Local and State News

FWB Man Arrested for Aggravated Battery & False Imprisonment

May 31, 2019 Fort Walton Beach, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Fort Walton Beach man in connection with the false imprisonment and battery of his girlfriend. 28-year old Blaise Khamisi Albertie Chamberlain was arrested Thursday at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center after being treated for an unrelated motorcycle crash. The 19-year old victim contacted the ...

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WOCOA Offering Funds for Seniors for Purchase of Fruits and Vegetables

May 3, 2019 Are you a Senior, 60 or older, and would like some fresh fruits and vegetables from a local Farmer? If so, the Walton Okaloosa Council on Aging (WOCOA) has a program that operates from May to September  that can help. This program is open to any Senior whose household total gross income is at or under 185% ...

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Firefighter Cancer Benefits Bill

May 3, 2019 Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed CS/CS/SB 426: Firefighters, granting certain benefits to a firefighter upon receiving a diagnosis of cancer. Nationwide, 70 percent of firefighter line-of-duty deaths in 2016 were cancer-related. With the signing of this legislation, Florida joins 45 other states that provide a cancer benefit to these first responders. The Governor was joined ...

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Okaloosa and Walton County Traffic Advisory

May 3, 2017 Chipley, Fla. – Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Okaloosa and Walton counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities. Okaloosa County: U.S. 98 (Harbor Boulevard) Improvements from East Pass (Marler) Bridge to Airport Road- Drivers can expect intermittent east and westbound lane closures between Airport Road and East Pass (Marler) Bridge, ...

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New FWC Nonnative Species Rules Take Effect May 2

May 1, 2019 New rules will help proactively protect Florida from invasive species becoming established in the state. The rules, which were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in February, go into effect May 2. The new rules clarify rule language by defining key terms and add some high-risk nonnative animals to Florida’s Prohibited Nonnative Species ...

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Swatting Hoax Leads to Felony Charge for Crestview Teen

April 21, 2019 Crestview, FL – A 13-year old Crestview resident is charged with a felony after taking part in a hoax phone call reporting he had shot his mother twice and was going to kill himself. The call came in to the Crestview Police Department’s non-emergency line around 10:30 this morning. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office units responded and set ...

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Early Morning Shooting Leaves One Dead and One Seriously Injured

April 14, 2019 Fort Walton Beach, FL – The Fort Walton Beach Police Department is currently investigating a shooting which left one male deceased and another male seriously injured. Officers were called to the area of Martisa Road just prior to 4 am this morning in reference to shots being fired. Upon arrival, Officers found one male deceased in the ...

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Suspect Dies In Crestview Police Department Custody

March 28, 2019 Crestview, FL —  At 5:05 a.m. Thursday morning, March 28, 2019, the Crestview Police Department received a 911 call from a man in the 1200 block of Walter Avenue, who was saying that he was “in danger.” While officers were being dispatched to the unknown situation, the caller was making other statements that “he was going to ...

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Crestview Student Arrested for Having Handgun on School Grounds

March 28, 2018 Crestview, FL – A Crestview High School student faces numerous felony charges after the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office found him in possession of a concealed firearm on school property. A School Resource Officer learned 15 year old Jabari Imani had been living in a shed behind a friend’s home on West Bowers Avenue and was believed to ...

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WCSO Recovers $122,000 in Spoof CEO Email Scam

January 28, 2019 Walton County, Fla— More than one hundred thousand dollars is recovered after a sophisticated fraud scheme is reported in Walton County. November 14th a Walton County business reported they had received a request via email from who they thought was a co-owner of the company requesting funds. Two separate wire transfers were made totaling $126,000.  After funds ...

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