Local and State News

Welfare Check at Sonic Restaurant Leads to Multiple Drug Trafficking Charges

August 13, 2019 Mary Esther, FL – A call for Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies to check the welfare of a man slumped over behind the wheel of a car at a Mary Esther restaurant ended with the driver facing trafficking charges for fentanyl, oxycodone, and methamphetamine. A man later identified as 29-year old Stephen Scott Wilson, address unknown, was sleeping ...

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Former Sex Offender Arrested For Having Sex With 16-Year-Old Employee

August 13, 2019 Walton County, Fla — A former sex offender is arrested by Walton County Sheriff’s Office for having sex with a 16-year-old. In July of this year, Walton County Sheriff’s Office took a report regarding a 35-year-old man who had sexual encounters with a 16-year-old subordinate on three separate occasions. An investigation was initiated by the WCSO Criminal Investigation ...

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Airplane Crashes on Bank of Escambia River

August 13, 2019 Jay, FL – According to Sgt. Rich Aloy with the Santa Rosa County Sheriffs Office, a small aircraft crashed just west of Jay, FL. At approximately 1:00 pm, Deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single airplane crash near the end of Oil Plant Road in Jay. The pilot, who was airlifted by ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report June 28, 2019 through July 11, 2019

August 11, 2019 Northwest Region Cases Holmes County Officers Yates and Gore conducted a roadside shrimp dealer inspection for quality control in Holmes County. The vendor had questions on quality control and was found to unlicensed. The vendor was cited for no retail saltwater product dealer license and for failure to maintain records of acquisition. Jackson County Officers Little and ...

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Alleged White Supremacist Ideologist arrested by FDLE for making threats on FaceBook to kill or do bodily harm

August 10, 2019 Winter Park, FL – FDLE agents arrested Richard D. Clayton, 26, of Winter Park for written threats to kill or do bodily harm after a joint investigation by FDLE, FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and Winter Park Police Department. The investigation began on August 6 after Clayton made a threat on Facebook saying, “3 more days of ...

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Natural Gas Pipeline Maintenance Scheduled in Crestview

August 08, 2019 Crestview, FL – Okaloosa Gas District will perform scheduled pipeline maintenance on Monday, August 12, 2019 between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm that requires road closures. Okaloosa Gas crews will be working in the East bound lane of Long Drive and North bound lane of Smith Street. The District asks the residents of Crestview to take precaution ...

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Software Update Resolved Issue With Florida Deer Harvest Reporting App

August 08, 2019 An Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) software update released this week (version 3.5.177) for its Survey123 for ArcGIS app fixed the technical issue we advised you about on Monday, Aug. 5. Users who downloaded the Survey123 app prior to the release of this fix need to ensure the app is updated before trying to click the link ...

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Crestview PD Crossing Guards Certified for School Openings

August 07, 2019 by Brian Hughes l Public Information Officer | City of Crestview Crestview, FL — As they waited on the street next to Bob Sikes Elementary School for certification testing Monday morning, the city’s newest batch of school crossing guards, most of whom are school zone veterans, shared stories with the newbies about their experiences. Universally, the biggest irritants ...

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City of Crestview Selects New Chief of Police

August 07, 2019 by Brian Hughes Public Information Officer | City of Crestview Crestview, FL — City manager Tim Bolduc announced Wednesday that Ocoee Deputy Police Chief Stephen McCosker has been selected as the city of Crestview’s chief of police. Chief McCosker will assume his new role by September. Monday evening, the two finalists, Deputy Chief McCosker and former Highlands ...

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FWC Catches Poachers, Shuts Down Illegal Oyster Operation

August 07, 2019 Santa Rosa County, FL – Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators charged four individuals after an investigation involving the theft of thousands of oysters from Pensacola Bay Oyster Company. The suspects are charged with multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including grand theft, dealing in stolen property, not delivering to a certified oyster house, and harvesting ...

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