Local and State News

Crestview Man Victim of Shooting on Okaloosa Island Early This Morning

  July 1, 2017 Okaloosa Island – An investigation is underway into a shooting that took place at an apartment on Okaloosa Island around 7:15 this Saturday morning. Witnesses reported hearing multiple shots in the area of Walton Isle apartments on Bluefish Drive. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to investigate and received word a short time later of a ...

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Holmes County Man Leads Deputies on Wild Ride in Stolen School Bus

Holmes County, FL – On June 30, 2017, a call came into the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center that a subject had been shot and the suspect had stolen a bus. It was soon determined that a white male identified as James Irvin Bourgeois went to a residence on Hwy 177 in the Bethlehem Community asking for a ride. ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report June 16, 2017 through June 22, 2017

Okaloosa County Officers Corbin and Pifer were on vessel patrol conducting boating safety and resource inspections in the Destin Pass and Crab Island areas and saw a vessel in violation of the idle speed/no wake zone area. The operator was instructed three times to place his vessel in neutral. The operator kept shifting the boat’s throttle, but it remained in ...

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OCSO Investigating Armed Robbery on Green Acres Road

July 1, 2017 Wright, FL – A Shell Gas Station was robbed at gun point early this morning. Deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported armed robbery at the Shell Gas Station located at 443 Green Acres Road in the Wright area this morning. Upon arrival deputies made contact with store clerk who informed them that ...

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Niceville Man Says He was Shot During Home Invasion Robbery

July 1, 2017 Niceville, FL – A Niceville area man says he was shot in the foot during a home invasion robbery on Friday. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was called to Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville around 3:15 p.m. Friday afternoon after the victim showed up for treatment. The victim, Jacob Montague, told deputies a man had pushed in ...

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Early Morning Disturbance at a Crestview Bar Ends With at Least One Person Shot

July 1, 2017 Crestview, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that deputies believe took place at a nightspot on West James Lee Boulevard in Crestview earlier this morning. Deputies were called to the Split Oaks Saloon around 2:30 a.m. in reference to calls of shots fired and a large disturbance. No victims were at the ...

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Early Morning Shooting on Okaloosa Island Injures One

July 1, 2017 Okaloosa Island – An investigation is underway into a shooting that took place at an apartment on Okaloosa Island around 7:15 this morning. Witnesses reported hearing multiple shots in the area of Walton Isle apartments on Bluefish Drive. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to investigate and received word a short time later of a man with ...

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Murder Investigation at Harbor View Park

July 1, 2017 Destin, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the apparent murder of a man whose body was found around 6:15 this morning at a small area called Harbor View Park, 700 Harbor Boulevard in Destin. Investigators say a homeless man discovered the body of a so far unidentified white male who appears to be between ...

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Former Chaplain Found Guilty of Lewd or Lascivious Battery and Sexual Battery

June 30, 2017 Fort Walton Beach, FL – A former Chaplain of the Abundant Life Church in Fort Walton Beach has been found guilty of Lewd or lascivious Battery and Sexual Battery and faces 30 years in prison. According to a press release from Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, a jury found Larry Michael Thorne guilty ...

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Gulf Breeze Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Receipt of Child Pornography

Pensacola, FL – Thomas E. Matassa, 24, of Gulf Breeze, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release as a sex offender for receipt of child pornography. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In February 2016, a detective interviewed Matassa, who admitted to downloading ...

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