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Defuniak Springs, Fla— John Bollinger was found guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation with a victim less than 12 years of age in 2003 in Santa Rosa County, Florida.

Bollinger’s address is 302 Nowling Road in DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. He is 33 years of age, stands at approximately 6’04”, and weighs 136 pounds.

There are currently  (21) sexual predators and (132) sex offenders living in Walton County.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office encourages families to visit to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods. WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.

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A Freeport woman is in jail after burglarizing her neighbor’s property off Eastern Street in Walton County.

Skyler Anderson is charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, burglary of an occupied dwelling, and grand theft after stealing several items from the victim’s work shop and the victim’s car port. The victim awoke to find Anderson leaving the property with stolen items and attempted to approach her. She then fled to her nearby residence.

WCSO deputies responded to the burglary in progress and a perimeter was set up at the suspect’s home at 128 Eastern Street as a search warrant was being worked.  Deputies observed several of the stolen items in the yard and believed in the residence.  After several hours Skyler came out of the home and was arrested.  The rest of the stolen items were located in the residence and returned to the owner. Some of those items include; a prom dress, jumper cables, shovel, electric leaf blower, chainsaw, vanity mirror, two bags of miracle grow, sling blade, box fan, and three pecan trees.

While en route to the Walton County Jail Skyler kicked at the windows, barrier partition, and head butted the partition numerous times inside the patrol car. Skyler also spit on the partition and door.  Once arrived at the Jail Skyler was turned over to Correction Officers for processing.

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We’ve scheduled our second Teen Driver Challenge for 2016! Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to announce our next Teen Driver Challenge scheduled for November 4th at Freeport High school.

Is your teen about to start driving? Nervous to hand over the keys? Let the deputies at Walton County Sheriff’s Office help!

The Teen Driver Challenge course, which is offered at no cost to students, will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce your chances of being involved in a crash. Please note: the Teen Driver Challenge is not a supplemental or advanced driving course. It is a defensive driving program that covers various topics including:

  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Human Factors
  • Responsibility and Liability
  • Effects of Drugs and Alcohol
  • Night Driving
  • Aggressive Driving

TDC students are required to have a Florida Learner’s Permit or a valid Florida Operator’s License and have use of an automobile they usually operate during the driving exercises.

The class will be meeting at Freeport High School at 5pm on Friday and 8am on Saturday. Saturday’s class will go to 5pm.

Email Deputy David Talley at [email protected] for more information click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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This has all the feels.

Imagine you’re a bride and just spent an entire year planning your big day on Blue Mountain Beach. But, you find out the beach access where you’re getting married has three flights of stairs and a steep incline.


Therefore, not accommodating grandma and grandpa. After a few calls, the bride decided to give Walton County Sheriff’s Office a ring. (See what I did there?) Cue the wedding bells AND Deputy Eric Alexander and Deputy Ryan Hooks saving the day by escorting four wedding guests down to the beach in their vehicles.


Don’t our trucks make a great back drop? ::Swoon::

Photo Credit (Above and Below): Nicktrail Photography 


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UPDATE: Guillermo Sanchez Jr was apprehended without incident on Thursday October 13th.


No one likes a thief. Especially one that’s supposed to be cleaning your house – not stealing from it. That’s why this week our Turm ’em in Tuesday featured guest is Guillermo Sanchez Junior, 40, of DeFuniak Springs.

Guillermo was hired as a housekeeper for a resort in Santa Rosa Beach. He entered a room he was not scheduled to clean and took rings belonging to the guest. A few days after the theft he pawned some of the jewelry in Atlanta, Georgia. He was last known to live at 94 Graham Ave in Defuniak Springs.

Anyone with information regarding this case is 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, or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

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DeFuniak Springs, Fla— On October 8th the Walton County Sheriff’s Office lost a dedicated servant of the community.

Sergeant Andy Tillis passed away at his home on East Indian Creek Ranch Road on Saturday morning. Tillis served more than 20 years in law enforcement and retired in December of 2015 after falling ill.

The Sheriff sent an email to employees Saturday afternoon:

“I am deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of retired Sergeant Andy Tillis. Andy has struggled with health problems for the last few years. But, Andy was one who always maintained his sense of humor. Before his retirement, the agency was performing routine checks about zone activity. While doing that we found that Andy had written 96 reports for the year while working the Red Bay zone. The most any other deputy in his zone was eight reports. He was the only deputy north of the bay to do anything close to that level of activity; all while working in the slowest zone in the county. Add to it that, at the time, Andy was in his 23rd year on the job. I think that tells you a lot about Andy’s love for the people he worked with and the people he served.

I know Andy was a believer and we discussed his faith many times. Today, Andy suffers no more and is well in the presence of his father. Andy was a good man and I will miss him. Godspeed.

Sheriff Michael Adkinson”

The family will be receiving friends from 9:00~10:00 AM, Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home; 230 Park Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Richard Murray, Jr officiating.
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Walton County, Fla— A little league coach already incarcerated in Walton County is now charged with sexual battery on an eight year old.

Hughes was arrested on September 15th for using a computer to solicit a parent to consent to the participation of their child in sexual conduct, knowingly transmitting child porn, and promoting sexual performance of a child during August 2016 through September of 2016. The age of the child Hughes requested to have sexual contact was 10 years of age. The photography Hughes transmitted was of a young female, age 5 or 6, performing oral sex on a male.

During the investigation following Hughes arrest an eight year old female disclosed to Walton County investigators that Hughes had touched her inappropriately and made her take her clothes off so he could photograph and video tape her. She also told investigators Hughes told her not to tell anybody. The victim also revealed to investigators that Hughes forced her to watch the recordings of her molestation.

“This is a sick individual who has caused unimaginable harm to this little girl,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Additional child pornography trafficking images have been identified, which may lead to the identity of more victims. As sad as this case is, we know there may be more victims.”

According to the victim this abuse started when she was 6 or 7 years old. Her description of the inappropriate touching varied from each occurrence but all involved sexual molestation. Hughes is charged with sexual battery on a victim under the age of 12 and showing obscene material to a minor. He is currently being held on $500,000 bond.

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DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A person of interest associated with the brutal murder of a Pensacola woman in DeFuniak Springs has been identified. Now, law enforcement agencies in Walton County are asking for the public’s help in gathering additional information.

Latasha Nicole Prim, 30, was last seen in the DeFuniak Springs area on Friday night September 30th. Prim’s body was found near Mt. Nebo Baptist church October 1st.

The initial response was handled by the DeFuniak Springs Police Department who notified the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for assistance. The State Attorney’s Office was notified and provided legal guidance.

Sunday, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office began assisting in the investigation.

Prim was positively identified late in the day October 4th, 2016 by fingerprint comparison. Her family was notified that day by an investigator.

The person of interest is currently a patient in a regional hospital in critical condition.

All agencies involved are asking the public for any additional information someone may have in regard to the victim or anyone she was seen with in the time before her murder.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Lieutenant Angie Hogeboom at 850-401-4078 or contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, submit a web tip at or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.


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Meet Deputy David Talley. The School Resource Deputy at the Seaside School in Walton County, Florida.


It’s really the only way to describe what follows.

Exhibit A. 14593704_10100906392506032_1410401996_n

You have to get pumped for Mr. Saunders’ School of Rock. It’s literally a prerequisite.

Exhibit B.14608022_10100906392570902_697817428_n

Because Sombreros. That’s why. And they’re awesome.

And so is Mrs. Coutts’ classe de Espanol.

Exhibit C. 14555711_10100906392615812_1561000395_nA science and robot class? That’s like… a thing?!

It is in Ms. Krick’s (AKA the Kricktator) class.

Exhibit D.

This class is pretty serious. There’s dead presidents on the wall in Mr. Michie’s room.


Exhibit E. 14585302_10100906393499042_1423912593_n

Not really sure what’s going on here.

It looks like Ms. Alfieri and at least one student are attempting ballet in dance class.

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Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A trio of juveniles are behind bars following an attempted car burglary that ended with shots fired, two stolen cars, and a pursuit in the south end of Walton County.


3:44am – Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to pull over a white four-door sedan leaving Alamo Road without lights on. The vehicle is confirmed stolen out of Okaloosa County. Vehicle fled and deputy returns to the neighborhood to survey the area.

3:57am –Deputies locate suspect vehicle near Veterans Road and attempt traffic stop. The suspect vehicle flees a second time and deputies stop further pursuit.

4:01am –Deputy waits for the suspect vehicle heading eastbound on Highway 98 and shines spotlight to confirm suspect vehicle. Deputy pursues eastbound to Inlet Beach where suspect vehicle turns around changing direction of travel to westbound Highway 98.

4:08am – Deputy surveying Alamo Road confirms suspects were involved in an attempted car burglary where they fired shots at a neighbor who confronted them.

4:13am –Deputies locate suspect vehicle crashed into wood line at the intersection of MC Davis Boulevard. All three suspects had fled on foot. Incident command is initiated. Perimeter is established.

6:21am –WCSO receives multiple calls from residents in Peach Creek subdivision stating three subjects are pulling on door handles trying to burglarize vehicles.

6:23am –WCSO confirms subjects fleeing subdivision in stolen white Jeep Wrangler from Old Ferry Bay Road and are heading westbound on Highway 98.

6:34am –Pit maneuver is initiated and all suspects are put into custody.

Two handguns were located in the four-door Honda sedan. WCSO K9s are currently searching the area of all crime scenes for additional weapons and evidence.

Antonio Lee III, 17, Kah’tyra Brown, 17, and Terrance Merritt, 15, are all charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, multiple counts of grand theft auto and vehicle burglary, burglary of an occupied dwelling unarmed, and criminal mischief more than $1000. Additionally, Lee is charged with two counts of fleeing and eluding a LEO at high speeds. He also had an outstanding warrant for grand theft auto out of Walton County.

All three juveniles are also suspected in numerous other burglaries spanning the past several months. All cars involved were left unsecured. Additional charges will be forthcoming.

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