No one likes to be stood up. Especially judges with very important court dates. That’s why this week’s Turn ’em in Tuesday featured felon was Eddie Ray Daymon, 29, of Freeport. Eddie Ray Daymon, who has a history of charges including burglary and possession of listed chemicals, failed to appear in court for violating his parole. Thursday December 8th Daymon turned himself in and was arrested and booked at the Walton County Jail.
Anyone with information regarding those who have active warrants are encouraged to contact 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.
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:
This TDC is backed by the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) and supported by the Sheriff.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DeFuniak 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.
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.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information on the following subjects wanted out of our jurisdiction:
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
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
A 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.
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.
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.”