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FIVE PEOPLE FACING GUN AND THEFT CHARGES
Santa Rosa County deputies bust a theft ring recovering a number of stolen guns at a Navarre home.  Sheriff Bob Johnson says five people, including three minors, were involved in at least 60 vehicle burglaries in Okaloosa County. Acting on a tip, when deputies arrived at the Prado Street home, they found a car that Okaloosa County deputies were looking for with the license plate removed and a bag containing ammunition, firearm magazines and a mask.  One person was seen running back into the house when deputies arrived and a few moments later ran out the back door and threw a bag containing five stolen guns over a fence where a deputy was waiting.  21-year old Deshaun Davis of Navarre is charged with multiple felonies of grand theft of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 19-year old Ladaria McCoy of Navarre, 15-year old Elyssa Masey, 17-year old Jyran McCoy of New Orleans, and 17-year old Jermaine Jones were all arrested on a warrant out of Okaloosa County.  Deputies are reminding you to lock your doors and remove firearms from your vehicles.

HAMRICK SENTENCED
An Escambia County man convicted of a DUI crash that claimed the lives of his two passengers is learning his fate.  29-year old Jamie Hamrick is being sentenced to 30 years in prison on two counts of DUI Manslaughter, the maximum punishment available.  In September 2018, Hamrick was driving his car on Old Palafox Road near the intersection with Sharmon Street when he drove off the road and into a large oak tree.  Hamrick then got out of his vehicle and ran away before first responders could arrive.  Hamrick’s blood alcohol level was .155 and was also under the influence of Xanax and marijuana.  His driver’s license is also permanently revoked.

NORTH SANTA ROSA COUNTY CRASH INVOLVING PEDESTRIAN
One person is hospitalized after a vehicle hit a pedestrian in north Santa Rosa County.  FHP says it happened at 6 this morning when a semi-truck traveling east on County Road 182 stopped in the roadway at Hickory Flats Road.  A grey GMC pickup driven by 61-year old Joseph Trawick of Milton was traveling in the opposite direction at the same time.  The driver of the semi, 52-year old Curtis Hazard of Cantonment, stepped out of the vehicle and was then hit by the pickup.  Hazard was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital with critical injuries.  FHP says charges are pending.

HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK
The number of hepatitis A cases in Florida continues to climb.  A Florida Department of Health report shows the state has had over 2-thousand reported cases this year. An outbreak of the virus, which can cause liver damage, started in 2018 and has exploded this year in parts of the state, such as in the Tampa Bay region and areas of Central Florida. In Santa Rosa, 13 cases had been reported so far this year and 3 in Escambia County. On August 1st, state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees declared a public emergency and encouraged people to be vaccinated against the virus.

KEY WEST COMMISSIONERS TO VOTE ON STRAW BAN
Key West is poised to become the latest Florida city to ban plastic straws.  City commissioners meet today to vote on an ordinance aimed at keeping the streets, beaches and water clean.  Businesses would be required to use only biodegradable straws or face fines.  If approved, the ban would go into effect in January.

GOVERNOR DESANTIS ASKING FAITH LEADERS TO HELP FIGHT OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Governor Ron DeSantis is asking Florida Faith leaders to help in the fight against the opioid epidemic.  At First Presbyterian Church of Orlando today he kicked off Project Opioid which goes beyond what hospitals and law enforcement do. The idea is to reduce overdose deaths, by encouraging those who are struggling with addiction to speak with pastors they’re connected to.

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