Arrest made in 2023 fatal Bonifay shooting case
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Arrest made in 2023 fatal Bonifay shooting case

A Callaway woman has been arrested in connection with a 2023 fatal shooting in Bonifay. The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of Lois K. Merkel by officers with the U.S. Marshals Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Merkel had a warrant for a 2nd-degree murder in Holmes County for the…

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Veteran prosecutor rejoins State Attorney’s Office as Holmes Chief

Special to Holmes County Advertiser A familiar face is returning to the 14th Judicial Circuit to become the new head of its Bonifay office serving Holmes County residents, State Attorney Larry Basford recently announced. Jacob “Jake” Cook, who previously worked in the Office of State Attorney (SAO), 14th Judicial Circuit’s main branch in Panama City,…

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Suspect in New York child murder and arson apprehended in Holmes County

CAROL KENT Ckent@kentsmith.biz HOLMES COUNTY – A local man was taken into custody in the Prosperity community Thursday, Dec. 28, in connection to the 2004 murder of an 8-year-old Rochester, New York girl. Deputies with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, along with members of the U.S. Marshals Caribbean Task Force and detectives from Rochester, New…

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Former corrections officer sentenced for molesting minors

STAFF REPORT A former corrections officer has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for molesting minors. Jack Phillip Cates of Bonifay, who formerly worked at the Holmes Correctional Institution as a sergeant and led the K9 team for several years until his retirement, entered a felony plea on Thursday, Dec. 21, according to…

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Westville man sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to meet minor for sex

STAFF REPORT A Holmes County man’s lewd conversation with who he thought was a 15-year-old girl is getting him time in prison.  John Edward McGlaun, 61, of Westville, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, State Attorney Larry Basford said Thursday, Dec. 21. McGlaun spoke to who he thought was a minor through Facebook but…