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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;

Chad Alford– White male, 41 YOA, 6’04”, 240 lbs., Black hair, Blue eyes.    This subject is wanted on  Felony Warrants for Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon w/out intent to kill and Conservative-Animal (Cause Cruel Death, Pain and Suffering).   He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

JC Smith– Black male, 5’11”, Black hair, Brown eyes.  This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation Warrant for the original charge of DWLSR/ Habitual Offender.   He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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WCSO LAUNCHES CITIZEN SURVEY

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July 19, 2017 

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office wants to hear from you.

In a continuous effort to improve customer service to the citizens and visitors of Walton County, the Sheriff is seeking citizen input to help gauge how the Sheriff’s Office is doing in the performance of their duties. We are also interested in not only improving, but in obtaining information as to other services we might add to benefit our citizens.

An outside firm is conducting the survey so all information collected can be properly analyzed by a neutral source. Anyone who fills out the information and answers the survey can rest assure their input is secure. Once the data is analyzed, re

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sults of the survey will be made available to the public.

We sincerely appreciate your input in helping us to improve our service to the citizens and visitors of Walton County and to our “Commitment to Excellence.”

To take the survey copy click on the following links or copy and paste them into your browser. You can also take the survey by scanning the QR Code.

Citizen Survey

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UPDATE: TWO IN CUSTODY FOLLOWING DRIVE-BY SHOOTING

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July 17, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Two men are in custody following an investigation into a drive-by shooting in DeFuniak Springs early Monday morning.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office was called to Hermitage Road at approximately 7 a.m in reference to shots fired at a home and a truck. Witnesses identified Thurston Patrick Smith, 30, as a possible suspect in the shooting along with John Paul Cox II.

Smith was also wanted for felony violation of probation stemming from a case out of Washington County, Florida.

Thurston Patrick Smith was subsequently arrested at a residence off Turner Road in DeFuniak Springs Monday afternoon. A shotgun was also discovered.

Smith is charged with an out of county warrant for felony violation of probation, shooting into an occupied dwelling, discharging a firearm on the right-of-way, two counts of criminal mischief $1,000 or more and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

John Paul Cox II is charged with principle to shooting into an occupied dwelling, discharging a firearm on the right-of-way, two counts of criminal Mischief $1,000 or more and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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WCSO INVESTIGATING DRIVE BY SHOOTING; SWAT TEAM STAGING AT HOME WITH WANTED FUGITIVE

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July 17, 2017 

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident off Hermitage Road where shots were fired early this morning.

At approximately 7am Walton County Sheriff’s Office was called to Hermitage Road in response to a drive by shooting of a truck and house. A BOLO (be on the look out) was put out for a gold Pontiac coupe.

Witnesses identified Thurston Patrick Smith, 30, as a possible suspect in the shooting.

Smith was subsequently located at 187 Turner Drive and is currently wanted for felony violation of probation stemming from a case in Washington County, Florida. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called to the scene at approximately 10:45 and is staging in the area.

More information will be released when it becomes available.

 

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UNDERCOVER CRAIGS LIST AD NABS SANTA ROSA BEACH MAN FOR SOLICITING CHILD FOR SEX

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July 14, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A Craigs list ad for some summer fun lands a 31-year-old in jail for soliciting sex with a minor.

On July 10th Brendon Kelly answered an ad posted to Craigslist by a Walton County Sheriff’s Office undercover investigator titled “l00king f0r s0me fun during the summer!!! – w4m (32433).”

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Over the next three days Kelly engaged in communications with who he believed to be a

13-year-old girl, during which he repeatedly asked for inappropriate photos and sent nude photos of himself via cell phone. At one point during their messages he asked to “scoop” her up so they could engage in sexual acts.

An investigation was conducted into these communications and Kelly was subsequently arrested on July 13th. He is charged with soliciting a minor for sex, sending harmful material to a minor and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind parents to monitor the activities of their children and be aware of their communications.

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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;

Leander McCurdy Jr.- Black male, 30 YOA, 5’10, 185 lbs., Black hair, Brown eyes. This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation for the original charge of Carrying a Concealed Firearm. He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

James Pena Silva– Hispanic male, 28 YOA, 5’08”, 180 lbs., Black hair, Brown eyes. This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation for the original charge of Possession of Hydrocodone. He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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“JOURNEY HAS JUST BEGUN” FOR CITIZEN ACADEMY GRAD TURNED DEPUTY

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July 10, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla—The rays of sun coming through the windows in Sheriff Michael Adkinson’s office were not the only thing beaming as Connor Gunn raised his right hand.

Rewind nearly four years ago, Gunn graduated from the first ever Citizen Academy at Walton County Sheriff’s Office. It was there Gunn would discover his love for law enforcement.

“After that, I applied for the Walton County Sheriff’s Posse in early 2014,” said Gunn, who volunteered with the Posse for almost three and a half years.WCSO_147

If he wasn’t working as a security guard at Sandestin Resort, he was volunteering with the Posse.

“In my spare time I rode with other deputies and tried to learn as much as I could about the field,” said Gunn.

Due to financial obligations, Gunn was unable to afford to attend the law enforcement academy on his own, even while working a part time job.

“In September 2016, Sheriff offered me a sponsorship to attend the law enforcement academy at Florida Panhandle Technical College in Chipley,” said Gunn. “I began attending the academy in January of this year, and passed my state exam on June 29th.”

Fast forward to present day. Sheriff Adkinson administers the oath office and the two shake hands. Now, it is Deputy Connor Gunn.

“Honestly, the journey has just begun,” said Gunn. “I’m really excited to begin my career. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity the Sheriff has given me and I’m excited to head out and serve the community in which I live.”

“It’s important for us to invest in those who are vested in their community,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “It’s a proud moment for the Sheriff’s Office family.”

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WALTON COUNTY FIRE RESCUE AND WALTON COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER HOST SUMMER OPEN HOUSE

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July 7, 2017

Walton County, Fla—On Saturday, July 15th, Walton County Fire Rescue and the Walton County Animal Shelter will host a summer open house to help save lives.

WCFR firefighters teamed up with the volunteers and staff at WCAS to put together a family-friendly event to help promote pet adoptions and provide families with a fun summer activity. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office will be setting up their summer camp waterslide in front of the fire station, and there will be a hot dog cookout from 12PM to 1PM while supplies last. Families can tour the fire station, fire trucks and ambulances during their visit, and the WCSO K-9 Unit will be stopping by to talk to visit with families.

“This is a great opportunity for us to provide some fun activities for the families in our community,” says Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “And what an awesome way to help the animals at the shelter find homes.”

The Walton County Animal Shelter will be giving away a free nametag, toy and goodie bag with each adoption at Saturday’s event. The adoption fee is $55, which includes spay/neuter, vaccines and a microchip.

The event will take place at the Woodlawn Fire Station off of Highway 331 from 10AM to 2PM.

For event flyer, CLICK HERE.

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS MAN GETS 40 YEARS FOR CHILD MOLESTATION, CHILD PORN

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OFFICE OF STATE ATTORNEY
FIRST JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA

July 7, 2017
PRESS RELEASE

Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that 27-year old
Jason Cody Hughes entered a plea of No Contest yesterday to three counts of Lewd
or Lascivious Molestation of a victim less than 12 years of age, three counts of
Promoting Sexual Performance of a Child, ten counts of Possession of Child
Pornography, two counts of Using a Computer to Solicit a Parent to Consent to Sexual
Conduct of a Child, one count of Transmission of Pornography, one count of Showing
Obscene Material to a Child and one count of Domestic Battery Strangulation. He was
immediately sentenced to 40 years in the Department of Corrections, 25 of which is a
mandatory minimum which must be served day-for-day. Upon the completion of the 40
years, he will be on Sex Offender probation for the rest of his life and will be required to
wear an electronic monitor. He was also designated as a Sexual Predator and can
have no contact with the victim or any minors.

These charges arose in August of 2016 after the defendant contacted a mother via
Facebook about paying money to her in exchange for sexual activity with her young
daughter. Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigators began an undercover operation
during which the defendant, while thinking he was chatting with another mother, offered money in exchange for sexual activity with a young child. Investigators with both
Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Families began
interviewing children that the defendant had access to and one child disclosed that she
had been molested multiple times by the defendant. The child also disclosed that the
defendant had shown her images of child pornography.

Search warrants were executed on the defendant’s computer and images of child pornography were found as well as evidence of the other crimes he had committed. The defendant admitted that he was the one soliciting the moms for their children and that he had sent an image of child pornography to the undercover officer during the chat.
The investigation was conducted by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office with assistance
from the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center and Assistant State Attorney
Jennifer A. Lieb prosecuted the case.

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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;

Juan Pablo Hernandez– Hispanic male, 32 YOA, 6’, 180 lbs., Black hair, brown eyes.   This subject is wanted on a Felony Failure to Appear for the charge of Leaving the scene of an Accident w/Injuries, DUI w/Serious Bodily injury X2 and No Valid DL.  He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

Emmanuel Uribe Martinez– Hispanic male, 35 YOA, 5’06”, 160 lbs., Black hair, Brown eyes. This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation for the original charges of resisting an Officer w/out Violence, Loitering and Prowling and a MM Failure to Appear for Battery.  He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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