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For Immediate Release

July 25, 2016

Walton County, Fla— For the second year in a row the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for kids to head back to school by holding a backpack drive benefiting those in need in our community.Through August 5th WCSO will be collecting back packs and other school supplies needed for Walton County students to attend classes. We encourage citizens to drop off any donations to our north and south end offices in Santa Rosa Beach and DeFuniak Springs. WCSO will also be participating inner agency.On the day of August 5th WCSO will hold two separate pick-up events at the Boys & Girls Clubs in the north and south end of the county. The first will be at the DeFuniak Springs Boys & Girls Club at 9am Friday August 5th and the second will be at the Santa Rosa Beach Boys & Girls Club at 2pm.


DeFuniak Springs Teen Club                                                               South Walton Youth Club

850-892-3752                                                                                      850-622-0602

435 N 9th St.                                                                                       427 Greenway Trail

DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433                                                               Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549

“We look forward to giving kids a boost of confidence as they hit the books for the new school year,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Let’s make this the best year yet.”

All donations will be accepted during our normal office hours.

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Curry Mug Shot

For Immediate Release

July 16, 2016

DeFuniak Springs, FLA— A burglar is behind bars thanks to the brave acts of a 17-year-old.

Buddy Lee Curry, 41, is being held on a $105,000 bond after breaking into a home in DeFuniak Springs and sexually battering a teenager. Curry entered the house on Walnut Drive early Friday morning armed with a pocket knife and took several items including an air compressor, chop saw, 2 wallets, and a bottle of prescription pills. There were also additional items such as lap tops and air tools which he was attempting to take from the home.While inside the residence Curry went into the 17-year-old’s bedroom and exposed himself, got on top of the victim, put his hands around the victim’s throat and threatened their life if they attempted to scream. During the encounter Curry touched the victim inappropriately. The teenager was able to get away from Curry and wake up the parents who then confronted Curry inside the residence.A struggle ensued between the victim’s father and Curry who then fled the scene in a light colored SUV. Deputies caught up with the suspect at Highway 90 West and Girl Scout Road after being positively identified by the victim from the back of an ambulance.

“She is a very, very brave girl,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “She acted courageously during an incredibly awful situation.”

On his person Curry was in possession of a labeled prescription bottle belonging to the victim’s father, a screw driver, and yellow handle pliers – all taken from the home.While being booked into the Walton County Jail it was discovered Curry was also in possession of small metal tin containing methamphetamine and Oxycodone pills.Later, Curry was also positively identified as the suspect in an attempted burglary where he tried stealing an ATV from a residence on Highway 90 West.Curry is being charged with sexual battery on a person under the age of 18, burglary with battery, grand theft, battery, introduction of contraband into a jail, possession of a controlled substance, and grand theft auto.

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July 18, 2016

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A frantic mother calls 911 to report accidently locking the keys to her car inside her vehicle with her 19-month-old baby still inside.On Saturday July 16th at around 1:30pm deputies were called to the intersection of County Highway 30a and Ryan Street in Seagrove Beach. A mother had inadvertently locked her key fob in her truck with the engine running and her child inside. The air conditioning was running at the time, but the fob had an automatic shut off time of 15 minutes.While deputies were en route the truck shut off and the outside temperature was 90 degrees. Deputies Eric Alexander, Eric Traugott, and Wesley Barnhill arrived at the scene along with South Walton Fire Department. The three deputies worked diligently to unlock the vehicle with SWFD monitored the child’s condition.After just minutes the truck was unlocked and the child was reunited with her mother. SWFD checked and cleared the child.

“Our deputies were able to quickly work to open the door,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Our first responders work miracles every day.”


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July 12, 2016

Walton County, Fla— It was just another trip to the craft store for Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies buying another weeks worth of summer camp supplies. That is, until they got to the register.Lieutenant Robert Gray and Sergeant TJ Brooks were making their weekly stop at Michael’s Craft Store in Destin to buy crafts for the ongoing summer camp put on by WCSO when they were taken aback by a kind gesture.The total cost of the crafts was more than $125 total and had been completely paid for. The receipt was given to them along with a note that read:

“In memory of Bill Myers and the fallen in Dallas, just want to say thank you for all you do.”

All of us at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are so appreciative of the kindness and outpouring of support from those in our community. Without you we are at a loss. We are committed to serving the people of Walton County along with all of our visitors.To the person who paid for this long list of supplies for the children of our county… we thank you.

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Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— The body of 31-year-old Chris Hinton was located by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Sunday afternoon.The body was located in the middle of the bay due south of Lagrange Bayou. Authorities confirmed the clothing on the body matches the description of those Hinton was wearing when he was last seen launching his kayak on Friday from his grandparent’s home on Indian Woman Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.Hinton left on the kayak to go fishing at 2:30pm Friday and did not return.Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank those agencies helping aid us in the search. Our hearts go out to the family during this very difficult time. We appreciate the community’s outpouring of support during our search.

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Paula Gray

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— An 11-year-old boy is found living in “deplorable conditions” and now a DeFuniak Springs woman is behind bars.

In March of this year the Department of Children and Families began an investigation into allegations of child neglect on Paula Jane Gray, 59, of 622 Paradise Island Drive. A complaint on Gray alleged the defendant had a juvenile staying inside the home with approximately 10 dogs and more than an inch of feces covering the floor. While outside the residence, DCF reported a strong smell of animal feces and observed several animals in the window of the house. However, the child was not staying at the home at the time.

On June 7th an investigator with DCF further investigated the allegations and found the child present at the home. During the investigation the DCF investigator took pictures of the inside of the home describing it as “smelling heavy of ammonia and covered in animal feces”.

“It turns my stomach that someone would force a child to live in this kind of filth,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “There is absolutely no excuse for it.”

Gray was arrested at her mother’s residence where investigators remanded 30 dogs, 21 adults and 9 puppies, for safekeeping. Gray had brought the animals to her mother’s residence who in tern told WCSO investigators she was unable to take care of the animals.

Gray was charged with child neglect without bodily harm and was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail on $5,000 bond.

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Deputy Whatmough and K9 Faro (1)


Philadelphia, PA — Walton County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce K9 “Faro” and handler Deputy Chris Whatmough finished top 15 in the country this week at the National USPCA Canine Field Trials.

In February, Deputy Whatmough and K9 Faro placed 1st at the USPCA Region 1 Trials hosted by WCSO at Northwest Florida State College earning him the title of Top Dog and the opportunity to compete in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Nationals.

Deputy Whatmough and K9 Faro placed 3rd in vehicles and 13th overall in the nation with a total score of 194 out of a possible 200 points.

Deputy Whatmough and K9 Faro also teamed up with Officer Tommy Nguyen and K9 Dobies from Tarpon Springs Police Department in Florida and represented Region 1 for narcotic detection.   This team took 1st place over all in the team competition.

“This is a great achievement and an awesome representation of Walton County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “We are proud of Deputy Whatmough and K9 Faro and their dedication.”

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WCSO and FWC Respond to Animal Attack on Eglin Property


Walton County, Fla— On Tuesday May 31, 2016 at 8:12am Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a woman possibly attacked by an animal on Eglin property. Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 8866 U.S Highway 331 South along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The victim was transported by Walton County EMS with non-life threatening injuries. There is no confirmation at this time as to the type of species involved in the attack. However, Florida Fish and Wildlife have confirmed they have ruled out the possibility of a bear.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to ask residents to please be aware of the situation and make proper precautions.

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Crime Stoppers WANTED – Week of May 30, 2016

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information on the following subjects wanted out of our jurisdiction:


Juan P. Hernandez

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 original charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Injuries, DUI with Serious Bodily Injuries X2 and No Valid DL. He was last seen in Walton County Florida.


Natasha Mohnke

Natasha Ann Mohnke

White female, 38 YOA, 5’05”, 130 lbs., Brown hair, Brown eyes. This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation for the original charge of Possession of Cocaine. She was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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Site C-6 road closed until further notice following crash; one confirmed dead

13178748_10153423749581493_6737411869482649527_nSite C-6 Road is closed until further notice following a crash that occurred around 11:30am. One person has been confirmed deceased at the scene. Walton County Fire Rescue, WCSO, and FHP are all on scene. We will update the public when the road has been reopened.


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