Local and State News

ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLE RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST, SEIZURE OF $5,000.00 AND $1,000,000.00 BOND

November 6, 2016 DeFuniak Springs – A driver, who was reported to DeFuniak Springs Police for driving recklessly on U.S. Highway 331 South around 7 a.m. Sunday morning, was arrested for drugs after a traffic stop was conducted and has a $1,000,000.00 and could face life in prison if convicted. Officers responded to the area and observed 38 year old ...

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UPDATE: A Couple’s Multi-State Crime Spree Comes To An End In South Walton County (Includes Original Story)

November 6, 2016 Miramar Beach, Fla— A Georgia couple’s efforts at defrauding businesses across three states in search of a lavish lifestyle have come to an end. A viral Facebook post has led to the arrest of Dino John Marks, 37, and Marlena Pebble McMillen, 37, following a multi-state credit card scheme where they defrauded businesses of thousands of dollars ...

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Motorcyclist In Critical Condition After Rear Ending SUV At A High Rate Of Speed

November 5, 2016 Miramar, FL – A Miramar Beach man is in critical condition after his motorcycle rear ended a car and was ejected. Mark Wright (47) from Miramar Beach, FL was operating a 2014 Suzuki GSX-R Motorcycle at a high rate of speed traveling eastbound on US 98 in the area of Sea Scape Dr. Kalib karns (33) of ...

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A Couple’s Multi-State Crime Spree Comes To An End In South Walton County

November 5, 2016 A Georgia couple suspected in a retail theft crime spree across South Alabama and Northwest Florida is currently being held in the Walton County jail on arrest warrants from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and more charges are in the works. 37-year old Dino Marks and 37-year old Marlena McMillan were arrested Friday night after investigators developed ...

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Santa Rosa County Deputy Taken To Local Hospital For Smoke Inhalation After Fire Breaks Out In Jail

November 5, 2016 Milton, FL – A small fire broke out at the Santa Rosa County Jail facility located on East Milton Rd 7:15 pm Friday night. Sheriff’s Deputies and Detention personnel responded to an alarm in the laundry facility where a dryer was on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished with the assistance of local fire departments and SRSO ...

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Pensacola Man Sentenced Under Florida’s 10-20-Life Law

November 4, 2016 Pensacola, FL – Ladell La’ Duars Wheeler was convicted by a jury of his peers and was sentenced to 20 Years in State Prison. On Monday, June 15, 2015 at around 11:30 PM in the 400 block of East Bobe Street, the victim was standing in his front yard talking on his cell phone. The victim told ...

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FWC Activity FOR October 21, 2016 through October 27, 2016

November 4, 2016 SANTA ROSA COUNTY Officer Hutchinson received information about a baited area within the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA). He and Officer Arnette located the area and discovered it to be baited with corn and a tree stand and a game camera set up. During the opening of archery season, Officer Hutchinson located a vehicle parked on a ...

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Pensacola Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Attempted Enticement of a Minor for Sex and Possession of Child Porn

November 3, 2016 Pensacola, FL – Robert M. Grafton Jr., 30, of Pensacola, was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. A jury convicted Grafton of attempted enticement of a minor for sex, and Grafton also pled guilty to possession of child pornography just prior to jury selection for the ...

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Eight Sentenced In Interstate Human Trafficking Conspiracy

November 3, 2016 Panama City, FL – Eight defendants, all of whom resided illegally in the United States, have been sentenced in an interstate human trafficking case. The sentences were announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The defendants and sentences are: Edegardo Osorno Rodriguez, 38, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, 60 months in ...

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Two Men Are Now Behind Bars In DeFuniak Springs For Drugs

November 3, 2016 DeFuniak Springs – Detectives with DeFuniak Springs Police Department arrested two men on Wednesday afternoon after one was found to have an arrest warrant. The investigation began when 29 year old Daniel Ely was observed in the parking lot of Walgreens.  A Detective recognized Ely and had knowledge of an existing warrant.  The warrant was confirmed for ...

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