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RUNAWAY JUVENILE STEALS HANDGUN AND CAR; SOUGHT BY WCSO  

 

thumbnail_Brett RobertsonFor Immediate Release

April 26, 2017

Walton County, Fla— A runaway teen is being sought by Walton County Sheriff’s Office after stealing a handgun, ammunition, and a car.

Brett Tyler Robertson, 16, was last seen on Tuesday April 25th at 10 p.m. in a stolen 2008 orange Mitsubishi Eclipse with Florida tag #Y74MAV. Robertson also stole a debit card and a .22 caliber Ruger firearm along with ammunition.

The stolen debit card was used to withdraw money on this date just before 11 p.m. from an ATM at the Tom Thumb located at the corner of Highway 90 and U.S. Highway 331 in DeFuniak Springs.

Robertson is a habitual runaway and is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, approximately 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent north Walton County area in Darlington and Paxton.

If you have any information on Robertson’s whereabouts you are asked to call Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111.

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WCSO TAKES OVER OPERATIONS FOR WALTON COUNTY FIRE RESCUE  

 

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April 25, 2017

Walton County, Fla— At 7 a.m. Wednesday Walton County Sheriff’s Office will assume operational command of Walton County Fire Rescue.

On December 13, 2016 at a regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioner’s (BCC) meeting, Commissioners recommended the Commission direct a feasibility study regarding the movement of Walton County Fire Rescue under the management of Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

The decision was made at the Board of County Commission public hearing Tuesday. The Sheriff’s Office will absorb 99 employees including 90 EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, two administrative support positions and seven command level positions that staff nine fire stations.

“We consider this undertaking an opportunity to highlight the hard working, professional employees at WCFR,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “We intend to make this transition as smooth as possible while making sure that our community is still getting the service they deserve.”

A 120-day transition period is in place to provide time to visit with employees and address the current state of affairs at Walton County Fire Rescue while preparing a strategic plan for the future.

“We may wear different uniforms, but at the end of the day what I want people to understand is that we are going to be one team with one mission,” said Adkinson.

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TEENS FLEE AFTER CRASHING STOLEN CAR; APPREHENDED BY WCSO

 

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April 21, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A trio of Okaloosa County teenagers are behind bars after crashing a stolen car.

A 911 came in to Walton County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers at 4:06pm regarding a white Toyota Prius involved in a crash on County Road 83 near County Road 192. The vehicle had left the roadway and hit a culvert ending up back on County Road 83.

As soon as deputies arrived on scene the three teens fled. Walton County Correctional Institution sent their K9 unit to assist, but two were quickly apprehended. The third, later identified as Jeffrey Blaze Brown, 17 was seen running from the wood line by a Walton County Sheriff’s Office Major on his way home from work.

Brown, Raven Nunn,17, and Dakota Kesinger, 18, were all arrested for dealing in stolen property and obstruction of justice. Brown and Nunn are currently on probation out of Okaloosa County for grand theft auto.

All three were transported and booked into the Walton County Jail.

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WCSO INVESTIGATOR CREATES BOND WITH AUTISTIC CHILD

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We received this email from a mother who’s son recently met Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Eric Welton.

“He was so sweet to my son who is a high functioning Autistic Level 1 and has not put down his badge he was given by deputy!

My son has always told me he wants to grow up to be a security guard and might have some future aspirations to be police officer now that he has his badge. Eric literally made my son’s day so awesome by that kind gesture. I really wanted to thank you! This has meant the world to my son and I.

He is home schooled right now. We shuttle back and forth for therapies and this little one was so ecstatic yesterday and it is so important to me that he establishes positive interactions with our sheriff’s department being that he does have Autism.”

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ANONYMOUS DONOR PAYS FOR VETERINARY CARE FOR DOG INJURED ON LIVEPD

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April 18, 2016

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla — An anonymous donor pays for the veterinary care of a dog hit by a reckless driver after Walton County Sheriff’s deputies receive the call on LivePD on A&E.

On Saturday night, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office was notified a dog had been run over by a vehicle along Indian Woman Road in Santa Rosa Beach. The caller stated the driver was swerving and nearly ran over her son before hitting the dog and fleeing the scene. When animal control arrived on the scene, they found an injured female dog. The dog, who has since been named Dora by the staff at the Walton County Animal Shelter, was up and walking around but sustained injuries to her left hind leg.

“It’s always sad when our Animal Control Officers receive these kinds of calls,” says Tina Barker, Animal Services Manager for the Walton County Animal Shelter. “You never like hearing someone has injured an animal and did not stop to help it, but she is recovering nicely and loving all of the attention she’s getting from everyone here at the shelter.”

After watching the episode on A&E’s LivePD, an anonymous donor offered to pay for the veterinary treatment of the injured dog. A local veterinarian determined that Dora’s pelvis was broken in three places and prescribed kennel rest for eight weeks but says she will fully recover. The Walton County Animal Shelter is currently trying to find Dora’s rightful owner. If anyone has any information, please call the shelter at (850) 892-8758.

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DEPUTY WATCHES OVER CHILD AFTER WOMAN FIRES SHOTS AT REPOSSESSION AGENT  

 

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April 18, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A picture is worth 1,000 words. A photo taken of a deputy on the scene of a shots fired call is no less than heartwarming.

Tuesday morning around 2:30am Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Wildflower Street in DeFuniak Springs after a 911 call by repossession agent who said a woman was firing shots at him. The victim told deputies he was at the residence to repossess at Pontiac G8 that was on the property. While he was preparing to tow the vehicle the suspect Staci Kolb Jones,44, came to the front door with a handgun. He stated to deputies he told Jones who he was, but Jones pointed the gun toward him and fired one round from the gun. The victim stated he then hid behind the tow truck and repeatedly told Jones to put down the gun. Another shot was fired as the victim called 911.

Deputies gathered evidence at the scene and talked to both parties involved. Jones was subsequently arrested for aggravated assault without intent to kill.

When a WCSO Lieutenant arrived on scene, he noticed Deputy Kallie Wright inside the home holding a small infant. When Jones was detained for questioning there was no one else inside the home to care for the crying child. Deputy Wright stepped in and took care of the infant until another party got on scene.

“I’m not surprised to hear of Kallie’s actions,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “She is a bright young lady with a bright future here at Walton County Sheriff’s Office.”

Jones was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail.

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WALTON COUNTY DETENTION LIEUTENANT ARRESTED & FIRED FOLLOWING BATTERY CHARGE  

 

BLIZZARD MUGSHOTFor Immediate Release

April 17, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Michael Blizzard has been charged with misdemeanor battery following an incident with an inmate over the weekend at the Walton County Jail.

An inmate was being escorted from the medical unit to housing by detention deputies at approximately 3:00pm Sunday afternoon when he threw his personal belongings bag into the open office of Lieutenant Blizzard. Deputies pinned the inmate up against the wall to move his handcuffs from the front of his body to the back. At that time, Blizzard pulled the inmate into his office and struck him several times with a closed fist in the back of the head and kneed him in the abdomen. After the initial blows the  deputies removed the victim from Blizzard’s office when he made a remark towards Blizzard. Blizzard then pulled the inmate back into his office a second time and put his hands around his throat. The inmate was then brought to booking and put into a cell.

Deputies who witnessed the incident came forward to command staff with their concerns and a criminal investigation was immediately launched. After interviews by investigators with the Criminal Investigations Bureau Blizzard was subsequently charged with misdemeanor battery.

“The action of the inmate did not warrant use of force in this case,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Although there were no visible injuries to the inmate, we have zero tolerance for this kind of behavior and as such he has been terminated. We commend the deputies who came forward to report it. It was a very difficult situation they were put in.”

Blizzard was arrested and booked into the Walton County Jail this afternoon and issued his termination notice.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office does not typically disseminate press releases regarding misdemeanor offenses. However, given the fact Blizzard was in the performance of his duties when this crime occurred we have decided to release this information as the arresting agency, including a mug shot, to remain transparent to the citizens we serve.

“Blizzard’s actions do not reflect the dedicated men and women of our organization and I want to be clear we will not tolerate any abuse of the public’s trust,” said Sheriff Adkinson.

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DISPATCHER JUSTIN MOCK PROVIDES QUICK ASSISTANCE FOR MAN STABBED MULTIPLE TIMES

Seasoned Walton County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher Justin Mock takes a 911 call in reference to a man who has been stabbed multiple times. As his friends try to save his life, Mock works quickly to get an ambulance to the victim’s location. In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, Justin Mock tells us his story!

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WCSO & WALTON COUNTY JAIL DONATE OVER 100 COMFORT CASES TO FLORIDA DCF

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April 14, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Each year, thousands of children enter the foster care system with little more than the clothes on their backs.
In an effort to provide the necessities to the children entering foster care, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Walton County Jail donated over 100 Comfort Cases to Florida Department of Children & Families and $275 in gift cards to Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center yesterday.

“The safety and well-being of the children of Walton County will always be a priority to us,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson “It is important that we make sure these children are provided with the essentials on their journey to find a home.”

Comfort Cases is a non-profit organization that provides back packs or duffle bags packed with essential items including pajamas, blankets, toiletries, coloring books and other necessary items to children entering the foster care system. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Walton County Jail are proud to join the Comfort Case mission to provide comfort and support for children in need.

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DISPATCHER HEATHER MCCULLERS RACES AGAINST THE CLOCK TO EVACUATE SCHOOL FOLLOWING BOMB THREAT

A Walton County High School is evacuated following a bomb threat. A suspicious person tells someone on campus the bomb will detonate in 10 minutes. Walton County Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher Heather McCullers races against the clock to coordinate the evacuation and stage resources with the deputy on scene. In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, Heather McCullers tells us her story!

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