Local and State News

Crestview Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

February 18, 2017 Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that on February 16, 2017, a jury found Glenn David Winstead guilty of First Degree Murder in the death of Daniel Flynn. The trial began on Monday and concluded on Thursday evening. The Court proceeded to sentencing after the jury verdict and imposed a mandatory life ...

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Deputy Involved Shooting At Destin Motel (Update)

February 18, 2017 A Tennessee man who pointed a gun at two Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputies outside a Destin motel Thursday night is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds after deputies fired their weapons in response. The OCSO had received information from the Nashville Police Department Thursday that 30 year old Randy Carl Patton of Antioch Tennessee had texted a ...

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Three Subjects Arrested Following Meth Bust

February 16, 2017 Choctaw Beach, Fla— Three people are behind bars following the discovering of meth at a home off Cedar Avenue in Walton County. On February 14th members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Units, along with members of the Florida Department of Corrections Probation and Parole completed a search of 341 Cedar Ave in the Choctaw Beach ...

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Deputy Involved Shooting At Destin Motel

February 17, 2017 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigated an officer-involved shooting that took place after deputies made contact last night with an armed individual at a Destin motel. The incident took place around 7 p.m. at the Days Inn, 1029 Highway 98. The armed subject was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for treatment. A bystander who was ...

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast presents the Youth Town Hall Meeting

February 14, 2017 FORT WALTON BEACH – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast – Fort Walton Beach Teen Club will host a dialogue series on Friday February 17, 2017 the “Youth Townhall Meeting.”  The Fort Walton Beach Teen Center’s Keystone Club is working in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Project to be proactive in maintaining ...

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Crestview Man Wanted For Gun Related Charges

February 14, 2017 The Fort Walton Beach Police Department and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office are searching for 20-year old Tony Jerome Byrd, last known address of 214 Kennedy Drive in Crestview. He is wanted by the Fort Walton Beach Police Department on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and discharging ...

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Deputies Arrest Three and Recover Thousands of Dollars In Stolen Merchandise in Burglary Case

February 11, 2017 Three people have been arrested and thousands of dollars in stolen items recovered after the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office tracked down suspects in the burglary of a Niceville area antiques business. The OCSO responded to Lily Pads located at 4650 East State Road 20 around 8 a.m. February 7th after an employee arrived to find several empty ...

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Antique Business Hit Hard By Thieves

February 10, 2017 A Niceville area business where antique dealers rent out floor space to individual dealers was targeted by thieves February 7th . The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to Lily Pads located at 4650 East State Road 20 in Bluewater Bay around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. An employee found several empty cases which had contained jewelry and evidence ...

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Workshop Set On Managing Private Lands To Improve Wild Turkey Habitat

February 8, 2017 The public is invited to a Breakfast on the Back Forty workshop on Thursday, Feb. 23, in Okaloosa County about how to improve wild turkey habitat on private lands. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), along with the Florida Forest Service, National Wild Turkey Federation, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Yellow ...

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FWC Discusses Goliath Grouper; Gulf Red Snapper, Gray Triggerfish and Gag Grouper

February 8, 2017 At its February meeting in Crystal River, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed future management possibilities for goliath grouper, Gulf of Mexico red snapper, Gulf of Mexico gray triggerfish, and Gulf of Mexico gag grouper. For details on these items, see below. Goliath grouper In a discussion on goliath grouper, FWC staff reviewed the ...

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