Local and State News

Speed Limit Increase on State Road 85 Near Niceville

September 7, 2018 Niceville, FL – The speed limit on State Road 85 (South Ferdon Boulevard) from north of  East College Boulevard to the State Road 293 Interchange near Niceville has been raised from 45 MPH to 55 MPH.  New signs depicting the speed limit increase have been installed along the corridor.   For more information visit the Florida Department of Transportation ...

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Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in four counties in September

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in four counties in September (list follows). Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil ...

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Two of three Crestview Police Department officers fired following investigation

Wednesday, September 05, 2018 Crestview, FL — Two of three Crestview Police officers charged under various alleged infractions of agency written directives and city policies have been dismissed following an extensive internal investigation. Officer Christina Dawson and Investigator Shawn Temple were fired on allegations including policy statement, distraction to others, violating laws relating to the Police Department, code of ethics ...

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Crestview Trio Arrested in Stolen Vehicle

September 3, 2018 Holt, FL – An OCSO deputy who noticed a suspicious vehicle on Log Lake Road found the driver hiding in the woods and two others near the car. He quickly learned the vehicle had been stolen from Chestnut Avenue in Crestview earlier in the evening. The owner, who said she may have left it unlocked with the keys ...

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Baker Student Arrested After Sending Threatening Messages

Friday, August 24, 2018 Baker, FL – A Baker School student who made threatening comments in a message to another student via social media was arrested today by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. 17-year old Kaleb Crooks is charged with making a false report about planting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction or concerning the use of firearms ...

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Crestview Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison For 2017 Baker Home Invasion (with previous stories)

Thursday, August 23, 2018 Crestview, FL – Joey Kyle Smelley, of Crestview, was sentenced to 20 years state prison on the charges of Burglary of a Dwelling with Assault, Grand Theft over $20,000, Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft of a Firearm. On September 10, 2017, Smelley, along with Cody Jon Kurpil, entered an occupied home on Hilton Road in Baker, ...

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Destin Sees Third Pedestrian Fatality on Hwy 98

Thursday, August 23, 2018 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a pedestrian that occurred last night on Harbor Boulevard (Highway 98) in Destin. The victim has been identified as 53-year old Richard McIntosh, current address unavailable. McIntosh had just left the Red Door Saloon when witnesses say he stepped into the outer eastbound lane at 300 ...

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Monday Evening Traffic Crash Slows Traffic, Sending One Victim to Hospital by Helicopter.

Monday August 21 A two vehicle traffic crash that occurred Monday evening on E James Lee Blvd near the intersection of Industrial Drive blocked traffic for a short time while one driver had to be cut out of their vehicle. According to the Crestview Fire Department’s Public Information Officer, Corey Winkler, Firefighters form station one responded the crash that resulted ...

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Crestview Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Juvenile 25 Years Ago

August 20, 2018 A Crestview man has been arrested on charges he sexually molested a young girl over a period ranging from 1993 to 1996. The 35 year old victim, informed investigators 61 year old Bobby Jelks Wilson Jr. started sexually assaulting her on a daily basis starting in 1993 and it continued for approximately 3 years. The victim who ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report July 27 – August 2, 2018

Bay County Officers Hayes and Scott were on vessel patrol in St. Andrews Bay when they checked a vessel coming in from offshore. The officers found that the operator was in possession of three undersized triggerfish during the closed season. Citations were issued for the violations. Jackson County Lieutenant Allen was on patrol near a landowner’s cornfield when he heard ...

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