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Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Two individuals in a Fort Walton Beach illegal gambling operation were ordered by a U.S. attorney to forfeit $5.8 million Monday. Larry L. Masino, 68, of Gulf Breeze and Dixie L. Masino, 66, of Pensacola were convicted in February 2018 by a federal jury of operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering charges. Read […]

Medical marijuana and federal laws locked in policy dance

Medical marijuana and federal laws locked in policy dance

While state laws across the nation are allowing more use of marijuana for everything from life-threatening illnesses to recreational highs, the drug remains illegal under federal law. The U.S. Department of Justice has largely let states slide due in part to what is known as the Cole Memorandum. Written in 2013 by then-Deputy Attorney General […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 17

FLORIDA MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN 2016 JEWISH CENTER BOMB PLOT A U.S. Department of Justice statement said 41-year-old James Gonzalo Medina of Hollywood pleaded guilty Wednesday in Miami federal court to a federal hate crime and a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Authorities said Medina admitted to planning to attack […]

Human trafficking happens here too

Human trafficking happens here too

At 4 years old, while other little girls were having pretend tea parties with friends and parents, Melissa Woodward … Read the series of articles on human trafficking in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.  

Florida Senate should let debate begin on Open Carry

Florida Senate should let debate begin on Open Carry

Guest Opinion The organizing principle of my public service is Constitutional liberty. If government constrains itself to the Constitution, free markets, free enterprise and free people can thrive. Otherwise, we get catastrophic consequences such as ObamaCare, lawless executive orders and a government that (often corruptly) picks winners and losers. In a world of uncertainty, the […]

Woman sentenced for mortgage fraud scheme

Woman sentenced for mortgage fraud scheme

A California woman was sentenced May 14 in Pensacola to seven years in prison and ordered to pay more than $10 million in restitution for charges stemming from a mortgage fraud scheme, which included homes in Navarre, Santa Rosa Beach and Panama City. According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, 47-year-old Andrea […]