Local and State News

Robbery Suspect in Custody After Battering Woman and Stealing Tablet

September 25, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, FL – Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police Department responded to the area of S 18th Street on September 25, 2017 in reference to a Robbery.  A female advised that a man she knew as “Zuke” had driven up behind her while she was walking down the road. The victim stated the suspect got out ...

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Two Men are Now in Custody Following Home Invasion in Paxton

September 20, 2017 Paxton, Fla— Three suspects have been identified and two men are behind bars following an investigation into a home invasion robbery in Paxton. On June 27th, around 10:00 PM, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at a home on Richerson Road regarding a home invasion robbery with a firearm. The victim told deputies ...

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Three Okaloosa School District Employees Charged in Connection with Abuse Allegation

September 14, 2017 Fort Walton Beach, FL– A Fort Walton Beach teacher is charged with four counts of child abuse in connection with treatment of an autistic child while she was employed at Kenwood Elementary School. The former principal and a school district employee also face charges for not reporting allegations made against the teacher to the state’s child abuse hotline ...

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Home Invasion in Baker

Baker, FL – A Baker family says two men came into their Hilton Road home Sunday morning and stole a car and cash. One of the victims informed deputies that two white males entered the residence around 10:30 a.m. and took a wallet with cash, then stole a 2005 black Lincoln Town Car. She described the intruders as two thinly ...

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Juveniles Burglarize Cars and Set Boat Ablaze

September 10, 2017 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla—A report of a boat fire leads to the arrest of two juveniles after deputies link them to nine reported car burglaries and two stolen firearms. Just before 6 AM Saturday morning, September 9th, deputies were called to a report of a boat fire on Trae Lane. While en route, a resident living off ...

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Things to Remember While Traveling During A Natural Disaster

September 10, 2017 The Florida Highway Patrol would like to remind motorist that during the upcoming storm to please stay off the roadways. The local bridges will be monitored for wind hazards and will be evaluated for closure when winds reach 40 mph sustained. During the storm our troopers will be taken off the roadway, when the weather becomes too ...

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Home Auto Shop Severly Damaged After Multiple Explosions and Fire in DeFuniak Springs

September 8, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A structure fire rips through a Walton County resident’s home auto shop causing multiple explosions in DeFuniak Springs. At approximately 4:40 PM Friday afternoon, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a residential building involved in a structure fire on Corbin Gainey Road. The homeowner stated he had just left his private ...

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September 8, 2017 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A second suspect has been arrested for his involvement in more than a dozen car burglaries in Walton County. Felipe Da Silva Piraja, 24, was taken into custody yesterday evening following an investigation into a string of car burglaries that happened over a two week period in late August. On August 25th cars ...

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Important Information for Escambia, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties

September 8, 2017 All public K-12 schools, state colleges, state universities and state offices to close Friday, September 8 – Monday, September 11. Escambia County There ARE NO evacuations ordered for Escambia County residents, no matter the location. Host Shelters Pensacola bay Center located as 201 E. Gregory St. starting at 5 p.m. The shelter is for south Florida evacuees. There are ...

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Gaining Momentum: Walton County Fire Rescue Adds First Training Officer To Their Team

September 7, 2017 Walton County, FL – Walton County Fire Rescue, the primary provider of Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the largest fire suppression agency north of Choctawhatchee Bay in Walton County, announces the addition of Captain Ralph Everage as the department’s first Training Officer. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Resource Management from Troy ...

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