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January 16, 2018

PONCE DE LEON, Fla—  On January 11th a deputy in the area of County Highway 1883 and Double Pond Road noticed a maroon Ford Ranger with Texas tags parked partially in the roadway.

The deputy ran the vehicle tag and discovered the registration expired in 2013. In addition, the registration listed the truck as a 4-door Toyota, which this vehicle was not.

When the deputy approached the vehicle a male was sitting in the passenger seat with what appeared to be freshly broken glass inside of the vehicle on both sides. The driver’s side lock also appeared to have been punched. The subject was acting increasingly nervous and was asked to exit the vehicle.

The male was asked his name and stated it was “Corey”. The deputy then asked if his last name was Kendrick, due to complaints of him stalking a female in the area. The subject advised his name was Corey Jason and provided a date of birth in 1996. When the deputy asked how old that would make him he could not answer.


Corey Kendrick


The deputy then attempted to put the subject into custody when he began running north on County Highway 1883. The deputy pursued the subject on foot as backup units were responding. He was found lying in the woods shortly after and was taken into custody without further incident. Deputies compared the male to previous photos of Corey Kendrick and determined it was him.

The vehicle was searched and located on the passenger floorboard was a black Costa Del Mar Sunglass case. Inside the case was a black film canister containing approximately 4.5 g of methamphetamine, a scale with crystalline residue, and two capped syringes with apparent narcotic residue.

Kendrick was charged with possession of amphetamine with intent to sell, giving a false ID to a LEO, resisting arrest without violence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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January 13, 2018

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla—  A woman calls 911 as she witnesses a suspect fight a deputy during a traffic stop.

On Friday, January 12th at 9:30am a Walton County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a vehicle at the intersection of West Violet Lane and Girl Scout road with no license plate. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and addressed the driver, later identified as Dekian Rashawn Clinch, 23.

Clinch told the deputy he did not need a license plate or a driver’s license to travel and made other statements indicating he was in line with being a sovereign citizen. The deputy attempted to detain the subject who then began to resist arrest. The two ended up in the street where a good Samaritan passing by called 911.

“He’s fighting the deputy tooth and nail,” the caller said. “They’re in the middle of the road.”

Backup was dispatched; however, the deputy was able to get Clinch into custody. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and a backpack was found containing approximately 110 Xanax bars, numerous oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, two bags of suspected powder cocaine, paraphernalia, and a loaded Smith and Wesson handgun.

Clinch was arrested for possession with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and drug paraphernalia. He was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail.

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January 12, 2018

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla—  A steak salesman is now behind bars after he was identified as a suspect in a package theft.

On January 10, 2018, at 7:30pm, deputies were called to S. Church Street in Santa Rosa Beach in reference to a theft. The caller advised a man in a white older model Chevrolet pickup with a white deep freezer in the truck bed stopped at his residence a few days prior trying to sell steaks. He told the salesman he did not want any steak and the subject left.

The male returned Wednesday and knocked on the door. The homeowner looked out the window and realized it was the same salesman as before and did not answer the door. He then saw the subject placing a cardboard box into the bed of his truck from the porch.

After calling around to several steak delivery services, deputies were able to identify the suspect in this case as Tim Porter, 42, of Panama City Beach.

January 11th two off-duty deputies were traveling west toward Destin when they saw the vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s truck from the burglary. The driver, positively identified as Porter, pulled into the Walmart where he was approached by WCSO and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies.  Porter admitted to the theft and was subsequently arrested for the burglary and petit theft.

The stolen property was recovered and given back to the victim.

“We ask that our residents remain vigilant,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Just days before this incident we received a notice from Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office regarding the same kind of scheme; someone hoping to sell steaks and stealing packages. Our patrol deputies and investigators did a fantastic job putting this case to rest and identifying suspects in the SRCSO case.”

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January 12, 2018

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla—  A month-long investigation into an organized retail theft ring has resulted in criminal charges for five out of Montgomery, Alabama.

On December 19th just before 9 pm deputies responded to Tommy Hilfiger located at Silversands Outlet Mall on U.S. Highway 98 regarding a group seen shoplifting from the store.

Deputies responded quickly and located four out of the five suspects. Hernando James, 19, was seen carrying a Tommy Hilfiger bag with several clothing items inside. A quick look at surveillance video from the store showed Hernando James entering the store without a shopping bag and purchasing two items. However, more than two pieces of clothing were found in the bag.

James was arrested for grand theft on scene along with Stevonda O’Neal who was an out-of-state fugitive. Also, during the investigation, Rameshia Hatcher provided a false name to law enforcement. Her mother, Ophelia Hatcher, knew Rameshia was giving a false name while they both spoke to deputies on scene. A car was located in the parking lot beside a large pile of clothes.

26105580_10214417169373419_1909308355_nInside of the vehicle were several garbage bags and store alarm tags. The vehicle was seized, and a search was conducted at a later date.

Investigators found more than $6,000 in stolen merchandise inside of the car from several different stores including Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Justice, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger. Investigators later learned the names of all those involved, including the identity of Rameshia Hatcher.

After a thorough review of the video from the store, investigators found sufficient probable cause to issue warrants for all five suspects involved for charges of coordinating in the theft of over $3,000, a second-degree felony.

  • Hernando James, 19, Coordinate other in the theft over $3,000.
  • Shakina Letresssa Hall, 32, Coordinate other in the theft over $3,000.
  • Stevonda O’neal, 24, Coordinate other in the theft over $3,000.
  • Rameshia Rebecca Hatcher, 25, Coordinate other in the theft over $3,000, Provide false information to a law enforcement officer.
  • Ophelia Hatcher, 45, Coordinate other in the theft over $3,000, Provide false information to a law enforcement officer.
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January 11, 2018

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla— A Winter Springs man is behind bars following an investigation by Walton County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit.

WCSO SVU with the assistance of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Ian Christopher Hannah, 33, on January 10, 2018.

Investigators of the WCSO Special Victims Unit conducted an investigation where Hannah solicited who he believed to be a 13-year-old female. He also sent internet links to pornography and during the conversations made the statement, “I can talk dirty to you or send you naughty pics of things I’d like to do to you.”  Hannah made many statements of a sexual nature and encouraged sexual acts.

The WCSO SVU lead case investigator sought an arrest warrant for Hannah for charges of online enticement of a minor, transmission of harmful material to a minor and using a two-way communication device to facilitate these crimes. Investigators communicated and coordinated with SCSO and Hannah was arrested. Both Sheriff’s Offices are active members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind parents to be aware of the dangers to their children when they are online. Information for parents is available and can be obtained by contacting the Special Victims Unit.

The investigation continues and more information will be released when available.

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January 11, 2018

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla—  A 32-year-old man has been arrested on multiple counts of child porn charges following a search warrant Wednesday.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 476 Bruce Avenue in DeFuniak Springs yesterday morning after a First Judicial Circuit Judge signed off on a search of the residence. Investigators from the Special Victims Unit and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the search.

During the search, SVU investigators located evidence while on-scene including photos and video that led to the arrest of Travis Lee Rodgers on ten counts of possession of child pornography. Rodgers was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail without incident. The investigation is on-going and additional details will be released when they become available.

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla– All they were looking for was trash.

Dillard Mug Shot

Walton County Jail Inmates working on a county work crew were assigned to an area on Highway 185 in northern Walton County Tuesday when an inmate found something unexpected.

“It was a loaded handgun,” said Major Donnie Clark of the Walton County Jail. “It was rusted and looked like it had been there a while.”

Devin Dillard, 53, was about 100 yards from County Highway 83 when he found the Jimenez Arms .380 auto.

“He immediately took it to a supervisor without alerting any of the other inmates,” said Clark.Gun and Rounds

The work crew supervisor notified the jail of what was found and the two wrapped the weapon in a paper towel for concealment from the other inmates.

“This could have gone tragically wrong,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “But, the inmate did what was right.”

A deputy responded and after several tries trying to slide the hammer back, a round of ammunition was located in the chamber.

The gun was confiscated and taken into evidence. Dillard is incarcerated in the Walton County Jail out of Escambia County.

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January 2, 2018

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla—  A juvenile wanted on more than a dozen felony charges is back in Walton County after he’s picked up by the Transportation Safety Administration trying to fly back into the country.

Seven suspects were thought responsible for more than 50 car burglaries in Walton County in September, which included five stolen handguns from unlocked vehicles; three of the guns were later recovered.

Six arrests were made regarding 49 vehicle burglaries that occurred between August and September 2017.  One additional suspect was identified as Elden Moshae Boskila, 14, but he left the country for Israel before investigators could reach him for questioning. More than 20 warrants were issued for his arrest.

On December 17th Boskila was identified by TSA Agents at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas trying to get back into the country. Houston Police Department took him into custody and he was booked into the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department.

Boskila was extradited to Walton County on December 22, 2017, on 44 charges including multiple counts of armed burglary, burglary, and grand theft of a firearm. This information is public record based on the suspects charges, which are felonies. Walton County Sheriff’s Office has chosen to publicize this information based on the severity of Boskila’s crime and his criminal record.


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December 29, 2017

FREEPORT, Fla—Walton County Fire Rescue spent several hours Thursday battling a house fire off Highway 20.

At 2:22 pm a 911 call promptly dispatched WCFR to 6444 Highway 20 East just a few miles west of Bruce. Firefighters and Paramedics arrived within minutes to the home to find the two-car garage fully engulfed and moving toward the living quarters.

Crews were able to suppress the fire in the garage and stopped the fire along the wall connecting it to the home. The family was walked through the unburned portion of the home to collect valuables and cash. No injuries were reported.

No electrical outlets or evidence of the origin of the fire could be immediately determined. The fire was said to be accidental in nature.

“I am so proud of the work of these men and women,” said Walton County Fire Chief Russell Beaty. “They acted quickly and were able to stop the spread of the fire into the living quarters and spared a large portion of the home.”

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26171203_1603452643034731_3901617425329719977_o.jpgDEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla– In addition to our heated kennel floors at Walton County Animal Shelter, our pups and kitties enjoy cuddling with a warm blanket.

That’s why we are seeking donations for blankets and towels! Help us keep our furry friends even warmer during these cold winter months.

Drop off donations at our Walton County Animal Shelter location at 365 Triple G Road in DeFuniak Springs or check out our wish list on Amazon by clicking here.

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