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On March 31 (Monday), deputies were trying to locate an open house party in Santa Rosa Beach while on foot.  As deputies approached the residence, Brandon Hardee, 17, of 1730 Bucks Club Drive, Alpharetta, GA, was also walking towards the same residence and was in possession of two beer cans which he tried to conceal once he saw the deputies approach.  One of the deputies tried to make contact with Hardee, who forcefully hit the deputy in the upper chest and attempted to flee.  A struggle ensued which took both Hardee and the deputy to the ground.  Hardee continued to resist but was eventually placed in handcuffs.  A search of his person was conducted and deputies found a small amount of marijuana and a smoking device.  Hardee was booked at the Walton County Jail and was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21.

Jack Donald Adair, III, 22, of 56 W Orange Avenue, Defuniak Springs, was arrested for dealing in stolen property.  On March 20th, 2014, Adair sold a stolen Taurus PT945 and a Beretta Model 70 to a pawn shop and received money for the sale.  The firearms were reported stolen by the owner on March 14th, whose home was broken into.  In both incidents, Adair used his driver’s license to make the sale.  On March 22, 2014, Adair received money for selling a Browning shotgun to a different pawn shop.  The shotgun was reported stolen by the owner whose home was broken into on March 21, 2014.

Luna was adjudicated on 08/08/1989 for a sex offense, other state.  Luna’s current address is 506 Little Canal Drive, Santa Rosa Beach.

Luna is a 56 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 6’01” and 165 lbs.

There are currently 147 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.

The WCSO encourages families to visit 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.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to Paxton K-12 School after officials were notified of a bomb threat via email this morning (Monday).  Students and staff were immediately evacuated from the school and emergency responders remained on scene.  A bomb dog and its handler from Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrived and conducted a search of the school, buses and vehicles and nothing was found.  Within four hours of the initial call coming into the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch, investigators had a man in custody.  Adam Joseph Allen, 30, of 1906 Huckaba Road, Laurel Hill, was arrested and charged with threat to throw, project, place or discharge any destructive device.  In the email, Allen stated the bomb was a pipe bomb.  A cyber-crimes investigator was able to track the email’s IP address to Allen’s home.

Around a 11 p.m. last night, deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ronald Thompson, 55, of 1614 Otter Pond Road, Westville.  A witness contacted law enforcement stating Thompson was alone with a 12 year old minor in a bedroom and had no clothes on.  Thompson fled the residence after law enforcement was contacted but deputies located Thompson a short time later in the woods.  Thompson was arrested for lewd and lascivious and booked in the Walton County Jail.

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit and deputies with the North Patrol Bureau executed a search warrant at the residence of Daniel Smith, 29, of 193 Seminole Terrace, Defuniak Springs.  During the search, investigators located 17 marijuana plants, an eye dropper bottle that contained suspected acid, over 500 grams of suspected methamphetamine oil and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.  Smith was charged with cultivation of marijuana, trafficking in Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Smith was booked at the Walton County Jail.

On Wednesday, March 12th, between the hours of 11 pm to 12 midnight, six vehicles at the Walton County Jail parking lot, located at 796 Triple G Road, Defuniak Springs, sustained damage totaling in the amount of $1,611.00.  The damages ranged from sliced tires, a broken windshield and body damage.  After reviewing video surveillance footage, Phillip D. Tidwell, 47, of 2148 Aztec Drive, Dyersburg, TN, was identified as the suspect.  Tidwell was observed retrieving what appeared to be a golf club from the trunk of his car, which was parked next to a marked patrol car.  He was observed in the video swinging the golf club around the patrol car as well as the other cars parked in the area that were damaged.  Tidwell is also seen retrieving an item from the driver side of his vehicle and squatting near the rear passenger tire of the marked patrol car.  Five other vehicles also sustained the same type of damage.  Four of the six vehicles belonged to correction officers.  Tidwell was arrested yesterday and booked at the Walton County Jail.  Tidwell’s justification for the crime committed was due to how long it was taking to get his family member out of jail.

Two School Resource Deputies who are assisting in spring break law enforcement efforts, responded to Scenic Gulf Inn and Suites at 39 Scenic Gulf Drive, at 2:41 PM for a noise complaint on the 4th floor.  While on the 4th floor, Deputies John Pettis and Nathan Hicks smelled marijuana.  They tracked the smell to a second floor room and knocked on the door.  The occupants, who were spring break students from Georgia, opened the door and, after finding cocaine, marijuana, paraphernalia and underage drinkers, made three arrests.  The three students are currently being booked at the Walton County Jail.  The WCSO Vice/Narcotics Unit assisted in the case. 

Alec Connaughton, 20, is charged with possession of a controlled substance “cocaine” and underage possession of alcohol. 

Brian Garner, 20, is charged with possession of a controlled substance “cocaine,” possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage possession of alcohol. 

Kenneth Collins, 19, is charged with underage possession of alcohol.

Today, Monday, March 17th, five WCSO deputies were sworn in by Judge Kelvin Wells as guardians for the Guardian ad Litem Program.  Captain Chari Rivers, Investigator Steve Sunday, Investigator Donna Armstrong, Sergeant Angie Hogeboom and Sergeant Scott Hogeboom are the first law enforcement officers in the State of Florida to team up with Guardian ad Litem as volunteers. 

When a child is neglected, abused or abandoned and it is reported, Department of Children and Families steps in to shelter the child.  The shelter is reviewed and a caseworker will oversee the child’s case and the court appoints a Guardian ad Litem for the child.  The age of the child can range from newborn to 18 years of age.  Deputies will visit with their child or children once a month (on their own time).  They will be required to write a report at each visit and provide recommendations to the case manager.  The program is strongly supported by Sheriff Adkinson who was present during this morning’s swearing in and stated, “What a wonderful opportunity to support an effort that is dedicated to helping children.  I am very proud of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office who are taking on this opportunity.  Ultimately this is what we believe in.  As Benjamin Franklin once said “what good shall I do this day,” and this day we commit to helping children.” 

(Pictured L to R: Captain Chari Rivers, Sergeant Scott Hogeboom, Sergeant Angie Hogeboom, Investigator Donna Armstrong, Investigator Steve Sunday and Judge Wells)

On Saturday, March 15th, Hilda Mills, 51, of 5071 CO Highway 3280, Freeport, was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.  Mills was having an argument with her husband and made several comments that she would shoot him if he came home.  Mr. Mills arrived home and was standing in his backyard when Mrs. Mills fired a .38 Caliber revolver through the bedroom window of their home in the direction of where Mr. Mills was standing.  Mr. Mills immediately took cover and called 911.  Deputies arrived on scene and during the interview of the suspect, a very strong smell of alcohol came from Mrs. Mill’s breath.  Mills was placed under arrest and booked at the Walton County Jail.