Local and State News

6th Ranger Battalion to Hold Mass Casualty Response Exercise

Eglin Reservation – The Army’s 6th Ranger Training Battalion, in conjunction with the 96th Test Wing, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County Emergency Services and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, are scheduled to conduct their annual mass casualty exercise Oct. 3, 2018 between 10 a.m. and noon. The annual training exercise will take place in the northwest portion of the Eglin range ...

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WCSO Releases 911 Tape and In-Car Video of Events Leading Up to Triple Fatality

Thursday, September 20, 2018 Walton County, FL – On Friday, August 31, 2018 at approximately 11:45 pm the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the intersection of US Highway 98 and State Rd 283 in South Walton County in reference to a two vehicle accident that resulted in three (3) fatalities. According to the FHP news release, 21-year-old Dustin Lee Dupree ...

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Burglar Smashes Store Front Door for Two Packs of Cigarettes

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Milligan, FL – A man arrested for smashing the front door of a convenience store with a large rock caused $700 damage for $10 dollars’ worth of merchandise. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an alarm at the Sunoco Food Mart on Highway 90 in Milligan around 2:43 a.m. today and found the front door ...

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WCSO Searching For Murder Suspect in Ponce De Leon

September 16, 2018 Ponce De Leon, Fla — A physical altercation turned deadly early Sunday morning and Walton County Sheriff’s Investigators are looking for the man responsible. Just after midnight, WCSO Deputies and Walton County Fire Rescue responded to 9604 County Highway 183 South in Ponce de Leon following a 911 call. When they arrived, they discovered a deceased victim ...

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Speed Limit Increase on State Road 85 Near Niceville

September 7, 2018 Niceville, FL – The speed limit on State Road 85 (South Ferdon Boulevard) from north of  East College Boulevard to the State Road 293 Interchange near Niceville has been raised from 45 MPH to 55 MPH.  New signs depicting the speed limit increase have been installed along the corridor.   For more information visit the Florida Department of Transportation ...

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Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in four counties in September

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in four counties in September (list follows). Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil ...

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Two of three Crestview Police Department officers fired following investigation

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 Crestview, FL — Two of three Crestview Police officers charged under various alleged infractions of agency written directives and city policies have been dismissed following an extensive internal investigation. Officer Christina Dawson and Investigator Shawn Temple were fired on allegations including policy statement, distraction to others, violating laws relating to the Police Department, code of ethics ...

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Crestview Trio Arrested in Stolen Vehicle

September 3, 2018 Holt, FL – An OCSO deputy who noticed a suspicious vehicle on Log Lake Road found the driver hiding in the woods and two others near the car. He quickly learned the vehicle had been stolen from Chestnut Avenue in Crestview earlier in the evening. The owner, who said she may have left it unlocked with the keys ...

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Baker Student Arrested After Sending Threatening Messages

Friday, August 24, 2018 Baker, FL – A Baker School student who made threatening comments in a message to another student via social media was arrested today by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. 17-year old Kaleb Crooks is charged with making a false report about planting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction or concerning the use of firearms ...

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Crestview Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison For 2017 Baker Home Invasion (with previous stories)

Thursday, August 23, 2018 Crestview, FL – Joey Kyle Smelley, of Crestview, was sentenced to 20 years state prison on the charges of Burglary of a Dwelling with Assault, Grand Theft over $20,000, Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft of a Firearm. On September 10, 2017, Smelley, along with Cody Jon Kurpil, entered an occupied home on Hilton Road in Baker, ...

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