Local and State News

Okaloosa County’s Destin Elementary SRO Earns National Award for Exceptional Service

July 25, 2017 Destin, FL – Two weeks after an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer was named Florida’s SRO of the Year, another OCSO SRO has earned a National Award for Exceptional Service. Deputy Sonya Shepard, the SRO at Destin Elementary School, received the recognition today at the Annual Conference of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) ...

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Walton County SO Seeking Information Following Theft From Paxton Business

July 24, 2017 Paxton, FL – On July 19, 2017 Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a theft call at Paxton Auto Parts located on U.S. Highway 331 North in Paxton. The victim told deputies a vehicle pulled into the business at approximately 3:20 A.M. and was caught on surveillance video stealing items from the store. A male and female ...

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State Roads 85, 123, 285 to close for mission Wednesday July 26

July 25, 2017 EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The 96th Test Wing is scheduled to conduct testing on the Eglin range complex requiring the closure of State Roads 85,123 and 285. Testing will take place July 26. The road should not be closed more than approximately 90 minutes at a time between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. For more ...

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Navarre Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Multi County Crime Spree

July 24, 2017 A Navarre man will spend a total of 25 years in prison for a multi-county crime spree that occurred over a period of twelve days. His co-defendant was also sentenced to 25 years in prison in March of this year.   According to a press release from the State Attorney’s Office of the First Judicial Circuit, Joseph ...

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Standoff After Domestic Dispute Ends Peacefully

July 22, 2017 Fort Walton Beach, FL – A Fort Walton Beach man is now behind bars after point a handgun at his sister and threatened to kill her after he was asked to move out. Deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded Doyce Drive around 9 p.m. Friday night in reference to a domestic altercation involving a handgun. ...

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Two Men Are Now Behind Bars After Using Counterfeit Credit and Debit Cards at Area Businesses

July 21, 2017 Destin, FL – Two men suspected of targeting local businesses with counterfeit credit and debit cards this week are now in custody after the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office tracked them to a residence in Destin. 29-year old Vincent Turner of Miami and 26-year old Malikus Earls of Fort Walton Beach face multiple counts of credit card fraud, ...

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Investigation Into Accidental Death Leads To Child Neglect Charges For Three Crestview Residents

July 21, 2017 Crestview, FL – An investigation into the accidental death of a 9-year old Crestview boy has resulted in child neglect charges against the victim’s mother, step-father, and grandfather. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was called to 1069 Farmer Street in Crestview on November 10, 2016 after 9-year old Esau Jamison was found hanging by a belt in ...

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Gulf County scallop season opens July 25

Starting July 25, all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the Pasco-Hernando county line will be open for harvest of bay scallops. Gulf County waters, including St. Joseph Bay, is the last area to open this season, starting July 25, and this area will remain open through Sept. 10 (includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in ...

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Missing – Endangered Person Santa Rosa County

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is currently working a missing – endangered person investigation. Phillip Andrew Wood DOB: 2/24/71 – 46 years of age White Male 5’9” tall 260 lbs Grey hair Blue eyes Vehicle: 2007 White Honda Civic GSI-R63 Florida Tag Last seen 4:45 am on July 16 at his Navarre residence, wearing a dark colored t-shirt, unknown ...

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North Carolina Man Pleads Guilty to Enticing and Traveling to Pensacola For Sex With A Minor

July 18, 2017 Pensacola, FL – Nicholas G. Peacock, 33, of Salisbury, North Carolina, pled guilty Monday in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola to enticement of a minor and interstate travel for illicit sexual activity. In April 2016, S.S. reported that her twelve-year-old granddaughter was missing and that she believed the child had met someone online and left with him. ...

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