Local and State News

Okaloosa County Officials Observe September as National Preparedness Month

Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.— Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety and Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) are observing September as National Preparedness Month in order to remind residents of easy ways to keep their families prepared and safe during emergencies. Weekly messaging will be released to news media outlets and community partners to help spread the word ...

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Ponce De Leon man victim of fatal ATV wreck

9/3/16 19 year old Dustin Douglas Manning of Ponce De Leon, FL was the victim of a fatal ATV wreck when the Honda ATV he was operating was struck by a 2003 Ford Mustang late friday night. On September 2, 2016 at approximately 11:45 P.M., 33 year old Wesley T. Floyd, of Ponce De Leon, FL, was traveling westbound on ...

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Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Alert

Chipley, FL – Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities.  There will be no planned lane closures on the state road system through 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6.  All major roads will be open to normal traffic.  In emergency situations requiring a lane /road closure, repairs ...

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Lantz indicted for First Degree Premeditated Murder of his mother

September 2, 2016 Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that an Okaloosa County Grand Jury has indicted Justin David Lantz for First Degree Premeditated Murder in the death of his mother, Robin Lantz. Officers responded to a call of an impaired driver under the Brooks Bridge. There they found Lantz holding a large object in ...

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Oscar Castaneda-Lopez indicted for 1st Degree Premeditated Murder

September 1, 2016 Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that Oscar Castaneda-Lopez, of Santa Rosa Beach, was indicted by the Grand Jury in and for Okaloosa County on a charge of First Degree Premeditated Murder With a Deadly Weapon. Castaneda-Lopez is charged with the murder of Osvaldo Torres-Michua. The victim was reported missing on August ...

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CHELCO reduces fee for credit card payments

     As of Sept. 1, CHELCO’s fee for credit and debit card payments was reduced to $3.00 per transaction. CHELCO negotiated the 95 cent reduction in the fee charged by its credit card processing company to save members more money.      Members can pay with their debit or credit card in office, online, by phone and at the ...

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Domestic Disturbance/Suicide Threats Defused By Walton County Deputies

August 31st, 2016 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— On 8/31/2016 at approximately 0430, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a Domestic Violence situation. Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Chris Strawn arrives on scene making contact with a subject threatening suicide with a knife. The subject was holding a knife to his throat and making statements requesting Sergeant Strawn to shoot him. ...

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Pensacola man sentenced to 180 months for Federal Child Pornography Offenses.

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Daniel Leroy Ard, 33, a registered sex offender in Pensacola, Florida, was sentenced today to 180 months in federal prison, after pleading guilty in June 2016 to receipt of child pornography. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. During an online investigation, federal agents discovered that on ...

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WCSO arrests Mississippi man for Grand Theft Auto among other charges.

August 30th, 2016 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Byron Scott Holifield, 18, early Tuesday morning after a vehicle and foot pursuit. At approximately 6:00am this morning, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a BOLO from Washington County for a vehicle that was stolen near HWY 20 and HWY 79, believed to be headed towards Walton County. Shortly ...

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Walton County Sheriff’s Office ends months long search for wanted man with arrest

August 29th, 2016 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Steven Daniel Hurst, 32, for multiple felony warrants. Approximately two weeks ago, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office reached out on social media for information on the whereabouts of Steven Daniel Hurst. Hurst has four felony warrants for Sale/Possession/Distribution of Methamphetamine and was also featured on the Emerald Coast ...

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