Local and State News

FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report 12/15/2017 – 12/28/2017

January 5, 2018 Escambia County Officer Land was on patrol in the Gulf Islands National Seashore with U.S. Park Ranger Robinson and witnessed multiple duck hunters near the Johnson Beach area of the park. Officer Land and Ranger Robinson contacted the hunters for a resource inspection. When Officer Land inspected one of the subject’s firearms, he found that it was ...

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Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Alert

January 5, 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 ...

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Florida State Association Of Supervisors Of Elections Scholarship Application Now Available

January 5, 2018 Crestview, FL – The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) will award (3) three $1200 scholarships at their annual summer conference. Applicants must be either a Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or  Journalism/Mass Communication major that has or will have completed two years of college and be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in a senior ...

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Local Nurse Sentenced To 60 Months In Prison For Tax Return Fraud

January 5, 2018 Tallahassee, FL – Tangela Lawson-Brown, 41, of Midway, Florida, was  sentenced yesterday to 60 months in federal prison after her conviction at trial in October 2017 for crimes arising from the filing of fraudulent federal income tax returns. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The court imposed concurrent sentences ...

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Walton County Man Arrested For Passing Counterfeit Money

January 4, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, FL – A Walton County man in custody for passing counterfeit money at two separate locations. Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police were initially called to La Rumba on New Year’s Day for suspected counterfeit bills.  Employees stated that a Kevin Ray Rose had ordered food and paid with counterfeit $20 bills.  Rose became upset ...

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Marijuana Found In Vacant Crestview Home

January 4, 2018 By Brian Hughes Crestview, FL — Warnings to protect delicate plants from recent freezing weather apparently struck home for an as-yet unidentified marijuana cultivator. Lacking a convenient greenhouse, the grower tenderly placed a pot sapling in a vacant unit at the Crape Myrtle Apartments on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. What wasn’t anticipated was that a pest control service, employed ...

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Suspect Who Fled To Israel Arrested As He Returns To The States

January 3, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, Fla—  A juvenile wanted on more than a dozen felony charges is back in Walton County after he’s picked up by the Transportation Safety Administration trying to fly back into the country. Seven suspects were thought responsible for more than 50 car burglaries in Walton Countym in September, which included five stolen handguns from unlocked ...

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Victims in Murder Suicide In Baker Tentatively Identified

January 3, 2018 The victims of a murder/suicide in North Okaloosa County have been tentatively identified as a married couple in their mid-sixties. The Medical Examiner’s Office has tentatively identified the victims as 64-year old William Rust and his 64-year old wife Gretchen. Investigators believe William shot his wife, then himself, at their home at 2121 Winners Circle in Baker on New Year’s ...

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Shoplifting Suspect Caught After Theft at Destin Store

Dec. 21, 2017 A Pensacola woman on probation in Escambia County for aggravated assault with a weapon is in trouble again, this time after being charged with grand theft by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. 27-year old Lashamonique Moore of Muldoo Drive was spotted grabbing clothes from a rack inside the Foot Locker at Destin Commons around 7:30 last night. ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report 12/0817 – 12/14/17

December 22, 2017 Cases: Escambia County Officer Allgood worked fisheries enforcement in the Pensacola Bay area and identified several individuals in violation. He issued notice to appear citations for possession of red snapper in a closed season and possession of undersized scamp and mangrove snapper. Officer Allgood also documented license and boating safety violations. Officer Allgood entered a hunt camp ...

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