WCSO INVESTIGATING SHOOTING; SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

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1CY058BHMarch 11, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— An argument starting at Burger King in DeFuniak Springs turned violent after the suspect chased the victim and fired shots at her vehicle.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to Ates Ranch Road at approximately 12:39pm following a 911 call from the victim who stated she and Travis Atlow, 31, got into an argument at the Burger King when he displayed a gun. She fled down Bob Sikes Road and said Atlow stuck the gun out the window and fired one round that did not strike anything. Atlow followed the victim down Boy Scout Road after crossing over the interstate and fired several more rounds striking the victim’s vehicle.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a bullet struck the vehicle and a shell casing was also found where the victim stated the incident occurred.. Atlow was placed under arrest and is currently being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reckless discharge, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. This investigation is ongoing and more details will be released once they are available.

Atlow was out on bond on charges of possession of a controlled substance and battery causing bodily harm back in November 2016.

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COAST-TO-COAST CRIMINALS IDENTIFIED BY WCSO; EXTRADITED TO WALTON COUNTY

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March 10, 2017

Walton County, Fla— A crime spree that began in Orange County California and ended in Jacksonville, Florida has landed two behind bars after Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigators and crime analysts ID one of two suspects involved – breaking the case wide open.

January 30th the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to several vehicle burglaries in the Miramar Beach area, one involving a stolen .380 caliber handgun. The two suspects targeted unlocked vehicles stealing everything from wallets, to debit cards and checks. On the same day, two suspects attempted to cash a check drawn on a victim’s account at Regions Bank located at the Cordova Mall in Pensacola, Florida using a stolen driver’s license belonging to a Jeffrey Winkler from California. Contact was made with Winkler’s mother who advised he was currently incarcerated. Winkler’s mother was able to positively identify Daniel Asano, 25, as one of her son’s former friends who had access to Jeffrey’s driver’s license after he was incarcerated. Asano was also suspected of depositing a check into another victim’s account in Gulf Breeze in an attempt to withdraw it.

Upon further investigation by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau, Crime Prevention Analysts and multiple cooperating agencies including Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigators found that Asano and Brown committed similar crimes in Bay, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, as well as seven other jurisdictions during their crime spree. The two were captured in Jacksonville, Florida checking into a hotel with a stolen rental car on February 16th.

Daniel Asano and Gweynn Brown received more than 15 charges, including petit theft, burglary of an unoccupied vehicle, grand theft, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and armed burglary. Asano was extradited on February 24th and Brown was extradited today from Jacksonville.

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WCSO SEEKING INFORMATION ON RUNAWAY SANTA ROSA BEACH TEEN

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March 9, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in located a 16-year-old who ran away from home in February.

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.

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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WANTED WEDNESDAY – WHERE’S WALDO?

Stealing from hard working folks? Not cool man. Not cool. This guy, pictured here, is wanted in connection to a vehicle burglary at the Dollar General store located on Highway 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach. The victim’s purse was stolen from her vehicle and her credit card was ran shortly after at the Circle K in Miramar Beach. Seriously?
 
Well, we hate thieves, so if you know who/where waldo here is… give us a shout. (His name isn’t actually Waldo, we’re just called him that… ) If you have any information on identity of this person 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.
The male subject is described as a white male, 6’0 tall, short brown hair, glasses, early to mid-30’s, 215 pounds, with tattoos on each arm. The male subject left the parking lot in a dark green, possibly two toned 1986-1987 model Ford F-150.

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TURN ‘EM IN TUESDAY – KELLI KAY MONEY ARRESTED

Kelli Kay Money turned herself in the to Walton County jail Saturday March 11th.

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Hey, some people think it’s okay to violate probation. Like Kelli here. Well, it’s not. We’re looking for Kelli. We want to talk to her about missing court dates and stuff like that. So, if you know where she is and your wallet is feeling light feel free to turn in Money for some money! Kelli Kay Money is wanted by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office for violation of probation and is a person of interest in some residential burglaries in the Choctaw Beach area near Marina Drive. Help us bring Kelli is so we can clear the air.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Money 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 www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

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WCSO K9 DEPUTY POND & K9 “KAYNE” EARN TOP DOG

TEAM HAS EXCELLENT SHOWING AT USPCA REGION 1 K9 TRIALS

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March 3, 2017

SANTA ROSA COUNTY, FLA— K9 Handlers with Walton County Sheriff’s Office brought home some serious hardware from the USPCA Region 1 K9 Trials held this week in Santa Rosa County, Florida including Top Dog honors in narcotics for K9 Deputy Kristin Pond and her K9 “Kayne”.

The team had an excellent showing earning four 1st place finishes, three 2nd place finishes, and three 3rd place finishes. The K9’s were tested during indoor and outdoor exercises for narcotics detection. In addition, Deputy Kristin Pond and K9 “Kayne” brought home four quarterly awards for narcotics cases in 2016.

Awards are as follows:

Kristin Pond/K9 Kayne

  • Top Dog Overall Narcotics
  • 1st Indoor Narcotics
  • 1st Narcotics Team (Whatmough)
  • 3rd Outdoor Narcotics

Chris Whatmough/K9 Faro

  • 1st Narcotics Team (Pond)
  • 3rd Overall Narcotics
  • 3rd Indoor Narcotics

Nick Bearden/K9 Duko

  • 2nd Outdoor Narcotics
  • 2nd Narcotics Team (Tector)

Steven Tector/K9 Drago

  • 2nd Narcotics Team (Bearden)

Pond’s Top Dog honors qualifies her and K9 Kayne to compete in the USPCA Nationals in Raleigh, North Carolina April 2nd through April 5th.

 

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WCSO SEEKING INFORMATION REGARDING WHEREABOUTS OF MISSING RUNAWAY

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March 3, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding the whereabouts of a runaway teenager reported missing on March 1st.

Deputies took a missing persons report regarding Brett Robertson, 16, on Wednesday from the teenager’s mother at their home on Wren drive. She said she last saw her son on February 28th at 4:30pm.

A friend of Roberston’s told investigators he picked him up at 2am from his home on Wren Drive and dropped him off around 9am somewhere in Argyle.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111 or they can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

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SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER STEALING TWO VEHICLES AND A PATROL CAR

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March 3, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A vehicle fire on Interstate 10 in Walton County leads to an unprecedented chain of events including two stolen vehicles and a handcuffed suspect stealing a patrol car.

Friday morning at approximately 9:50am Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle fire near mile marker 85 on I-10. After the fire was extinguished it was discovered the vehicle was stolen out of DeFuniak Springs and was purposely set on fire following the crash.

Shortly after, a citizen notices a man sitting in his Jeep attempting to steal it at a home on Bob Sykes Road. The citizen detained the suspect, holding him at gunpoint until deputies arrived. The suspect, identified as Cody Dwayne Hynum, 30, was cuffed and put in the back of a patrol car. Following his arrest it was determined Hynum had also burglarized a carport and stolen a Ford pickup truck, which was disabled in the area.

While deputies were working both crime scenes Hynum kicked out the rear driver’s side window and, still cuffed, was able to get out of the vehicle and gain access to the driver’s seat. The suspect fled the area and drove down Woodyard Road. Hynum then hit a private citizen’s fence, drove down a driveway and struck a barrier at the end of the driveway. The suspect fled from the patrol vehicle into the woods and was tased and apprehended by deputies after a short foot pursuit.

Hynum was charged with escape, two counts of grand theft auto with damages over $1,000, two counts of burglary, larceny over a $1,000, criminal mischief over $1,000, resisting arrest with violence, and fleeing and eluding. He was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated and later booked into the Walton County Jail. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

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BABY FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN CAR; MAN ARRESTED FOR METH

 

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March 1, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A child is found unresponsive by members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Unit following a traffic stop on State Highway 83.

On February 28th at around 1:30pm WCSO VICE/Narcotics Unit Investigators noticed a vehicle traveling east on 83 with a broken windshield. The investigators pulled over the vehicle near the intersection of 83 and Morris Drive and made contact with the driver later identified as 27-year-old Joshua Daniel Huckaba. A 23-month-old child appeared to be asleep in the back seat.

Huckaba admitted to the two investigators he was smoking marijuana in the vehicle after they noticed the smell of marijuana in the car. Investigators ran Huckaba’s license, which came back suspended. Huckaba was directed to exit the vehicle for a search and before he got out of the car he handed the investigators a small, plastic jeweler’s bag with methamphetamine. A glass smoking pipe was also found in his pants pocket and another was located in a Styrofoam cup in Huckaba’s hand.

While searching the car, investigators attempted to wake up the child by opening the rear door. The child immediately vomited all over himself. One investigator cleaned the vomit with wet wipes and attempted to talk to the child. The baby was unresponsive to both the sound of his voice and to touch. EMS was called to the scene to check the welfare of the child. The baby was transported by EMS to an area hospital. Huckaba admitted to leaving the child inside the vehicle unattended while he went inside a nearby residence.

Huckaba was arrested and transported to the Walton County Jail. He is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. This incident is still under investigation.

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WCSO SEEKING INFORMATION ON VEHICLES SPOTTED IN THE AREA OF RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

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March 1, 2017

On February 16, 2017 Walton County Sheriff Deputies responded to residential burglaries which occurred in the area of Marina Court in Niceville, FL. During the investigation the above pictured vehicles were seen in the area and are of interest.

Photos are being released in an attempt to locate the owners of these vehicles and/or the rider of the bicycles to determine their involvement if any.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111 or they can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.

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