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BUS DRIVERS LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH VIOLENT ENCOUNTERS

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March 29, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Typically buses are the ones delivering students to the classroom, but today in Walton County the buses became the classroom.

Wednesday a group of Walton County School District bus drivers experienced a hands-on training dealing with violent encounters on school buses. School Resource Deputies Jeremy Fisher and Nathan Hicks taught the A.L.I.C.E curriculum to a group of 40 drivers.

A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training is an instructor led class preparing individuals on how to proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter.

“Protection and safety must be a priority in these types of events,” said Deputy Jeremy Fisher. “Especially in situations where we are responsible for guarding our most valuable assets—our children.”

According to the company’s website ALICE Training “provides options and classes that address the unique challenges specific to Police/LE, K-12 Schools, Healthcare Facilities, Higher Education, Businesses, Government, and Houses of Worship.”

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WCSO DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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March 26, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A Walton County Sheriff’s Deputy has been put on administrative leave following his arrest in Okaloosa County.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office contacted WCSO at approximately 1:30pm Sunday in reference to an arrest regarding a domestic violence incident in their jurisdiction involving Deputy Aaron Bingham.

“We take these types of situations very seriously,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “We appreciate the professionalism of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in handling this case and hope to have it resolved quickly.”

Further action will be determined at the conclusion of the criminal and administrative investigations.

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ALABAMA SUBSTITUTE TEACHER; CHAPERONE ARRESTED IN WALTON COUNTY FOR SPRING BREAK OPEN HOUSE PARTIES BACK-TO-BACK NIGHTS

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March 24, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A senior trip ends in the arrest of a substitute teacher out of Montgomery, Alabama following a complaint of a naked female in the roadway early Friday morning.

March 24th at approximately 12:35am deputies responded to the area of Sandcastles Court, in reference to a young naked female in the roadway with two males. When deputies arrived they observed two highly intoxicated individuals exiting the house at 43 Sandcastles Court.

One of the men, Mr. Walton McClendon Johnson, 28, stated he was the guardian and there were underage students inside the house drinking in their rooms. He advised he was aware of the illegal consumption of alcohol by minors, but that he did not provide the alcohol to them.

The deputies approached the home and noticed several open containers of alcohol visible through the door’s window. The deputies knocked and were allowed inside and located several cases of beer and several bottles of liquor. All of the alcohol was in plain view and accessible to everyone in the house.

Everyone in the house knew the alcohol was there and was participating in the party. Marijuana smoke was present in the home and several containers of marijuana and controlled pills were located throughout the kitchen and living room.

The deputies on scene arrested 21 people for minor in possession of alcohol, mostly boys, and all were transported to the Walton County Jail. Thirteen other juveniles were released with a notice to appear. Thursday morning a chaperone from the same school district, Misty Dell Brooks, 42, was also arrested for open house party after deputies found several underage students, mostly girls, with alcohol.

Mr. Johnson was charged with 13 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and open house party.

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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;

Donald Junior Goike– White male, 61 YOA, 6’01”, 178 lbs., Brown hair, Blue eyes.   This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation warrant for the original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone) and Possession of a Controlled Substance X2 (Valium) and Domestic Violence Battery.  He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

Carlos Urbina-Suarez– Hispanic male, 29 YOA, 5’06”, 150 lbs., Black hair, Brown eyes.   This subject is wanted on a Felony Arrest Warrant for Larceny over $300.00 less than $5,000.00 X 3 and Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling X3.   He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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GUNS, DRUGS FOUND FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP; THREE BEHIND BARS

 

 

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March 23, 2017

Liberty, Fla—Two guns are taken out of the hands of felons and drugs are off taken off the street following a traffic stop for a felony warrant in Walton County.

Thursday afternoon Walton County Sheriff’s Office stopped Alexis Norris, 32, while she was traveling in a maroon Nissan Altima leaving the Paxton area. Norris, who had active felony warrants for burglary, was wanted out of Walton County.

Deputies caught up with the vehicle just south of Liberty on 331N and a traffic stop was conducted. A K9 unit was dispatched and alerted to drugs inside the vehicle. The result was the discovery of multiple pills, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia including a spoon with residue and hypodermic needles.

Norris, Georgia Senterfitt, 23, and Fabian Rutherford, 26, have been arrested on various charges including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and outstanding felony warrants.

Their charges can be found by following the following links:

Norris: http://nwscorrections.waltonso.org/WaltonCounty/Inmate/Detail/-80947

Rutherford: http://nwscorrections.waltonso.org/WaltonCounty/Inmate/Detail/-4212

Senterfitt: http://nwscorrections.waltonso.org/WaltonCounty/Inmate/Detail/-116224

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23 DAYS MISSING

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March 22, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A 16-year-old runaway has been missing for 23 days and Walton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their plea for the public’s help in locating her.

Lizzette Flores, 16, was last seen at home in Santa Rosa Beach on February 28th when she and a 14-year-old friend snuck out of the house and went to Pensacola with an unknown black male. The friend has since returned home, but Flores has not. Flores has also not used her social media since early in March.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office is working alongside Pensacola Police Department and other agencies that are assisting in locating Flores.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Flores you are encouraged to contact the 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 http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

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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;

DeWayne Bargaineer– Black male, 55 YOA, 5’09”, 145 lbs., Black hair, Brown eyes.  This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation warrant for the original charge of Possession of Cocaine. He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

Todd E. Logan– White male, 52 YOA, 5’07”,115 lbs., Brown hair, Green eyes.  This subject is wanted on a felony arrest warrant for Uttering Forged Bank Bill/ Note/ Check/ or Draft.  He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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ATLOW HIT WITH ADDITIONAL CHARGES; SEARCH WARRANT UNCOVERS HEROIN & METH

 

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March 15, 2017

Walton County, Fla— A search warrant uncovers felony amounts of heroin and methamphetamine packaged for sale following the arrest of a shooting suspect in DeFuniak Springs.

Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 1266 Kings Lake Road, the residence of Travis Ryan Atlow, on the night of March 11th. During the course of the search investigators located several jeweler’s bags with methamphetamine (ICE) packaged for sale. Investigators also located a jeweler’s bag of heroin packaged for sale. Other items included a set of digital scales, numerous plastic jeweler’s bags, weight used for weighing the drugs, hypodermic syringes and a spoon with residue. Atlow was subsequently charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Atlow was arrested Saturday following an incident where he shot at an occupied vehicle on Bob Sikes Road, but did not strike anyone.

This investigation is ongoing and more information will be released once it’s available.

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http://waltonso.org/2017/03/11/wcso-investigating-shooting-suspect-in-custody/

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TURN ‘EM IN TUESDAY – JAMES BATSON

They say money can’t buy happiness. But, it can buy you a boat. But, James doesn’t care. Because he just steals boats. And the trailer they sit on. That’s why James Batson, 48, is our Turn ’em in Tuesday featured felon. He is wanted by Walton County Sheriff’s Office for grand theft and violation of probation after stealing a boat that was listed for sale in DeFuniak Springs. Just sittin’ on the side of the road. Minding it’s own business. Waiting for someone to buy it so they could go fishin’ and be happy. But, no. James likes to steal. So, now nobody’s happy.
 
Help us find James so we can make our victim happy. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Batson you are encouraged to contact the 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 http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.
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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;

Bryan Matthew Cox– White male, 31 YOA, 6’2”, 110 lbs., Brown hair, Hazel eyes.  This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation Warrant for the original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.   He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

Pamela Schutte– White female, 53 YOA, 5’07”, Brown hair, Brown eyes.   This subject is wanted on 3 Felony Arrest Warrants for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance more than 4 grams but less than 30 KG X2, and Possession of a Controlled Substance by Misrepresentation, Fraud, Forgery, Deception or Subterfuge.  She was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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