Local and State News

White Magic Blessing Scam Lands Two In Jail After Stealing Jewelry and $10,000.00 in Cash

February 25, 2017 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Two people are behind bars following a spell-casting scam on residents in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fraud call Friday night at 5:00 PM from a resident of Driftwood Estates in Santa Rosa Beach. The victim stated that she invited Katiria Rodriguez Correa, 19, and Miguel ...

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Milton Man Murdered His Wife With A Hatchet Over Money

February 24, 2017 On 2/22/17 at approximately 0212 Santa Rosa Deputies responded to the 6400 block of Eva Street  in reference to a 911 call regarding a physical domestic disturbance.  According to the caller, he had struck his wife in the head with a hatchet during the altercation. Upon arrival deputies made contact with Todd Michael Brown as he was ...

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Active Duty Air Force Master Sergeant Stationed At Hurlburt Field Has Been Sentenced to Prison for Accepting Bribes In A Government Contract Fraud Scheme

February 24, 2017 PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – United States Air Force Master Sergeant Cody Boone Covert, 43, of Fort Walton Beach, was sentenced late yesterday to 23 months in prison and $126,300 in restitution for conspiracy (to commit theft of honest services and wire fraud) and bribery by a public official. Co-conspirator Michael Allen Braun, 54, of Forest Lake, Minnesota, is ...

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Pensacola Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

February 24, 2017 PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Shawn Ryan Goodfleisch, 38, of Pensacola, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. A jury convicted Goodfleisch on September 29, 2016, of receipt of child pornography and destruction of evidence to prevent seizure. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United ...

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Madison County Man Sentenced to 132 Months for Sex and Drug Trafficking Crimes

February 21, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Joseph-Michael Elias McFarland, 22, of Madison, Florida, was sentenced yesterday to 132 months for sex trafficking of a minor and distribution of the controlled substance ?-Pyrrolidinovalerophenone or “Alpha-PVP.” The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In September 2015, a confidential source met McFarland to ...

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Tourist In Critical Condition After Fall From 3rd Floor Balcony

February 20, 2017 A Nashville Tennessee tourist is in critical condition this morning after she jumped or fell off a third floor balcony at the Destin Emerald Grande condominium. The victim was intoxicated and reportedly going out onto the balcony to smoke a cigarette shortly before 3 a.m. according to her sister. She was found a short time later on ...

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Man Discovered Dead in His Yard

February 20, 2017 Officers with DeFuniak Springs Police responded to 92 Huggins Road at approximately 5:30 p.m. today in reference to a missing 93 year old man.  A neighbor reported that Floyd Russell Sanborn had not been seen or heard from since yesterday afternoon. The neighbor went to check on him and discovered a couple of notes that indicated Sanborn ...

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Crestview Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

February 18, 2017 Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that on February 16, 2017, a jury found Glenn David Winstead guilty of First Degree Murder in the death of Daniel Flynn. The trial began on Monday and concluded on Thursday evening. The Court proceeded to sentencing after the jury verdict and imposed a mandatory life ...

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Deputy Involved Shooting At Destin Motel (Update)

February 18, 2017 A Tennessee man who pointed a gun at two Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies outside a Destin motel Thursday night is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds after deputies fired their weapons in response. The OCSO had received information from the Nashville Police Department Thursday that 30 year old Randy Carl Patton of Antioch Tennessee had texted a ...

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Three Subjects Arrested Following Meth Bust

February 16, 2017 Choctaw Beach, Fla— Three people are behind bars following the discovering of meth at a home off Cedar Avenue in Walton County. On February 14th members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Units, along with members of the Florida Department of Corrections Probation and Parole completed a search of 341 Cedar Ave in the Choctaw Beach ...

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