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DEAR LETTER TO THE EDITOR; YOUR WIFE’S MAIL HAD DRUGS IN IT

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May 25, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A man pens a Letter to the Editor at the Northwest Florida Daily News complaining mail is not being delivered to his wife; a woman currently incarcerated at the Walton County Jail.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office sniffed out the answer, which came in a 5×7 greeting card with drugs inside.

On April 25th mail clerks at the Walton County Jail discovered contraband in two pieces of mail delivered to a female inmate. Secondarily, K9 Handler Deputy Autumn Newsome and K9 “Ella” were asked to inspect the mail. Ella alerted to the fact drugs were inside.

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Discovered hidden in each of the greeting cards was a small strip of paper, orange in color, wrapped in a clear plastic. These types of paper strips are often used to smuggle narcotics into correctional facilities. Both envelopes had fake addresses listed on them, but were postmarked out of Manchester, New Hampshire.

On May 1st additional mail was received at the facility addressed to the same inmate. Upon the mail being inspected six more strips, identical to the first strips mailed to inmate, were located inside.

The inmate was advised she could not have the greeting cards due to the type of material they were made of, but was not alerted to the fact that the contraband had been located. This was done in an effort to build a case against the sender. The greeting cards were taken into evidence and the strips were sent to be analyzed to determine the type of narcotic was being used.

“So, it goes without saying,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “That could be why she’s not getting her mail.”

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ONE SEARCH WARRANT; TWO BURGLARIES SOLVED IN SANTA ROSA BEACH   

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May 25, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Two burglaries are solved after a search warrant on S. 4th Street in Walton County; landing one man behind bars.

On May 23rd a burglary report was taken from a victim missing approximately $5,000 in stolen property from storage trailers located on his property on S. 4th Street. Walton County deputies were able to locate a well-worn path in the woods leading from the crime scene to 173 S. 4th Street, which was just a few houses down from the victim’s home.

Deputies approached Jonathon Cranford, 43, after seeing a large amount of the stolen property visible in his front yard. Cranford admitted to taking the victim’s property and was arrested for burglary and grand theft on scene.

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A search warrant was carried out the following day on May 24th at Cranford’s residence where investigators were able to locate additional stolen property from a residential burglary on Allen Loop Drive on May 16th.  Two trailer loads of recovered property was returned to the rightful owners including a Dewalt chop saw with a portable table along with a Bostich pneumatic trim gun.

Jonathon Cranford is charged with two counts of burglary and one count of grand theft. He is currently awaiting trial at the Walton County Jail. The investigation is still ongoing and additional charges could be forthcoming.

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HOMEOWNER SEES BURGLAR ON SECURITY CAMS; SUSPECT CAUGHT BY WCSO

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Freeport, Fla— A homeowner’s security camera helps put a burglar behind bars in Walton County.
On Monday around 5:30 p.m., Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress on Defuniak Street in Choctaw Beach following a 911 call from the homeowner. He told dispatchers he was watching someone burglarizing his home via an app on his phone.
When deputies arrived, they took Christopher Jones, 34, into custody. Jones’ vehicle was parked in the backyard with the gate closed. Jones entered the residence without permission and removed the screen doors on the patio to get inside the home. He also went into the shed by removing the door and took tools from inside.
Jones’ vehicle was full of items belonging to the victim. The total value was estimated at $700. There were also items gathered up in the house Jones had not had a chance to take. A television was on the floor by the back door along with a box of electronics in the kitchen, which had not yet been removed. In the box of electronics was the camera system he unplugged. The total value of these items was $1600.
“Fortunately, the homeowner had already been alerted to him being inside,” said Sheriff Adkinson. “He unplugged them too late.”
Jones is charged with two counts of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft more than $300, but less than $5,000. He is currently being held at the Walton County Jail.
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CRIME STOPPERS WEEKLY WANTED

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information on the following subjects wanted out of our jurisdiction;

Lauryn Marotto– White female, 41 YOA, 4’11”, 130 lbs., Black hair, Green eyes.   This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation warrant for the original charge of Grand Theft and Uttering a Forged Instrument.  She was last seen in Walton County Florida.

Apolonio Silva-Ramon– Hispanic male, 38 YOA, 5’07”, 50 lbs., Black hair, Brown eyes.  This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation warrant for the original charge of Battery and Criminal Mischief X2.  He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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FLORIDA COPS ON TOP EVENT SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 24TH IN PAXTON

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May 18, 2017

Walton County, Fla— On Saturday, June 24th, teams from across the country will set out to summit their state’s highest point in honor of the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

Cops on Top teams are comprised of volunteer climbers, largely self-funded law enforcement officers. Whether their attempt is to climb the tallest mountain or hike the highest hill, each team member will carry with them the memory of the tremendous sacrifice of their fallen brothers and sisters in their respective states.

The annual Cops on Top Summit for Heroes Memorial Climb dates back to 2006 and is one of our largest memorial climbing events the organization conducts. The purpose is to bring to the public’s attention the dangers, stress and life-altering effects on the average law enforcement officer. A fallen officer’s memory serves as our banner and a memorial is placed on each summit.

Please join us at Britton Hill in Paxton, Florida as we honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities.

The ceremony will begin at 11AM and will include the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard.

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WCSO OFFERING REWARD FOR CAPTURE OF JEWELRY STORE BURGLAR

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May 17, 2017

Walton County, Fla—A reward is now being offered for any information leading to the arrest of Joshua Graves, 39.

Deputies responded to 12889 U.S. Highway 98 West just before 11 p.m. April 29 following a 911 call from the store’s owner. The caller said he fired an unknown number of shots with his .25-caliber handgun at two suspects who broke into the store using a hammer and a crow bar and immediately starting shattering display cases to gain access to jewelry. The caller stated he might have hit one of the suspects before they both fled the scene on foot.

The incident was captured on surveillance video and investigators identified Timothy Vignolo, 32, and Graves as two primary suspects. It has since been confirmed that Graves sustained a gunshot wound during the heist.

Vignolo was arrested May 11th by Meridian Police Department in Mississippi after being involved in a traffic crash where he was driving under the influence. In addition, Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested Michael Goins, 60, of Alpine, Alabama for also being involved in the crime.

Now, Walton County Sheriff’s is matching any Crime Stoppers reward up to $1,000 for any information leading to the arrest of Joshua Graves. Graves is suspected to be hiding out in the Talladega County area in Alabama.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Graves you are asked to call your local law enforcement agency or Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111. You can also submit tips anonymously by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

RELATED ARTICLES:

http://waltonso.org/2017/05/05/pillowcase-creases-crack-case-jewelry-store-burglary-suspects-identified/

http://waltonso.org/2017/04/30/store-owner-fires-shots-at-armed-suspects-wcso-seeking-information/

 

 

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TURN ‘EM IN TUESDAY – WILSON MOUNT

Golf clubs are for golf. Ya know? That game with a tiny flag and a hole at the bottom of it using a ball way to small to be hit with a giant club. But, hey… people like golf. Who knew?

Well, Wilson Mount doesn’t really know how to golf. Or how to keep his hands, or clubs, to himself. That’s why he’s wanted by Walton County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

If you have any information on where Mount is help us out. He has a tee time in front of a Walton County Judge. We are encouraging folks to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office with information at (850)-892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

 

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GROPING SUSPECT SOUGHT BY WCSO

 

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May 15, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— On two separate occasions over the past five days a suspect has inappropriately grabbed two different women along 30a.

Now, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify him and encouraging residents and visitors to be aware of their surroundings.

On May 11th a victim was walking to the parking lot near the Van Ness Butler Beach Access when a suspect jumped out of the bushes and slapped her buttocks.

On May 13th a victim was walking alone from Watercolor to a residence on Forest Street. While walking near the intersection of Forest Street and Odessa Street she stated a suspect grabbed her from behind. The victim was able to elbow him in the side and yelled at him. The suspect then fled toward Odessa Street.

Both victims provided law enforcement with the same suspect description. Neither knows each other and both incidents were on separate dates.

“We don’t want this behavior to continue to escalate,” said Lieutenant Scott Hogeboom. “It’s important for the safety of our community that anyone walking after dark not be alone.”

Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for a white male, possibly in his early 20’s, shoulder length dirty blonde hair, between 5 feet 8 inches tall to 5 feet 10 inches.

“This is not a joke,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “The Sheriff’s Office is not taking this lightly and anyone caught exhibiting this type of behavior will be charged to the fullest extent of the law.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

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UPDATE: RUNAWAY JUVENILE HAS BEEN LOCATED

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May 15, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A 13-year-old girl has run away from home and now Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating her.

Savanah Marie Skirde, 13, was last seen at a family member’s home off Richardson Road at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday May 14th.  Skirde was using the internet to message several people after an altercation with her family.

According to a family member a white male by the name of “Nick”, who said he was 25 years of age, offered to pick her up. Skirde was seen leaving the area in a gold or tan Ford F150 driven by a man who appeared to be in his 60’s.

Skirde is described as a white female, 5 feet 4 inches tall, approximately 120 pounds, with dirty blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

 

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WALTON CI K9 “GYPSY” AND WCSO TRACK CAR THIEF

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May 12, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A manhunt ends with a suspect behind bars thanks to a multi-agency effort Friday morning.

Just before 9:30 a.m. Walton County dispatchers received a frantic 911 call from a victim stating his car had been stolen from a gas station in Miramar Beach. Deputies responded to the Circle K at Poinciana Boulevard and Highway 98 and reviewed surveillance video of the suspect.

At 9:42 a Sheriff’s Office Posse member located the vehicle just outside the Tourist Development Council Central Maintenance Facility on South County Highway 83. The suspect had fled the vehicle into the woods.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter and a phone alert was sent to residents and businesses in the surrounding area to lock their doors and be on alert. WCSO AirOne was launched to help search the area from the air and Walton County Correctional K9 Unit was called to assist.

At 12:27 p.m. the suspect, identified as Brandon Allen Maxwell Lockett, was located by K9 “Gypsy” and members of the Walton CI K9 Unit and WCSO.

Lockett was arrested and transported to the Walton County Jail. He is charged with grand theft auto, leaving the scene of a crash, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license. More charges could be forthcoming.

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