Local and State News

Okaloosa, Santa Rosa & Walton Counties Announce Opening of Cold Weather Shelters

January 12, 2018 Okaloosa County: With the return of temperatures that threaten to move below freezing through the weekend, the Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety has announced the opening of cold weather shelters for those county residents who may not have access to proper heating. The north end shelter for Friday night, January 12, and Saturday night, January 13, will be located ...

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Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Alert

January 12, 2018 Chipley, FL – 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 lane restrictions on Beal Parkway between Ewing Court and Water Street from 9 p.m. to ...

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Five Arrested Following A Month Long Investigation Into A Retail Theft Ring

January 12, 2018 Miramar Beach, Fla —  A month-long investigation into an organized retail theft ring has resulted in criminal charges for five out of Montgomery, Alabama. On December 19th just before 9 pm deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to Tommy Hilfiger located at Silversands Outlet Mall on U.S. Highway 98 regarding a group seen shoplifting from ...

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Steak Delivery Salesman Arrested For Porch Package Theft In Walton County

January 12, 2018 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla—  A steak salesman is now behind bars after he was identified as a suspect in a package theft. On January 10, 2018 at 7:30pm, Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to S. Church Street in Santa Rosa Beach in reference to a theft. The caller advised a man in a white older ...

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Students Find Load Gun on Elementary Campus

January 12, 2018 Niceville, FL – First graders at Plew Elementary in Niceville found a loaded forty caliber handgun on school grounds Friday but thankfully no one was injured. Deputies believe the gun is connected to a case being investigated by the Niceville Police Department that took place in the area the night before when two suspects fled from officers after ...

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Middle School Student Charged With Making Threat

January 12, 2018 Niceville, FL – A student at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville has been arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor and sending a threat. The School Resource Officer learned Thursday, January 11, 2018 that 15-year old Robert Cameron Blalock had used the social media app Snapchat to post a photo of a handgun ...

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Walton County Investigation Results In Winter Springs Man Being Arrested For Online Enticement Of A Minor

January 11, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, Fla —  A Winter Springs man is behind bars following an investigation by Walton County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit (SVU). WCSO SVU with the assistance of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Ian Christopher Hannah, 33, on January 10, 2018. Investigators of the WCSO Special Victims Unit conducted an investigation where ...

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DeFuniak Springs Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges Following Search Warrant

January 11, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, Fla —  A 32-year-old man has been arrested on multiple counts of child porn charges. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 476 Bruce Avenue in DeFuniak Springs on Wednesday morning after a First Judicial Circuit Judge signed off on a search of the residence. Investigators from the Special Victims Unit and the ...

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Three Crestview Teens Arrested For Armed Burglary to Occupied Residence

January 11, 2018 Crestview, FL – Patrols by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit resulted in the arrest of three Crestview residents in connection with an armed burglary to an occupied home. A Deputy spotted three individuals in dark clothing walking through yards on North Pearl Street shortly before one a.m. on January 7th. During his contact with them, he ...

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Florida Department of Corrections, Waste Pro Announce Offender Employment Program

January 11, 2018 Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is proud to announce a new employment program, in partnership with Waste Pro, for offenders under state supervision. Secretary Julie Jones said, “The Department is incredibly proud of this new partnership, and we thank Waste Pro for their commitment to helping offenders. This partnership will truly expand the ...

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