‪WCSO ISSUES AMBER ALERT

‪VICTIM: REBECCA M HARDING‬
‪DOB: 05/16/1984‬
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‪VICTIM: GRACIE HARDING‬
‪DOB: 12/02/2014‬
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‪VEHICLE: RED FORD MUSTANG, POSSIBLY LATE 90’S MODEL, PAINT IS FADED, ALMOST ORANGE, ‪POSSIBLY ATTACHED TO AN ALABAMA OR FLORIDA TAG, UNKNOWN TAG NUMBER, ‪UNKNOWN WHO THE VEHICLE IS REGISTERED TO.‪ ‬SUSPECTS ARMED WITH A KNIFE, BRASS KNUCKLES, AND LARGE STICK.‬

SUSPECT: JOSEPH M HARDING‬
‪DOB: 02/02/1982‬
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‪SUSPECT: PAUL LEWIS VAUGHAN‬
‪DOB: 08/21/1978‬
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‪OCCURRED ON OTTER POND RD IN WALTON COUNTY, FL AROUND 07:00 HOURS.‬
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‪IF ANY CONTACT IS MADE, PLEASE UTILIZE EXTREME CAUTION AND NOTIFY THE WALTON‬ ‪COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AT (850)-892-8111.
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‪AN AMBER ALERT HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.‬

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TURN ‘EM IN TUESDAY – MICHAEL KABACI AND TRAVIS WEIDENHAFT

On July 2, 2017, Michael Kabaci and Travis Weidenhaft committed an armed robbery behind the Texaco in Choctaw Beach. Weidenhaft struck the victim in the back of the head with the butt of a knife and pulled theknife on the victim while ordering him to hand over his money. Kabaci participated in this robbery by providing Weidenhaft with an axe handle to strike the victim with in addition to the knife. Both subjects fled the scene together in Kabaci’s vehicle. The victim was transported to a local hospital.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of these two men 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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MAN DIES FOLLOWING SUSPECTED DROWNING

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October 23, 2017

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s deputies are currently on scene of an apparent drowning off Scene Gulf Drive.

At 6:44pm WCSO responded to a male being pulled out of the water by bystanders near Sandy Cay Drive between Pompano Joe’s and the Okaloosa County line. South Walton Fire District responded and the victim was pronounced dead at 6:57pm.

The victim is a 56-year-old man visiting Walton County from Tennessee. A WCSO Chaplin is responding to provide assistance to the family. This is all the information being released at this time..

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GAS STATION FIST FIGHT LEADS TO ONE ARREST

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October 20, 2017

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla— Punches are thrown between a gas station clerk and a customer and it’s all caught on camera. Now, one Fort Walton Beach man is behind bars.

Just after 1 o’clock on October 18th deputies responded to a 911 hang up at the Texaco on East County Highway 30a. The victim told deputies that a Hispanic male came into the store and hit him and then fled the scene in a white Jeep. Deputies caught up with the suspect, later identified as Domingo Hernandez, who admitted to being in the store, but not to the battery.

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Video footage from inside the store showed the entire encounter between Hernandez and the victim. Hernandez enters the store and throws his hands up at the victim. The victim then grabs the phone and Hernandez heads towards the door. As the victim goes around the counter and the male comes back towards him both are face to face arguing when the Hernandez shoves the victim. They both begin to fight, throwing punches at each other.

After reviewing the video Domingo Hernandez, 39, was placed under arrest for battery and driving with no valid license. He was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail.

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WALTON COUNTY FIRE RESCUE KNOCKS DOWN RESIDENTIAL FIRE ALONGSIDE ARGYLE VOLUNTEERS

22643241_10101172516770872_2066919165_oPONCE DE LEON, Fla– Firefighters respond to a residential fire on White Creek Road and discover a fully engulfed structure. Fortunately, no one was home at the time of the blaze.
 
Within minutes of the call at 8:33pm on October 16th Walton County Fire Rescue crews along with Argyle Volunteer Fire arrived at the home and discovered the fire encompassing about 80% of the structure. Despite the rural and remote location, crews were able to arrive and jump into action quickly, knocking down the heavy flames. No victims were located during a quick search of the home. The owner was not present at the time the fire started.
 
The State Fire Marshals Office is conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire. WCFR would like to extend a big thank you to Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. and Choctawhatchee Electric Cooperative, Inc. who assisted at the scene.
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88-YEAR-OLD SCAMMED OUT OF THOUSANDS; WCSO SEARCHING FOR SCAM ARTIST

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October 16, 2017

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla— An elderly Walton County woman is scammed out of $18,000 and now investigators are zeroing in on the suspect.

Between April and July of this year an 88-year-old Miramar Beach resident received several calls from someone claiming she won money and needed to send a deposit to collect her winning prize. On three separate occasions the victim sent money to a Herdley Doman, 28, of Lake View Terrace, California.

Doman used the scheme to defraud the victim out of several thousand dollars. During the course of the investigation Los Angeles Police Department made direct contact with Doman at the same address he had used to scam the victim – confirming his identity.

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Following LAPD’s visit, an investigator with Walton County Sheriff’s Office spoke with Doman who confirmed he had deposited the victim’s checks “because someone in Costa Rica told him to” and that “he needed help paying off his student loans.” Text correspondence was sent in the following days after the phone conversation, but Doman has yet to turn himself into the proper authorities.

Doman is currently wanted on six felony charges; including three counts of scheming to defraud less than $20,000 and three counts of grand theft less than $5,000.

Doman stands approximately 6 feet 1 inch tall, with black hair and brown eyes, weighing approximately 183 pounds. He could be located in the Los Angeles area or with relatives in Costa Rica. Anyone with information on Herdley Doman’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111.

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30A TO CLOSE SUNDAY MORNING FOR 30A HALF MARATHON

22042278_1092960810840598_394486328472044074_oSANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla– This weekend is the 30a Half Marathon. The mission of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office during this event is to ensure the safety of the participants at this event and ensure compliance to Florida State Statutes.

WCSO will provide traffic control during the entirety of the marathon race to ensure the safety of both motorist and runners who will be on County Road 30A and will assist the event volunteers when needed. WCSO will also be assisting with parking and traffic issues while the event is ongoing.

At 6:30 AM on Sunday both lanes of travel on 30A will be closed from C.R. 393 to Watercolor Blvd. At 7:00 AM the 30a Half Marathon run begins. At 7:25 AM 5K run begins. At 10:00 AM all traffic on C.R. 30A will re-open. All remaining runners will be moved over to the bike path by deputies.

Please be patient Sunday morning as first responders will be stationed along the parade route for the duration of the event. We appreciate your help in spreading the word and preparing yourself for any commute you may want to make that morning!

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WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNS CITIZENS OF PHONE SCAM INVOLVING DEPUTY IMPOSTOR

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October 12, 2017

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla— For the second time in less than a week Walton County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of an ongoing phone scam involving suspects claiming to be affiliated with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

When residents in Walton County come home today they may have a voicemail for failure to appear at a jury summons. THIS CALL IS A SCAM.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls from citizens who are reporting a recording on their phones claiming they have failed to appear for jury duty and have a warrant for their arrest. The scammer then goes on to say the warrant can be taken care of by paying a fine; they leave a phone number and ask you to call 850-859-4086 if you have any questions.

This number leads to a recording claiming to be the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. IT IS NOT the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. Our official non-emergency line is (850)-892-8111.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to remember:

  • A law enforcement officer will never ask for cash in the event a family member has a warrant.
  • Do NOT wire transfer or purchase gift cards for anyone claiming to be a law enforcement officer or any other government representative.
  • Never give out or confirm personal financial or other sensitive information over the phone.
  • Verify, verify, verify.

If you have become a victim of this scam you are asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111.

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WCSO LIEUTENANT SCOTT HOGEBOOM GRADUATES FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT SENIOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Hogeboom GraduationTALLAHASSEE, Fla– Walton County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce Lieutenant Scott Hogeboom’s graduation from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Senior Leadership Program.
 
The goal of the Senior Leadership Program, or SLP, is to provide a continuing education forum for the development and refinement of leadership skills for Florida’s middle management criminal justice professionals according to the FDLE program description. Individual components of the program all have a leadership theme and a “futures” orientation.
 
Graduates of SLP become familiar with the science of futures forecasting, including the conduct and assessment of futures oriented research in the social and behavioral sciences.
 
“It was a great leadership class,” said Hogeboom. “It’s my hope it will help me better serve the citizens of Walton County and in my career.”

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Program participants engage in a study of individual leadership skills, styles and characteristics, with applications to leadership in teams, organizations, and the community.
 
Strategic thinking, strategic planning, innovative problem solving, and leadership of change are program components that will prepare criminal justice professionals to create and lead change in criminal justice organizations and in Florida communities.
 
The program is framed around seven separate week long sessions, spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart, with significant reading and an independent research requirement to be completed outside of the program meeting times.
 
“This shows Lieutenant Hogeboom’s commitment,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Not just to his agency, but to his community,”
 
Hogeboom graduated among a class of 32 of his law enforcement peers.
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TURN ‘EM IN TUESDAY – LOVEJOY ANDERSON

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October 10, 2017

We ain’t got no love for Lovejoy Anderson.*** Or joy for that matter. Anderson (not to be confused with Mr. Anderson from The Matrix) is wanted on felony violation of probation after failing her drug test during a visit with her PO. Her original charge is possession of a controlled substance. Now, she’s got a date with a judge.

We need your help finding Anderson. And, unfortunately, we don’t have access to the Matrix. But YOU have will have access to some cash if you submit a tip that leads to her arrest!

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If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Lovejoy Anderson 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.

***For all those hoping to correct our grammar and spelling please be advised these Facebook posts are purposely written in a facetious manner in order to draw attention to the particular issue at hand. Which is, in this case, asking for the public’s help in finding a wanted criminal for their safety and the safety of the community. Please excuse the tongue-and-cheek manner exuded in this dialogue.

 

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