Local and State News

CRESTVIEW MAN SWERVES TO AVOID AN ARMADILLO AND COLLIDES WITH UTILITY POLE CAUSING A STRUCTURE FIRE AND 2,700 PEOPLE TO LOSE POWER

June 8, 2016 On Wednesday, 06/08/2016, at 12:01 A.M., James Reed Austin was traveling south bound in a white 2002 Toyota Corolla on Ferdon Blvd approaching the intersection of James Lee Blvd. Austin stated he swerved to the left to avoid hitting an armadillo that was crossing the road in front of him. Austin’s vehicle crossed the center turn lane, ...

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DEA AND WCSO MAKE ARREST IN LARGE SCALE METH OPERATION

May 26, 2016 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A major player in the sale and manufacturing of methamphetamine in Walton County is behind bars following an investigation by members of Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration Panama City Resident Office. Since July of 2015 an investigation has been ongoing into the drug trafficking activities of Kord Ashdon Perdue, 24, ...

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Three Shot at Okaloosa Island Nightspot Early Sunday Morning

May 15, 2016 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that injured three people early this morning at the Red Rose Gentleman’s Club, located at 106 Santa Rosa Boulevard on Okaloosa Island. Deputies were called to the scene around 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning after receiving a 9-1-1 call of “shots fired”. When they arrived they found shell casings outside ...

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SCHOOL CAFETERIA MANAGER CHARGED WITH GRAND THEFT

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a school cafeteria manager for the theft of around $30,000 from student cafeteria funds in small increments over an estimated two year period. 40-year old Lydia Faye Bradley of Mayo Trail Court in Crestview has been charged with grand theft following an investigation prompted by the Okaloosa County School District. In November 2015, ...

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FWB MAN FACING MULTIPLE CHARGES AFTER SHOOTING AT VEHICLE

A 23-year old Fort Walton Beach man faces multiple charges after firing shots at an occupied vehicle around 9:00 p.m. Monday night (05/02/2016). The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged Ja’Darious Deunte Brown of 700 Terrence Court with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, firing missile into occupied dwelling and possession of weapon or ammo by a convicted ...

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Two people Charged with Possession of Counterfeit Bills in DeFuniak Springs

April 27, 2016 Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police responded to Wal-Mart on Monday around 1:30 PM in reference to a couple passing counterfeit bills to a cashier. 38 year old Christopher Lee Sawyer resisted Officers and was placed under arrest. The female, later identified as 26 year old Tracey Marie Matthews was able to elude Officers. An investigation that ...

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Inmate Charged with Trying to Arrange Murder of His Alleged Sexual Assault Victim

April 8, 2016 A Fort Walton Beach man who was first arrested on August 6, 2015 on charges he sexually assaulted a teenage boy faces a new charge today – trying to hire another inmate at the Okaloosa County Jail to kill the teen prior to the trial. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 51-year old Darell James Robinson ...

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Head Of The Money Mofia Arrested In Crestview Teen Murder

July 26, 2015 Crestview, FL – A fourth individual is now charged in connection with the January shooting death of a Crestview teenager. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Investigators tracked down 37-year old suspect Marvin Wilkins Sunday morning near the Brooks Bridge on Okaloosa Island. Wilkins was taken into custody on active warrants for racketeering in connection with a criminal enterprise involving a ...

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Three Arrests Have Been Made In Murder Of Crestview Teen

July 25, 2015 Crestview, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged three people with first degree murder and racketeering in connection with the shooting death of a Crestview teenager. A fourth individual is being sought on an active warrant for racketeering relating to homicide and narcotics violations. Invaluable assistance has been provided by the State Attorney’s Office and the ...

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Church Chaplain Arrested on Charge of Lewd and Lascivious Battery

November 14, 2014 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office today charged a Shalimar man with lewd or lascivious battery on a person 12 to 16 years of age. 53-year old Larry Michael Thorne, a Chaplain at Abundant Life Church, is accused of committing the sexual acts on numerous occasions between January 1st 2012 and November 11th, 2014. The victim says the ...

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