Author: Wendy Victora Rudman

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Milton man pleads guilty to murder of Destin businesswoman

In a first degree murder case, it's rare for a defendant to plead guilty, according to Mark Alderman at the First Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office.

The charge carries a mandatory life sentence, with no room for negotiation and therefore, very little incentive to plead guilty, Alderman said. But that's what Jerry Geisler Odum did Friday.

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Tiger shark caught and released off Navarre Beach

After fishermen hooked a 12-foot, 6-inch tiger shark Wednesday, photos shot of the event lit up the internet.

The fishermen, reportedly associated with True Blue – a self-described community of shark fishermen based in Milton – walked the fishing line down the pier and pulled the animal into shallow water, where they measured, tagged and released it, according to spectators.

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County delays borrow pit vote

Santa Rosa County commissioners will not vote Feb. 25 on whether to repeal key wellfield protections as anticipated. Instead, county staff will bring the matter to the board at the Feb. 9 work session to ask for further direction.

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Grim reaper goes political

Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder, who has attracted national media attention during the coronavirus pandemic by dressing as the Grim Reaper to criticize the state’s handling of COVID-19, has set up a political committee to target Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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Militia card: everything to some, piece of paper to others

It means everything or nothing, depending on who you ask.

The Santa Rosa County website includes a copy of a card that individuals can print out and sign that identifies them as members of the Santa Rosa County Militia. The bearer, according to the card, is an “official member of the SRC Militia” and “thereby entitled to all rights and benefits accorded.”

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