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News Segment 1
Two Ethics Complaints Against Jones Dismissed
We previously reported on complaints to the Florida Commission On Ethics
filed against Walton Commissioner Larry Jones by Suzanne Harris and Mike
Judkins. Jones has maintained he felt he was not in violation and welcomed
the investigation. These came after Jones took a job with Waste Management,
a company who was seeking and eventually received a contract with Walton
County. The two complaints have been dismissed.
The complaints claim Jones misused his commissioner office by working for
and representing Waste Management. The claims indicate he misused his
position as commissioner for the advantage of the waste company, a company
he was being paid by. In Harris’ complaint it states, “The mere act of
employment with a company that is doing business with the county presents a
violation of the (state) code of ethics.” Both complaints also say Jones
accepted the job with Waste Management and did not notify the county.
According to the Commission On Ethics, the complaints also alleged that by
accepting the job, Jones “knew or should have known it was offered to
influence his official actions.”.
Jones says he consulted with then County Attorney Mike Burke and was told
there were no legal obstacles. Jones has maintained he moved forward based
on the legal advice. A year ago Jones told WZEP First News he did not
believe he was in the wrong and has tried to be open about his position. He
also says he made an effort to not participate in any action relating to
commissioner decisions about Waste Management. Jones has said that if he
was in the wrong and was mistaken, then he would own up to it.
The Commission on Ethics found no probable cause to believe Jones used
inside information gained by reason of his public position to secure a
benefit for his employer. The Commission also says an allegation that Jones
misused his position to benefit Waste Management was also dismissed with a
finding of no probable cause. The Commission’s rejection of the claims also
rejects an Attorney General’s Office investigator opinion about probable
Jone did not seek reelection of his Commission seat. He tells First news he
is actively considering applying for the open County Commissioner job. A
few years ago Jones completed a degree that better qualifies him for the
News Segment 2
Candy is everyone’s favorite treat on Halloween. Year-round, candy is one
of the tobacco industry’s favorite tricks. Fruit and candy flavored
cigarettes were banned under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco
Control Act in 2009. However, menthol cigarettes and other smokeless
products are amongst some of the productions not included.
There are increasingly more non-cigarette products available in Florida
which youth are using. Tobacco products in flavors like kiwi-strawberry,
chocolate and sour apple are available across the state despite
overwhelming evidence that these deadly products appeal to youth and lead
to a lifetime of tobacco addiction.
Many children and teens believe these products are less harmful than their
non-flavored counterparts. It’s no surprise that one in seven Florida youth
between the ages of 11 and 17 has tried flavored tobacco. Once they start
using one tobacco product, they are more likely to experiment with others.
The flavoring and lower costs of these non-cigarette smoked tobacco
products make them especially appealing to youth. All of these tobacco
products cause cancer, heart disease and other smoking-related diseases.
Smokeless tobacco includes chew, dip, snus and a host of emerging products.
Compared to cigarettes, these products can contain more nicotine.
Traditional smokeless products, like chew and dip, contain 28
cancer-causing agents. Users of these products have an 80 percent higher
risk of oral cancers and a 60 percent higher risk of pancreatic and
With cigarette smoking rates are on the decline, the tobacco industry has
created products and strategies that attract a new generation of tobacco
users. The array of flavored tobacco products that appeal to youth present
new challenges and concerns in the fight against tobacco use. These
products help create a new generation of lifelong nicotine addicts and of
Learn more about the dangers of candy-flavored tobacco and how you can help
protect Florida’s youth from this sweet deception. Visit
News Segment 3
Operation Felon Sweep
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), in partnership with The Florida
Sheriffs Task Force, recently launched an initiative to remove felons from
Florida’s streets. Operation “Felon Sweep” focused on removing violent
felons, felons with outstanding warrants and sexual offenders and predators
from our communities.
The Sheriff’s Office says it is proud to take an active role in the
initiative and to lead the charge in Walton County. During the sweep, a
number of cases were made to include the raid of Woodstock, a local head
shop; Christopher Black was arrested when a stolen firearm from Okaloosa
County along with narcotic equipment was located during a traffic stop in
South Walton; and the arrest of Gene Alden, who was charged with
distribution and possession of obscene material involving a minor.
Sheriff Michael Adkinson says their team of deputies and investigators
worked hard during the operation to apprehend criminals living in the
community. He says Walton County continues to be a great place to live and
they intend to keep it that way.
The Florida Sheriffs Taskforce coordinated the effort. The operation
combined 44 Sheriff’s Offices and focused on removing violent felons and
felons with outstanding warrants off the streets. The Operation in Walton
County alone resulted in 91 felony arrests, 10 misdemeanor arrests, 1
firearm seized, and various amounts of methamphetamine, crack/cocaine, and
marijuana. In addition to the arrests and seizures, 96 sexual
offender/predator checks were completed.
Florida Sheriffs Association President, Sheriff Susan Benton says felonies
are taken very seriously and they are proud to lead the initiative to get
criminals off the streets. She says the Florida Sheriffs Task Force will
continue to work to make Florida one of the safest states in the country.
News Segment 4
Looking for the arrest report? http://jailpublic.co.walton.fl.us. This is
the new jail search page. Use the drop down calendar to find dates.
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The Rotary Club of DeFuniak Springs is holding a Night Golf Tournament on
Friday, October 26th at the DeFuniak Springs Country Club. Come play golf
in the moonlight using lit golf balls and specially marked greens.
Registration begins at 5:30 pm. Shotgun start at dark. BBQ Pork will be
served from 6-7 pm. The entry fee is $45 per person and includes 3
mulligan, string, cart, green fees, and meal. For more information or to
register, contact Robert Harrington at 801-498-0029.
Obituaries - Listen in the morning, just after noon and the 4pm hour
Also online at our
Mrs. Joann E. Sly, age 79, passed away October 18, at Sacred Heart Hospital
after a lengthy illness. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers condolences may be sent to the family at PO Box 4764,
Seaside, Florida 32459. You may go online to view obituaries, offer
condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn
Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Mr. Leon Orell Mitchem, age 83, of DeFuniak Springs, and Hartford, Alabama
passed away October 15. A time of Visitation will be held 6:00~8:00 PM,
Friday, October 19, at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home. Funeral services will be
held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 20, at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church at
1015 Pleasant Ridge Road, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. Burial will
follow in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery with full military honors. Floral
arrangements are being accepted. You may go online to view obituaries,
offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn
Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Mr. Darwin O. Dunlap, age 74, passed away September 21. Funeral services
will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, October 21 at the Destin Elk Lodge #2688. You
may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at
www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the
Velma Brackins Messer, age 65, passed away Tuesday, October 2. A memorial
service will be held Saturday, October 20 at 1pm at the Community Holiness
Church. Visitation will be from 11am to 1pm. Her ashes will be interned at
Brakins Family Plot in Alaqua Cemetery. Faith Chapel Funeral Home is in
charge of the arrangements.
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