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"We have been recognized as a leader in law enforcement innovation and have received state accreditation. The men and women of your sheriff's office have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and a commitment to service to the citizens and visitors of this county. It is an honor and privilege to serve with them." ~ Sheriff Mike Adkinson


    DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A DeFuniak Springs man is put behind bars nearly two weeks after he brutally attacked a 74-year-old man who called him “grandson”. Walton County Sheriff's Office is releasing photos of the victim, with his permission, in order to shed light on elderly abuse in our community.  On 19 September Justin Paul Carter walked into the home of Michael and Margaret Frey on McFarland Road in DeFuniak Springs and asked to speak with Margaret alone. When Michael told Carter that he could not speak to his wife without him present Carter became increasingly angry. Frey told WCSO investigators he repeatedly asked Carter to leave the residence and could tell the man was under the influence of drugs.   Margaret Frey went outside to call 911 and while she was outside th ...

    Friday, 02 October 2015

    DeFuniak Springs, Fla— It’s like the plot from the movie “Catch Me If You Can” except in this film we WILL catch the antagonist. Wanted and arrested in multiple states, Joseph Donald Baxter, 32, is being heavily pursued by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office as a suspect in numerous fraud investigations in our county and surrounding counties. An absconder from the Department of Corrections for violation of probation, Baxter is also wanted out of Bay County for failure to appear on an original charge of violation of probation. Baxter also has unverified warrants out of Georgia. He’s been accused of writing false checks, fraud, grand theft, and more. It should also be of note that he sometimes uses the alias Tyler Love. Baxter has defrauded several people out of large amounts of money. One ...

    Wednesday, 30 September 2015

    Defuniak Springs, Fla— A Walton County woman discovers a backpack with wires hanging from it under her vehicle and a pipe bomb is later discovered. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious package in the area of South Verdi Lane Sunday September 13th after a complainant advised she was driving in town and heard a strange noise coming from under the vehicle. Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and collected two wires attached to a rocker light switch and located what appeared to be a pipe bomb inside a backpack. The immediate area was evacuated as a precautionary measure and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called in to the scene and disarmed the device without incident. Further investigation revealed an ongoing civil dispute between the c ...

    Tuesday, 15 September 2015

    Miramar Beach, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for causing thousands of dollars in damages to a Walton County Golf Course. On Saturday, August 29th WCSO deputies responded to a call for service at Sandestin Beach Resort in reference to criminal mischief. Responding deputies spoke to the head of maintenance of over the golf courses who located three areas of damage to courses while doing his routine morning checks. The first was the 13 green on Raven course. It appeared someone had driven onto the green with a vehicle and did "doughnuts" on it. The landscaping was severely damaged. Damages to additional tees and greens totaled more than $15,000. One witness told deputies around 10 p.m. on August 28th they ...

    Monday, 31 August 2015

    Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Five Walmart employees, ages ranging from 19 to 25, are arrested following an organized attempt to steal items from their employer.WCSO deputies responded to the Walmart located in Santa Rosa Beach just before midnight last night regarding a group of store employees stealing merchandise.  Deputies arrived and spoke with Walmart Loss Prevention Officers and collected evidence.  It was determined the five employees, all of whom are from Jamaica, have taken several items over the course of a few weeks.The crimes occurred between Aug 11th and August 22nd on more than one occasion involving all five suspects. One of the suspects admitted in her statement that it was "an associate thing" and that they were "looking out for one another".  The scam went as fol ...

    Wednesday, 26 August 2015

    DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A DeFuniak Springs man is behind bars after a multi-agency investigation into drugs following a traffic stop Tuesday night. Officer Jonathan Rockett from Defuniak Springs Police Department conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 90 and 8th Street on a vehicle with an expired tag.  Officer Rocket requested K9 assistance from the Walton County Sheriff's office. K9 handler Deputy Kristin Pond and partner K9 “Kayne” responded to the scene arriving just before midnight. K9 Kayne was deployed and conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle's exterior and alerted to the presence of an illegal drug odor.  A search of the vehicle was conducted. A black back pack was located on the passenger floorboard containing .2 grams of methamphetamine, sy ...

    Wednesday, 26 August 2015

    New Harmony, Fla— A Paxton man is behind bars after deputies discover he has stolen a boat and a trailer during two separate thefts in Mossy Head; concealing them in two different locations. Gregory Earley, 55, is accused of entering a parcel on Plantation Lane in Mossy Head between the dates of August 5th and 6th and stealing a Gulfstream camper trailer. Due to surveillance by WCSO investigators, they were able to determine Earley had stored the Gulfstream trailer on a vacant lot in New Harmony – just south of Paxton. It was recovered late Monday night. Between August 10th and August 11th a Whiteline Red Holland fishing boat went missing off Trout Drive in Mossy Head. Wednesday, August 25th WCSO investigators located the boat concealed in a small shed with cut brush limbs covering the ...

    Tuesday, 25 August 2015

    Defuniak Springs, Fla— On Saturday August 22nd WCSO was conducting a security check in the parking lot of Allstate in Defuniak Springs when they noticed a Black Ford Mustang with Allen Walker, 25, behind the wheel. Deputies confirmed through dispatch Walker was driving without a license. As Walker began to leave the parking lot traveling south toward Bob Sikes Road he immediately rolled up the driver and passenger side windows while exiting the parking lot upon seeing the deputy in his patrol car. Deputies initiated a traffic stop as soon as the vehicle entered the roadway signaling the driver with emergency sirens to stop the vehicle. The vehicle started increasing speed while driving recklessly and made an aggressive turn into a residence approximately 300 feet east of 19th Street. Th ...

    Monday, 24 August 2015

    Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— On August 22, 2015 WCSO deputies were dispatched to a suspicious person complaint near W. Hodge road where they observed a white male, later identified as Burnham Edson, 35, with blood on his face.   Edson was treated on scene by South Walton Fire Rescue and deputies drove to his residence to attempt to make contact with Edson’s wife and friends who were at the home. Due to his level of intoxication and initially giving deputies the wrong address Edson was told he needed to stay in the patrol car for safety reasons. The car was left running so he could have air conditioning. When deputies attempted to make contact with friends and family at the home they heard loud bangs and ran outside and witnessed Edson kick out the rear driver side window of the vehicle. ...

    Monday, 24 August 2015

    Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Scratched, cut, and bruised from running through the woods an 18-year-old is now behind bars after a citizen calls to report a reckless driver in Santa Rosa Beach.   On August 20th just before 12:30am WCSO deputies responded to a reckless driver complaint near 30A and Highway 98. The caller told dispatchers the driver of the vehicle was all over the roadway, riding in the median, and speeding in access of 80 miles an hour. Deputies caught up with the vehicle on Allen Loop Drive and as they approached the car the vehicle blew through a stop sign at Allen Loop and Masters Court. Deputies initiated a traffic stop as the vehicle approached, but the suspect quickly accelerated the car, swerving around the patrol car, and continued on Allen Loop Drive. The suspec ...

    Thursday, 20 August 2015
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Dear Walton County Citizens,

Sheriff-on-cameraI am in my 20th year in law enforcement and during that time I have witnessed many changes in law enforcement philosophies and practices. Having worked in the state, municipal and county law enforcement arena I have developed a sense of what works and what is needed for continued professional growth. I have served at different levels of law enforcement command structures from line supervisor to Chief of Police prior to being elected sheriff in 2009. All of these experiences have taught me to be adaptive and innovative in the pursuit of best practices that will drive the Walton County Sheriff's Office towards excellence. Part of that pursuit is the understanding that learning is a lifetime journey and not simply a task to be accomplished. I have made continued education a priority for the men and women of our agency.

Walton County and the state of Florida face numerous challenges in the coming years and while crime is now at an almost 40 year low level, we are still seeing a rise in drug abuse. Walton County is dealing with a significant methamphetamine and prescription pill problem. The Walton Co Sheriff's Office is now one of the state's top performers in combating the manufacture of methamphetamine. Unfortunately, I realize that our efforts in enforcement will not be enough and we must look for other approaches as well. In the future I intend to use my position as sheriff to not only combat the drug issue, but to emphasize preventive measures to help citizens protect themselves and their children from the dangers of substance abuse.
The Walton County Sheriff's Office is committed to implementing a businesslike approach to improving efficiency and customer satisfaction. One such program is our adoption of the Lean Six Sigma philosophy. And while we have reduced our operating budget by almost 1 million dollars (which allowed us to absorb increased cost without raising our budget) since 2009 we have been able to maintain productivity. Currently the Sheriff's office is expected to handle over 140,000 calls for service in 2012. Comparing this to the less than 82,000 calls for service in 2007 illustrates that while handling a reduced operating budget we have been able to meet the needs of the public.

During my time as sheriff we have handled challenges and obstacles from a wide range or areas, from oil spills to major homicide investigations. We have been recognized as a leader in law enforcement innovation and have received state accreditation. I believe that the men and women of your sheriff's office have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and a commitment to service to the citizens and visitors of this county. It is an honor and privilege to serve with them.


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  • I am grateful for the young lives that our sheriffs department have probably saved. Thanks for keeping your citizens and your spring breakers safe. Making a clear statement that underage drinking will not be tolerated prevents an untold number of crimes and injuries from happening. Y'all do an excellent job!
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