Local and State News

Walton County Jail Incorporates Walton County Fire Rescue EMT/Paramedics

October 2, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— For the first time, Walton County Sheriff’s Office is incorporating the use of EMTs and paramedics at the Walton County Jail. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics have the experience and skill in emergency situations that can be critical to preserving life in a jail environment. That’s why Walton County Sheriff’s Office has offered ...

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Former Correctional Officer Convicted of Violating Inmate’s Civil Rights

September 29, 2017 Panama City, FL – This afternoon, after a four-day trial, Willie L. Walker, 58, of Lynn Haven, Florida, was convicted in the U.S. District Court of depriving an inmate of his constitutional rights. The verdict was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In March 2015, Walker, while acting as a correctional officer ...

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Household Hazardous Waste Amnesty Day Set for Oct. 14 in Santa Rosa County

September 29, 2017 Santa Rosa County will host Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Amnesty Day on Sat., Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Santa Rosa County South Service Center, 5819 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Midway. 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 items from their vehicles. ...

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Third Man Arrested For Paxton Home Invasion

September 25, 2017 Paxton, Fla— A third suspect identified in a home invasion robbery in Paxton is behind bars. Anthony Antron Wilkins, 35, was the first arrested September 20th for his involvement in the June 27th incident when he and two others, Vance Gettis and Dawellyne Terry, robbed a home healthcare nurse at gunpoint. The three men kicked in the ...

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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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