Local and State News

Murder Investigation at Harbor View Park

July 1, 2017 Destin, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the apparent murder of a man whose body was found around 6:15 this morning at a small area called Harbor View Park, 700 Harbor Boulevard in Destin. Investigators say a homeless man discovered the body of a so far unidentified white male who appears to be between ...

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Former Chaplain Found Guilty of Lewd or Lascivious Battery and Sexual Battery

June 30, 2017 Fort Walton Beach, FL – A former Chaplain of the Abundant Life Church in Fort Walton Beach has been found guilty of Lewd or lascivious Battery and Sexual Battery and faces 30 years in prison. According to a press release from Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, a jury found Larry Michael Thorne guilty ...

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Gulf Breeze Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Receipt of Child Pornography

Pensacola, FL – Thomas E. Matassa, 24, of Gulf Breeze, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release as a sex offender for receipt of child pornography. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. In February 2016, a detective interviewed Matassa, who admitted to downloading ...

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Domestic Violence Dispute Resolved Peacefully After Nearly 11 Hours

June 30, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— One man is in custody following a domestic dispute that lasted nearly 11 hours starting Thursday night. Walton County deputies responded to 10917 US 331 North around 7:50pm after a gun was fired during an argument. Howard Edward Johnson, 65, and his grandson got into a verbal disagreement leading to the display of weapons ...

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Okaloosa County Man Guilty of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation on Two Children and Faces Life Behind Bars

June 29, 2017 Fort Walton Beach, FL – An Okaloosa County Man has been found guilty of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation on two minor children. According to a press release from the State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, Bernard Cooley, Jr. has been found guilty of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation (victim under 12, offender over 18) and Lewd or ...

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Please Be Patient, Traffic Crash Investigations Inevitably Cause Street Closures

June 30, 2017 By Brian Hughes Crestview, FL  — The driver of a Honda van that allegedly made an illegal U-turn in P.J. Adams Parkway June 24 did more than cause a wreck that spoiled the days of people in two other vehicles. The accident also inconvenienced hundreds of drivers who use the busy road. The wreck likewise inconvenienced hundreds ...

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Inmates Get Opportunity To Pave New Way

June 29, 2017 DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Inmates incarcerated at the Walton County Jail were given a unique opportunity to plan for their return to the community Friday. Career Source of Okaloosa Walton in conjunction with Emerald Coast Technical College put on a career day bringing their mobile unit to the jail off Triple G Road in DeFuniak Springs. The event ...

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Three Vehicle Accident on Airport Rd in Crestview Sends Seven to Area Hospitals

June 29, 2017 Crestview, FL – A late afternoon wreck on Airport Rd in Crestview that involved three vehicles sent seven people to area hospitals. Six of the seven were listed with serious injuries. According to a Florida Highway Patrol press release, Thomas Haney of Crestview, Fl was operating a 1991 Toyota van and was traveling East on Airport Rd. ...

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Three Suspects Sought in Home Invasion Robbery

June 28, 2017 Laurel Hill, Fla— An investigation is launched after three men kick down the door of a home in northern Walton County. At 10:30pm Tuesday night deputies responded to a home on Richerson Road following a 911 call regarding a home invasion robbery. Deputies found the victim, who is a home Healthcare Nurse, frightened with injuries. She told ...

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WCSO Holds Annual Backpack Drive to Benefit Children in Need

  June 28, 2017 Walton County, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting their annual Backpack Drive for the third year in a row to benefit children in need in our community as they prepare to go back to school this fall. Through July 28, 2017, WCSO will be collecting backpacks and other school supplies needed for Walton County students ...

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