Local and State News

Sheriff’s Office Finds Indoor Grow House In Child’s Bedroom North Of Crestview

February 1, 2017 An Auburn community resident faces multiple charges after Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to a 9-1-1 call found an indoor marijuana grow in a child’s bedroom and inside a backyard shed. Deputies responded to 6132 Tansey Lane the evening of January 30th after getting a 9-1-1 call from the area. A male voice could be heard ...

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Arson Suspected In Three Fires Set Of Highway 81 In Ponce De Leon; One In Custody

February 1, 2017 Red Bay, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the State Fire Marshal’s Office in the investigation of three fires set off Highway 81 early Tuesday morning. Just before 5am Walton County Fire Rescue and WCSO responded to 3792 State Highway 81 in reference to a fully involved car fire. While units were on scene a structure ...

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Two People Found Dead In Local Motel

February 1, 2017 On 1/31/17 at approximately 7:00 am, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was contacted in reference to 2 individuals found deceased at the Emerald Sands Suites which are located at 6425 Hwy 90 in Milton. Deputies arrived after dispatch received the call and located 2 deceased individuals in a room. Shortly after, Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene and ...

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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Names Investigator Of The Year

February 1, 2017 Shalimar, FL – OCSO Investigator Michael Evans has served with distinction since 2008, and has excelled since his promotion to Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator. Last year he conducted nearly 70 successful investigations involving sexual predators and was recently selected to join a Federal Bureau of Investigation Task Force. His work has been recognized around the State ...

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Waffle House Robbed At Gun Point

January 31, 2017 A man brandishing a gun held up the Waffle House at 460 Racetrack Road near Fort Walton Beach just before 5 a.m. this morning before running out the door and heading north. The clerk described the gunman as a white male was approximately 5’6″ tall, stocky build and wearing sunglasses and dressed all in black with a ...

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Joint Operation Nets Six For Unlicensed Contracting

January 30, 2017 Walton County, Fla — A three day operation leads to the arrest of six individuals for contracting without a license. Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation conducted a joint operation focusing on unlicensed contractors Wednesday through Friday last week.  This operation began with a DBPR employee making contact with various suspects who ...

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Marianna Woman Charged With Conspiracy And Wire Fraud Involving The Theft Of $215,000 From Two Health Care Providers

January 30, 2017 TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Melissa Moniz, 44, of Marianna, was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court in Tallahassee after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging her with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud. The indictment was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. ...

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Suspect Wanted For Drug Trafficking Behind Bars After Being On The Lam For A Month

January 30, 2017 Freeport, Fla–Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies have apprehended Ramon Shaw. Shaw was wanted on seven active warrants following an incident on December 22nd involving the discovery of nearly 30 grams of methamphetamine in a vehicle he was driving. On January 17th Shaw was featured in WCSO’s Turn ‘Em In Tuesday social media campaign. Late Sunday evening Shaw was discovered ...

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Update On Caswell Drive Shooting

January 30, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, Fla—The suspect from a shooting that injured one person in Walton County is now facing multiple charges. Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home off Caswell Drive just before 11am Sunday morning in reference to a shooting. When they arrived they found the victim, Patrick Wilson, with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. ...

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Can You Hear Me Now

January 30, 2017 CRESTVIEW — The Crestview Police Department is warning residents to beware what is called the “can you hear me?” scam following reports from the Better Business Bureau and major news networks. Answering in the affirmative is all a scammer needs to execute the latest ‘can you hear me?’ scam,” the BBB stated in a fall 2016 warning. ...

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