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CITIZEN’S RECKLESS DRIVER CALL LEADS TO DRUG ARREST

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For Immediate Release

January 18, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A call from a concerned citizen leads to the arrest of a 33-year-old Freeport man for nearly 40 grams of methamphetamine.

Just before 10pm Tuesday night WCSO received a call regarding a reckless driver heading east on Highway 98. A Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy observed the vehicle in the area of Watersound Parkway leaving the roadway and entering the median nearly driving in the opposite lanes into oncoming traffic.

traffic-stopThe deputy conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Terry Dwayne Murr Jr. Murr seemed tired and nervous. He told the deputy he fell asleep while driving. Consent to search the vehicle was granted by Murr and located under the driver’s seat was a small black case. Inside the case was a large bag with methamphetamine inside. Further investigation revealed three additional bags of meth (weighing 38.9 grams total), marijuana, a clear glass pipe, a digital scale and other paraphernalia.

Murr was charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of cannabis less than 20 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported and booked into the Walton County jail.

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WCSO SEEKING INFORMATION ON MISSING RUNAWAY

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For Immediate Release

January 17, 2017

Walton County, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about the whereabouts of a Niceville teen that ran away from home in late December.

Madison Lynn Odom, 16, was reported missing to Walton County Sheriff’s Office in January after leaving her home on Hal Street on December 23rd. It’s possible she is staying with a friend in the area.

She is described as 5’4 and approximately 115lbs with brown hair and brown eyes. Last contact was made with Odom on January 13th, when she last sent a text to her mother. She was last seen wearing a gray Niceville High School pullover sweatshirt and a white pair of pants.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Ms. Odom, you are encouraged to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 892-8111.

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WCSO SEEKING INFORMATION ON MISSING RUNAWAY

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January 12, 2017

Walton County, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about the whereabouts of a DeFuniak Springs teen who ran away from home in late December.

Devin Michael Knight, 16, was reported missing to Walton County Sheriff’s Office in January after leaving his home on East Renoir Road on December 29th. It’s possible he is staying with a friend in the area.

He is described as 5’8, approximately 155lbs, brown hair with blonde tips, and could possibly have grown a goatee. Last contact was made with Knight on January 2nd when he called his mother asking for money.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Knight you are encouraged to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111.

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STRUCTURE FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE BUREAU OF FIRE AND ARSON INVESTIGATIONS

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DeFuniak Springs Fla— The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is investigating a structure fire at Highway 83 and Cordie Redmon Road in DeFuniak Springs, which took place at a normally unoccupied residential building. A body was discovered at the scene by the Argyle Volunteer Fire Department.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigations and Crime Scene Units are assisting the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations in the ongoing investigation.

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TURN ‘EM IN TUESDAY – BITTERCREEK JOSEPH BROWN

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Court dates aren’t optional, but we have a feeling he knows that. That’s why we’re featuring Bittercreek Joseph Brown, 33, of DeFuniak Springs in this week’s Turn ‘Em In Tuesday. Bittercreek Brown, who has a history of felony charges including grand theft and dealing in stolen property, failed to appear in court for a battery domestic violence charge. Let’s make sure he makes it up to the judge for ditching the first time.

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If you have any information on where Brown is, you could be eligible for a cash reward. If you know Brown’s whereabouts, you are 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 www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

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ROAD CLOSURES LIST FOR WALTON COUNTY AS OF 7:00AM 1/10/2017

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Big Cedar Rd.: Water over the roadway, water is flowing swiftly. CLOSED
Cowford Ranch Rd.: Water over the roadway at last corner before sawmill. CLOSED
Choctawhatchee River Rd.: Road has a couple of inches of water over the road way just passed the bridge.  Water is no longer over the bridge.  CLOSED
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SUBJECT IDENTIFIED IN REPORTED HOME INVASION

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Freeport, Fla— The deceased subject involved in a reported home invasion in Freeport has been identified as Sedrick Marshawn Williams, 26, of Georgia.

An altercation involving a knife broke out at a home on Loop Circle in Freeport, which resulted in the death of Mr. Williams. The official cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office, First Judicial Circuit.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.

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ROAD CLOSURES LIST FOR WALTON COUNTY AS OF 9:00AM 1/7/2017

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Big Cedar Rd. Water over the roadway CLOSED
Cowford Ranch Rd. Water over the roadway at last corner before sawmill. CLOSED
Choctawhatchee River Rd. Water over the roadway. Water still flowing swiftly over roadway from corner to small bridge. CLOSED
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WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RESPONDS TO STABBING IN REPORTED HOME INVASION

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Freeport, Fla— Early Saturday morning Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a reported home invasion, which resulted in the death of a male subject.

After the initial emergency response, WCSO began the investigation on Loop Circle in Freeport. The encounter began with dogs barking, alerting the two residents that there was someone at the front door. Upon opening the door, one of the residents said they were attacked with a bottle by the subject who was trying to enter their home. The physical altercation ultimately resulted in the death of the subject.

We will release more information as the investigation continues, including the name of the subject once next of kin has been notified.

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ROAD CLOSURES LIST FOR WALTON COUNTY AS OF 5:00AM 1/7/2017

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Big Cedar Rd. Water over the roadway CLOSED
Cowford Ranch Rd. Water over the roadway. CLOSED
Choctawhatchee River Rd. Water over the roadway. CLOSED
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