Author Archives: Christopher Henderson

Dale Blackwood Named OCSO 2017 Communications Section Outstanding Performer

February 16, 2018 Shalimar, FL – Dale Blackwood has been a valued member of the Sheriff’s Office since 1995, where he served as a deputy sheriff in the Patrol division before transferring to the Communications section in 1999. He’s been a Communications Officer, Supervisor, Communications Training Officer, Training/Quality Assurance Coordinator, DAVID administrator, and most recently achieved Accreditation Assessor certification. He is ...

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Destin Elementary SRO Named OCSO 2017 School Resource Officer of the Year

Shalimar, FL – Deputy Sonya Shepard has served with the sheriff’s office since 2004 and as an SRO since 2013. She has proven to be the ultimate School Resource Officer, founding several community service and civic clubs within Destin Elementary School: The Junior Deputy Leadership Posse is for students who have earned membership through a selection process that involves parents and ...

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Crimes Against Children Investigator Kelly Henderson Honored as OCSO 2017 Investigator of the Year

Shalimar, FL – Investigator Kelly Henderson is assigned to the Crimes Against Children Section and is tasked to investigate the most difficult cases we encounter. In 2017, she investigated 55 Child Abuse cases, four unattended deaths, two homicides, one home invasion robbery, 23 sexual batteries (20 involved child victims) and 16 Lewd/Lascivious molestation cases all involving children, some as young as ...

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Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Alert

February 17, 2018 Chipley– Drivers will encounter traffic variations on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities.  Okaloosa County State Road (S.R.) 189 (Beal Parkway) Intersection Improvement at S.R. 393 (Mary Esther Boulevard)– There will be intermittent northbound lane restrictions on Beal Parkway between Ewing Court and Water Street from 9 p.m. to ...

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Gov. Rick Scott: FBI Director Needs to Resign

February 16, 2018 PARKLAND, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement regarding the FBI’s admission that they failed to take action after receiving information on January 5, 2018, regarding “[Nikolas] Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.” Governor Scott said, ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report 1/26/2018 – 2/1/2018

February 16, 2018 Escambia County Officer Long checked a subject as he returned to the Heron Bayou Boat Ramp. While speaking to the individual, Officer Long noticed that both the vehicle and vessel the individual had been operating had expired registrations. A criminal history on the individual revealed he had an active warrant in Escambia County for violation of probation. ...

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City of Milton Fire Department to offer Fire Safety Classes for Restaurant Employees

February 15, 2018 Milton, FL – The City of Milton Fire Department will offer a series of classes on Restaurant Fire Safety & Portable Fire Extinguishers to help educate restaurant employees on fire safe practices, fire safety equipment design, maintenance and operation, and proper procedures for response to fires and similar emergencies. The class, which will be held at the City ...

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Sgt. Mike Rader is OCSO 2017 Supervisor of the Year

February 15, 2018 Shalimar, FL – Sergeant Michael Rader was assigned to the Special Operations Division Street Crimes Unit in December 2016 and tasked with setting up the new unit. Although not fully staffed until June 2017, the SCU has made a year’s worth of impact in its six months of existence. Sgt. Rader spent six months working with the Narcotics ...

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Okaloosa Man with BB Gun Near School Charged with Breach of Peace and Carrying a Concealed Weapon

February 16, 2018 Fort Walton Beach, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fort Walton Beach man who was spotted waving what appeared to be a gun near Pryor Middle School yesterday afternoon. 23-year old Charles Burke, no known address, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and breaching the peace. The OCSO got a call around 1:10 ...

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Pedestrian Killed Crossing Highway 98 in Destin

February 15, 2018 Destin, FL – A Pensacola man was struck by a vehicle while crossing Highway 98 early Thursday morning and died at the scene. The victim is identified as 41-year old Alfred Trimble Jr. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators say Trimble was crossing near the intersection at Stahlman Avenue around 3:49 a.m. when he was hit by a commercial ...

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