Local and State News

Crestview Trio Arrested in Stolen Vehicle

September 3, 2018 Holt, FL – An OCSO deputy who noticed a suspicious vehicle on Log Lake Road found the driver hiding in the woods and two others near the car. He quickly learned the vehicle had been stolen from Chestnut Avenue in Crestview earlier in the evening. The owner, who said she may have left it unlocked with the keys ...

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Baker Student Arrested After Sending Threatening Messages

Friday, August 24, 2018 Baker, FL – A Baker School student who made threatening comments in a message to another student via social media was arrested today by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. 17-year old Kaleb Crooks is charged with making a false report about planting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction or concerning the use of firearms ...

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Crestview Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison For 2017 Baker Home Invasion (with previous stories)

Thursday, August 23, 2018 Crestview, FL – Joey Kyle Smelley, of Crestview, was sentenced to 20 years state prison on the charges of Burglary of a Dwelling with Assault, Grand Theft over $20,000, Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft of a Firearm. On September 10, 2017, Smelley, along with Cody Jon Kurpil, entered an occupied home on Hilton Road in Baker, ...

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Destin Sees Third Pedestrian Fatality on Hwy 98

Thursday, August 23, 2018 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a pedestrian that occurred last night on Harbor Boulevard (Highway 98) in Destin. The victim has been identified as 53-year old Richard McIntosh, current address unavailable. McIntosh had just left the Red Door Saloon when witnesses say he stepped into the outer eastbound lane at 300 ...

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Monday Evening Traffic Crash Slows Traffic, Sending One Victim to Hospital by Helicopter.

Monday August 21 A two vehicle traffic crash that occurred Monday evening on E James Lee Blvd near the intersection of Industrial Drive blocked traffic for a short time while one driver had to be cut out of their vehicle. According to the Crestview Fire Department’s Public Information Officer, Corey Winkler, Firefighters form station one responded the crash that resulted ...

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Crestview Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Juvenile 25 Years Ago

August 20, 2018 A Crestview man has been arrested on charges he sexually molested a young girl over a period ranging from 1993 to 1996. The 35 year old victim, informed investigators 61 year old Bobby Jelks Wilson Jr. started sexually assaulting her on a daily basis starting in 1993 and it continued for approximately 3 years. The victim who ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report July 27 – August 2, 2018

Bay County Officers Hayes and Scott were on vessel patrol in St. Andrews Bay when they checked a vessel coming in from offshore. The officers found that the operator was in possession of three undersized triggerfish during the closed season. Citations were issued for the violations. Jackson County Lieutenant Allen was on patrol near a landowner’s cornfield when he heard ...

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Mobile Woman Rams Ex-Boyfriends Car in Destin

Monday August 20, 2018 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Mobile Alabama woman on multiple charges after she repeatedly rammed her ex-boyfriend’s vehicle on Highway 98. 31-year old Sherelle Triplett is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, child neglect without great harm, driving with a suspended license, and felony criminal mischief. Triplett’s ex-boyfriend says Triplett spotted ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report June 15 – June 21, 2018

Bay County Reserve Officer Cooper was conducting resource inspections of vessels returning from fishing in St. Andrews Bay prior to the beginning of the recreational red snapper season. During an inspection of one vessel, he found the vessel’s occupants to be in possession of undersized red snapper and undersized scamp. The captain of the vessel was issued a citation for ...

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VA fraud: 83-year-old Pensacola man pleads guilty to receiving $200k in fraudulent benefits

July 10, 2018 Pensacola, FL – According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, a 83 year old Pensacola, FL man has pled guilty to defrauding the Department of Veteran Affairs for just over $200,000.00. Documents introduced at the time of the guilty plea reflect that, at some point prior to July 3, 1996, Richard E. Kohl, ...

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