Local and State News

Hunter Safety Internet-Completion Courses Offered in 7 Counties in August

August 07, 2019 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in seven counties in August (list follows). Hunter safety courses are designed to help students become safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters and learn about conservation. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the ...

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Update about FWC Deer Harvest Reporting App

August 05, 2019 An Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) software update released last week for its Survey123 for ArcGIS app has created an issue that prevents the FWC Deer Harvest Reporting Form from downloading when using the link or QR code provided in the app installation instructions. ESRI is aware of the issue and will be releasing a fix as soon ...

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Alleged Attempted Kidnapped Victim Arrested For Making False Report

July 18, 2018 Fort Walton Beach, FL – On July 18, 2019, at approximately 4 p.m., officers with the Fort Walton Beach Police Department conducted a follow-up interview with the reporting person, Geosie Mitchell, which resulted in her arrest. Mitchell, a 21-year-old Okaloosa County resident, initially reported that two male subjects attempted to kidnap her and place her into the rear ...

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UPDATE: Attempted Kidnapping in Fort Walton Beach

July 18, 2019 Fort Walton Beach, FL –  On July 17, 2019, at approximately 8:20 p.m., the suspect vehicle involved in the July 15 attempted kidnapping near Ferry Park was located in Fort Walton Beach. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office stopped the vehicle near Eglin Parkway and Hollywood Boulevard where Fort Walton Beach police officers confirmed the vehicle matched the ...

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Attempted Kidnapping in Fort Walton Beach

July 16, 2019 Fort Walton Beach, FL – On July 15, 2019, at approximately 8 p.m., officers with the Fort Walton Beach Police Department responded to a call in the area of Ferry Park and made contact with a female who stated she was the victim of an attempted kidnapping. The victim stated she was walking the trail within Ferry Park ...

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Crestview Man Wanted In Connection With Murder Investigation

July 08, 2019 Crestview, FL – The Crestview Police Department is investigating a possible Murder, that occurred just after 6:00 pm this evening, on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, near the intersection of Gordon Street. The victim, 32 year old Tywon C. Tatum of Crestview was shot in the chest by a suspect that immediately fled the area after the ...

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Suspect in Parental Abduction Caught, Children Are Safe

July 04, 2019 Holmes County – On Wednesday, July 3, Holmes County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Highway 2 in reference to a disturbance. Contact was made with the victim/complaint, who stated her friend and kids had stayed with her for a couple nights because of a domestic violence issue that occurred in Calhoun County. The victim further ...

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HCSO Searching For Subject After Parental Abduction

July 03, 2019 Holmes County – Holmes County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for an Altha man after he abducted his children from a Holmes County residence earlier this evening. 25-year-old Joseph Blake Page, who has pre-existing warrants, including for felony child abuse, gained access to the home of the babysitter by falsely identifying himself as a Holmes County Sheriff’s ...

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Murder: Man Found Dead At His Residence in Milligan

June 25, 2019 Milligan, FL – On Sunday evening shortly before 6:00 pm, the Okaloosa County Sherrif’s Office received a 911 call of a man down on Dad’s Rd in Milligan. Upon arrival at 1775 Dad’s Rd, deputies discovered 54-year-old Christopher Broxson dead of obvious foul play. An autopsy performed Monday revealed Broxson died from a stab wound. Okaloosa County ...

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Fort Walton Beach Carjacking Ends in High Speed Pursuit in Washington County

June 24, 2019 Cottondale, FL – On Sunday, June 23, 2019 at approximately 1:50 p.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call from employees at Loves Truck Stop in Cottondale, in reference to a female reporting she had been kidnapped and forced into her vehicle at gunpoint. The female victim stated the suspect was outside the Truck ...

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