Local and State News

FWC Commission Approves Changes to Statewide Alligator Hunt

May 03, 2022 At their May 3-4 meeting, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Commissioners approved increasing hunting hours for the statewide alligator hunt and adding precharged pneumatic airbows to the legal methods of taking an alligator. Increasing hunting hours from the current 17 hours a day to 24 hours a day on most areas will provide those with an alligator ...

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CHELCO Annual Meeting Returns To In-Person Format

May 03, 2022 DeFuniak Springs — After a two-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CHELCO hosted its first in-person Annual Meeting since 2019 on April 9 at Freeport High School. During the meeting, CEO Steve Rhodes discussed the growth CHELCO has experienced over the past several years and provided updates on the co-op’s high performance in safety, reliability and cost ...

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Crestview Fentanyl Overdose Leads to Homicide Charge

Tuesday, May 03, 2022 Crestview, FL — A Crestview area resident who sold fentanyl to a man who later died from an overdose is now charged with homicide resulting from the unlawful distribution of fentanyl. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 58-year old William “Dean” Lively of Cavalier Drive today, Tuesday May 5, 2022, on an active warrant stemming from the ...

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Holt Man is Charged With Negligent Manslaughter Following Domestic Incident

Thursday, August 26, 2021 Holt, FL — A Holt man is charged with negligent manslaughter following a domestic incident at his home on Wilkerson Bluff Rd. Wednesday night. Deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office were called to 4314 Wilkerson Bluff Rd around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a male victim dead ...

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WCSO Investigators Exhume Body From Property In Crestview

Tuesday, August 25, 2021 Walton County, Fla — Walton County Sheriff’s Office has recovered a body from a shallow grave on a property in Crestview. The joint investigation with Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office kept investigators and crime scene technicians out into the early morning hours Wednesday on Chapperal Street. Investigators believe the body to be an adult male. In order ...

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Crestview Man Arrested in Connection with Saturday’s Homicide Investigation

Sunday, August 22, 2021 Crestview, FL — The Crestview Police Department has charged 37-year-old Johnny Lee Akins Jr. with Murder in connection with an incident that occurred on East Walnut yesterday. Akins is accused of shooting and killing 42-year-old James D. Matthews of Holt. After the incident, Akins transported the victim in his vehicle from the residence on East Walnut ...

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Murder Investigation Under Way in Crestview

Saturday, August 21, 2021 Crestview, FL — The Crestview Police Department is conducting a Murder Investigation in reference to an incident that occurred earlier this evening on East Walnut Avenue. According to a news release from the Crestview Police Department, the incident occurred on East Walnut Avenue around 4:30 p.m. this afternoon. A suspect was developed in the Murder investigation ...

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Crestview Man Arrested Twice Within Three Months for Fleeing From Law Enforcement

Saturday, August 21, 2021 Crestview, FL — Less than three months after a Crestview man led Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a high-speed chase that ended with his arrest, he faces several of the same charges in connection with an incident yesterday in Crestview that ended when he crashed his car. 34-year old Tremayne Devonte Drake is charged with ...

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Three People Shot, Two Life FLighted in Crestview Shooting

Thursday, July 15, 2021 Crestview, FL — A drug related shooting in Crestview results with three people being shot. According to a news release from the Crestview Police Department, officers responded to a shooting incident on Wednesday night shortly before 10:30 PM in the 1600 Block of East First Avenue. The release stated the first 911 call placed informed emergency personnel ...

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OCSO Seeks Suspect in Crestview Area Fatal Shooting and Carjacking (with photos)

Sunday, July 11, 2021 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect in connection with the July 10th fatal shooting of an 80-year-old Crestview man at Shoal River/Duggan Park south of Crestview. Johnny Ray Kirk, 22 years of age, of Santa Rosa Beach now has active OCSO warrants for homicide, carjacking, grand theft of a motor vehicle, possession ...

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