office-of-the-sheriff-logo-tag-01

Public Information

Press Releases

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that has been used in the blog.

Catherine Rodriguez

Catherine Rodriguez has not set their biography yet

 

Did you know that teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash as other drivers?  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety of our young drivers and is offering a program called the Teen Driver Challenge.  It is a free course designed to help teens boost their driving skills and lessen the chances of being involved in a crash.  The program will provide a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on driver training.  The classroom portion will take place on Friday, December 5th at Freeport High School, located at 12615 Business Hwy 331, Freeport, in room 201 from 5 pm to 9 pm.  The driving portion will take place at 8 am on Saturday, December 6th, at Freeport High School.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

 

 

 

Teens 15-19 are eligible and MUST have a valid Learner’s Permit/Florida Operators License for at least 6 months and participants must provide their own car. A current copy of a driver license, vehicle registration and insurance is required.  The class is limited to 12 students and all others will be placed on a waiting list for future classes.

 

The Teen Driver Challenge is not an advanced driving course. It is a defensive driving program that covers the following topics and driving exercises:

 

Classroom Topics (4 Hours)

·         Vehicle Dynamics

·         Human Factors

·         Responsibility

·         Liability

·         Drug and Alcohol Use

·         Night Driving

·         Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

Driving Range Exercises (8 Hours)

·         Threshold, ABS, and Emergency Breaking

·         Evasive Maneuvers

·         Cornering

·         Backing

·         Forward and Reverse Serpentine

·         Figure 8

·         Off Road Recovery

·         Skid Control

 

The program is backed by the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) and supported by the Sheriff.  For more information please contact your student’s School Resource Deputy.

 

Posted by on in Press Releases

 



On Monday, November 3
rd
, a deputy responded to 9100 Baytowne Wharf Boulevard, Miramar Beach, in reference to four individuals skating in the closed ice rink.  Upon arrival, the deputy observed three males dressed up as Batman, Robin and Superman and one female skating on the ice with a snow shovel.  The deputy made contact with the individuals and asked if they worked at the establishment or was a resident of Sandestin property.  All the individuals stated “no.”  Austin Dunn, 20, Mitchel Carelly, 21, Jake Gorman, 18 and Emily Shoulders, 18, were arrested for trespassing and transported to the Walton County Jail.  Sandestin Security assisted in the incident. 

 

 

 

Flanagan was adjudicated on 04/24/2003 for lewd or lascivious molestation victim under 12 years old in Walton County, FL.  Flanagan’s current address is 816 Caswell Road, DeFuniak Springs.

 

Flanagan is a 27 year old white male, with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 168 lbs.

 

There are currently 148 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.

 

Posted by on in Press Releases

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for James Dylan Weimorts, 17, of Ponce De Leon.  He was last seen by his grandmother on the eve of Wednesday, October 22nd.  Weimorts is 5’5, weighs 130 lbs and has brown hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information on James Weimorts is asked to please contact Investigator Donna Armstrong at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.

 

 

Dukes was adjudicated on 02/28/2004 for sex offense, other state (attempted rape, 1st degree) in Covington County, AL.  Dukes new address is: 15024 US Hwy 90 W, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433

 

Dukes is a 35 year old white male, with brown hair and green eyes, 6’02” and 229 lbs.

 

There are currently 148 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.

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Sexual Offender Address Notification -NEW

 

 

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 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.

 

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.