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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.