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Jul 22, 2022

County undecided on location of new EMS tower

Okaloosa County commissioners voted not to proceed with construction of a new emergency services tower in Holt at last Monday’s board meeting, opting instead to ask staff to look at another location.

Jul 20, 2022

Toxicology report shows Wilks had drugs in system

On Tuesday, July 19, the autopsy results for Calvin Wilks Jr., who died after a incident with Crestview Police in October 2021, were released.

The autopsy report describes the cause of death as “cardiac dysrhythmia following physical exertion, prone restraint, and deployment of electroshock neuromuscular incapacitation device.”

Jul 19, 2022

New high-speed internet option coming to Crestview

Crestview and north Okaloosa County residents could have more options for their high-speed internet service in the coming months.

LiveOak Fiber announced on July 11 its plans to invest $100 million to build and operate a high-speed fiber optic network across Okaloosa County.

Jul 19, 2022

Parent challenges school safety protocols

A father is questioning the safety of his child at a summertime daycare operated at Bob Sikes Elementary School in Crestview.

John Leitschuck is angry that the same protocols that apply to the school apparently don’t apply to the daycare.

Jul 13, 2022

Bush House renovations nearing completion

It’s been years in the making – some might even say decades – but Crestview’s history is finally getting its own museum.

The demolition and reconstruction work on the Lorenza Bush House, a 3,600 square-foot Craftsman first built in 1925 for the wife of a railroad tracks supervisor, is complete.

Jul 12, 2022

Blue Angels more than team of elite pilots

Petty Officer 2nd Class John Russell is a man on a mission. A rookie with the Blue Angels, Russell hopes to earn his keep as the elite organization’s flight line controller. “First,” he said with an easy smile, “I need to make E-6.”

Jul 8, 2022

Two 15-year-olds facing murder charges in shooting death of Crestview teen

Two 15-year-olds have been charged with the murder of a Crestview teen Thursday afternoon. According to Fort Walton Beach police, two 15-year-old boys – Brandon Lanieux and Trevor Brown – met 18-year-old Sean Yadriel Burgos-Jimenez of Crestview in the parking lot of the Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center on Jet Drive NW.

Jul 7, 2022

Former Baker fire chief indicted for murder

An Escambia County Grand Jury has indicted Brian Keith Easterling for the charge of First Degree Murder.

The Indictment stems from the June 2, 2022, shooting death of Michael Evers.

Jul 7, 2022

Construction set to begin on I-10 exchange at P.J. Adams

The Florida Department of Transportation recently announced work will begin on the I-10 interchange at Antioch Road/P.J. Adams later this month.

The project is expected to be completed by 2026.

Jul 5, 2022

City employees to receive mid-year cost-of-living raises

Most Crestview city employees will soon see a little extra in their paychecks.

City Council, at last Monday’s meeting, approved a one-time $1,000 bonus and a 3% cost of living raise for all city workers below the “director” level.