CRIME & SAFETY
Panama City man arrested and charged with attempted murder
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The Panama City Police Department reports they have arrested and charged a homeless man with attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed another adult in the neck Friday afternoon. Officers said they responded to a report of a man running down East 13th Street with a stab...
Weekly Safety Report: Drug Trafficking and Teenage Crash Impact Panama City, FL
Five people have been arrested in Panama City, Florida for trafficking drugs, specifically distributing counterfeit M30 pills laced with fentanyl. Additionally, two teenagers from Panama City were seriously injured after driving into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Panama City man charged with molesting a child
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – A Panama City man was arrested after sexually assaulting a child, according to Panama City police. During an interview, the victim provided details of the encounter to the Gulf Coast Children Advocacy Center, identifying the suspect as 25-year-old, Jamarquez Dashon McGriff. The victim was 14-years-old, an arrest affidavit states. During […]
Panama City man gets two life sentences for 2019 shooting
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – A Panama City man was given two consecutive life sentences on Tuesday for his role in a 2019 shooting. In July of 2019, then-28-year-old Jermel Cromartie was charged with shooting Angel Santos multiple times. Santos’ life was saved that night after bystanders heard him screaming for help and called emergency […]
Major Fentanyl Bust in Panama City: Five Arrested with 166,000 Lethal Doses
Covert Investigation Leads to Significant Drug Seizure. In a significant crackdown on drug trafficking, the Panama City Police Department has arrested five individuals, uncovering a staggering 166,000 lethal doses of fentanyl. This substantial achievement is the culmination of a covert investigation aimed at curbing the alarming spread of fentanyl in the community.
BCSO: Traffic crash causes closures on Highway 231
BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - In a release sent out just after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Bay County Sheriff’s Office stated part of Highway 231 was closed due to a traffic incident. The report said the location of the crash was at Highway 231 and County Road 2321. It stated...
Update: woman in critical condition after accident on Highway 231
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Update 7 a.m. Tuesday: Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) says a 31-year-old woman from Dothan, Alabama is in critical condition after a two-vehicle accident, involving a sedan and a semi-truck, on Highway 231 Tuesday morning. The woman’s vehicle, a sedan, was stopped at a stop sign...
Protect your holiday packages from porch pirates
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — The Grinch isn’t the only one trying to steal Christmas. Local law enforcement says porch pirates case neighborhoods during the holidays, hoping to steal packages left at your door. “It’s always a risk when you order something and they deliver right in front of your door and they walk away […]
Bay County Schools welcome L.E.A.D
PARKER, FL. (WMBB) — The New Jersey-based Law Enforcement Against Drugs program made its way to Bay County at the beginning of the school year. 47 other Florida counties are already using it. Bay District Schools Safety and Security Sargent Larry Dickey says the non-profit has the support of police in their goal of protecting […]
Stay safe while holiday shopping
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Holiday shopping is in full swing, and thieves are on the hunt for their next victim. Local law enforcement says there are tips you should follow to protect yourself while gift shopping. “When you go shopping, take only the credit cards or cards that you will need to use on […]
Gulf County Sheriff’s Office Annual Toy Drive
PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (WMBB) — The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office is getting into the holiday spirit through its annual toy drive. The department is collecting toys for local kids in need that are identified through elementary schools in Gulf County and North Florida Child Development. This year, they are collecting for over 300 kids. […]
UPDATE: Car crashes into Panama City Beach apartments
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - We’re learning more about an incident where a truck reportedly crashed into an apartment building. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) says a 23-year-old man was traveling north on Thomas Dr., south of Captain Ave. around 4:45 p.m. Monday. The driver left the roadway, and the front of his vehicle hit a road sign. The vehicle went through the road sign and then hit an apartment building, located at 3821 Thomas Dr.
Panama City man arrested for stalking and sticking notes on parked cars
PANAMA CITY, Fla (WMBB) – On Tuesday, Panama City Police arrested a man after they investigated mysterious notes left on vehicles. The suspect was identified as Charles Edward Sparks, 53, who had been leaving notes on more than a dozen women’s windshields. One of the notes said, “Sorry if I’m being a creepy, but you […]
Panama City Police warn against impaired driving
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — For those enjoying the new Social District, or some of the many holiday celebrations, Panama City Police are reminding you not to drink and drive. December is National Impaired Driving Awareness Month. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration said during the week between Christmas and New Year’s in 2019, 210 […]
Man Arrested in the Florida Keys After Disturbing Threats
A 67-year-old man, Walter Frank Camp, was arrested in the Florida Keys after a series of alarming threats and erratic behavior during a DUI arrest. Local 10 News exclusively obtained police body-worn camera footage, revealing Camp's disturbing conduct during the arrest earlier this month.
Video shows Florida DUI suspect threatening deputies, K9 during traffic stop
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. – A man was arrested in the Florida Keys after a traffic stop for a suspected DUI ended in a profanity-laced tirade that included threatening deputies, body camera video from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office shows. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, Walter...
Panama City Beach Police Aid Santa with Cops n' Kids Toy Drive
Join the Panama City Beach police in their annual Cops n' Kids toy drive, helping Santa deliver gifts to families in need. With over 300 local children hoping for presents, your donations of toys, makeup, video games, and bikes can make a real difference this Christmas.
Pensacola man wanted for wife's homicide found in Panama City, awaiting extradition
The 36-year-old Pensacola man suspected of killing his wife the day before Thanksgiving has been found and arrested in Panama City. Darryl Jerome Walker was wanted by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office since Wednesday for the murder of his 35-year-old wife. The ECSO says law enforcement in Panama City found...
Man hospitalized after accident in Bay County
BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A man is hospitalized after a crash Monday night in Bay County, according to Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). At 10:45 p.m. Monday night, a Panama City Beach resident crashed when his SUV veered off the shoulder of the road and into the wood line at Joan Avenue, approaching Houston Street.
Springfield Teen Vanishes, Police Plead for Public's Eye on Jaidalis Zayas
The Springfield Police Department is anxiously reaching out to the community, pleading for assistance in the search for 15-year-old Jaidalis Zayas, who has been missing since Friday morning. A Facebook post shared by the Springfield Police Youth Aide Bureau describes Jaidalis as about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing around 120 pounds, in hopes that someone will recognize her and come forward.