 News | WALA.

Escambia Search and Rescue finds body of missing teen boater – FOX10 News | WALA

April 17, 2016

The body of a 13-year-old boater was found using sonar about five hours after authorities from several agencies as well as citizens began searching for him in and around Sherman Cove.

Deandre Lewis, 13, was tubing in the cove on Pensacola Naval Air Station when he disappeared, Lt. Elizabeth Tatum with Coast Guard Sector Mobile said Saturday afternoon. Later, Escambia County authorities told FOX10 News he was swimming and jumping off a boat.

via Escambia Search and Rescue finds body of missing teen boater – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Body of Missing Teen Swimmer Found in Pensacola

April 17, 2016

The body of a 13-year-old boy was found today by Escambia Search and Rescue (ESAR).

The 13-year-old disappeared while swimming in the waters southwest NAS Pensacola and Sherman Cove Marina. The victim and another teenager jumped off a boat in about 12 feet of water, the victim never resurfaced.

Using SONAR, the ESAR was able to locate the body of the teenager directly below where he jumped into the water off the boat.

via Body of Missing Teen Swimmer Found in Pensacola.

Sources: Body Found at NAS Pensacola, Believed to be Missing Boater

April 16, 2016

News 5 has confirmed a body was discovered Friday afternoon on the coast of NAS Pensacola.

There is currently an active crime scene on the strip of beach where the body was located, News 5 is told.

The body is believed to be that of 62-year-old boater Brad Gunther, who went missing last week.  Family members who spoke to News 5 a short time ago confirmed that’s what they were told by local authorities.

via Sources: Body Found at NAS Pensacola, Believed to be Missing Boater.

Friends of missing boater call disappearance a mystery, arrest m – FOX10 News | WALA

April 13, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Many in the Gulf Shores area are calling a missing boater’s disappearance a mystery. FOX10 News talked to neighbors and friends who know Brad Gunther, who they say he is an avid, experienced boater. A sex offender from Milton has also been arrested in Louisiana for using Gunther’s credit card and passport.

For a bay side community full of boaters, James Bradley Gunther’s, who they call Brad, disappearance is hitting hard.

“It’s very strange what has happened.”

via Friends of missing boater call disappearance a mystery, arrest m – FOX10 News | WALA.

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JPSO arrests man with missing Alabama boater’s passport, credit cards | NOLA.com

April 12, 2016

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Florida man found with a passport and credit cards belonging to a missing Gulf Shores, Ala. boater, according to arrest reports.  Michael Paul Rodgers, 36, tried to use 62-year-old James Bradley Gunther’s passport and other identification to obtain a Louisiana driver’s license, according to a Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

via JPSO arrests man with missing Alabama boater’s passport, credit cards | NOLA.com.

Man with missing Alabama boater’s passport, credit cards arrested in Louisiana | AL.com

April 12, 2016

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Florida man found with a passport and credit cards belonging to a missing Gulf Shores, Ala. boater, according to arrest reports.  Michael Paul Rodgers, 36, tried to use 62-year-old James Bradley Gunther’s passport and other identification to obtain a Louisiana driver’s license, according to a Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

via Man with missing Alabama boater’s passport, credit cards arrested in Louisiana | AL.com.

Florida man arrested in Louisiana with missing Gulf Shores man’s passport – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 12, 2016

HARVEY, La. – According to jail records here a Milton, Fla., man was arrested after trying to use a missing Gulf Shores man’s passport to obtain a Louisiana driver’s license.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies said Michael Paul Rodgers, 36, tried to use 62-year-old James Bradley Gunther’s documents and Florida authorities said he rented a hotel room using one of Gunther’s credit cards.

via Florida man arrested in Louisiana with missing Gulf Shores man’s passport – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Spring breakers flood Daytona Beach, spiking arrests 327% as Panama City Beach crowds slump | AL.com

March 29, 2016

Daytona Beach, Florida has witnessed a major influx of spring breakers this year as thousands of partiers flee Panama City Beach’s new alcohol restrictions.

Local authorities say that the 2016 Spring Break crowd has been the largest in at least five years, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported on Friday.

via Spring breakers flood Daytona Beach, spiking arrests 327% as Panama City Beach crowds slump | AL.com.

In a Florida Party Town, Last Call Leaves a Financial Hangover – The New York Times

March 21, 2016

The sun was sublime, the flour-soft sand could scarcely have been more tempting and the D.J. music thumped loudly enough to jiggle the beer cups resting on nearby tables. All that was missing were the throngs of booze-soaked, sunburned spring breakers who usually swarm this beach town during March.

via In a Florida Party Town, Last Call Leaves a Financial Hangover – The New York Times.

Two arrested in NWFL sex trafficking sting | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR

March 18, 2016

Two people from Fort Walton Beach are being held without bond after being charged with running a sex trafficking ring.

Tyler Hale, 45, and Jennifer Pope, 45, were arrested after a state and county investigation revealed they were running a human trafficking ring on Backpage.com on numerous dates in 2015 and 2016.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the case involved multiple victims that served as their ‘adult girl’ prostitutes in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

via Two arrested in NWFL sex trafficking sting | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR.

Spring break crack down in PCB sends teens elsewhere | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR

March 18, 2016

WEAR — Problems during spring break last year in Panama City Beach prompted a crack down at other spring break destinations as students gravitate toward them.

Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are both seeing a larger than normal influx of teens.

And the problems that have accompanied those spring breakers, have the leaders of those Baldwin County tourist spots discussing alcohol bans of their own.

via Spring break crack down in PCB sends teens elsewhere | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR.

Panama City Beach’s Spring Break is ‘dead’ as beach drinking ban drives partiers away | AL.com

March 18, 2016

Reports of the death of Panama City Beach’s famed Spring Break have been only slightly exaggerated.

So far, Spring Break 2016 has proven to be a far tamer and less profitable beast than the crime-ridden bacchanalia that shocked the nation in March 2015.

via Panama City Beach’s Spring Break is ‘dead’ as beach drinking ban drives partiers away | AL.com.

Spring breakers describe Panama City Beach as “empty” | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR

March 17, 2016

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Business and loyal Panama City Beach spring breakers describe the city this march as “empty.”

The college students that traveled to the popular party destination this year were largely disappointed.

“We had all these visions like ‘oh my god’ it’s going to be crazy parties and beach,’” Paul Ditolla said. “Then when we got here, it’s like ‘where are the crowds at? Where’s everybody?”

via Spring breakers describe Panama City Beach as “empty” | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR.

Police arrest dozens of spring breakers for drugs, underage drinking | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR

March 08, 2016

Okaloosa County deputies arrested dozens of people between the age of 18 and 20 for alcohol and drug related crimes in Destin and on Okaloosa Island over the weekend.

This comes nearly two weeks after Okaloossa County Sheriff Larry Ashley and other law enforcement officials promised to crack down on underage drinking.

Twenty-one of the 23 arrests were for underage possession of alcohol, one student was arrested for possession of marijuana and a 20-year-old Mississippi man was arrested on drug and alcohol related charges, said OCSO spokesperson Michele Nicholson.

A majority of the arrests were made in the Destin area and two others were on Okaloosa Island.

via Police arrest dozens of spring breakers for drugs, underage drinking | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR.

Spring break in Panama City Beach: Fewer people, more arrests | AL.com

March 08, 2016

Lower turnout, more arrests: Spring Break 2016 has opened in Panama City Beach with indications that a campaign to reign in out-of-control behavior is having an impact.The popular spring break destination drew national attention in 2015 for incidents including a video that officials said showed the gang rape of an incapacitated woman as a crowd of bystanders did nothing and a shooting spree at a house party. In April, a police official said the area had become a “war zone” and called for major changes. The following crackdown included some significant measures, including a ban on alcohol on the beach.

via Spring break in Panama City Beach: Fewer people, more arrests | AL.com.

Local lawmakers concerned BP settlement money for NWFL is at risk | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR

March 01, 2016

WEAR — Hundreds of millions of dollars in BP settlement money is supposed to be coming to Northwest Florida. But it has to go through Tallahassee first, and that has some local lawmakers worried.

They feel the money is at risk, even with a law on the books saying it has to come here.

Maggie Halsey’s story is a reminder of how devastating the oil spill was for Northwest Florida. She owns a beach wedding business called Barefoot Weddings.

via Local lawmakers concerned BP settlement money for NWFL is at risk | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR.

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