Local and State News

New FWC Nonnative Species Rules Take Effect May 2

May 1, 2019 New rules will help proactively protect Florida from invasive species becoming established in the state. The rules, which were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in February, go into effect May 2. The new rules clarify rule language by defining key terms and add some high-risk nonnative animals to Florida’s Prohibited Nonnative Species ...

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Swatting Hoax Leads to Felony Charge for Crestview Teen

April 21, 2019 Crestview, FL – A 13-year old Crestview resident is charged with a felony after taking part in a hoax phone call reporting he had shot his mother twice and was going to kill himself. The call came in to the Crestview Police Department’s non-emergency line around 10:30 this morning. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office units responded and set ...

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Early Morning Shooting Leaves One Dead and One Seriously Injured

April 14, 2019 Fort Walton Beach, FL – The Fort Walton Beach Police Department is currently investigating a shooting which left one male deceased and another male seriously injured. Officers were called to the area of Martisa Road just prior to 4 am this morning in reference to shots being fired. Upon arrival, Officers found one male deceased in the ...

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New Deer Hunting Rules For The 2019-20 Season

April 02, 2019 By Tony Young At their February meeting, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Commissioners passed new deer hunting rules that take effect starting with the opening of archery and crossbow seasons in Zone A on Aug. 3, 2019. Annual statewide bag limit – five deer, of which only two may be antlerless One of the rules ...

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Suspect Dies In Crestview Police Department Custody

March 28, 2019 Crestview, FL —  At 5:05 a.m. Thursday morning, March 28, 2019, the Crestview Police Department received a 911 call from a man in the 1200 block of Walter Avenue, who was saying that he was “in danger.” While officers were being dispatched to the unknown situation, the caller was making other statements that “he was going to ...

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Crestview Student Arrested for Having Handgun on School Grounds

March 28, 2018 Crestview, FL – A Crestview High School student faces numerous felony charges after the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office found him in possession of a concealed firearm on school property. A School Resource Officer learned 15 year old Jabari Imani had been living in a shed behind a friend’s home on West Bowers Avenue and was believed to ...

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WCSO Recovers $122,000 in Spoof CEO Email Scam

January 28, 2019 Walton County, Fla— More than one hundred thousand dollars is recovered after a sophisticated fraud scheme is reported in Walton County. November 14th a Walton County business reported they had received a request via email from who they thought was a co-owner of the company requesting funds. Two separate wire transfers were made totaling $126,000.  After funds ...

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Crestview Mayor Appoints Chief & Deputy Chief of Police

December 7, 2018 Crestview, FL — Mayor David Cadle announced Friday that Deputy Police Chief Jamie Grant will drop the “deputy” in his title, to become the county seat’s chief of police, effective immediately. At the same time, Mayor Cadle appointed Officer Lisa Sprague, the department’s former records custodian and current director of professional standards and ethics, to the position ...

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OCSO Arrests Two In Theft Of Murder Victim’s Vehicle, Investigation Continues

November 20, 2018 Fort Walton Beach, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has taken two people into custody in connection with the theft of a murder victim’s car last Sunday. Deputies located 46-year old Jarod Skiles and 25-year old Mary Mulcahey Monday night walking in the area of Eglin Parkway and South Avenue. Skiles attempted to run from deputies ...

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OCSO Seeks Person of Interest, Victim’s Car in FWB Homicide

November 19, 2018 Fort Walton Beach, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a person of interest in the apparent beating death of a Fort Walton Beach area woman. The body of 47-year old Michele Lemmo was discovered by her roommate inside their residence at 510 Union Street, Lot 7, around 7 p.m. Sunday. The OCSO is ...

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