CRIME & SAFETY
Alleged deputy misconduct caused trafficking cases to be dropped
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — An ongoing investigation into a Bay County Sheriff’s deputy is already being felt in the court system. On Tuesday morning three defendants were brought before Judge Shonna Gay and given the option to vacate either their convictions or their plea deals. The unusual...
BCSO officials believe human remains are those of a missing elderly man
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – Bay County Sheriff’s investigators believe they’ve found the remains of a missing Callaway man. The remains were discovered Saturday in some woods behind the Shadow Bay subdivision. Authorities believe it may be 84-year-old Stephan Henriques. Henriques suffered from dementia. He disappeared from his home on June 26. Right now, authorities […]
Mentor Monday: Police Officers as Mentors
Discover the inspiring story of 'Bigs with Badges', a unique mentorship program in Panama City, Florida. Learn how this initiative is making a difference in the community by bridging the gap between law enforcement and youth. Tune in for more on Mentor Monday.
More information released in Panama City Beach vehicle crash
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – The Panama City Beach Police has released additional information involving a traffic crash that left one person with life-threatening injuries. On Thursday, at about 8:20 p.m. officers responded to a traffic crash on Panama City Beach Parkway. Police wrote that Ashley Sullivan was driving a 17-year-old boy to a […]
Juvenile possibly on hallucinogen critically injured after jumping from moving vehicle
PANAMA CITY BEACH − A person is in critical condition after they leapt from a moving vehicle Thursday evening. According to a press release from the Panama City Beach Police Department, a 17-year-old male − who "had possibly consumed a hallucinogen" − jumped from a moving vehicle while being driven to a local emergency care center at about 8:20 p.m. on Thursday.
Teen in critical condition from traffic accident on Back Beach
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City Beach Police say further investigation has revealed the teen was being taken to Ascension Sacred Heart Emergency Care. Officials say they learned the 17-year-old teen had possibly consumed a hallucinogen, and while en route, had jumped from the moving car and hit the roadway, severely injuring himself.
Bay County SWAT involved in standoff in Fountain
This information is outdated. Click here for the latest. PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Bay County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in a stand-off with a wanted man Friday afternoon. “The Bay County Sheriff’s Office Warrants deputies developed information that James Milton Brown, wanted on a warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, was staying […]
Thunder Beach Owner speaks out after event organizer arrested
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) Thunder Beach Rally’s longtime owner Joe Biggs is speaking out. The former lead organizer of the rally, Chase Micheal, was arrested. He was charged with 22 felony counts of writing a worthless check. It’s face-value amounted to more than $500,000. He turned himself into the Bay County Jail last week. Court records show he bonded out on Sept. 22.
Body camera footage released in Sandestin Deputy-Involved Shooting
Body Camera Footage Released in Sandestin Deputy-Involved Shooting.
Missing juvenile from Panama City
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Authorities are on the lookout for a missing teen in Panama City. Panama City Police say 16-year-old David Jay Alexander was last seen on Saturday around 12th Court in Panama City. He was reportedly wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes. He’s approximately...
OC BikeFest Promoter Charged with Fraud in Florida
An Ocean City BikeFest promoter has been charged with fraud in Florida. According to OC Today, Chase Micheal is accused of passing more than $500,000 worth of bad checks and turned himself in to the Bay County Sheriff’s office in Panama City. Sheriff’s Officials report that Micheal is charged with 22 counts of fraud following his 2022 purchase of Panama City’s Thunder Beach motorcycle rally and then allegedly issued over $538,000 in worthless checks. He reportedly tried to build up the event by bringing in big name recording acts as he had done for his OC BikeFest/Delmarva Bike Week productions. Ocean City officials say their contract was with OC Jams LLC and Micheal’s mother was the point of contact. While the Town of Ocean City monitors the situation, they say all payments due and requirements under the contract have been fulfilled.
Six arrested in storage unit burglaries
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Sheriff’s Office has arrested six individuals after an investigation into storage unit burglaries led them to a home in Panama City. Law enforcement said in August, two burglaries of storage units were reported in the Star Avenue and Highway 231 area....
Robbery in Bay County park, two arrested
LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A man and woman are in custody after deputies say they assaulted a man and robbed him. The victim told investigators with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office that he was going to meet Alexis Nichole Buchanan at Isaac Byrd Park in Lynn Haven to drink.
Tyndall Fire Department facilities open
Tyndall Air Force Base took another step forward in Hurricane Michael's recovery.
Weekly Safety Report: Fatal Crash and Robbery Shake Panama City, Florida
Two incidents occurred in Panama City, Florida this week. The first incident involved a fatal crash between a pick-up truck and a school bus on State Road 77. The second incident was a robbery at a business on Calhoun Avenue, where a suspect forced his way into the back office and threatened an employee to obtain cash.
Former Thunder Beach Rally event organizer turns himself in
BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The former event organizer behind the Thunder Beach Rallies in Panama City Beach turned himself into the Bay County Jail. “There was a warrant issued a little while back, about a week and a half ago,” Sgt. Stephen Rhinehart with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office said. “I got in contact with [Chase Micheal.] He stayed in contact with me, and he surrendered himself [Thursday] night to us at the jail.”
Body found identified as missing man
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The body found on the north side of Back Beach Road on Wednesday has been identified. On Thursday, Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced the body found in the field near the Summer Breeze subdivision was 68-year-old missing person, David Dunlay. Dunlay was reported...
Wanted felon out of Evansville arrested in Florida
A wanted felon out of Evansville was recently arrested in Panama City Beach, Florida after fleeing from deputies due to alleged warrants against him.
Death investigation underway in Panama City Beach
THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH MORE INFORMATION. PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) – There is a death investigation underway after a body was discovered in a wooded area in the 17000 block of Back Beach Road Wednesday morning. According to Panama City Beach Police officials, a man walking his dog reported seeing the body […]
Walton deputies searching for family of non-verbal boy
Update: Deputies have now confirmed that the boy’s parents were located. WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Walton County Sheriff’s deputies are asking the public for help in finding the family of a non-verbal 10-year-old. “We are looking for the parents or guardians of this sweet little boy who was located near 8077 E County Highway […]