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Fort Walton Beach man arrested for Using A Computer To Seduce Or Solicit A Minor

Investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office have arrested another child predator in an undercover sting, targeting offenders who prey on minors via electronic communications. 54-year old Nicholas Iolo of 749 Randall Roberts Road, Fort Walton Beach, contacted an undercover OCSO Investigator who was posing online as a minor. Iolo sent the undercover Investigator sexually explicit messages seven times and ...

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Jay man sentenced to 41 years in prison for August 2014 DUI Manslaughter case

35 year old Melvin Douglas Hawthorne from Jay, FL was sentenced to 41 years in prison by Judge Goodman for DUI Manslaughter among other charges after he left the scene of a two vehicle accidents and causing a third accident on August 17, 2014. On August 17, 2014, at approximately 9 p.m., Melvin Douglas Hawthorne was driving a 1998 Nissan ...

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Walton County man found guilty of exposing himself to 13 year old

August 17, 2016 Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced that on August 16, 2016, Jon Paul Hogle was found guilty of one count of Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition in the Presence of a Victim (offender over 18, victim under 16 years of age) following a jury trial in Walton County.  Circuit Judge Kelvin Wells scheduled sentencing ...

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Crestview man charged with Aggravated Battery on his 65 year old roommate

A heated argument between two men turned violent Monday night after one of the men fired a weapon at the other and then put the gun in his mouth before telling him he would “blow him away”. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 34-year old Christopher Douglas Kershaw with aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or ...

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Off-duty ECSO Deputy will not face charges for March 22nd shooting at Red Rose Gentlemen Club

Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced Tuesday, August 16, 2016 that Sardor Pulatov, an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, will not be charged in the March 22, 2016 shooting of Dustin Jones and Kyle Parker. Jones died as a result of his gunshot wound. The incident occurred after an altercation outside the Red Rose Gentlemen’s Club on ...

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Pensacola man attacks pregnant girlfriend

August 14, 2015 A Pensacola woman says her boyfriend attacked her at a Destin restaurant August 14th, strangling her even though she is six months pregnant with his child. The pair began arguing at the business and the victim says she went to the restroom. As she was entering, she says 23-year old Christian Morgain, grabbed her from behind and pushed ...

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Fort Walton Beach man charged with Aggravated Assault (DOMV)

August 15, 2016 A woman planning to leave a man, she termed an abusive boyfriend, said he drove her into woods on the Eglin Range early Monday morning, taunted her, and then fired his gun so close to her head that her ears were ringing. The 24-year old victim says 29-year old Joshua Foster of 120 David Street then told her, ...

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Five Okaloosa Youth Development Center inmates arrested for battery on staff

August 15, 2016 Five inmates at the Okaloosa Youth Development Center near Crestview are charged with attacking an employee who wouldn’t give them his cell phone. Deputies say the 21-year old victim was beaten, choked, bitten, and kneed when he refused to allow the teens to use his phone. They were temporarily able to get the phone away from the ...

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Milton couple sentenced to 10 years for child ingesting Methamphetamine ingredients

August 15, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Amber Nicole Cooley, 24, and Kyle Joseph Cooley, 27, were sentenced on August 11, 2016 and August 12, 2016, respectively, to 10 years in state prison by Circuit Judge Ross Goodman for charges that arose when a 3 year old child ingested ingredients used by the couple to manufacture methamphetamine ...

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Navarre Man Pleads Guilty To Multiple Charges Involving A Firearm

August 15, 2016 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Francisco Aponte Carrasquillo, 51 years of age, pled guilty to Aggravated Assault by Threat with a Firearm, Burglary of a Dwelling with a Battery, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Shooting within a Building, and Criminal Mischief. On November 26, 2015, Carrasquillo, a convicted felon, kicked in the ...

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