Local and State News

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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Okaloosa County Hosts Northwest Florida Estuary Program Workshop Today on Okaloosa Island

Okaloosa Island – The Emerald Coast Convention Center will play host to the Northwest Florida Estuary Program Workshop from 9AM to 1PM April 25th. The Estuary program works to preserve the environment across the Florida Panhandle, by combining the resources of Okaloosa, Walton and Washington counties, to protect the more than $1.6 Billion tourism industry which provides 36,000 jobs in our area. The program ...

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Fast Food Employee Arrested With Drugs and Handgun While Working

DeFuniak Springs, FL – A 20-year-old DeFuniak Springs man has been arrested for possession of drugs and a handgun while at work. Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police Department responded to the Burger King restaurant on Monday afternoon after a concerned citizen reported that a worker possibly had a gun. Officers made contact with management and determined that 20 year ...

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Upcoming Free Kids’ Fishing Clinics in Pensacola and Fernandina

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for two upcoming Kids’ Fishing Clinics. One will be on Saturday, May 5, in Pensacola, and the other Saturday, May 12, in Fernandina. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hosts these free Kids’ Fishing Clinics for children between the ...

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Crestview Police Officer Subject of Officer Involved Shooting

April 21, 2018 Crestview, FL – Shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, the Crestview Police Department responded to 138 Bronze Circle in Crestview, after receiving a 911 telephone call from a concerned neighbor, who observed the front door of the residence was standing open. Two Crestview Police Department officers were dispatched to the residence. When officers arrived on ...

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Fatal Crash Claims Life of Crestview Man

April 21, 2018 Crestview, FL – A two vehicle accident that occurred shortly after midnight on Pandora Drive just south of Hammock Lane has claimed the life of a 30-year-old Crestview man. According to a Florida Highway Patrol news release, 28-year-old Calvin Wilks was the driver of a 1998 Acura traveling south on Pandora Drive with one passenger, 30-year-old Derek ...

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Woman Shoplifts Baby Items while Toddler Left in Car

April 20, 2018 Destin, FL – A Fort Walton Beach woman detained at a Destin department store for suspected shoplifting of multiple baby items failed to mention to deputies that she had left a 22-month old child in her vehicle unattended. 38-year old Jeana Barlas is now charged with petty theft, child neglect without great bodily harm, and leaving a ...

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Crestview Man Assigned to 7th Special Forces Group Arrested for Sexual Battery on Two Children

April 18, 2018 Crestview, FL – A Crestview man who is assigned to the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group on Eglin has been arrested on 2 counts of Sexual Battery on a Child under the age of 12 and 1 count of Child Abuse. According to an arrest report, 33 year old William Thomas Mrozek of Crestview, FL, was ...

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OCSO Investigating Death of Woman Found in Mary Esther

April 17, 2018 Mary Esther, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after the body of a Mary Esther woman was found on a beach off Tecumseh Lane Monday. Deputies were called to a medical emergency around 7 p.m. after receiving a call that a man walking his dog had noticed a woman on a beach towel who ...

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