Local and State News

Crestview Man in Critical Condition After Wrecking Motorcycle

June 27, 2017 A Crestview man is in critical condition after he wrecked his motorcycle on Airport Rd Monday evening. According to a Florida Highway Patrol news release, 56 year old James Robert Caine Jr, of Crestview, FL, was traveling west on Airport Rd approaching Buckhorn Dr on a 2003 Custom Motorcycle. As Caine was traveling around a curve he ...

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Bay County Air Craft Crash Landing

June 25, 2017 A single engine airplane makes crash landing just east of Ebro. According to a Florida Highway Patrol news release, a single engine Arrow Commander 200 Delta was attempting to make an emergency landing when it lost power and crash landed on the south shoulder of State Road 20. The crash occurred shortly after 1 PM Saturday afternoon, ...

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Milton Man Sentenced To Life in Prison For Lewd or Lascivious Molestation Upon a Child

June 23, 2017 A Milton Man will spend the rest of his life behind bars and has been designated as a Sexual Predator. , 71 YO, was convicted by a Santa Rosa County Jury on June 22, 2017 for Lewd or Lascivious Molestation Upon a Child less than 12 years of age. Immediately following the trial, Judge David Rimmer designated ...

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Crestview Police investigating rash of car burglaries Resident shot at with own stolen pistol

June 23, 2017 by Brian Hughes CRESTVIEW — The Crestview Police Department is investigating a rash of overnight car burglaries in the Fox Valley subdivision off Antioch Road, one of which resulted in the victim being shot at with his own gun as the burglars fled. All of the vehicles were left unlocked, and one, in which the keys were ...

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Freeport Man Arrested for Grand Theft Auto After Stealing Truck From Local Gas Station

June 23, 2017 Freeport, Fla – A suspect is behind bars after stealing a vehicle with the keys still inside at a gas station in Freeport. On May 31, 2017, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Express Lane off Highway 20 in Freeport where a victim parked her truck at the gas pump and entered the store. Surveillance video ...

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Fatal Accident on Interstate 10 in Walton County Claims One Life

June 23, 2017 One person is dead and another in serious condition following a fatal accident on Interstate 10 at mile marker 90 that occurred shortly after noon today in Walton County. According to a Florida Highway Patrol news release, a 2015 Toyota 4dr  was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 and a 2006 Ford SUV, driven by Mark Gentry of ...

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Walton County Investigator Spots YOLO Thief at Local Gas Station

  June 22, 2017 Miramar Beach, Fla – WCSO Investigator spots suspect wanted for grand theft at a local gas station early Thursday morning following a trailer being stolen from Yolo Board in Miramar Beach. Just before 10:00 Wednesday morning, Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to 11610 US Highway 98 W in Miramar Beach in reference to a trailer full ...

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Destin Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Shipping Jewelry Stolen From Walton County Burglaries

June 22, 2017 Pensacola, FL – Mark Joshua Mitchell, 39, of Destin, pled guilty today to seven counts of interstate transportation of stolen property. On various dates in 2015 and 2016, victims contacted the Walton County Sheriff’s Office to report that their residence had been burglarized and that jewelry and other items had been stolen during the burglaries. The victims ...

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Goliath grouper workshops scheduled August through October; FWC needs your input

June 22, 2017 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on goliath grouper management, including the possibility of a limited harvest in Florida state waters. The FWC is hosting several goliath grouper public workshops throughout the state in August and October. Share your input and learn more about the current status of goliath grouper by attending ...

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Pensacola Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

June 20, 2017 Pensacola, FL  – Christopher Jacob Rankins, 32, of Pensacola, Florida, has pled guilty to twelve counts of aiding or assisting others in the preparation of false tax returns. The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Documents introduced at the time of the guilty plea reflect that, ...

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