Local and State News

Crestview Man Sentenced To 60 Years In Prison For Sexual Battery And Designated As A Sexual Predator

January 20, 2017 Crestview, FL – Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that on Thursday, January 19, 2017, Judge Michael A. Flowers sentenced Tomas Wayne Alto to 60 years in the Department of Corrections after a jury found him guilty of three counts of Sexual Battery of a victim 12 years of age or older, ...

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Man With Gun Carjacks Gas Station Attendant

DeFuniak Springs, FL – A 20 year old man is behind bars after carjacking a gas station attendant with a handgun. DeFuniak Springs Police responded to Murphy Oil around 5 a.m. Wednesday morning in reference to a vehicle theft.  Officers arrived and discovered that the female victim had been forced to give up her keys after the suspect put a ...

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Reckless Driving Complaint Results In Drug Arrest

January 18, 2017 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A call from a concerned citizen leads to the arrest of a 33-year-old Freeport man for nearly 40 grams of methamphetamine. Just before 10pm Tuesday night WCSO received a call regarding a reckless driver heading east on Highway 98. A Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy observed the vehicle in the area of Watersound Parkway ...

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Home Invasion Suspect Killed During Altercation With Resident

January 08, 2017 Freeport, Fla— On Saturday, January 7, 2017, in the early morning hours deputies from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported home invasion, which resulted in the death of a male subject. After the initial emergency response, WCSO began investigating the home invasion which was on Loop Circle in Freeport. The encounter began with dogs ...

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Pensacola Man Convicted Of Robbery, Grand Theft And Resisting Stemming From A Convenience Store Holod Up

January 07, 2017 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced on Friday that on January 5, 2017, an Escambia County Jury convicted Jarell Blackmon of Robbery with a Firearm while Wearing a Mask, Grand Theft and Resisting an Officer without Violence. On February 6, 2016, a masked gunman entered the Beacon Store on Cervantes and E St in Pensacola and pointed a ...

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Laurel Hill Woman Arrested For Exploiting a 94 Year Old Crestview Woman

January 07, 2017 A Laurel Hill woman is charged with stealing thousands of dollars over the past ten years from a woman who is now 94 years old. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 68-year old Wilma Sue Coleman-Redmond with exploitation of an elderly person and grand theft of more than $50,000 from a person over the age of ...

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Suicide Threats Shuts Down South Crestview During Early Morning Hours

January 06, 2017 by BRIAN HUGHES CRESTVIEW — Multiple Crestview Police Department officers responded to the area of the Crestview Wal-mart and adjacent McDonald’s Friday morning when a reportedly armed man threatened suicide. The 29-year-old suspect called the police Dispatch Center at 4:44 a.m. and stated he was at Walmart, had a gun and was “going to blow his brains ...

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Home Invasion Suspects Sought

January 06, 2017 MILTON, FL – On Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at approximately 0442 hours the Milton Police Department responded to a home invasion in the 5400 block of Byrom Street. Upon arrival officers found two victims that were bound. The victims were released and transported to the hospital for related injuries. The suspects were described as two black males ...

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Applications Now Available For The 2017 CHELCO College Scholarship Program

January 05, 2017 CHELCO will award three one-time scholarships of $1,000 in April. The scholarship is designed to help members or their dependents with college expenses. Applicants must be a CHELCO member, spouse or dependent of a member and must live on CHELCO lines. Applications are available now, and the application deadline is Feb. 15, 2017. The applicants will be ...

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Carjacking Suspect Eludes Deputy On Foot After Car Chase

January 05, 2017 A car stolen from its owner at gunpoint Tuesday night was recovered a couple hours later after an OCSO Deputy spotted it being driven near Walmart in Fort Walton Beach and gave chase. A 22-year old man reported his 2005 White Honda Accord was carjacked around 8 p.m. from the parking lot of the Country Corner Food ...

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