Local and State News

OCSO Locates Wanted Armed Robbery Suspect During Traffic Stop

November 22, 2017 A man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in July is now in custody after being spotted by an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a traffic stop. 22-year old Dion Latwon Wingate of Green Acres Boulevard was a passenger in a car stopped on Scottsdale Court early this morning. The deputy recognized Wingate, who had ...

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Second Suspect Arrested In Connection With October Amber Alert

November 21, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, Fla—A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the October Amber Alert out of Walton County. On October 28th  Joseph Harding, 35, and Paul Lewis Vaughan, 39, entered a home on Otter Pond Road taking Rebecca Harding, 33, and Gracie Harding, 2, by force using brass knuckles, a pool stick, and other weapons. The ...

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Fifteen Vehicle Burglaries Over The Weekend, All Unlocked & One Firearm Stolen

November 20, 2017 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Fifteen car burglaries were reported over the weekend in the south end of Walton County. All vehicles were left unlocked and one firearm was stolen. The car burglaries occurred from Saturday night to early Monday morning. Eight of the 15 burglaries happened on Red Fish Circle in Blue Mountain Beach, three occurred on ...

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Milton Man Charged With Possession of Moonshine Still

November 20, 2017 Milton, FL – A Milton man has been arrested for illegally possessing a moonshine still after being the subject of poaching deer. According to the Florida Wildlife Commission Law Enforcement Division, two of their officers were investigating a deer poaching case when the came in contact with John Braxton Ward at his home on Mittie Crain Rd. ...

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A Shalimar Woman Who Claimed She Shot Her Husband In Self-Defense Is Now Charged With Murder

November 18, 2017 Shalimar, FL –  A charge of second degree murder has been added to the tampering with evidence charge filed against a Shalimar woman who shot her husband, then hid his duct-taped body behind a brick wall she built in a downstairs closet. Barbara Wozniak, age 65, was served the murder warrant late Friday night at the Okaloosa ...

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Wife Charged with Tampering with Evidence in Suspicious Death Investigation

November 17, 2017 Shalimar, FL – A Shalimar woman at the center of a suspicious death investigation has been charged with tampering with evidence by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to the home of 65-year old Barbara Wozniak at 86 10th Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night after receiving a call about a possible homicide. Wozniak’s adult ...

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One Suspect Arrested, Another One Wanted In Connection With October Amber Alert

November 17, 2017 Walton County, Fla— An arrest has been made in connection with an Amber Alert issued out of Walton County in October. Paul Lewis Vaughan, 39, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following an investigation into the incident on October 28th where he and Joseph Harding, 35, entered a home on Otter Pond Road taking ...

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Man Driving 80 Mph in a 30 MPH Zone Faces Multiple Charges after Attempted Getaway

November 17, 2017 Destin, FL – An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy who tried to pull over a man driving 80 miles an hour in a residential area says the driver not only refused to stop, but committed a hit and run, wrecked his car, and was then found to have cocaine in his possession. Around 7 a.m. Friday morning, an ...

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OCSO Investigating Death of Inmate At County Jail in Crestview

November 17, 2017 Crestview, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an in-custody death of an inmate at the jail in Crestview early this morning. Thirty-one-year-old Nathaniel Harrison Edwards of 11 Hardie Lane had been arrested shortly after midnight by the Fort Walton Beach Police Department on an outstanding warrant of felony battery – domestic violence. During a ...

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Subject Arrested For Drugs While Speeding Through Active Robbery Investigation

November 16, 2017 Navarre, FL – On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, just after 10:00 pm, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a robbery at the 3000 block of Barlow Road in Navarre. Deputies arrived on scene and the suspect was not located. No one was injured during the course of the robbery. The ...

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