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Welcome to the Walton County Sheriff's Office Website

"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

  • Search Warrant Leads to Five Arrest

        On December 11, 2014, members of Investigations and the Vice/Narcotics executed a search warrant at the home of Richard Marinelli, 50, located at 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach.   During the course of the search, a methamphetamine lab was located inside Marinelli's utility closet which consisted of a cook vessel, two plastic containers with methamphetamine oil residue, ammonium nitrate and lye. A plastic bottle containing approximately 200 grams of a bi-layer liquid was located in a China cabinet.   Also located inside the residence were several items that had been reported stolen by an elderly victim.   Five individuals were arrested as a result of the search warrant and are currently in the Walton County Jail. They are as ...

    Friday, 12 December 2014
  • Sexual Offender Michael Dean Fatheree Change of Address Notification

      Fatheree was adjudicated in Walton County, Florida, on 8/30/1996 for lewd and lascivious battery on a child between the ages of 12 – 15.  Fatheree’s new address is 215 BMW Road, Ponce De Leon.    Fatheree is a 36 year old white male with a bald head and brown eyes, 5’10” and 190 lbs   There are currently 150 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.   ...

    Monday, 08 December 2014
  • WCSO Assists DCF, Leads to Meth Arrest in DeFuniak Springs

      On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit and the Department of Children and Families responded to 935 Campbell Road, Defuniak Springs, FL, in reference to allegations of meth manufacturing and use with a child present in the home.  Upon arrival, Investigators found several items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, via the One-Pot Method.  Investigators found used cook vessels, several jars of methamphetamine oil, a gas generator, and syringes throughout the home. All of the items that were located were within easy reach of a two year old child living in the residence.   Tina Madeline Mckee, 42, who resides at the above address, was arrested and charged with Cruelty Towards a Child, T ...

    Friday, 05 December 2014
  • Problem Oriented Policing Unit Makes Drug Arrest

      On Thursday, December 4, 2014, a member of the Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP), observed a vehicle that had damage to the driver’s side front bumper area and windshield.  As the deputy attempted to make contact, the vehicle increased its speed in attempt to get away but eventually pulled over.  The deputy made contact with the driver, searched the vehicle after getting consent and the driver was issued a warning.  Once the vehicle left, the deputy noticed a purple Crown Royal Bag containing multiple drugs and paraphernalia.  The deputy removed the drugs and paraphernalia and put the bag back where it was located.  An investigator responded to the area and watched the bag.  The vehicle that was pulled over by the deputy returned and a black male wa ...

    Friday, 05 December 2014
  • Sexual Offender Dale Frederick French Address Notification

    French was adjudicated on 09/03/1998 for child sexually abusive activity in Barry County, Michigan.  French’s current address is 7720 State Hwy 81, Ponce De Leon.   French is a 66 year old white male, with a bald head and blue eyes, 5’06” and 176 lbs.   There are currently 151 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.   ...

    Thursday, 04 December 2014
  • Search for Missing Person, Allan McNelis

      The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Allan McNelis, 67, of Santa Rosa Beach.  McNelis was last seen Sunday morning (11/23), wearing a yellow button down shirt, khaki pants, brown lace-up boots and a black Kangol brand cap, which he wears backwards.  McNelis is a white male, with a thin build, standing 6’01” and weighing approximately 165 pounds.  He has medium length white/grey hair, brown eyes and a goatee.  Anyone with information on Allan McNelis is asked to please contact Sergeant Angie Hogeboom at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.      ...

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014
  • WCSO Nets Five Arrests After Meth Lab Bust

      On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit served a probable cause search warrant at 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach.  Investigators located an active “one-pot” methamphetamine lab, along with over 200 grams of bi-layer liquids which is suspected to be meth oil.  Investigators also found pre-curser chemicals and used syringes lying throughout the small camper trailer.  Upon execution of the warrant, the following individuals were arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia:   Troy Lynn Roberts, 37, 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach   Taylor Alexis Gates, 20, 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach   Samuel D ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • Joint Investigation Leads to Arrest

           A joint investigation between Walton County, Holmes County, Washington County and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices led to the arrest of Justin Ryan Tankersley, 28, of 2907 Cosson Rd, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.             On 10/31/2014, a Yamaha motorcycle had been stolen from a residence in DeFuniak Springs. On 11/11/2014, Investigators with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office conducted an interview with Tankersley at his residence in reference to items that had been stolen from their county. During the course of the interview, several items had been located in Tankersley’s possession that had been reported stolen to include the Yamaha motorcycle.            On 11/13/2014, ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • WCSO Investigating Pizza Delivery Robbery

        On November 19, 2014, around 6:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to Hungry Howies in DeFuniak Springs, in reference to an armed robbery of a pizza delivery person.  The incident occurred off Charlie Brown Road at approximately 5:45 pm.  As the driver parked the vehicle, a white male came from the bushes and approached the driver side window.  The male stated, “I just want the money” and pointed a black handgun at the driver.  The driver removed an undisclosed amount of money from the bank bag and gave it to the male.  The male then turned his head, yelled and a black male, late teens to early twenties, came from the bushes and ran towards the white male where they both ran down Charlie Brown Road (East) to South Norwood Road.   ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
  • Sexual Offender Arnold Dewayne Thomas Change of Address Notification

      Thomas was adjudicated on 12/28/2004 for lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim 12-15 years old in Holmes County, FL.  Thomas’ current address is 7 Juniper Lake Road, DeFuniak Springs.  Thomas is currently taking care of a sick relative and has a temporary address of 1291 Thomas Lane, Westville, FL (Holmes County).   Thomas is a 50 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’10” and 140 lbs.   There are currently 150 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.   The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.  WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
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Captain Mike Howell

Capt-Mike-Howell

 

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Captain Howell is a native of Walton County and a 22 year law enforcement veteran having served in both state and local agencies. He began his career as a police officer with the DeFuniak Springs Police Department before being appointed deputy sheriff with the Walton County Sheriff's Office in 1995.

In 1998, he joined the Florida Highway Patrol's Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, where he was selected as a canine handler and drug interdiction officer and liaison for highway interdiction efforts with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), El Paso Information Center (EPIC), and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). He was selected as the agency's canine instructor and received intensive training at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection National Canine Training Academy in El Paso, Texas.

Captain Howell joined Sheriff Adkinson' s administration in January of 2009 as special operations commander, managing the beach patrol, traffic enforcement, K-9 teams, aviation unit and marine unit functions. He also served as patrol watch commander and criminal investigations commander, leading all investigative functions including person's crimes, property crimes, narcotics/vice, and crime scene/evidence. He is a graduate of the 242nd session of FBI National Academy. In 2008, he was honoured with Florida's highest award for public safety by being selected "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" by Florida's Attorney General and Cabinet for his success in drug interdiction cases.

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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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