WALTON CI K9 “GYPSY” AND WCSO TRACK CAR THIEF

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May 12, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A manhunt ends with a suspect behind bars thanks to a multi-agency effort Friday morning.

Just before 9:30 a.m. Walton County dispatchers received a frantic 911 call from a victim stating his car had been stolen from a gas station in Miramar Beach. Deputies responded to the Circle K at Poinciana Boulevard and Highway 98 and reviewed surveillance video of the suspect.

At 9:42 a Sheriff’s Office Posse member located the vehicle just outside the Tourist Development Council Central Maintenance Facility on South County Highway 83. The suspect had fled the vehicle into the woods.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office set up a perimeter and a phone alert was sent to residents and businesses in the surrounding area to lock their doors and be on alert. WCSO AirOne was launched to help search the area from the air and Walton County Correctional K9 Unit was called to assist.

At 12:27 p.m. the suspect, identified as Brandon Allen Maxwell Lockett, was located by K9 “Gypsy” and members of the Walton CI K9 Unit and WCSO.

Lockett was arrested and transported to the Walton County Jail. He is charged with grand theft auto, leaving the scene of a crash, fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license. More charges could be forthcoming.

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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;

Jody Lee Briley– White female, 38 YOA, 5’02”, 120 Lbs., Black hair, Blue eyes.  This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation Warrant for the original charge of  Possession of a Controlled substance, Possession of Paraphernalia.  She was last seen in Walton County Florida.

Miguel Vicente Hester– Black male, 47 YOA, 6’03”, 250 lbs., Bald hair, Brown eyes.  This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation warrant for the original charge of Constructive Possession of Ammunition by a Felon, Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.  He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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WCSO TO CONDUCT AGGRESSIVE DRIVING ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

 

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May 9, 2017 

Walton County, Fla— Over the last 30 days Walton County Sheriff’s Office has seen a rise in in traffic crashes due to distracted driving and the influx of visitors to the area.

From spring break 2016 to spring break 2017 WCSO saw almost a 30% increase in wrecks despite doubling the number of traffic stops.

As a result the Walton County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting an aggressive driving campaign beginning May 16, 2017 thru June 8, 2017.

This effort will take place on U.S. Highway 98 W from Sandestin Boulevard to the Okaloosa County Line. During this time, Walton County Sheriff’s Office will be using marked and unmarked patrol cars to enforce violations for speeding, reckless driving, careless driving, texting and driving, running red lights and following too closely. There will be zero tolerance for these violations.

“The purpose of this campaign is to ensure the safety of both our visitors and citizens of our county,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Walton County expects approximately 3.7 million visitors this year.”

Because of the nature of this campaign, we are not allowing media ride-alongs during this time.

 

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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;

Jeronimo Ramirez Bailon– Hispanic male, 46 YOA, 5’06”, 170, Black hair, Brown eyes.   This subject is wanted on a Felony Failure to Appear Warrant for Felony DUI and DWLSR.   He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

Joey Brent Scott– White male, 44 YOA, 5’10”,  200 lbs., Brown hair, Green eyes.   This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation for the original charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance.   He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS LEAD TO THE RESUCITATION OF AN UNCONSCIOUS MAN

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May 6, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Collaborative efforts by a Walton County resident, an off-duty firefighter, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and Walton County Fire Rescue, lead to the resuscitation of a man who was found unconscious on the side of Highway 90.

On Thursday around 7:30 AM, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a 19-year-old male who was found unresponsive on the side of Highway 90 at Ates Ranch Road in DeFuniak Springs. A woman recognized the vehicle as her roommate’s and pulled over on the side of the road to see if he needed assistance when she realized he wasn’t breathing. With direction from a WCSO dispatcher, the woman began performing CPR on the unconscious male. Steven Foreman, an off-duty firefighter-paramedic for South Walton Fire District, happened upon the scene and immediately began to assist with CPR efforts.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputy Mark Guerra arrived on scene and helped try to resuscitate the victim. Walton County Fire Rescue ambulances pulled up moments later and firefighter-paramedics Jasper Carter, Josh Pitts, Melissa Brown and Blaine Halderson noticed that the man was turning blue due to a lack of oxygen in his blood and began performing advanced life support efforts on the unconscious male. While being treated by Walton County Fire Rescue, the man began breathing and regained consciousness.

“This is what it’s all about,” says Sheriff Michael Adkinson, “everyone came together as a team and were able to save this young man’s life.”

The patient was transported to North Okaloosa Medical Center where he was treated and released.

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PILLOWCASE CREASES CRACK CASE; JEWELRY STORE BURGLARY SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED

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May 5, 2017

Walton County, Fla– Two men suspected of breaking into a Miramar Beach jewelry store have been identified by Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

WCSO is currently searching for Timothy Edward Vignolo, 32, and Joshua Graves, 38, for the KM Jewelry Store burglary that occurred April 29th. The two men are believed to be in the Talladega area.

Deputies responded to 12889 U.S. Highway 98 W just before 11 p.m. Saturday following a 911 call from the store’s owner. The caller said he fired an unknown number of shots and may have hit one of the suspects before they both fled the scene on foot.

The incident was captured on surveillance video and the suspects were wearing black masks and hoodies. The videos showed two suspects breaking in the door and entering; one to the left and one to the right. They break the display cases using a hammer and the other with a crowbar. While they begin to take jewelry out of the cases the victim comes around the corner firing an unknown amount of shots.

As one subject exits the store, he drops a pillowcase with the items he attempted to steal. When discovered by investigators at the scene the pillow case still had creases indicating  it was recently purchased. After calling around to local businesses investigators identified where the items were purchased and pulled surveillance video. Footage revealed two men who were later identified as Vignolo and Graves.

“This is just great investigative work,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “A pillowcase cracks the case and now we are that much closer to making an arrest.”

If you have any information on the whereabouts of these two men you are asked to call your local law enforcement agency or Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111. You can also submit tips anonymously 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. You could be eligible for a cash reward.

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WCSO LOOKING TO HIRE JAIL COOK

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May 4th, 2017

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is actively seeking qualified applicants for a Corrections Cook. This position prepares meals that are served to inmates at the Walton County Jail and ensures proper sanitation measures are maintained. But, also must have the desire to mentor and encourage those incarcerated at the jail.

For more information visit: http://waltonso.org/corrections-cook/

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CRIME STOPPERS WEEKLY WANTED

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

Luis Humberto Aguilar– Hispanic male, 5’2”, 125 lbs., Black hair, Brown eyes.   This subject is wanted on a felony Failure to Appear Warrant for Aggravated Battery w Deadly weapon.  He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

Timothy Lee Parish– White male, 33 YOA, 5’11”, 185 lbs., Brown hair, Blue eyes.   This subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation warrant for the original charge of Uttering a Forged instrument. He was last seen in Walton County Florida.

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WOMAN PRAISES WCSO DEPUTY FOR “TREATING MY MENTALLY ILL BROTHER LIKE A HUMAN BEING”

Steve EllisonOn April 25th Walton County Sheriff’s Office received an email from the sister of a man dealing with mental illness.
“Yesterday a Walton County deputy, Deputy Steve Ellison, came out with EMS to my brother’s house. My brother is severely mentally ill and has several medical problems.”
Deputy Ellison was hired by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in May 2005. He was among the first to arrive at the home.
“My brother has been plagued by metal illness since his early 20’s and it has been a down hill fight due to the lack of medication success. He didn’t ask for it, he didn’t deserve it, but it happened to him and it has been a struggle for our family.”
Deputy Ellison along with all other deputies at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office have the opportunity to participate in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), which provides law enforcement-based training for assisting those individuals with a mental illness, and improves the safety of patrol officers, consumers, family members, and citizens within the community.
“My brother is very uncomfortable around others, especially strangers,” she wrote. “He was having a harder day than usual when Deputy Ellison came out.”
“Ellison was so great to my family. He was so patient and kind to my brother. When my brother was released from the hospital Deputy Ellison went back to check on him. He was actually able to get my brother to chat with him (he’s usually mostly non-verbal.)”
Deputy Ellison was also recognized in August of 2016 after he and Sergeant Chris Strawn defused a domestic violence incident that had the potential to become violent.
“He made my brother feel so comfortable and he actually tried to make an impact in his life despite what was happening. He gave my brother his number and said if he ever wanted to talk that he can call him. It was so kind and meant so much to all of us.”
“A lot of times it has felt like it’s our family against the world because there is such a lack of education on mental illness. When this deputy came out he treated my brother like a human being.”
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STORE OWNER FIRES SHOTS AT ARMED SUSPECTS; WCSO SEEKING INFORMATION

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April 30, 2017

Miramar Beach, Fla— Shots are fired inside a Walton County jewelry store after two suspects break into the business armed with a crow bar and a hammer.

Deputies responded to 12889 U.S. Highway 98 W just before 11 p.m. Saturday following a 911 call from the store’s owner. The caller said he fired and unknown number of shots and may have hit one of the suspects before they both fled the scene on foot.

The incident was captured on surveillance video and the suspects were wearing black masks and hoodies. The videos showed two suspects breaking in the door and entering; one to the left and one to the right. They break the display cases using a hammer and the other with a crowbar. While they begin to take jewelry out of the cases the victim comes around the corner firing an unknown amount of shots.

As one subject exits the store, he drops or throws the pillowcase with the items he attempted to steal to the left of the door. You can hear him say something as he exits. He is then seen hobbling as he runs away and falls again in the parking lot. It is unknown at this time if he was shot or not.

The suspects are described as two white males, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall. One may have sustained an injury from the incident and could be limping. If you have any information about this case you are asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111.

 

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