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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip shortly after midnight on Thursday, October 16th, where the caller stated that a man by the name of Christopher Dwight Ford was driving on Coy Burgess Loop in DeFuniak Springs and may be going to pick up a load of narcotics.  A description of the vehicle was given and the caller stated that Ford may have drugs and a gun inside the vehicle.  A BOLO (Be On The Look Out) was given to Deputies who were patrolling the area.  Deputies located the vehicle at McDonalds, which was described as an older model blue and white Chevy truck.  The tag number on the vehicle was run and it confirmed the vehicle belonged to Ford.  A traffic stop was initiated on I10 after the driver failed to signal as he merged into the eastbound lane and also crossing the fog line of the south shoulder.  Contact was made with the driver, who was identified as Christopher Ford.   


Deputies noticed Ford was wearing a holster and when asked where his gun was, Ford told deputies that he did not have a gun in the vehicle.  During the traffic stop, K9 Kayne made a positive alert for drugs on the vehicle.  A back pack was found in the front passenger seat that contained marijuana and numerous prescription pills.  A fully loaded black 40 caliber highpoint pistol was also located between the driver’s seat and center console.


Christopher Dwight Ford, 38, of 3533 River Road, Vernon, FL was arrested and charged with possession of drugs without a prescription, carrying a concealed weapon, display of a firearm during a felony, marijuana possession with intent to sell, manufacture or delivery, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of cocaine and 19 counts for possession of narcotic equipment.   


Sorrells was adjudicated on 11/19/2002 for sexual abuse 2nd degree and on 05/01/2006 for failure to register as a sex offender in Covington County, AL.  Sorrells current address is 22823 US Hwy 331 North, Laurel Hill.

Sorrells is a 49 year old white male, with gray hair and blue eyes, 6’02” and 180 lbs.

There are currently 145 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.






On October 14, 2014, shortly after 6 pm, deputies responded to 167 State Road 85 (Laurel Hill) for a burglary in progress.  A witness saw one male suspect enter the closed convenience store known as Paradise Lotto, through the back of the building.  A red Dodge Dakota pickup truck was at the scene with a female waiting inside.  The male suspect had in his possession several packs of cigarettes and left with the female in the truck traveling towards Florala, AL.  Both suspects returned a few minutes later and pulled up behind another store located next to Paradise Lotto, which was owned by the witness.  The Sheriff’s Office was notified by the witness.  The witness stated that the male suspect was walking towards him and at that point, the witness pulled out his gun and had both suspects on the ground at gun point.  The Florala Police Department was notified by the Sheriff’s Office and their assistance was requested due to their close proximity.   Florala Police Department responded and detained both suspects until deputies arrived. 


Jacob Ryan Bundy, 17, and Tabitha Lynne Young, 19, of 25744 5th Avenue, Florala, AL is charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure and larceny.



Michael Dean Fatheree was adjudicated on 8/30/1996 in Walton County, Florida, for lewd and lascivious battery on a child between the ages of 12 – 15.  Fatheree’s new address is 565 B H Reddick Road, Ponce De Leon.  Fatheree is a 36 year old white male with a bald head and brown eyes, 5’10” and 190 lbs.


James Scott Johnson was adjudicated on 05/22/2001 for lewd and lascivious exhibition on a victim under 16 in Walton County, adjudicated on 02/18/2003 for failure to register in Walton County, 10/18/2005 for failure to report as a sex offender in Walton County and on 04/17/2008 for failure to register in Walton County.  Johnson’s current address is 46 Peach Tree Street, Paxton.  Johnson is a 40 year old white male, with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’08” and 225 lbs.


Patrick Odell was adjudicated on 10/29/1997 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 in Okaloosa County.  On 10/10/2005, Odell was adjudicated for failing to register as a sexual offender in Walton County and adjudicated again on 1/05/2012 for failing to register as a sexual offender in Holmes County.  Odell’s current address is 161 Meteyard Lane, DeFuniak Springs.  Odell is a 36 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’04” and 122 lbs.


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Michael David Green was adjudicated on 9/11/1998 in Gogebic, Michigan, for sex offense, other state (attempted criminal sexual conduct, 4th degree).  He was also adjudicated in Brevard County, Florida, on 1/20/2010 and 4/30/2012, for failure to register as a sex offender.  Green’s current address is 70 E Dvorak Drive, DeFuniak Springs.  Green is a 38 year old white male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’11” and 165 lbs.


Robert Sprague was adjudicated on 12/16/2009 for use of computer to solicit or lure a child to engage in sexual conduct and again on 12/16/2009 for send minor harmful info in Okaloosa County, Florida.  Sprague’s current address is 35 Glasgow Road, DeFuniak Springs.  Sprague is 29 year old white male, with brown hair and hazel eyes, 6’06” and 185 lbs.


There are currently 145 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.  Sprague is 29 year old white male,


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.


At approximately 12:35 a.m., this morning, deputies responded to a home off Santa Barbara Avenue in Santa Rosa Beach, regarding a residential burglary in progress.  The victim found a person standing in the hallway of his home and a struggle took place that lead to the garage.  During the struggle, the suspect struck the victim with a tennis racket and tools off the work bench.  The victim’s wife called the Sheriff’s Office and was able to give a description of the suspect who fled from the scene on a blue mountain bike.  After approximately three minutes on scene at the residence, Deputies made contact with an individual matching the suspect’s description at La Canossa Boulevard and South Church Street.  The victim was able to identify the individual as the person he had the physical altercation with inside his home.  The suspect, Codey Ray Peoples, 23, of 199 10th Street, Santa Rosa Beach, was charged with burglary of an occupied residence with simple battery and attempted theft. 



The WCSO K9 Unit and School Resource Deputies are enlisting the help of our Walton County K through 4th grade teachers and students to come up with a name for our K9 “stuffed” pup.  The K9 Unit will choose the name and will present the pup to the winning class.  The winning class will get to keep the pup for the year and at the end, the School Resource Deputy will choose a student out of the class who has shown a “Commitment to Excellence.”


We also plan to engage the community through Facebook and recognize all the classes who submitted a name.  The winner will be announced and a photo opportunity will be done with the classroom, K9 Unit and School Resource Deputy.



Kick-off begins today and all submissions must be given to the School Resource Deputy by Friday, October 10th.  The Public Information Officer will work with the K9 Unit in choosing the top 5 names, which will be posted on Facebook.  A winner will be chosen by the K9 Unit, taking into consideration the number of votes each name gets on Facebook.  A time will be set up to highlight the event and make the presentation to the classroom.



Stephanie Sousie, 41, of 27 Mason Street, Santa Rosa Beach, was arrested on September 30, 2014, for grand theft over $20,000 and scheme to defraud.  Sousie was a bookkeeper for Path of Grace Thrift Store in Miramar Beach, which is an organization that helps women get back on their feet by providing housing and jobs.  Between July and December 2013, Sousie embezzled money from the organization by making unauthorized transactions on various business accounts. 


On Wednesday, September 24th, the Eglin Range Patrol observed two males in a vehicle on Eglin property with a suspicious bottle next to the driver’s side door.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office was notified and responded to the area of 15000 West State Highway 20 to assist Eglin Range Patrol.  Upon further investigation, the bottle was determined to be an active one-pot methamphetamine cook vessel.  Investigators with the Vice/Narcotics Unit arrived on scene and rendered the bottle safe. Various items used in the manufacture of and consumption of methamphetamine were found in the vehicle and surrounding area.

Richard Lee Cox (uncle), 33, of 38 Pahl Road, Niceville and Bryan Matthew Cox (nephew), 29, of 58 Beach Street, Freeport, were both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.



On Wednesday, September 24, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Unit assisted State Probation with an administrative search at the home of Gary Dale Edwards, 62, of 847 Ezra Brannon Road, DeFuniak Springs.  Edwards voluntarily signed a consent to search form allowing the Sheriff’s Office to assist State Probation. Methamphetamine was found in some of Edwards clothing on his bed.  State Probation arrested Edwards for violating his probation.  Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office secured the residence and obtained a probable cause search warrant for the residence.  During the search another container of methamphetamine was located in Edward’s bedroom. 



Edwards was charged with possession of methamphetamine.



The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce our first Jail Break Zombie Fun Run!!  The course for this race will have obstacles.


When: November 1, 2014


Where: Walton County Sheriff’s Office located at 752 Triple G Road, DeFuniak Springs


Time: Race times begin at 8 am / Registration and packet pickup begins at 7 am on the morning of the race.  Early packet pick-up will take place the day before the race, October 31st from 12:00 pm-5:00 pm at the Walton County Sheriff's Office (located at 752 Triple G Road in DeFuniak Springs.)


Why: To raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)


For more information please call 850.892.8186


To sign up: or



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