Local and State News

Crestview PD Offers Fingerprinting Services

March 9, 2018 Crestview, FL  — Residents applying for certain licenses or undergoing pre-employment background checks for positions such as educators, some medical facilities, etc., often need to be fingerprinted as part of the procedure. The Crestview Police Department is pleased to offer as a community service walk-in fingerprinting services for pre-employment or licensing background checks. The service is offered ...

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Credit Card Fraud Alert For Local Banks in Okaloosa County

March 9, 2018 Okaloosa County, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is advising all credit and debit card holders with Eglin Federal Credit Union and First National Bank to closely monitor all your accounts after EFCU Financial Security recently noticed suspicious activity involving a small number of compromised card numbers. An active investigation is underway at this time and both ...

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Niceville Man Severely Injured After Being Pushed Down Flight of Stairs

March 8, 2018 Destin, FL – A Niceville resident was critically injured after a Tennessee man pushed him down a flight of stairs for calling his girlfriend foul names. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to 3695 Scene Highway 98 in Destin around 9:44 a.m. Tuesday. They say 24-year old Zachary Charles Laubsch of Niceville Avenue was an invited guest ...

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WCSO’S Welding Program Graduates Six

March 7, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— If resilience were a color, it would be the same shade as the sparks flying off a welding machine. For the last six weeks in a large trailer hidden at the Walton County Jail, you could find six welding helmets hiding the faces of men in striped uniforms. Most are shy talking about it. ...

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Florala Shooting Suspect Will Be Charged With Murder

March 6, 2018 Florala, AL – A warrant for the charge of Murder has been issued in a shooting death that occurred in the parking lot local restaurant in Florala, AL. At approximately 11:58 a.m., Sunday, the Florala Police Department received reports of a shooting in the parking lot of the Huddle House Restaurant, 1076 3rd St.  When officers arrived, ...

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Man in Stolen Car Tries to Escape

March 6, 2018 Fort Walton Beach, FL — An alert citizen called the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Monday morning after spotting a reckless driver who then appeared to pass out inside a car near a Beal Parkway convenience store. Arriving Deputies discovered not only had the black Toyota Rav 4 been reported stolen March 4th, but the driver was a ...

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8 Arrested For Soliciting A Child For Sex During Operation “Paladin’s Shield” in Walton County

March 6, 2018 Walton County, Fla — A five-day operation leads to the arrest of eight men for soliciting a child for sex including a registered sex offender out of Escambia County who fled from deputies and crashed his car in the bay. By monitoring smartphone apps and online ads an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force went hunting for ...

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‘Outstanding Warrant’ Scam Hits Crestview Area

March 6, 2018 Crestview, FL — Some area residents have reported receiving telephone calls from someone purporting to be a Crestview Police officer who tells his victims that they or a family member have an outstanding warrant from the Crestview Police Department. The caller demands immediate payment. Equally disturbing, the caller ID number from which residents report they have been ...

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Florala, AL Man Shot and Killed Over Child Visitation Issues

March 5, 2018 Florala, AL – A Florala, AL man is now dead following a domestic violence situation that occurred just after noon on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Florala, AL Police say Phillip George Parker and Tekevious Darnell Best was in the parking lot of the Huddle House in Florala, AL when they started talking about visitation issues concerning Best’s ...

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Pedestrian Hit and Killed Trying to Cross Highway 98 in Destin

March 3, 2018 Destin, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a pedestrian hit by a car while crossing Highway 98 in Destin around 8:30 Friday night. 47-year old George Rebert, no known address, was struck near the intersection of Indian Bayou Trail by a female driver heading west. Rebert was taken to the Destin Emergency ...

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