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  1. Law enforcement officials said Spring Break crime is down across the board, but crowds surged after March 31. PANAMA CITY BEACH — With Spring Break 2018 in the rearview, law enforcement already is looking ahead to next year in light of an emerging trend of college students shifting their annual vacation to coincide with the lift of Panama City Beach’s alcohol ban, officials said. The Panama City Beach Police Department (PCBPD) and Bay County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) recently released their numbers on arrests and the demand on officers from March 1 to April 16, the period law enforcement considers the Spring Break season. Many of the crime figures held steady from previous years, but both agencies saw fewer violent crimes and considerably fewer firearms on the streets. Both PCBPD Chief Drew Whitman and Sheriff Tommy Ford said their officers saw more families and experienced a calmer atmosphere on the beach during this year’s March alcohol ban. But as the calendar flipped to April and the alcohol ban lifted, a more substantial surge of visitors descended on the Beach than officers expected. Whitman said his officers were hearing explicitly from students — particularly those from a Louisiana college — that they had petitioned to have their Spring Break moved to April to avoid the alcohol ban. “A lot of schools are pushing their breaks back,” Whitman said. “We were prepared for a large first week of April. We knew it was coming. It was just a shock.” Whitman said the students didn’t cause a significant surge in crime or exhaust PCBPD’s available resources. He will be bringing the observation before the Beach Council, though, at a future hearing for their consideration, Whitman said. Mayor Mike Thomas has already said he is leaning toward extending the ban. Spring Break by the numbers Figures are provided by the Panama City Beach Police Department and Bay County Sheriff’s Office for the six weeks of Spring Break 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018: • Firearms confiscated: 93, 20, 46, 26 • Drug arrests: 507, 256, 210, 200 • PCBPD calls for service: 13,301, 8,792, 11,755, 10,859 • BCSO calls for service: 6,138, 4,482, 5,176, 5,268 • Total arrests: 2,423, 1,222, 1,163, 1,200 • Beach alcohol arrests: N/A*, 262, 176, 157 • PCBPD DUI arrests: 19, 32, 43, 16 * Law went into effect in 2016 “We didn’t have rules in effect, and people came down and misbehaved a little,” he said. ”[The former Spring Break] crept back in since a lot of places like Atlanta don’t have Spring Break until around early April or Easter.” Ford said he heard about schools shifting their breaks but did not have first-hand evidence of that. He said he was pleased with this year’s Spring Break, though, and simply described it as “manageable.” “Before, it was dangerous,” Ford said. “But the steps we took to curb those dangerous aspects of Spring Break have been successful.” Guns, violent crimes While Spring Break 2017 was mired by gunplay — with weekly shootings, resulting in two deaths and more than a dozen arrests — only one armed robbery stood out this year. Six Birmingham, Ala., males were arrested April 2 after a woman was held up at gunpoint near a motel in Panama City Beach for her purse. Each was charged with varying degrees of culpability in the armed robbery, and the case is still pending. Overall, the number of guns recovered by law enforcement during Spring Break has fluctuated since a steep drop immediately after the alcohol ban, which was written into law in 2016. In the last year of unfettered alcohol consumption on the beach, officers confiscated 93 firearms. In 2016, that number steeply dropped to 20, and then in 2017 the two agencies combined took 46 guns off the streets. This year, officers saw another drop as PCBPD and BCSO collected a combined 26 firearms, according to agency stats. Ford said the results are indicative of the Beach “reclaiming its reputation.” “The reputation we developed threatened visitation every other month of the year,” he said. “The decisions we’ve made have helped reclaim our reputation.” According to figures released by PCBPD and BCSO, arrests for violent crimes mostly held steady this year compared to Spring Break 2017 despite the lack of gunplay. Whitman said crime is generally random and can spike because of economic influences or weather, which essentially influence the number of people traveling to the Beach. But the trend since adopting alcohol ban has been a decrease and stabilization of major crimes. Many aspects of crime remained the same compared to figures from last year, including drug arrests, which dropped sharply immediately after the implementation of the alcohol ban. Officers arrested a combined total of 507 people from drug-related offenses in 2015 and since have seen that number cut almost in half each year. Total arrests have seen a similar trend between the agencies. In the days before the beach alcohol ban, arrests totaled 2,423 in 2015. This year that number was at 1,200 total arrests, only slightly varied from the previous two years. Alcohol arrests One significant shift from 2017 to 2018 was that arrests over alcohol on the beach sand saw a sharp uptick for PCBPD. Across the county, arrests for alcohol possession and consumption decreased — from 176 in March 2017 to 157 in 2018. However, PCBPD reported taking on the lion’s share this year with 127 arrests compared to BCSO’s 30 arrests. Whitman attributed the sharp distinction in the numbers to the lack of violent crimes freeing up officers to patrol more for minor infractions. “We were able to be more proactive,” Whitman said. “Major crimes take up more time. And when you prevent the big things, the little things go up.” Ford had a similar take on the numbers. He said because there were fewer violent crimes on the beach, his officers spent less time providing aid in the high-volume areas of PCBPD’s jurisdiction. “Ground zero for Spring Break is mostly within the Beach’s city limits,” Ford said. “Now things are starting to normalize, we are still working with them, but we focused more on the county’s jurisdiction.” Both PCBPD and BCSO are already digesting the crime figures and analyzing trend from this year in preparation for next year’s Spring Break. Seeing what he interprets as stabilization, Ford said the message going forward is to “stay the course” in order to not reverse the groundwork laid by the Spring Break laws. “What we’re doing has been effective,” he added. “This could easily go back the other way if we are not vigilant.”
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    Monday, April 23rd, 2018

    The Kramer Show. Heard on 101.1 in Panama City. Click here to listen live. Call the show at (850) 233-9988 Email the show at kramer@newstalk101.com Remember, you can sign in on this forum and post by signing in using your Facebook account! 12n: --- SHOW CHANGE --- *) BTW we're waiting another week for the change. --- GIULIANI --- *) Giuliani to the rescue of Trump. Here. --- DEPORTATION --- *) Californians support deportations? Wait. What? Here. *) 1 in 4 kids have an immigrant parent. Here. --- OLD --- *) you start becoming old at 41. Here. --- IMMIGRATION --- *) Albuquerque passes measures to help illegal immigrants. Here. --- LOCAL SCUM --- *) This guy, complete with face tats - raped a disabled girl. Here. --- PUSSIES --- *) Just another reason baseball sucks. Here. --- KIDS HELMETS --- *) AUDIO So was America better back then? Here. AUDIO. --- INCEST --- *) Guy kills his daughter, urm, wife . . . Here. 1PM: --- NO FUN PANAMA CITY BEACH --- *) So they're contemplatig pushing the no drinking deal thru April. Here. --- COLIN --- *) AUDIO Colin Kaeperdick refuses to stop kneeling, so he's having a hard time finding a job. Here. AUDIO. --- END OF WORLD --- *) Christian numerologist claims the rapture by the end of the month. Here. --- TIME OUT --- *) Kid in High School was put in TIME OUT for wearing a shirt with guns on it. Here. --- DOO DOO --- *) You know those air blowers in bathrooms? Yeah, well, they're spewing out doo doo all over the place. Here. --- DUMBASS --- *) Today's DUMB ASS OF THE DAY award goes to . . . here. --- SHOOTER $$$$ --- *) The Parkland shooter is donating his inheritance to the victims. Here. --- LGBT HISTORY --- *) Illinois will start teaching LGBT history shit in schools. Here.
  3. While it didn't quite reach the $3.12 million price tag, a mint-condition 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps rookie made a run at the record for most expensive baseball card. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the item recently sold for $2.88 million through Heritage Auctions. The only baseball card to ever fetch more was the legendary Honus Wagner card. Former NFL offensive lineman Evan Mathis turned out to be the seller. Per ESPN, he did so to buy a "dream home" for his wife and three daughters. To acquire the card, he traded away "90 percent" of his previous collection and made payments. In the end, he decided to cash in. "It's a remarkable price," Chris Ivy, the director of sports auctions at Heritage, told Rovell. "It was 10 years ago when we last had a Mantle 9 sell, but this sold for 10 times that." The card Ivy is referring to sold for $282,588 back in 2006, per Mark Inabinett of AL.com. Mathis played 12 seasons in the NFL, suiting up for six teams. He earned two Pro Bowl nods and won Super Bowl 50 as a member of the Denver Broncos. He has not played in the league since the 2016 season.
  4. GAS PRICES ARE GOING UP! Oil is reaching $70 a barrell. HOW MUCH ARE YOU PAYING WHERE YOU LIVE?
  5. THE KRAMER SHOW is moving to MORNINGS - Monday, April 30th! ABOUT TIME, RIGHT? If you were one of the many callers or emailers over the last 4 months, we've been listening. KRAMER IS MOVING! Rick and Bubba and Laura Ingraham will be moving too. THE NEW LINEUP: 6a - 9a: THE KRAMER SHOW 9a - 12n: RICK AND BUBBA 12n - 2p: LAURA INGRAHAM 2p - 5p: SEAN HANNITY 5p - 8p: MARK LEVIN 8p - 10p: ALEX JONES 10p - 12m: MICHAEL SAVAGE 12m - 6am: COAST TO COAST WITH GEORGE NOORY Thank you for listening to Panama City's Information Station, News Talk at 101!
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