Local and State News

Mossy Head Teenager Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for the 2013 Murder of 77 year old Arthur Gerald Anderson

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Judge Kelvin Wells sentenced Haley Nicole Bowden on September 27, 2016 to 40 years in State Prison for Felony Murder, Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling with a Battery, and Grand Theft Auto. The charges arose when Bowden and her boyfriend, 22 year old Chrispen Pedro Ramirez, both of Mossy Head, were ...

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WCSO Deputy Saves Dog after being accidentally locked in vehicle

September 26, 2016 Seacrest, Fla— A 6-year-old golden retriever is back in cool temperatures after being accidentally locked inside his family’s vehicle in Seacrest Beach. “Doodle” was eager to go on a ride in the family’s SUV Monday afternoon. So eager, in fact, that he snuck in through an open door while his owner was getting chairs out of the ...

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Attorney General Bondi Outlaws Deadly Synthetic Drug

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi announced yesterday an emergency rule outlawing a new psychoactive substance, U-47700. Since October 2015, the substance has been identified in multiple deaths in Florida. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, U-47700 has a high potential for abuse and does not currently have an accepted medical use in the United States. ...

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Okaloosa Academy Student Charged with Assaulting School Official

September 27, 2016 A student at the Okaloosa Academy charter school is charged with attacking a 64-year old school official by hitting him with a closed fist. The incident was captured by an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s body cam. 15-year old D’Aaron Chance Taylor of Crestview was in a hallway near the school official’s office around 9:30 a.m. on ...

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Three Crestview Males Charged With Retail Theft, Possession of Firearms and Drugs

September 26, 2016 Miramar Beach, Fla— Three suspects under the age of 20 are behind bars following a retail theft that led to a foot pursuit and the confiscation of two weapons. Just before 6 o’clock Monday evening a Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was performing a security check at Silver Sands Outlet Mall when he was flagged down by ...

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Laurel Hill Man Indicted on Federal Child Porn Charges

Monday. September 26, 2016 PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Jack D. Messerschmidt, 36, of Laurel Hill, Florida, was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with the production and possession of child pornography. The indictment was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. ...

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VA Town Hall Meeting for Veterans on October 12 at the Biloxi VA Medical Center

                    VA Town Hall Meeting for Veterans on October 12   What:              Jackson VA Regional Office, Biloxi VA Medical Center, and the Biloxi National Cemetery   When:             Wednesday October 12, 2016: 10 a.m. – 12 Noon   Where:            Biloxi VA Medical Center, Building 17 (Recreational Hall) 400 Veterans Avenue, Biloxi, ...

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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New Undersheriff

Retired FBI agent Steve Harker has come on board as the new Undersheriff at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, replacing former Undersheriff Don Adams. Harker joins the OCSO after 24 years with the FBI, serving as a Special Agent in multiple capacities ranging from investigating drug trafficking cartels and white collar crimes, to working violent crimes, domestic terrorism, civil rights ...

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Escambia county Man Convicted of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation of a Victim 12 or under

September 26, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that on September 23, 2016, an Escambia County jury convicted Gregory McLean of one count of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation (Victim Less than 12 years of age, Offender over 18 years of age) and one count of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation (Victim 12 years of age or older but less than 16 ...

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FWB Man Lied About Being Stabbed In An Attempt To Get Back With Girlfriend: Jailed Suspect to be Set Free

Monday, September 26, 2016 On Tuesday, September 20th, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies responded to a stabbing incident at 1599 Hunt Club St (Heather Glen Apartments). 19 year old Aaron Rodriguez was found to be the victim of a stabbing. Rodriguez advised that Lequalisha Markee Lewis was the suspect. Rodriguez claimed Lewis followed him to the above location and ...

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