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DECEMBER TEEN DRIVER CHALLENGE A SUCCESS

Another successful Teen Driver Challenge is in the books for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, and this was our biggest group yet!

Twelve students from all over Walton County attended the two day course which began Friday, December 2 at Freeport High School. “The kids had a blast,” said David Talley, School Resource Deputy and organizer of the Teen Driver Challenge for WCSO. “They showed up excited each day and were ready to learn new skills that will help keep them safe in the future.”

The Teen Driver Challenge course, which is offered at no cost to students, provides teenagers with the knowledge and hands-on experiences needed to reduce the chances of being involved in a crash.  The Teen Driver Challenge is a defensive driving program that covers:

  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Human Factors
  • Responsibility and Liability
  • Effects of Drugs and Alcohol
  • Night Driving
  • Aggressive Driving

This TDC is backed by the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) and supported by the Sheriff.

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TWO TURN ‘EM IN TUESDAY FUGITIVES ARRESTED THURSDAY

Someone wanted an early Christmas present. In the form of cash. Thanks to you, our amazing citizens, two of our recently featured Turn ’em in Tuesday felons are in custody.

Here’s the scoop. Thursday we received a tip via Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers giving a possible location on Daniel Luna, 19, in Okaloosa County. Our investigators responded and requested assistance from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office fugitive task force members. OCSO task force members responded, located, and arrested Luna on Walton County warrants. 

Austin Ivie Whittier, 26, found herself in the hands of authorities over in Bay County Thursday morning and was arrested on multiple Walton County warrants. She was previously found in possession of more than 50 stolen credit card numbers by Walton County Investigators.

Luna was arrested and booked in Okaloosa County and Austin Ivie Whitmire was taken to the Bay County Jail where she awaits extradition.

 

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WCSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN CRASH WITH DEER 

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They are frightening images with the best possible outcome for a sheriff’s deputy out of Walton County. WCSO Deputy Alysha Dossey was involved in a traffic crash at U.S. Highway 98 and W Hewitt Road in the early morning hours Friday morning after a deer darted out in front of her vehicle.

Deputy Dossey sustained minor injuries from the airbag deployment after impact, but was saved from further injury thanks to her vest and seatbelt. She was transported to a local hospital for precautionary measures.

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WALTON COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER RECEIVES $30,000 DONATION IN HONOR OF LOCAL VETERINARIAN

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DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A local veterinarian aids in the donation of $30,000 in diagnostic equipment to the Walton County Animal Shelter.

Doctor Blackwood, owner of Walton County Animal Clinic, has served the county’s animal shelter for over five years by providing assistance with blood testing and sterilization surgeries. During that time Dr. Blackwood realized the shelter needed in house equipment to provide animals with the testing they need during their stay. In November, he reached out to Abaxis Diagnostics, a leader in veterinarian diagnostic equipment.

This week Abaxis Diagnostics donated a printer and brand new diagnostic machinery to the Walton County Animal Shelter in honor of Doctor Blackwood and his contributions to the shelter. These state-of-the-art, fully-automated pieces of equipment use a small sample of blood to test for anemia, diabetes, and other infections. Abaxis Diagnostics’ equipment can also help the shelter’s veterinarian understand how well the animal’s internal organs are functioning, such as the kidneys and liver.

The Walton County Animal Shelter, located in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, is managed by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. Being an open-admission shelter, the Walton County Animal Shelter’s mission is to enhance the lives of the animals and people in our community by advocating adoption through education, awareness, and compassion. Volunteers are welcome and donations can be made to the animal shelter through Let the Green Be Seen, a 501 3c non-profit that donates to a variety of charitable organizations throughout the community. Donations can be mailed to 365 Triple G Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433.

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LITTLE LEAGUE COACH NOW FACING CHARGES OF MANUFACTURING CHILD PORN

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DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A little league coach arrested in September on charges of child pornography and soliciting parents for sex with their children is now facing additional felony charges including the manufacturing of child pornography.

Hughes was arrested on September 15th on charges of using a computer to solicit parent/guardian consent to engage in sexual conduct with a child, directly promoting sexual performance by a child, and transmission of child pornography via electronic device after one of the mothers he tried to solicit on social media tipped WCSO investigators.

The investigation into his arrest continued following Hughes’ arrest with a search warrant and additional interviews. In the following months Walton County Sheriff’s Investigators combed through thousands of files uncovering photographic and digital evidence on a computer seized during the search warrant. During their investigation enough evidence was collected to warrant charges of manufacturing child porn and felony domestic battery by strangulation.

“To actually file the charge for the victim means justice for that victim,” said Investigator Ben Dowdy. “We want each victim to know they’re being advocated for.”

Hughes was served the warrant while incarcerated at the Walton County Jail where he is being held on $507,500 bond. This is still an active investigation and more charges are expected to be filed in the future.

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WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE K9 “DRAGO” RECEIVES BODY ARMOR IN HONOR OF THOSE LOST IN ORLANDO  

 

 

dragoDeFuniak Springs, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office K9 Drago has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Drago’s vest is sponsored by an Anonymous Donor and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of those loved and lost in Orlando”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,200 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

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The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at http://www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

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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:

JASMINE MARIE CALVERT (LEFT)

WANTED FOR VOP- POSSESSION OF METHAMPHETAMINE, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA & POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
DATE OF BIRTH: 03/03/1994
RACE: WHITE            SEX: FEMALE
HEIGHT: 5’01”          WEIGHT: 130 lbs
HAIR: BROWN           EYES: BROWN
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS WAS IN DEFUNIAK SPRINGS

YOHANNAH CORDER DWYER (RIGHT)

ALIASES – SCARLETT DWYER, YOHANNAH CORDER
WANTED FOR VOP-POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/16/1984
RACE: WHITE              SEX: FEMALE
HEIGHT: 5’04”            WEIGHT: 115 lbs
HAIR: BLOND              EYES: BLUE
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS WAS IN DESTIN

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BOY CALLS 911 TO INVITE WCSO FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER

15181584_10153882165151493_3131702282215342996_nA little boy melted all the hearts in Walton County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center today. Walton County resident “Billy” called 911 this afternoon to invite WCSO staff/deputies to come eat Thanksgiving dinner with him and his family.

“With all the bad calls we take on a daily basis this one was a welcomed happy call that made all of us smile,” said Lead Communications Officer Monica Webster.

The boy was paid a special visit by Deputy Damon Byrd and Deputy Aaron Ethridge who gave him a Sheriff’s Badge and even let him sit in their patrol cars.

While we do not encourage this use of 911… we are so honored at the invitation. Thank you Billy for making all of our days here at WCSO.

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TRASH CAB; FORMER CAB DRIVER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL BATTERY ON TEENAGER

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Walton County, Fla— Unlike photos on the popular “Snapchat” app, a former taxi cab driver going by the handle “TrashCab10” will not be able to make sexual battery charges disappear.

Justin Willet, 33, is charged with sexual battery on a victim 16-17 years of age by a person older than 24 after picking up a girl walking alone on the side of the road, giving her alcohol and drugs, and forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

On the night of June 18th Walton County Sheriff’s Office was informed of a sexual battery on a victim who was located at a Bay County Medical Facility. Investigators soon learned on the night of June 17th the teenager left her residence in Seacrest Beach at approximately midnight and was soon after approached by a man in a dark blue mini-van offering her a ride. The victim noticed an illuminated TAXI sign on the top of the vehicle, but told the driver she had no money.

The driver then told the victim:

“Wherever you need to go, a young girl like you doesn’t need to be walking alone” and on numerous occasions told the victim how “pretty” she was even though she identified herself as being in high school.

The driver identified as “Justin” by the victim proceeds to drive to Panama City Beach and then provides the victim with cigarettes, prescription drugs, alcohol, and marijuana. According to the victim “Justin” picks up a fare of a group of college students from Panama City Beach dropping them off at an unknown location. The victim then told investigators “Justin” then drove to a beach access across from her street in Seacrest.

The two walk down the beach access to the steps where “Justin” began trying to kiss and perform sexual acts on the victim. The victim then tries to back away and describes “Justin” as becoming agitated. He proceeds to open his shorts exposing himself to the victim and forcibly makes her perform oral sex on him. The victim describes the suspect as acting violent during the oral sex and when she was finished she told investigators she could barely walk because of the amount of medication, marijuana, and alcohol she consumed. “Justin” then left the victim at the beach access alone.

The victim described the suspect to investigators and a case was initiated and a search for the suspect began.

June 27th authorities compose a computer image of the suspect using the victim’s description.

August 10th the victim receives a “SnapChat” request from who she identifies as “Justin” with the handle “TrashCab10” and forwards the request to WCSO Investigators.

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August 24th a subpoena reveals the suspects information as Justin Willet of Shady Oak Court in Panama City Beach, Florida.

“The suspect knowingly tracked down his victim after the incident occurred,” said Investigator Erik Sormrude. “That just shows his intentions for further wanting to take advantage of a 17-year-old girl.” 

Further investigation over the next several months uncovers details corroborating the victim’s story and confirming the suspect’s place of employment.

A warrant was signed in November by a Walton County Judge for Willet’s arrest.

November 16th Willet turned himself in and was booked on sexual battery charges and is currently being held on $75,000 bond.

“Had it not been for his predator like behavior we would never have had a break in this case,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson of the SnapChat request. “He’s right where he belongs.” 

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UPDATE: SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED IN EARLY MORNING PURSUIT

Okaloosa, Walton and Holmes County, Fla— Three suspects from an early morning pursuit across three counties have been identified by authorities.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on Highway 285 with a vehicle stolen out of Orlando in the early morning hours Thursday. The car fled onto Interstate 10 and into Walton County and deputies from Walton County Sheriff’s Office followed the vehicle to the Bonifay exit where Bonifay Police Department deployed spike strips to stop the vehicle.

The strips were successful and three suspects were placed into custody. Those individuals are identified as Orithain Lamar Huey, 18, Wendell Harp, 18, and a juvenile. All three are believed to be from the Orlando/Winter Haven area. Huey is charged with grand theft auto, fleeing and eluding at a high rate of speed, and no valid driver’s license. Harp and the juvenile are charged with accessory after the fact which, in this case, is a misdemeanor.

Found inside the stolen vehicle were black ski masks and burglary tools. The vehicle was towed from the scene and brought to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. Huey and Harp were transported and booked into the Holmes County Jail. The juvenile was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

WCSO would like to thank Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Bonifay Police Department, and Holmes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case. This investigation is ongoing and more charges from additional agencies could be forthcoming.

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