Apparently, he’s not a ghost. Less than 24 hours our Turn ’em in Tuesday post went on social media Cody Lee Tullis was arrested September 13th. Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a tip Tullis was staying at a house on B.H. Reddick Road. Deputies went to the home around 8PM that evening and spotted Tullis who then ran inside. He came out and turned himself in few minutes later.

We want to thank you the community for your continued support of our Turn ’em in Tuesday campaign. If you have any information on crimes committed in your community or you know the whereabouts with someone with warrants you’re 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.


Turn ’em in Tuesday is back! It’s the social media post you wait all week (or the first two days anyway) to see! Today’s pick is Cody Lee Tullis, 22, who is wanted for violating his probation after not reporting to his probation officer following his arrest for domestic violence.

If you see Cody, tell him his P.O. (and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office) is looking for him. He was last seen in the area of Highway 20 West around the 9000 block in Choctaw Beach. He may be homeless or living on a house boat.

If you have any information on Cody’s whereabouts you’re 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.

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September 9, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla—A report of a boat fire leads to the arrest of two juveniles after deputies link them to nine reported car burglaries and two stolen firearms.

Just before 6 AM deputies were called to a report of a boat fire on Trae Lane. While en route, a resident living off of Dalton Drive called to report two juveniles were caught on his home surveillance camera around 4 AM with flashlights hiding under his house. While canvassing the neighborhood deputies noticed two juveniles riding bikes and attempted to make contact. The two juveniles fled and ditched their bikes before running into the woods.

Jamar Jackson, 17, was eventually caught after a short foot pursuit. He identified the second subject as Anthony Dobbs, 17. Deputies were led to the area of Spartina Circle in Watercolor where Dobbs was staying. A van pulled up driven by his mother with Dobbs inside. Also in the vehicle was 19-year-old Jonathan Russell. Inside the residence was 55-year-old Charles Dailey. Both Dailey and Russell were wanted on outstanding warrants out of Okaloosa County. They were taken into custody along with Dobbs.

Nine car burglaries were reported in the areas of Eastern Lake, Seagrove, Lakewood Drive and Watercolor overnight. Multiple items were stolen including two weapons, which were later recovered. All vehicles were left unlocked.

Jackson and Dobbs are being charged with multiple counts of armed burglary, burglary, grand theft of a firearm, grand theft and petit theft. Jackson is being charged with arson for the boat fire.

This investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected. More information will be released when it becomes available.

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September 8, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A structure fire rips through a Walton County resident’s home auto shop causing multiple explosions in DeFuniak Springs.

At approximately 4:40 PM Friday afternoon, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a residential building involved in a structure fire on Corbin Gainey Road. The homeowner stated he had just left his private auto shop when he noticed flames coming the nearby building.

When first responders arrived on scene, they found the homeowner’s private garage engulfed in flames threatening a nearby barn housing livestock. During the blaze, small, pressurized aerosol cans began exploding inside the building. Shortly after, the drive shaft of the vehicle found inside the garage exploded sending heavy black smoke into the residential area.

Walton County Fire Rescue firefighters were able to contain the fire before it spread to the barn. The resident’s garage suffered extensive damage, but no one was injured in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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September 8, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— A second suspect has been arrested for his involvement in more than a dozen car burglaries in Walton County.

Felipe Da Silva Piraja, 24, was taken into custody yesterday evening following an investigation into a string of car burglaries that happened over a two week period in late August.

On August 25th cars in the area of Birch Street were burglarized. Then, the following weekend, several cars were targeted in Sandestin off Troon Drive. On August 28th it was reported several roads off of West Hewitt Drive were also hit and then nine more on August 30th in Seagrove. All the vehicles in all of these cases were left unlocked.

An investigation revealed the involvement of Devan Welch, 18, who later admitted to participating in all but the Sandestin burglaries. Welch was arrested and booked into the Walton County Jail on September 6th. Piraja was later identified as a suspect in 13 reported cases off West Hewitt Drive, although his involvement could extend to other cases.

Piraja was arrested and charged with twelve counts of unarmed burglary, armed burglary, grand theft of a firearm, two counts of grand theft, two counts of felony violation of probation and seven counts of petit theft.

This investigation is ongoing and more charges and arrests are expected. We would like to remind and encourage our citizens and visitors to please lock your vehicles, remove valuables from your car, and take your keys with you.


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September 7, 2017

SantaRosa Beach, Florida– Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing endangered adult.

Roland “Joey” Brandburn, 39, was last seen yesterday around 4pm walking on Chat Holley. He does not have a cell phone, but Joey is friendly and will talk to anyone.

He was reported missing this afternoon and Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies are attempting to locate him. He is pictured in these two photos in an orange shirt. Joey is starting to grow out his beard again, but it is not as long as it was in the (LEFT) photo.

If you have any information you are asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111.


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September 6, 2017

Walton County, FL – Walton County Fire Rescue, the primary provider of Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the largest fire suppression agency north of Choctawhatchee Bay in Walton County, announces the addition of Captain Ralph Everage as the department’s first Training Officer.

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Resource Management from Troy University, Captain Everage, 53, served as an Assistant Fire Chief at Crestview Fire Department for 26 years. As Assistant Chief, he oversaw the department’s in-house training programs and acted as lead instructor for all state training certification programs. While serving at Crestview Fire Department, Captain Everage was also a Co-Lead Instructor at the Fire Academy at Northwest Florida State College from 2010 through 2015.

“We are excited to welcome Captain Everage to the WCFR family,” says Fire Chief Russell Beaty. “He is a true representation of what we had in mind for the Training Officer role. Captain Everage is passionate about fire rescue, and he shares that passion with others through training.”

As the first Training Officer for Walton County Fire Rescue, Captain Ralph Everage will focus on creating an advanced training program that will not only improve overall performance but prepare WCFR employees to become leaders within their organization.

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September 7, 2017

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Almost two-dozen cases have been solved in Walton County following a string of car burglaries over the last two weeks.

The thefts started on the night of August 25th in the area of Birch Street. Over the next several days Sandestin, West Hewitt Road, and Seagrove were also hit. Weapons, cash, a laptop and other possessions were among the items taken. All vehicles in all cases were left unlocked.

Victims and witnesses played a key role in identifying several suspects involved in the burglaries including Devan Raeshown Welch, 18. Welch admitted to investigators he was involved in burglaries on Birch Street, West Hewitt Road, and in the Seagrove area. He denied being involved with the Sandestin burglaries, but had knowledge that they occurred.

Welch was subsequently arrested and booked on September 6th on numerous charges including:

  • 11 counts petit theft
  • 20 counts unarmed burglary
  • 3 counts armed burglary
  • 3 counts grand theft of a firearm
  • 2 counts grand theft

He was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail where he is currently being held on a $50,000 bond. This investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

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September 6, 2017

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— Is your teenager about to start driving? Are you nervous about handing over the keys?

Look no further than the Teen Driver Challenge to get your future driver ready to get behind the wheel!

The Teen Driver Challenge course, which is offered at no cost to students, will provide the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce your child’s chances of being involved in a crash. Please note: the Teen Driver Challenge is not a supplemental or advanced driving course. It is a defensive driving program that covers various topics including:

  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Human Factors
  • Responsibility and Liability
  • Effects of Drugs and Alcohol
  • Night Driving
  • Aggressive Driving

TDC students are required to have a Florida Learner’s Permit or a valid Florida Operator’s License and the use of an automobile they usually operate during the driving exercises.

The Teen Driver Challenge will be conducted a bit differently this time around. Instructors will conduct the class in ONE day, meeting at Freeport High School at 8am Saturday October 7th. The class will go until 5pm. The class will be capped at 12 students so make sure to sign up today by emailing [email protected] to reserve your spot.

In addition, please visit http://waltonso.org/teen-driver-challenge/ and fill out the two forms needed to participate and bring them the day of class.

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During a state of emergency it’s against the law for necessary commodities like food, gas, lumber, and water to grossly exceed the average price of the item.

If you see price gouging occurring in your community, report the information to the Attorney General’s Price Gouging Hotline at 866-966-7226. You may also report violations online at http://myfloridalegal.com.

For more information on price gouging please visit:

To AVOID becoming a victim of price gouging PLAN AHEAD.
Prepare for a disaster BEFORE it happens. ALWAYS have the following items on hand:
Five gallons of drinking water per person in your household.
At least two working flashlights.
A portable radio.
A telephone with a cord – If the electrical power is lost, a cordless telephone will not work.
An ample supply of batteries to power these and other items.
A full tank of propane and charcoal if you have a charcoal grill.
Non-perishable food items.
Formula and diapers, if you have young children in the home.
Although not essential, board games, books and playing cards might be helpful to entertain young children.
Additionally, do not forget to make plans to care for any pets.

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21192610_1937774432918555_3913846639987588174_nWith just a small boat and some supplies Detention Deputies Michael White and Pablo Buduen left their homes and families Thursday and headed for the unknown. Determined, the two men drove through the night to reach those effected by Hurricane Harvey and offer any assistance they could.

These photos show White and Buduen on the water this afternoon near Port Arthur, Texas.

WCSO reached out to White to check in. He said they were “in the thick of it” and about to get back on the water to help with rescue efforts. We will keep you updated on their efforts.

We are so proud of the men and women of our agency and their commitment to not only their communities, but our country.

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