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Two people Charged with Possession of Counterfeit Bills in DeFuniak Springs

April 27, 2016 Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police responded to Wal-Mart on Monday around 1:30 PM in reference to a couple passing counterfeit bills to a cashier. 38 year old Christopher Lee Sawyer resisted Officers and was placed under arrest. The female, later identified as 26 year old Tracey Marie Matthews was able to elude Officers. An investigation that ...

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Inmate Charged with Trying to Arrange Murder of His Alleged Sexual Assault Victim

April 8, 2016 A Fort Walton Beach man who was first arrested on August 6, 2015 on charges he sexually assaulted a teenage boy faces a new charge today – trying to hire another inmate at the Okaloosa County Jail to kill the teen prior to the trial. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 51-year old Darell James Robinson ...

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Head Of The Money Mofia Arrested In Crestview Teen Murder

July 26, 2015 Crestview, FL – A fourth individual is now charged in connection with the January shooting death of a Crestview teenager. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Investigators tracked down 37-year old suspect Marvin Wilkins Sunday morning near the Brooks Bridge on Okaloosa Island. Wilkins was taken into custody on active warrants for racketeering in connection with a criminal enterprise involving a ...

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Three Arrests Have Been Made In Murder Of Crestview Teen

July 25, 2015 Crestview, FL – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged three people with first degree murder and racketeering in connection with the shooting death of a Crestview teenager. A fourth individual is being sought on an active warrant for racketeering relating to homicide and narcotics violations. Invaluable assistance has been provided by the State Attorney’s Office and the ...

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Church Chaplain Arrested on Charge of Lewd and Lascivious Battery

November 14, 2014 The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office today charged a Shalimar man with lewd or lascivious battery on a person 12 to 16 years of age. 53-year old Larry Michael Thorne, a Chaplain at Abundant Life Church, is accused of committing the sexual acts on numerous occasions between January 1st 2012 and November 11th, 2014. The victim says the ...

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GulfSouth Private Bank of Destin, Florida Closed by FDIC

October 19, 2012 GulfSouth Private Bank, Destin, Florida, was closed today by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with SmartBank, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to assume all of the deposits of GulfSouth Private Bank. The four branches of ...

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