Local and State News

Mock Child Abduction Exercise A Complete Success

February 10, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, Fla — An exercise aimed at analyzing law enforcement’s response during a child abduction is complete. Walton County Sheriff’s Office hosted a C.A.R.T (Child Abduction Response Team) exercise Friday; an event spanning more than eight hours. The scenario was played out from start to finish including a staged child kidnapping, the formation of incident command ...

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OCSO Wraps Up Baker Home Invasion With 5 Arrests

February 10, 2018 Baker, FL – A total of five individuals has now been charged in connection with a home invasion robbery that took place in Baker on September 10, 2017. Two men entered the house through a window and demanded money and guns. They got only a wallet before fleeing but stole a car that contained nearly $5,000 in cash, ...

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Gainesville Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking Crimes

February 8, 2018 Gainesville, FL – After a three-day trial, Arthur Larange Lee Jr., 34, of Gainesville, was convicted late yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Gainesville of sex trafficking by force and use of a facility of interstate commerce to promote prostitution. The verdict was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of ...

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Gulf Power Scam Returns to Crestview Area

February 8, 2018 Crestview, FL – The Crestview Police Department has received multiple calls from residents who have received phone calls purporting to be from a Gulf Power representative saying their payments to the electric utility are overdue. The callers often threaten to cut off the recipient’s power if payment is not immediately forthcoming. One business owner has already fallen victim ...

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Car Burglars Take Advantage of Unlocked Doors; Firearm Stolen

February 8, 2018 Santa Rosa Beach, Fla — Suspects burglarized 13 unlocked vehicles early Tuesday morning stealing a computer, camera, cash and a loaded firearm. Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating multiple burglaries in the Cypress Breeze subdivision and Watersound North. Although the more than a dozen occurrences happened in separate neighborhoods, investigators believe them to be ...

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Congressman Gaetz to Host Medical Cannabis Research Roundtables

February 8, 2018 Congressman Matt Gaetz will host two roundtables with local pastors and veterans on medical cannabis research on Monday, February 12, 2017 in Milton and in Pensacola. Congressman Gaetz will be in Milton to meet with nearly a dozen local pastors to gain insight from the faith-based community regarding medical cannabis research and its impacts on the family and ...

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Crestview Cancer Survivor to Appear in National Campaign for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Launching in Times Square this March

February 8, 2018 Behind a message of “Fight with Courage,” Crestview resident Riley Castro will be one of the 25 people featured in a new PSA rotating in Times Square this March for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Castro was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at 24 and has become an ambassador for the country’s leading advocacy organization focused on colorectal cancer ...

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Walton County Fire Rescue Firefighters Battle Residential Fire In DeFuniak Springs

February 6, 2018 DeFuniak Springs, Fla — Walton County Fire Rescue respond to a structure fire on Cosson Road in DeFuniak Springs to find a fully engulfed mobile home. Sunday night at 8:08 PM a 911 call promptly dispatched Walton County Fire Rescue crews to 2817 Cosson Road in reference to a residential fire. Firefighters and Paramedics arrived within minutes ...

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Santa Rosa Jury Duty Scam

February 6, 2018 Milton, FL – A new twist to an old scam has shown up in Santa Rosa County where a person claiming to be an officer will call informing you, you have a warrant for your arrest for non-compliance to a jury duty summons. A Santa Rosa County resident received a phone call on February 5th from a ...

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CPD Chief Supports Commissioner of Agriculture on Gun Licensing

February 6, 2018 Crestview, FL – If there’s one thing about which Crestview Police Chief Tony Taylor is adamant, it’s the right of every law-abiding American to keep and bear arms. So it was music to his ears when Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced Jan. 30th that his office was expediting the concealed weapons permit applications of 100,000 veterans ...

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