Author Archives: Christopher Henderson

FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report 2/2/2018 – 2/8/2018

March 1, 2018 Escambia County Officer Pettey received information that a group of subjects were catching what appeared to be several hundred pounds of Bonita on the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier. State law prohibits an individual from keeping more than 100 pounds of Bonita unless they have a saltwater products license (SPL). Officers McHenry and Land arrived to assist. Together ...

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Gulf Breeze High School Senior Receives West Point Appointment

March 1, 2018 Gulf Breeze, FL – Matthew Hawkins, 17, has been selected for an appointment to The United States Military Academy West Point.  Hawkins received a nomination from Congressman Matt Gaetz in January, and made it through the final selection process to receive a coveted spot in the academy. Hawkins, a senior at Gulf Breeze High School, comes from a ...

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Santa Rosa Holds Household Hazardous Waste Amnesty Day Dispose of HHW at South End Service Center March 10, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Gulf Breeze, FL – Santa Rosa County will host Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Amnesty Day on Sat., Mar. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Santa Rosa County South Service Center, 5819 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze. This event offers residents the opportunity to dispose of HHW at no charge without having to drive to the Central Landfill in Milton. Residents will be required to remove ...

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Gov. Scott Highlights Major Action Plan and $500 Million Investment to Keep Florida Students Safe

March 1, 2018 Walton County, Fla. – Yesterday,Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Governor Rick Scott visited Tampa, Jacksonville and DeFuniak Springs to highlight his action plan to make major changes to help keep Florida students safe, including a $500 million investment in school safety and mental health. The Governor’s proposal, which was announced last week, followed the emergency meetings Governor Scott ...

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DeFuniak Springs Man Arrested For Identity Theft

February 23, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, FL – A DeFuniak Springs man is now behind bars for allegedly stealing the identity of the victim and withdrawing nearly $1,000.00. The Defuniak Springs Police Department received a complaint form a victim stating William Christopher Strickland used their bank account information to withdraw differing amounts that totaled over $900. Additionally, Strickland used the victim’s personal ...

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Alert Off Duty OCSO Sergeant Spots Crestview Burglary Suspect Driving Rental Vehicle

February 23, 2018 Crestview, FL – A Crestview burglary suspect’s luck ran out when an observant off-duty Sergeant with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office spotted him driving a car linked to some local break-ins, including one where he entered a Laurel Hill home while a nine-year old boy was there alone. OCSO deputies, with the assistance of Covington County Alabama ...

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Gulf Gray Triggerfish Opens March 1 With New Bag and Size Limits

February 23, 2018 The recreational gray triggerfish season will reopen to harvest in Gulf state and federal waters March 1. When the season reopens, the daily bag limit will be one fish per person (previously two fish per person) and the minimum size limit will be 15 inches fork length (previously 14 inches fork length). These changes were made at ...

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Two Suspected Heroin Dealers Arrested

February 22, 2018 Destin, FL – A search warrant executed by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at a Destin home Wednesday led to the arrest of two suspected heroin and crack cocaine dealers. 65-year old Leroy Figures and 31-year old Jessica Rae Hinds of Destin are charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of ...

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Walton Woman Killed in One Car Destin Crash

Destin, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a one-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Highway 98 in Destin Tuesday night. Deputies say the SUV was eastbound on Harbor Boulevard at a high rate of speed around 11 p.m. when it hit a light pole, partially ejecting the driver, 24-year old Brittany Torres of Santa Rosa Beach. Torres was taken to the ...

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Pryor Student Charged with Posting Threat

February 21, 2018 Fort Walton Beach, FL – A 13-year odd Pryor Middle School student has been charged with making a threat to kill or do bodily harm in connection with a social media post that states “I wanna shoot a school”. Roman Jackson said he was just trying to play a “joke”, did not have any specific school in ...

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