DeFuniak Springs Police responded to 57 N. 10th Street just after 6 p.m. Monday in reference to a caller reporting a possible murder. Officers checked the residence and found a female deceased inside the home. Detectives determined that 36 year old Stephen Anthony Taylor was responsible for the death and immediately relayed information to surrounding agencies. At approximately 8 p.m., Taylor was arrested at Burger King in DeFuniak Springs without incident. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney’s Office for the 1st Judicial Circuit are assisting in the on-going investigation. Taylor was later transported to the Walton County Jail on charges of Burglary and First Degree Murder.


For Immediate Release


June 26, 2017


Walton County, Fla – A Missouri man was arrested early Monday morning after threatening a Walton County Tourist Development Council employee with a gun.

Around 2:45 this morning, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a verbal disturbance on the beach in Inlet Beach. When WCSO deputies arrived on scene, the victim stated he had been collecting items left on the beach after hours when he was confronted by the suspect, later identified as Richard Chase Murray, 43, of Missouri. Murray stood in front of the Walton County TDC employee’s truck pointing a flashlight and a gun at the victim, threatening to shoot him if he did not allow Murray to retrieve his beach tent, cooler and beach chairs out of the back of the truck.

The victim identified himself as a county employee to Murray and explained that he was enforcing Walton County’s Leave No Trace ordinance, which was implemented to reduce environmental impacts on the beaches of South Walton. The suspect continued to threaten to shoot the county employee if he did not give him his property. After retrieving his belongings from the county vehicle, Murray left the scene.

Richard Chase Murray was later located by WCSO deputies and was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and transported to the Walton County Jail.


For Immediate Release


June 26, 2017


DeFuniak Springs, Fla – A DeFuniak Springs man has been arrested after attacking his brother-in-law with a golf club.

On May 14, 2017 just before 1:00 p.m., the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a physical altercation in a residential area just off of Highway 83 in DeFuniak Springs. When deputies arrived on scene, the victim stated he and his brother-in-law, Wilson Junior Mount, 54, were arguing over money when Mount grabbed a golf club and started swinging it towards his head. Mount then swung the golf club again, striking the victim in the back of the legs.

Responding deputies and the WCI K-9 Unit immediately began searching for Wilson Mount, who had fled the scene prior to their arrival, but were unable to track down the suspect.

Wilson Junior Mount was located and arrested on Sunday, June 25, 2017 for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was transported to Walton County Jail.

Houston County Road Closure

Fletcher Smith Road between McCoy Road and Willie Varnum Road will be closed today for bridge maintenance.


1967 Alabama Dixie Youth Baseball State Champions – International League of Montgomery
The members of the 1967 Alabama Dixie Youth Baseball State Champions from the International League of Montgomery will hold their 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday June 24, 2017. Thirteen of the sixteen members of the team will meet at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery at 3:00 p.m. for social time and reminiscing. The celebration will culminate at Riverwalk Stadium with the team being recognized at the Montgomery Biscuits vs. Birmingham Barons baseball game on Saturday night. The team will have the honor of throwing out the first pitch at 6:30 p.m.
By virtue of their Jenkins Brick sponsored team winning the 1967 International League of Montgomery championship Chuck Elliot and Tom Freeman were selected to coach the all-star team. Under the tutelage of their coaches the 1967 baseball season was the pinnacle for so many of the team members as they learned many of life’s great lessons. Coach Elliot and Coach Freeman were dedicated volunteers that had great chemistry they used to bring out the best in every player.
The International League of Montgomery (known today as the East Montgomery League) captured the 1967 city championship and then moved on to the State Tournament in Mobile where they won the state title. From Mobile, Alabama it was on to Red Bank, Tennessee for the 13th annual Dixie Youth Baseball World Series. The tournament came down to a final game between the host team from Red Bank, Tennessee and the Alabama state champions from Montgomery. Red Bank scored a run in extra innings to win the World Series that season. Through their effort and sportsmanship the Alabama state champions from the International League represented the state of Alabama well at the World Series.

Disaster Declaration Sought for Central and South Alabama counties from USDA

Montgomery, Ala. – Farmers were already in dire need of relief from several weeks of large rainfall totals where rain has saturated fields in central and southern Alabama.  To add insult to injury, Tropical Storm Cindy dropped additional extensive rainfall across the region this week. Widespread flooding in south Alabama along with localized flooding in central Alabama have created multiple problems for Alabama farmers, including significant crop loss.  Some of the crops affected, but not limited to, are cotton, corn, hay, peanuts, soybeans, specialty crops, and wheat.

These rainfall totals are unusual and have placed a tremendous burden on Alabama farmers. Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan, and Alabama Farmers Federation representatives have provided Governor Kay Ivey’s office with the most up-to-date information about the conditions farmers are dealing with.

“The potential adverse impact from Tropical Storm Cindy will likely ruin crops that are already planted while at the same time create conditions where other crops cannot be planted and harvested in a timely fashion.  Farmers have already spent money on seeds and fertilizer and now they cannot be fully utilized. This is a financial hardship on our farmers,” said Commissioner McMillan. Furthermore, McMillan added, “Many Alabamians might not realize the magnitude this kind of disaster event has on agriculture. Aside from creating a less than profitable growing season, this situation only adds to the already depressed prices for agriculture commodities.  The effect of this event will result in an economic loss for rural Alabama. Our farmers will feel the impact of this storm into this fall and winter.”

Commissioner McMillan stands ready to assist Governor Ivey in formally requesting Secretary Sonny Perdue, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to initiate a disaster declaration process within the impacted Alabama counties.

The Commissioner also anticipates that when the Governor proceeds with the request, USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) officials will begin to visit farms in the affected areas and make formal damage assessments. A USDA secretarial designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from USDA-FSA.

Commissioner McMillan added, “Farmers need to be patient as the secretarial designation process moves along.”

Culp named director of Human Resources

Dothan, Ala. – Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) is pleased to announce Kecia Culp, PHR, SHRM-CP, has been named director of Human Resources.


Kecia has 18 years of Human Resources experience, the last 16 plus years at SAMC. She joined the SAMC Human Resources team in 2001 as a benefits specialist. Since then, she has continued to grow professionally within the Human Resources department; most recently she held the position of benefits manager.


Kecia earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Human Resources Management from Troy University in 2000. She graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and the Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).


Kecia, a 2011 SAMMY recipient, is a Henry County native. She and her husband, Chris, have three sons, Harrison, Judson and Sawyer. When she is not at work, Kecia enjoys spending time with her family, Auburn football and trips to the lake and the beach.


For Immediate Release


June 23, 2017


Freeport, Fla – A suspect is behind bars after stealing a vehicle with the keys still inside at a gas station in Freeport.

On May 31, 2017, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Express Lane off Highway 20 in Freeport where a victim parked her truck at the gas pump and entered the store.

Surveillance video revealed a male subject casing the parking lot and leaving in the truck at 9:03 a.m. The suspect was later identified as Christopher Brian Piette, 26, of Freeport.

Responding units immediately began searching for the stolen vehicle, described as a 2000 green top and silver bottom Toyota Tundra with a 3 inch lift, Terra Grappler tires, new rims, an Alabama Crimson Tide tag on the front and a Green Hornet sticker on the windshield. On June 15, the stolen truck was found in an abandoned parking garage in Omaha, Nebraska.

On Monday, June 19, 2017 Christopher Piette was located in a residential area in Freeport and was arrested for grand theft of a motor vehicle and transported to Walton County Jail.

To see video of the theft click HERE


Montgomery County Republican Executive Committee sponsors U.S. Senate Candidate Forum




The Montgomery County Republican Executive Committee is sponsoring a U.S. Senate Candidate Forum Saturday, July 8, at the Farmers Market Café  on McDonough Street in downtown Montgomery 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


The Forum will feature Republican candidates who are running for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Senator Luther Strange.  Forum speakers who have been invited include U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks, Judge Roy Moore, Dr. Randy Brinson , U.S. Senator Luther Strange, Dr. James Beretta, Bryan Peeples and Dom Gentile.


Join the crowd for FREE hotdogs with all the trimmings at the Farmers Market Café – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


For Immediate Release

June 22, 2017


Miramar Beach, Fla – WCSO Investigator spots suspect wanted for grand theft at a local gas station early Thursday morning following a trailer being stolen from Yolo Board in Miramar Beach.


Just before 10:00 Wednesday morning, Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to 11610 US Highway 98 W in Miramar Beach in reference to a trailer full of merchandise that was stolen from the property. The victim advised a 2014, 8 X 6 white Husky trailer bearing Florida tag number 496QGF was stolen from outside of the business. The trailer contained paddleboards and miscellaneous memorabilia from the store.


Video surveillance showed a black truck, possibly a Toyota Tacoma, enter the parking lot at approximately 5:40 a.m. and leaving the parking lot with the trailer in tow at approximately 5:44 a.m.


After seeing a post about the theft on Walton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, two eye witnesses came forward identifying the suspect as Jason Edward Davis, 38, of Santa Rosa Beach and gave the location of the stolen trailer. Deputies responded to the scene and were told by eye witnesses that Davis dropped off the trailer in a residential area in Santa Rosa Beach.


Just before 1:30 a.m., a WCSO investigator was driving past a gas station in DeFuniak Springs when he spotted the suspect’s black Toyota Tacoma parked at a gas pump. The investigator approached the suspect and saw some of the missing merchandise from Yolo Board in the back of the Davis’s truck.


Jason Davis was arrested for grand theft and was transported to Walton County Jail.


A Florida AMBER Alert has been issued for Alanda McCoy, a white female, 4 years old, 3 feet tall, 41 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes, last seen in the area of the 6000 block of Berry Hill Road in Milton, who was last seen wearing a yellow spaghetti strapped tank top, a light colored skirt and blue flip flops. The child may be in the company of William Kavchak, a white male, 27 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, unknown weight, black hair, brown eyes. William goes by Billy. They may be traveling in a 2007, green Mercury Montego, Florida tag number Y53UNW. The vehicle may look light blue in color. There is a dent on the right front passenger bumper. The tail lights have plastic covers with silver lines on them. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this child please contact the Milton Police Department at 1-850-983-5420 or 911. #FLAMBER.

ADEM and City of Dothan Put on Notice

Lawyers representing the interests of citizens have informed the city of Dothan and ADEM of their intentions to proceed with filing suit against them because of violations committed in the process of expanding their landfill. The letter below explains:

A Professional Limited Liability Company
June 19, 2017
Certified Mail-Return Receipt
No. 7008 1300 0001 2360 3718
Hon. Lance R. LeFleur, Director
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
P.O. Box 301463
Montgomery, AL 36130-1463
Certified Mail-Return Receipt
No. 7008 1300 0001 2360 3749
Mr. Phillip Davis, Chief
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Land Division
P.O. Box 301463
Montgomery, AL 36130-1463
Re: Proposed Modification of City of Dothan Sanitary Landfill Permit No. 35-06
I represent Michael Del Vecchio and Bobby Lewis in regard to the above-referenced
On May 22, 2017, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management commenced
a 45-day public comment period and announced the scheduling of a public hearing on June 29,
2017 to receive public comment on a revised application for modification of City of Dothan
Sanitary Landfill Permit No. 35-06 submitted to the Department on or about March 6, 2017.
With certain exceptions described in Ala. Code § 22-27-48(d), as amended by Ala. Act
No. 2017-366 (approved May 24, 2017) (i.e., “permit modifications for the limited purposes of
changing liner and leachate collection design, changes in waste streams from within the facility’s
designated service area, changes in sequence of fill, changes to incorporate new technology, and
changes intended to bring a facility into compliance with statutes and regulations”), “[t]he
[D]epartment may not consider an application for a modified permit for a facility unless such
application has received approval pursuant to this section by the local governing body.” Ala.
Code § 22-27-48(b), as amended by Ala. Act No. 2017-366 (approved May 24, 2017). “Any
decision by the local governing body of a proposed modification of a permit for an existing solid
waste management site . . . shall be made in a public meeting only after public notice of such
application . . . and an opportunity for public comment is provided.” Ala. Code § 22-27-48(e), as
amended by Ala. Act No. 2017-366 (approved May 24, 2017). “In providing public notice of any
proposed modification, the local government shall at a minimum hold at least one public hearing
thereon, notice of the time and place of which shall be given by one publication in a newspaper
of general circulation in the municipality and in the official gazette, if any, of the jurisdiction.
Furthermore, the notice shall be given at least 30 days but not more than 45 days prior to the
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proposed date of the hearing.” Ala. Code § 22-27-48(f), as amended by Ala. Act No. 2017-366
(approved May 24, 2017).
As the May 22, 2017 public notice indicates, on September 16, 2014, the Board of
Commissioners of the City of Dothan “granted approval to expand the facility boundary for the
City of Dothan Sanitary Landfill.” Resolution 2014-246 approved “the proposed expansion to
the facility boundary of the Dothan Landfill located at 1290 Burkett Road to approximately 536
acres.” Resolution 2014-246, however, did not approve the revised application to modify Permit
No. 35-06 which was submitted to the Department on or about March 6, 2017. The revised
application includes several modifications that the Board of Commissioners did not previously
review or approve. For example, the revised application to modify Permit No. 35-06 increases
the construction and demolition waste disposal area acreage; extends the facility boundary along
the east side; revises the legal description of the facility; reduces the municipal solid waste
disposal area acreage; and reduces the total acreage of the facility.
Absent approval of the revised application for modification of Permit No. 35-06 by the
Board of Commissioners of the City of Dothan after public notice and public hearing, the
Department may not consider the revised application for modification of Permit No. 35-06.
Accordingly, my clients demand that the Department cease and desist all further consideration of
the revised application for modification of Permit No. 35-06. If the Department proceeds with
the June 29, 2017 public hearing on the revised application for modification of Permit No. 35-06,
such action will violate Ala. Code § 22-27-48(b), as amended by Ala. Act No. 2017-366
(approved May 24, 2017) and my clients will file suit against the responsible Department
officials to restrain any further consideration of the revised application.
David A. Ludder
cc: Mr. Thomas L. Johnston, General Counsel
Mr. F. Lenton White, City Attorney

HCRW Honors Supporters

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Houston County Republican Women presented two books to the Houston County Love Memorial Library in memory and honor of two ladies, Mary Lois Newton and Janie Solomon. HCRW appreciates their great service and dedication to this organization.

From right to left: Frances Williams (Membership), Judy B. Wise(Publicity-Public Relations), Barbara Wheelless (Secretary)
Lila Fillmore (President) Jason DeLuc (Library Director) Linda Overton (1st Vice President), and
Frances Conner Castlen (Achievement Awards)



Dothan, AL, June 5, 2017: WIRED Ministries and Wiregrass FCA announce an exciting partnership to bring a professional sports and athletic training camp to Dothan High School June 26-30, 2017. The sports camp will take place from 9:45 AM – 2:00 PM Monday – Friday. It is open to any skill level for youth who recently completed 5th grade through completed 8th grade.
Campers will select to register for one of eight sports including: Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Football, Tennis, Volleyball, Cheerleading, and Soccer. Sport specific training, conditioning, and team competition will be provided.

The training will be conducted by professionals in their sport and highly acclaimed local school coaches.
Lunch will also be provided to the campers. The camp is free, but advanced registration is required. To register for the camp, please visit and click on the link for FCA Camp Registration.

If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview for your specific media source, please contact Mike Phares at Wiregrass FCA (334) 414-1882 or email at

Public Hearing Scheduled by ADEM for City of Dothan Landfill Expansion




Houston County

The City of Dothan has submitted to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) an application to modify the Solid Waste Disposal Facility Permit for the City of Dothan Sanitary Landfill (Permit 35-06). On September 16, 2014, by Resolution, the City of Dothan granted approval to expand the facility boundary for the City of Dothan Sanitary Landfill. The proposed modification would expand the total acreage of the facility to 522.19 acres. The modification also increases the municipal solid waste disposal area to 69.9 acres. The construction and demolition waste disposal area would increase to 19.0 acres. The Permittee may accept for disposal at the municipal solid waste disposal area: Non-hazardous, non-infectious putrescible and non-putrescible wastes including but not limited to municipal solid waste, industrial waste, commercial waste, construction and demolition waste, rubbish, sludge and special waste approved by ADEM. The Permittee may accept for disposal at the construction and demolition waste disposal area: Non-putrescible and non-hazardous construction and demolition waste, and rubbish as defined by ADEM Rule 335-13-1-.03. The service area for the City of Dothan Sanitary Landfill would remain Houston County, City of Dothan, and City of Headland. The maximum average daily volume of waste disposed at the City of Dothan Sanitary Landfill would remain 400 tons a day.

The City of Dothan submitted a request for a variance from ADEM Rule 335-13-4-.20(2)(c)2. requiring that the maximum final grade of the final cover system shall not exceed 25 percent (4 to 1). The Permittee shall construct a final cover system with 3 to 1 final slopes for cells 6, 7, and 8 only. The City of Dothan also submitted a request for a variance from ADEM Rule 335-13-4-.22(1)(b) requiring waste to be confined to as small an area as possible. The Permittee has been approved to operate two working faces. Two working faces have been approved as follows: the first for the placement of MSW waste and the second for the placement of Construction and Demolition waste. The working faces must be confined to as small an area as possible.

The landfill is located in Section 17, Township 3 North, Range 27 East in Dothan, Houston County, Alabama.

Copies of the public notice and proposed permit are available for public inspection via the ADEM web site at, and at the following location Monday – Friday (except legal holidays), 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. A nominal fee for copying and/or mailing may be charged. Arrangements for copying should be made in advance.

Russell A. Kelly, Chief

Permits and Services Division


1400 Coliseum Blvd.

[Mailing address: PO Box 301463; Zip 36130-1463]

Montgomery, Alabama 36110-2400

(334) 271-7714

The Department has scheduled a public hearing to receive oral comments to be held on June 29, 2017, in the Dothan Opera House located at 115 N Saint Andrews Street at 6:00 PM.

Persons wishing to comment may do so, in writing, to the Department’s named contact above by July 6, 2017. In order to affect final decisions, comments must offer technically substantial information that is applicable to the proposed permit.

Any person wishing to participate in this hearing who needs special accommodations should contact the Department�s Permits & Services Division at (334) 271-7714 at least five working days prior to the hearing.

After consideration of all written comments, review of any public hearing record, and consideration of the requirements of the Alabama Solid Wastes and Recyclable Materials Management Act, and applicable regulations, the Department will make a final determination. The Department will develop a response to comments, which will become part of the public record and will be available to persons upon request. Notice will be sent to any person requesting notice of the final action.

The Department maintains a list of interested individuals who are mailed legal notices regarding proposed permits. If you wish to receive such notices, contact the Permits & Services Division via telephone (334-271-7714), US Mail (P.O. Box 301463, Montgomery, AL 36130-1463), or e-mail (

This notice is hereby given this 22nd day of May, 2017, by authorization of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.