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Suspect in Armed Robbery Spree Arrested

Posted: 12/31/2007 - The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Fort Walton Beach man in connection with three armed robberies overnight. 23-year old Stuart Tyler Pratt accused of using a knife at three separate businesses in the county in an attempt to steal cash.

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Lockdown at Wewa Ends Saturday

Posted: 12/29/2007 - Dozens of prison inmates at the Gulf Correctional Institution, the state prison facility at Wewahitchka, were allowed limited visitation Saturday. It came a week after a disturbance that left 5-guards with minor injuries.

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Man Drowns in Weekend Mishap

Updated: 12/30/2007 - Panama City Beach police say a man drowned in the Gulf of Mexico Saturday afternoon while he was swimming.

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Local Soldier Injured in Iraq

Updated: 12/28/2007 - Another local family is dealing with the horrors of the War in Iraq. An improvised explosive device has wounded their son.

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Florida Population Growth Decline

Updated: 12/28/2007 - Florida's population boom is no longer booming. A new U.S Census Bureau shows Florida is no longer among the top five growth states, not even in the top 15.

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Witnesses to Strong Armed Robbery Chase Suspect

Posted: 12/28/2007 - Witnesses to a strong armed robbery in parking lot of Winn Dixie on Thomas Drive gave chase to the suspect, detaining him until deputies from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrived.

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Siebert

Updated: 12/28/2007 - Dr. Siebert prepares for his last hours as 14th Judicial District interim medical examiner.

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A Do or Die Day for the State Medical Examiner's Commission

Updated: 12/28/2007 - If you lose a loved one in the near future, you may have to wait longer to find out the autopsy results. That’s because at midnight Friday, Dr. Charles Siebert will no longer serve as the 14th Judicial Circuit Interim Medical Examiner.

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Contested voter rights case

Updated: 12/28/2007 - Florida has lost the latest round in the ongoing legal battle over the state’s voter registration law.

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Sexual Predator Driver’s Licenses

Updated: 12/28/2007 - Since summer, Florida law requires convicted sexual predators and offenders to have a code on their driver’s license that identifies them. Florida is the only state with this requirement. The sheriff who pushed for the law hopes other states follow Florida’s lead.

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Reward Money Increases

Posted: 12/28/2007 - You could earn as much as $2500 if you can solve the Train Depot arson case.

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Three Arrested in Strip Club Probe

Posted: 12/27/2007 - Three women, including an 18 year old from Westville in Holmes County, were arrested this week for indecent exposure at a Dothan nightclub.

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Election Registration Deadline Drawing Near

Posted: 12/27/2007 - You probably already know who the presidential candidates are. But if you want to vote for one of them, and you haven’t registered to vote, your time is running out.

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Strong Armed Robbery Arrest

Posted: 12/27/2007 - A Panama City woman is behind bars after trying to pull a strong armed robbery on a local woman.

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Two Bears Killed

Posted: 12/27/2007 - State wildlife officials are trying to find out who killed two Black Bears. Investigators say the 2-female bears were both shot to death.

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Holiday Millionaires

Posted: 12/27/2007 - In a couple of days, some Florida lottery players will find out if they are lucky enough to be millionaires. 12 people will take home one-million dollars. Another 25 will win 100-thousand dollars. And 200 will take home 10-thousand dollars.

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PIP Returns

Posted: 12/27/2007 - The requirement for drivers to carry personal injury protection insurance, or PIP, will once again become law on the first of the year. But most of you will probably not notice any big changes.

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Traffic Accident

Posted: 12/27/2007 - Local authorities temporarily shut-down the intersection of 231 and Highway 2321 Thursday.

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Local Tiger Attack

Updated: 12/28/2007 - The San Francisco Zoo remained closed on Thursday, while police continue their criminal investigation into a fatal tiger attack. Situations like this aren't as uncommon as you might think. Five years ago, a similar attack happened in Bay County.

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Presidential Candidate Makes Stop in Panhandle

Updated: 12/27/2007 - In exactly one week US voters will begin heading to the polls in the race for two presidential candidates, first in Iowa, then in New Hampshire. But Florida is looming not too far down the campaign trail.

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Top 10 News Stories of 2007

Updated: 12/27/2007 - We’re closing in on the end of another year and what a year it’s been. It’s, once again, been our honor and privilege to cover the news, weather, sports and other events that affect your lives, touch your hearts, or maybe just make your day a little better. And we appreciate your loyal viewership. Without you, we’d really have no reason to do what we do each day. Normally at the end of the year, we put together a special newscast, showing what we believe to be the top stories of the year. But this year we want you to play a big role in selecting what you believe to be the big stories of 2007. We’ve compiled about 25 stories that we saw as the most important to the people of Northwest Florida. By no means is this THE definitive list. But it is the most representative list of the stories we spent the most time and energy covering over the past year. We’re asking you to pick your top 10 out of the list. You can vote between now and Midnight January 1st. After that, we’ll calculate the results, and beginning January 2nd, we’ll present the top 10 news stories of 2007. We’ll feature one story a night, beginning with #10, until we work our way up to the #1 story. So, weigh-in with your opinion, have fun, and have a great 2008. And, once again, thanks for make NewsChannel 7 your #1 source for news. NewsChannel 7 is Coverage you can Count On!

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