For Immediate Release
January 11, 2018
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla— A Winter Springs man is behind bars following an investigation by Walton County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit.
WCSO SVU with the assistance of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Ian Christopher Hannah, 33, on January 10, 2018.
Investigators of the WCSO Special Victims Unit conducted an investigation where Hannah solicited who he believed to be a 13-year-old female. He also sent internet links to pornography and during the conversations made the statement, “I can talk dirty to you or send you naughty pics of things I’d like to do to you.” Hannah made many statements of a sexual nature and encouraged sexual acts.
The WCSO SVU lead case investigator sought an arrest warrant for Hannah for charges of online enticement of a minor, transmission of harmful material to a minor and using a two-way communication device to facilitate these crimes. Investigators communicated and coordinated with SCSO and Hannah was arrested. Both Sheriff’s Offices are active members of the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind parents to be aware of the dangers to their children when they are online. Information for parents is available and can be obtained by contacting the Special Victims Unit.
The investigation continues and more information will be released when available.
For Immediate Release
January 11, 2018
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla— A 32-year-old man has been arrested on multiple counts of child porn charges following a search warrant Wednesday.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 476 Bruce Avenue in DeFuniak Springs yesterday morning after a First Judicial Circuit Judge signed off on a search of the residence. Investigators from the Special Victims Unit and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the search.
During the search, SVU investigators located evidence while on-scene including photos and video that led to the arrest of Travis Lee Rodgers on ten counts of possession of child pornography. Rodgers was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail without incident. The investigation is on-going and additional details will be released when they become available.
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla– All they were looking for was trash.
Walton County Jail Inmates working on a county work crew were assigned to an area on Highway 185 in northern Walton County Tuesday when an inmate found something unexpected.
“It was a loaded handgun,” said Major Donnie Clark of the Walton County Jail. “It was rusted and looked like it had been there a while.”
Devin Dillard, 53, was about 100 yards from County Highway 83 when he found the Jimenez Arms .380 auto.
“He immediately took it to a supervisor without alerting any of the other inmates,” said Clark.
The work crew supervisor notified the jail of what was found and the two wrapped the weapon in a paper towel for concealment from the other inmates.
“This could have gone tragically wrong,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “But, the inmate did what was right.”
A deputy responded and after several tries trying to slide the hammer back, a round of ammunition was located in the chamber.
The gun was confiscated and taken into evidence. Dillard is incarcerated in the Walton County Jail out of Escambia County.
For Immediate Release
January 2, 2018
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla— A juvenile wanted on more than a dozen felony charges is back in Walton County after he’s picked up by the Transportation Safety Administration trying to fly back into the country.
Seven suspects were thought responsible for more than 50 car burglaries in Walton County in September, which included five stolen handguns from unlocked vehicles; three of the guns were later recovered.
Six arrests were made regarding 49 vehicle burglaries that occurred between August and September 2017. One additional suspect was identified as Elden Moshae Boskila, 14, but he left the country for Israel before investigators could reach him for questioning. More than 20 warrants were issued for his arrest.
On December 17th Boskila was identified by TSA Agents at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas trying to get back into the country. Houston Police Department took him into custody and he was booked into the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department.
Boskila was extradited to Walton County on December 22, 2017, on 44 charges including multiple counts of armed burglary, burglary, and grand theft of a firearm. This information is public record based on the suspects charges, which are felonies. Walton County Sheriff’s Office has chosen to publicize this information based on the severity of Boskila’s crime and his criminal record.
For Immediate Release
December 29, 2017
FREEPORT, Fla—Walton County Fire Rescue spent several hours Thursday battling a house fire off Highway 20.
At 2:22 pm a 911 call promptly dispatched WCFR to 6444 Highway 20 East just a few miles west of Bruce. Firefighters and Paramedics arrived within minutes to the home to find the two-car garage fully engulfed and moving toward the living quarters.
Crews were able to suppress the fire in the garage and stopped the fire along the wall connecting it to the home. The family was walked through the unburned portion of the home to collect valuables and cash. No injuries were reported.
No electrical outlets or evidence of the origin of the fire could be immediately determined. The fire was said to be accidental in nature.
“I am so proud of the work of these men and women,” said Walton County Fire Chief Russell Beaty. “They acted quickly and were able to stop the spread of the fire into the living quarters and spared a large portion of the home.”
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla– In addition to our heated kennel floors at Walton County Animal Shelter, our pups and kitties enjoy cuddling with a warm blanket.
That’s why we are seeking donations for blankets and towels! Help us keep our furry friends even warmer during these cold winter months.
Drop off donations at our Walton County Animal Shelter location at 365 Triple G Road in DeFuniak Springs or check out our wish list on Amazon by clicking here.
December 22, 2017
Mossy Head, FL— Walton County Fire Rescue Firefighters respond to a residential fire on Patch Road and discover a fully engulfed mobile home.
Walton County Fire Rescue crews arrived on scene just after 9:30 AM this morning and quickly began extinguishing the blaze encompassing the home of a Walton County family. The residents made it out of the mobile home safely and no injuries were reported. One of the residents was able to rescue one of the family’s two pet dogs, but unfortunately, they lost the second dog and a pet blue jay in the fire.
The exact cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, but it is believed the fire may have been caused by a lamp that had fallen over onto the bed. The American Red Cross was called out to assist the residents of the disintegrated home.
MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla–A card reader has been stolen from the Circle K Florida location on Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach. WCSO has also learned the Circle K in Destin was also hit.
Investigators responding to the incident at 1554 Scenic Gulf Drive viewed surveillance video showing a dark-colored pick-up truck with two individuals pulling into the business just before 5am this morning as they park at Pump #1. The passenger exits the vehicle and appears to be the lookout. The driver exits the vehicle, but his actions are not captured on video. After approximately three minutes, the occupants get back into the truck and head west on Scenic Gulf Drive.
Because it’s still early in the investigation, we are not sure how much information was stored and what type of information may have been stolen. We are encouraging all of our residents, especially those that may frequent this location, to contact their credit card companies and closely monitor their accounts. We are working with our counterparts at Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office to work these cases and will release additional information when it becomes available. Please protect yourself from becoming a victim. We are doing our best to identify these individuals and put them into custody.
If you have any information you are asked to call 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.
For Immediate Release
December 20, 2017
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla— Tuesday morning December 19th, Walton County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of an incident involving the professional misconduct of a deputy.
The incident was immediately investigated by the agency. It was confirmed the deputy improperly used his position to contact a woman who he had previously assisted while on duty on December 17th. The contact was made from his personal phone while off duty December 18th. However, this conduct is beyond the realm of professionalism we demand of our employees and is not to be tolerated.
The deputy, who has worked for the organization less than a year, was called in this morning, relieved of his duties, badge, and weapon and escorted out of the Administrative Offices.
“The position of a Sheriff Deputy is held to a higher standard and is one that requires trust,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “This individual’s blatant disregard of his oath will not be ignored and that is why swift action was taken.”
December 15, 2017
Paxton, FL – Two juveniles and one adult have been arrested after committing multiple acts of criminal mischief in the Paxton area.
On Friday, December 8, numerous residents along County Highway 147, County Highway 0605 and other residential streets in Paxton began reporting damage to their property. The victims stated their mailboxes had been vandalized between the hours of 9:00 PM and 12:00 AM Friday night. Using surveillance camera footage from a home in the area, Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to identify one of the suspect’s vehicles.
The suspects, two 16-year-old males and one 18-year-old male who resided in North Walton County, were later located and questioned about the criminal mischief acts. All three suspects confessed and were arrested for multiple counts of criminal mischief and booked into the Walton County Jail.