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     On October 24, 2014, at approximately 2:00am, deputies responded to the area of Symphony Way and Greater Hammock Bend where they located a missing 13 year old female from out of Bay County, Florida.


     Further investigation revealed that the victim had been with a white male, Timothy Daniel Stephens, 23yoa, of Mango Ln in Freeport, Fl. Stephens had first made contact with the victim by use of social media. Arrangements were made and he traveled to Bay County on October 22, 2014, picking up the victim and bringing her back to his residence. Once at the residence, Stephens did engage in sexual intercourse with said victim.


     On October 24, 2014, Stephens was placed under arrest and charged with Obscene Communication: Travel to meet after use of computer to lure child and Sexual Assault on Victim over 12yoa. Stephens is currently in the Walton County Jail.


Sutton was adjudicated on 05/12/1978 for a sexual battery, in Walton County.  Sutton’s current address is 234 John White Rd, DeFuniak Springs, Fl.

Sutton  is a 59 year black male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’10” and 198 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.


On October 9, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence of Jimmy Ray Thomas, 46, of 316 Juniper Drive in the Choctaw Beach community.

The search warrant is part of a lengthy investigation in reference to methamphetamine production in the area.

Thomas was arrested and charged with Possession of a controlled substance, Trafficking in methamphetamine, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and Possession of drug paraphernalia.

 Kayla Mechelle Ailey, 23, also of 316 Juniper Drive in the Choctaw Beach community was also arrested during the search warrant and charged with Possession of a controlled substance.

Thomas and Ailey are currently being held at the Walton County Jail. 

In October of 2013 an investigation was opened up on Joseph Aaron Richards, 35, of 407 E. Renoir Rd, DeFuniak Springs, for chicken fighting.

On September 25, 2014, members of the Criminal Investigations Bureau executed a search warrant at Richards residence. Several items were found to include publications on conditioning methods for fighting as well as how to prepare special diets prior to fighting the chickens. Richards was also found to be in possession of approximately 50 hens, roosters and biddies. Several of the chickens were seized and are now being housed at the Walton County Animal Shelter.


Richards was arrested and charged with Conservation-Animals Sell Poss Use Animal to Fight or Bait, a third degree felony, and Conservation-Animals Sell Poss Use Equipment for Animal Fight Bait, also a third degree felony. Richards is currently out on a $5000 bond. 

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Michael Charles Huber, 33, of 70 Camp Creek Road 7, Santa Rosa Beach, is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft, dealing in stolen property and resisting an officer without violence. 

On October 7, 2014, Deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office met with the victim who lived out of state and was notified that he may have had items stolen from his trailer upon discovering that the door was open. The victim did find that items were missing at this time.

On October 2, 2014, Deputies had conducted a traffic stop on Huber and remembered seeing items described in the burglary as being in the vehicle. Further investigation into this incident revealed that the item described and the items in the vehicle were the same.

On October 7, 2014, at approximately 8:30pm, Deputies went to Huber’s place of employment to take him into custody. Upon their arrival, Huber fled out the back door of the establishment. A short foot pursuit followed and Huber was taken into custody.

Huber was taken to the Walton County Jail where he has since been released on a $10,000 bond.

On 10-2-14 Patrol Deputies responded to 290 Stillwater Rd, Freeport, FL, in reference to an anonymous call that stated a subject was present that possessed methamphetamine. During their investigation, Deputies discovered an active “One- Pot” methamphetamine lab in the pant leg of Ian Freudenriech, 23, of Defuniak Springs.


Freudenriech was arrested and transported to the Walton County Jail. He was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Trafficking in Methamphetamine and is currently being held on a $25,000 bond. 

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On Sept 5, 2014 Deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Freeport, Florida in reference to a complainant’s grandson molesting her 5yoa cousin. Prior to the deputies’ arrival, the suspect fled the scene on foot. A short while later, the suspect, Vincent Edward Barrett, 21yoa, of North Jackson in Freeport, Florida was located and taken into custody.


Vincent was taken to the Sheriff’s office where an interview was conducted by investigators. Upon conclusion of the interview, Vincent was arrested for Lewd and Lascivious molestation on a child under 12 and taken to the Walton County Jail.


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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the State Attorney’s Office, has compiled information stemming from a lengthy investigation beginning in October 2013. Through this investigation, multiple subjects have been identified as being involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine, distribution of controlled substances including pharmaceutical medications and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine by providing precursor or listed chemicals necessary to produce the drug.

On June 16, 2014, four search warrants were prepared and executed by members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with this case. Of these four search warrants, in DeFuniak Springs, the following individuals were arrested;

  • Mr. Leonard (Lenny) Platteborze, 61, 366 Pardise Island Dr Lot D2
  • Ms. Erica Nowling, 34, 366 Paradise Island Dr Lot D2
  • Mr. Charles Alford, 45, 108 Jim Cotton Dr
  • Mr. Tony Rhodes, 35, 515 West Cypress Ave
  • Ms. Kaylee Schipper, 21, 108 Jim Cotton Dr
  • Ms. Tracey Burgess, 49, 347 McHenry Rd, Ponce De Leon

This investigation is still on-going and more information will be released as it comes available.


The Walton County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center partnered with Hyper-Reach Emergency Notification Systems, an industry leader with over 10 years of experience notifying communities. Hyper-Reach allows the Sheriff’s Office to quickly send a message to residents in a specific area informing them of an emergency situation that may require action on their part.  The system is designed to send thousands of calls or messages simultaneously.  It has been successfully used on countless occasions for incidents such as hazardous chemical releases, missing persons, barricaded persons, storm warnings, boil water alerts and much more.  The message informs residents of what is occurring and what steps they need to take along with informing them of when the incident is over.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to log on to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office website at and click on the Hyper-Reach icon.  It only takes a minute and the information is kept confidential.  Users have the options of receiving an audio message, text message or both along with email or TTY alerts.  If a user moves they can use the same method to update their address.