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Due to yesterday’s lightning strike, the jail’s inmate phone system and video visitation is currently down.  The water supply was also down for several hours but has been fixed. We are working quickly to resolve the issues and appreciate the public’s patience during this outage. 

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce its next Citizen Law Enforcement Academy, which will begin on October 9, 2014.  For citizens who want a truly eye opening experience about law enforcement, this is where it all starts.  Participants will spend about three hours in a class room once a week for approximately 10 weeks.  The Citizen Law Enforcement Academy is a great program for any citizen who wishes to learn more about the field of law enforcement and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. The class is FREE and will take place at the Sheriff’s Office Administration building located at 752 Triple G Road, DeFuniak Springs.  A background check will be conducted on all participants who sign-up.  To sign-up please visit http://waltonso.org/wcso-citizen-sheriff-s-academy-application and fill out the application online.  Forms must be submitted by October 3rd. 

 

Some of the topics that will be covered during the Citizen Law Enforcement Academy include:

 

  • Patrol Procedures
  • Arrest Procedures
  • Dispatch & 9-1-1
  • Crime Scene    Investigations
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • Traffic & DUI
  • K-9
  • School Resource Deputies
  • Firearm Safety/ Firing Range
  • Crime Prevention
  • Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers
  • Media & Public Relations
  • Emergency Management
  • Jail Tour
  • Defensive Tactics/R.A.D Demonstration
  • Aviation Unit
  • SWAT

 

For more information please contact Deputy Harold Shover at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 850.635.5484.  Or visit our website at http://waltonso.org/citizen-services/citizen-law-enforcement-academy.

 

 

Garrett Scott Teal, 21, of 2609 Palamino Trail, Crestview, was arrested on Saturday, September 6th.  Teal is charged with “obscene communication use computer to seduce lure child.”  An undercover investigation began in May 2014, using a smartphone application to target individuals soliciting minors to engage in sexual activity.  On May 6, the investigator posted “Bored young female…J.”  On the same day, Teal replied to the post by sending a private message.  During the course of the conversation, it was made known to Teal that he was communicating with a 14 year old girl.  Teal knowingly solicited the minor to engage in sexual activity. 

 

Teal has been ordered by Judge David Green to have no contact with minors. 

 

 

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive October 20, 2014, to examine all aspects of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support service.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

 

 

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through Walton County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer, Catherine Rodriguez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

 

 

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Walton County Sheriff’s Office ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:

 

CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida  32302, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

The Accreditation Program Manager for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is Lieutenant Jimmy Fannin.  He said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. 

 

 

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office accreditation is for 3 years.  “Verification by the team that the Walton County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Lieutenant Jimmy Fannin said.

 

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The mother of three year old Karson Howell, who drowned in the family pool September 3rd, was arrested early this evening.  Stephanie Ann Howell, 22, was arrested without incident at 8212 Hwy 331 North, DeFuniak Springs, by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.  Howell is charged with child neglect.   Howell is booked at the Walton County Jail and will see the judge tomorrow morning where bond will be set.   

 

More information will be released as it becomes available.

 

 

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 95 Seminole Drive, DeFuniak Springs.

 

Flanagan is a 26 year old white male, with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 168 lbs.

 

There are currently 144 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.

 

 

O’Briant was convicted in Columbus, Ohio for Pandering Obscenity VIC Minor on 05/21/2014.  O’Briant’s new address is 316 Bonita Drive, DeFuniak Springs. 

 

Sapp is a 46 year old white male with a brown hair and brown eyes, 6’00” and 220 lbs

 

There are currently 144 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 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. Vincent was originally charged for Lewd and Lascivious molestation on a child under 12 and taken to the Walton County Jail.  Upon further investigation, Vincent is now being charged with Sexual Battery on a child under 12.

 

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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.

 

Brown was adjudicated in Okaloosa County, Florida, on 06/10/2008 for lewd, lascivious battery sex with a victim 12 to 15 years of age.  Brown’s new address is 511 Howlin Road, DeFuniak Springs. 

 

Brown is a 28 year old black male with a black hair and brown eyes, 6’00” and 185 lbs

 

There are currently 143 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.