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Deputies assisted the South Walton Fire District in aiding a six year old girl who was pulled from the bottom of the pool at Tops’l Resort, located at 9001 US Highway 98, around 4 pm this afternoon.  Upon the deputies arrival, the girl had been removed from the pool and CPR had been started by a doctor who was there on vacation.  When the ambulance arrived, the girl was alert and responsive, and was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Walton County.  The girl and her family are from Atlanta and visiting the area for a family reunion.  The girl’s condition is unknown at this time.

 

For further information please contact South Walton Fire District. 

 

Deputies responded to a water rescue in Miramar Beach around 6:20 p.m. this evening.  45 year old Donato Rios of Texas, was reported drowning in the gulf near Monaco Street.  A good Samaritan pulled him to shore and an off duty paramedic along with two deputies (one being a medic on the WCSO SWAT Team), took turns giving Rios CPR until EMS arrived.  His pulse was subsequently detected at the scene and he was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital in Walton County.  Rios is currently listed in critical condition.

 

 

Powell was adjudicated on 04/21/2011 for sexual battery by juvenile/victim under 12 in Walton County, FL.  Powell’s current address is 43 Cloud Drive, Defuniak Springs.

 

Powell is a 17 year old black male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’07” and 124 lbs.

 

There are currently 153 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.

 

 

Godwin was adjudicated on 08/09/1993 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 and Sex Battery/INJ Not Likely and on 11/05/2003 was adjudicated for failure to register in Walton County.  Godwin’s new address is: 192 Cypress Avenue, Defuniak Springs. 

 

Godwin is a 59 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 124 lbs

 

There are currently 152 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.

 

 

Gable was adjudicated on 03/23/2009 for possession of photo of sexual performance by a child in Okaloosa County.  Gable’s current address is 308 Stanley Road, Freeport.

 

Gable is a 50 year old white male, with brown hair and green eyes, 6’02” and 187 lbs.

 

There are currently 152 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 WCSO is praising one of its own deputies for thinking “outside the box” and finding a way to prevent one of our citizens from no longer being victimized.  On July 11th, Deputy Brian Cokonougher, obtained consent from the victim to count, photograph and document her prescription medication.  The victim believed her bookkeeper, Amy Zagorsky, had been stealing small amounts of her medication for about a month while Zagorsky was in the home, conducting accounting services for her business.  Prior to Zagorsky arriving at the victim’s residence, Deputy Cokonougher parked his patrol vehicle away from residence and hid inside another room in the home while Zagorsky began her duties.  Zagorsky entered the restroom where the medication was located, shortly thereafter, Deputy Cokonougher entered the restroom and confirmed the medication was in fact stolen.  Deputy Cokonougher confronted Zagorsky, regarding the missing medication and she admitted to stealing the medication and turned it over to “crafty” Deputy Cokonougher. 

 

Amy Lyn Zagorsky, 39, of 7210 Antoinette Circle, Navarre, was arrested for theft of a controlled substance.

 

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Casey Liening, reporter for Channel 13 News, is helping “Hollywood” find a loving home. Hollywood is a domestic, long hair, black cat, weighing 7 lbs and about 2 years old. She is fully vetted and ready for adoption. If you are interested in fostering or adopting Hollywood please contact the animal shelter at 850.892.8758.

Deputies responded to Wal-Mart in DeFuniak Springs on Friday, July 11th, and made contact with a victim who stated she was being held against her will.  Deputies noticed she was physically and emotionally distraught and was observed to have several injuries to include a swollen black eye.  The victim told deputies that she had been held against her will in her home, by Robbie Skaggs, since Wednesday, July 9th.  Skaggs hit her with the blunt end of a hatchet causing several bruises and lacerations on the back of her head and used a machete causing small lacerations and bruising around the victim’s rib cage.  The victim was not allowed to leave the residence until she accompanied Skaggs to Wal-Mart on Friday evening, where she used the bathroom and asked someone to call 911.

 

 

Robbie Randall Skaggs, 51, of 1135 Smith Road, DeFuniak Springs, was arrested for aggravated battery, using a deadly weapon and kidnapping-false imprisonment.

 

Deputy Tammy Henderson was named Sworn Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2014.  The announcement was made during an awards ceremony held this afternoon.  Deputy Henderson responded to a DeFuniak Springs home for a welfare check on February 26th and found the individual to be in need of basic necessities such as food and telephone service.  Deputy Henderson contacted the telephone company to re-establish service and went to the store to buy food for the individual and his dog until Adult Services could meet with him.  Lead Communications Officer, Rhonda Roberson, stated “This is an unselfish act Deputy Henderson took upon herself to help an elderly man and she can take special pride in knowing that her efforts positively affect the quality of life in Walton County.”  Deputy Henderson has been back out to visit with the individual who is now receiving assistance from the Department of Children and Families.  Fellow co-worker, Maggie Heelan, stated “I feel that these actions are above and beyond the call of duty.  I feel that Deputy Henderson’s selfless actions displays the kind of altruistic character that this department strives to show.”

 

 

Leah Snaith was named non-sworn employee of the quarter for the first quarter of 2014.  Leah started with the agency as one of its first volunteers when Sheriff Adkinson took office.  Investigator April Hantzis stated the following, “Without accepting compensation, Leah gladly puts in hours upon hours of her precious time to come and assist deputies.  She is constantly asked to help out for last minute events, she has been called out on her days off to work a busy intersection when the lights are down, and she will be the first one to jump up and eagerly answer a 911 hang up or illegal parking call.  Leah patrols the county and takes pride in her role with the Sheriff’s Office.  She is always willing to learn, lead and help out whenever she can.  Leah deserves to be recognized for her undying desire to improve the Sheriff’s Office, her unwavering need to render aid and help others, and for consistently putting the needs of others above her own.  She has embraced every challenge sent her way and goes after it with everything she has.  With a never quit attitude and determination she sets the bar for others to achieve.”

 

 

Sworn Employee of the Second Quarter

 

Deputy Wayne Grandstaff was named Sworn Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2014.  Deputy Grandstaff is a member of the Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP), which was assigned to provide focused law enforcement during Spring Break 2014.  From March 8 to April 17, 773 arrests and notices to appear were given.  Of these, Deputy Grandstaff was responsible for 109 individual arrests for underage alcohol violations.  Deputy Grandstaff was nominated by his supervisor, Sergeant Mark Wendell, who stated, “Wayne was extremely pro-active riding his department issued bicycle upon the streets, alley ways, and throughout neighborhoods in the south end of the county.  Wayne’s community policing tactics were highly evident in his constant communicating with residents in neighborhoods, with managers of business establishments, tourist, vacationers and spring breakers upon the boardwalks.”  Deputy Grandstaff also assisted in several other operations including monitoring suspicious activity at several businesses, working several shifts to supplement the WCSO Patrol Bureau and assisting Investigator Breezy Adkinson with the care of 5 horses seized by the agency.  Deputy Grandstaff committed himself on and off duty to make sure all the animals were properly fed and cared for.

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Sworn Employee of the Quarter

 

 

 

Beth Robertson was named non-sworn employee of the quarter for the second quarter of 2014.  Beth Robertson has been the victim advocate for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office since 2009.  During the last month, Beth worked with 34 victims of domestic violence and 16 victims of child abuse.  Not only did she help victims obtain domestic violence injunctions, but she attended court hearings with victims providing support to them.  Beth volunteered on her time off at the Children’s Advocacy Center and was described by Lisa Cotton, as “amazing” and always goes the extra mile to assist all victims.  Captain Chari Rivers stated, “Beth is an advocate for the vulnerable citizens of this county.  She is an asset to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and deserves recognition for her continued excellence.”

 

 

Life Saving Medal

 

Deputy Trevor Howell was awarded the WCSO Life Saving Medal for his actions on May 25th, 2014 when responding to a medical assist at a residence in DeFuniak Springs.  Upon arrival, Deputy Howell found an elderly male who was unconscious and not breathing.  Deputy Howell began chest compressions and utilized his issued automatic defibulator.  The man was revived at the scene and transported to North Okaloosa Medical Center.  While on scene, paramedics advised Deputy Howell’s supervisor that the man would have died if it were not for Deputy Howell’s prompt actions.

 

 

Deputy Stephen Tector was also awarded the WCSO Life Saving Medal for his actions on February 16th, 2014, in response to a single vehicle traffic accident.  While enroute, Deputy Tector was informed that the driver was not breathing and possibly deceased.  Arriving on the scene, Deputy Tector found the driver slumped over in the driver seat with a faint pulse but not breathing.  Due to the damage of the vehicle, the victim could not be stabilized properly nor could CPR be started.  With the assistance of an Escambia County EMT, Matthew Lee, Deputy Tector took the victim out of the vehicle, stabilizing her neck and head and placing her on the ground.  Deputy Tector held the victim’s head in place while Mr. Lee administered rescue breathing.  The victim immediately gasped for air and began breathing on her own though remaining unconscious.  Deputy Tector and Mr. Lee continued to monitor the victims breathing while stabilizing her head and neck until EMS arrived on scene.

 

Life Saving Medal – Civilian

 

Greg Brack, a volunteer for the athletic department at Walton High School, has received the WCSO Life Saving Medal for his prompt and selfless actions on March 3, 2014 at Walton County High School.  On this day, 14-year-old Kole Bengston collapsed on the field during baseball practice.  Mr. Brack immediately came to the aide of Kole giving rescue breaths and chest compressions.  He continued with CPR for seven minutes until an athletic trainer came who assisted for an additional four minutes until EMS arrived.  Kole was transported by ambulance to North Okaloosa Medical Center, then flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and later taken to Jacksonville, Florida where open-heart surgery was performed.  Doctors stated that Kole would have died on the baseball field if not for the swift actions of Mr. Brack.