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Niceville Man charged with Manslaughter

On Thursday, August 11, 2016, at approximately 3:13 A.M. the Niceville Police Department responded to 304 Reeves Street Lot E-8, in reference to a person being shot. Upon officers arrival, they found 19 year old Johnathan Alexander Hoover. Hoover had been fatally shot.   Information obtained on scene led them to identify 22 year old Zachary Joseph Scott MacLean, the ...

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Fort Walton Beach man pleads No Contest to Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of Victim less than 12.

Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that 69-year-old Leon Harrison Willis entered a plea of No Contest on August 9, 2016, to two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of a victim less than 12 years of age. He was immediately sentenced to a minimum mandatory term of 25 years in the Department of Corrections ...

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Destin man’s body found buried in shallow grave in South Walton County and warrants have been issued for two Walton County men.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to Legion Village Apartments at 734 Legion Drive on August 2nd to conduct a welfare check on 36-year old Osvaldo Torres-Michua. Michua’s boss was concerned because he had not turned up for work. He went by Michua’s apartment and noted what appeared to be spots of blood on a second floor sliding glass door. ...

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Santa Rosa County Shooting

On 8/5/16 at 10:15 pm, Deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 12000 block of Chumuckla Hwy in Jay in reference to what began as a disturbance. While in route, information was being received through dispatch that the incident was quickly escalating. Upon arrival, an adult male and adult female were found inside the home ...

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NAVARRE WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Tanga J. Tarnower, 73, of Navarre, Florida, was sentenced on August 04, 2016, to 12 months and 1 day in prison and ordered to pay $132,957.70 in restitution to the Social Security Administration after pleading guilty in April 2016 to theft of government money. The sentence was announced today by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the ...

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Mary Esther man arrested for the murder of his mother

8/2/16 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Mary Esther man on charges he murdered his mother at their home. Deputies had first been called to the brick house at 186 Miramar Street that 32-year old Justin Lantz was sharing with his mother shortly before 10 p.m. Monday evening. 58-year old Robin Lantz told them she and her son ...

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Pensacola Man Charged with Making False Statements in Investigation of ISIL-Related Postings

Thursday, July 28, 2016 PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Robert Blake Jackson, 31, of Pensacola, made an initial appearance today in federal court after being arrested this morning on a charge of making materially false statements in a federal investigation.  The criminal complaint was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. According to the criminal ...

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Niceville Father & Son Face Possession of Child Pron Charges

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Niceville father and son with possession of child pornography after finding still images and videos on the pair’s electronic devices during the execution of a search warrant. OCSO Investigators first arrested 27-year old John Bryan Hood during “Operation Wolf Hunter” last February, an undercover operation that cracked down on individuals using on-line websites ...

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Santa Rosa Beach man arrested for Attempted Murder of Ex-Girlfriend’s Mother

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— “I tried to kill her.” That statement told to Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators by 34-year-old Joseph Shawn Moll who admitted to attacking his ex-girlfriend’s mother with a pocket knife on Wednesday. On the morning of June 15th, Moll went to the victim’s residence on Country Club Drive in Santa Rosa Beach to visit her daughter. ...

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Woman Arrested for Child Neglect; Floor Inside Home Found Covered in Feces

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— An 11-year-old boy is found living in “deplorable conditions” and now a DeFuniak Springs woman is behind bars. In March of this year the Department of Children and Families began an investigation into allegations of child neglect on Paula Jane Gray, 59, of 622 Paradise Island Drive. A complaint on Gray alleged the defendant had a juvenile ...

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