Local and State News

Victims in Murder Suicide In Baker Tentatively Identified

January 3, 2018 The victims of a murder/suicide in North Okaloosa County have been tentatively identified as a married couple in their mid-sixties. The Medical Examiner’s Office has tentatively identified the victims as 64-year old William Rust and his 64-year old wife Gretchen. Investigators believe William shot his wife, then himself, at their home at 2121 Winners Circle in Baker on New Year’s ...

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Shoplifting Suspect Caught After Theft at Destin Store

Dec. 21, 2017 A Pensacola woman on probation in Escambia County for aggravated assault with a weapon is in trouble again, this time after being charged with grand theft by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. 27-year old Lashamonique Moore of Muldoo Drive was spotted grabbing clothes from a rack inside the Foot Locker at Destin Commons around 7:30 last night. ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report 12/0817 – 12/14/17

December 22, 2017 Cases: Escambia County Officer Allgood worked fisheries enforcement in the Pensacola Bay area and identified several individuals in violation. He issued notice to appear citations for possession of red snapper in a closed season and possession of undersized scamp and mangrove snapper. Officer Allgood also documented license and boating safety violations. Officer Allgood entered a hunt camp ...

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Former Navy Sailor Stationed in Pensacola Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison For Attempted Enticement of A Minor

December 20, 2017 Pensacola, FL – William Charles Huff Jr., 32, a former active duty Navy sailor stationed in Pensacola, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release, after pleading guilty on October 6, 2017, to attempted enticement of a minor for sex. The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District ...

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Holt Man In Custody After Fleeing From Alabama Law Enforcement

December 20, 2017 Baker, FL – A Holt man is in custody after he lead law enforcement on a multi-state pursuit. On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, deputies with the Escambia County, AL Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop 30 year old Louis Allen Scott of Holt, Fl for active felony warrants. Scott failed to stop and led law enforcement on a chase ...

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State To Seek Death Penalty In Death of 3 YO Adelynn Merrell

December 19, 2017 Crestview, FL – A Crestview man will face the death penalty for his role in the death of a 3 year old toddler. William “Bill” Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that the State will seek the death penalty for Cory M. Hagwell, who is charged in the First Degree Felony Murder of ...

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Wanted Alabama Fugitive Leads Deputies on Pursuit Into North Okaloosa County

December 19, 2017 Baker, FL – A fugitive wanted in Alabama lead deputies from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama on a pursuit through the back roads north of Baker where he wrecked his vehicle and fled on foot. According to news sources, deputies pursued a wanted man into Okaloosa County Florida, where he wrecked his vehicle in the ...

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Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services To Offer Free Transportation with “Home for the Holidays” Program

December 19, 2017 The Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Medical Services Division will offer free transportation (on a space available basis) to local residents who would otherwise be unable to come home for holiday celebrations. The “Home for the Holidays” program is designed to allow patients in skilled nursing and adult congregate living facilities to go home to family members for ...

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Niceville Woman Taken Against Her Will From Local Hotel

December 17, 2017 Niceville, FL – A Niceville woman who was kidnapped Friday night from a hotel in Niceville has been found safe in Valparaiso early this morning. According to a news release from the Niceville Police Department, 24 year old Symone Latee McKnight was taken against her will Friday evening shortly before 9pm from the Comfort Suites located at 148 ...

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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report 11/17/2017 – 11/30/2017

December 14, 2017 Bay County Officer Gore was on patrol when he observed a vehicle weaving and failing to maintain a single lane. A traffic stop revealed that the operator appeared to be impaired. Field sobriety tasks were administered and the subject was determined to be under the influence and arrested. The subject was charged with Driving Under the Influence ...

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