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DeFuniak Springs, Fla—  A woman already being arrested on charges of Drunk Driving is now charged with Felony Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer after kicking a detention deputy while being booked in the Walton County Jail.

While driving west on U.S. Highway 98 early Sunday morning, a Walton County Sheriff’s deputy observed a white Infiniti sitting stationary in the east bound outside lane of Highway 98 parked partially on the roadway. The Florida tag matched the description from an earlier call made by a man who advised dispatchers his niece had stolen his car and was intoxicated.

When the deputy activated his lights behind the vehicle Lindsey Wall, 25, exited the driver’s side of the car leaving the door open and was stumbling in the roadway. Wall said she borrowed the vehicle from her uncle and couldn't figure out what was wrong with it. The deputy was given permission to move car off the roadway and when opening the driver’s side door observed three different types of 24 ounce beer cans. The car was in "drive", the emergency brake was engaged, and the key was turned to the "run" position in the ignition.

When asked if she had been drinking Wall told deputies "Yes, just a six pack of beer before I left.” Wall appeared to be swaying, could not focus, and struggled to give deputies her identification. After refusing multiple sobriety checks Wall was subsequently placed under arrest for Driving under the Influence. Wall became increasingly agitated and uncooperative when being told she was being placed under arrest. Dispatchers were forced to call the County Jail to advise an uncooperative subject was being transported to their location.

At 6:30 in the morning deputies entered the Sally port with Wall who refused to follow the commands that Detention Sergeant Georgina Hicks gave her and began kicking Sgt. Hicks in the thigh. Wall was then was placed up against the wall in the vestibule due to her resisting and then tried to bite Sgt. Hicks as she continued to try and kick her and other deputies until she was put into a restraint chair. She was then placed on a 15 minute watch.

“Our detention deputies have a thankless job,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “They work hard and without complaint. This type of behavior towards them and our patrol deputies is inexcusable. They had nothing to do with her choices that night.”


Wall has been charged with DUI, Driving with a suspended license, resisting an officer, battery on a LEO, and resisting an officer with violence. 

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— This week the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a Mr. Morton Jr of Walton County who was calling to express his gratitude to a WCSO deputy.

Mr. Morton said he was traveling along Highway 20 on the night of September 27th and realized he had gone past his destination and needed to turn around. While doing so Mr. Morton’s truck became stuck in a ditch and he was stranded.

Mr. Morton told WCSO that Deputy Frank Guillory stopped at the scene and helped him not only get a wrecker, but then payed for that wrecker because Morton did not have any money on his person. Morton requested Deputy Guillory receive special recognition for his willingness to go above and beyond his call of duty.

“I know of numerous other incidents over the years where Deputy Sheriff Guillory went out of his way or spent his own money to assist those in need,” said Guillory’s Sergeant Cory Webster. “He is a great man and a great deputy.”

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A DeFuniak Springs man is put behind bars nearly two weeks after he brutally attacked a 74-year-old man who called him “grandson”. Walton County Sheriff's Office is releasing photos of the victim, with his permission, in order to shed light on elderly abuse in our community. 

On 19 September Justin Paul Carter walked into the home of Michael and Margaret Frey on McFarland Road in DeFuniak Springs and asked to speak with Margaret alone. When Michael told Carter that he could not speak to his wife without him present Carter became increasingly angry. Frey told WCSO investigators he repeatedly asked Carter to leave the residence and could tell the man was under the influence of drugs.  

Margaret Frey went outside to call 911 and while she was outside the house Michael stated that Carter attacked him. Frey told investigators Carter struck him in the face several times and pounded his head into a cabinet inside the home.

Believing that his life was in danger Frey pulled a .38 caliber pistol from his pocket and shot Carter in the mouth. Carter then ran from the home and shattered a front window of the residence. Frey sustained a fractured orbital socket of the right eye and a broken nose as well as a severe hematoma on the head.

“This is absolutely a justifiable use of force,” said Sheriff Adkinson of Frey’s actions. “This is inexcusable behavior toward a 74-year-old man and at WCSO we do not accept this kind of behavior toward our senior citizens. In this case, having a firearm saved this man's life.”

Carter was arrested this afternoon after he was released from the hospital. He was charged with aggravated battery of a person 65 or older, property damage of $200 or less, and trespassing. He was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail. 

Crestview, Fla— The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of Catherine “Kitty” McGuire who passed away this week. The viewing was held Tuesday night at Brackney Funeral Home in Crestview.  Her funeral was held this afternoon at Old Bethel Cemetery off Old Bethel Road in Crestview. 

McGuire worked under Sheriff Quinn McMillian for 12 years at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

“We appreciate her dedicated and long-standing service to the Walton County community,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson.


WCSO’s Honor Guard attended the memorial Wednesday afternoon giving McGuire full law enforcement honors. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

10-7 Now and forever. Godspeed Kitty. 

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— It’s like the plot from the movie “Catch Me If You Can” except in this film we WILL catch the antagonist.

Wanted and arrested in multiple states, Joseph Donald Baxter, 32, is being heavily pursued by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office as a suspect in numerous fraud investigations in our county and surrounding counties.

An absconder from the Department of Corrections for violation of probation, Baxter is also wanted out of Bay County for failure to appear on an original charge of violation of probation. Baxter also has unverified warrants out of Georgia. He’s been accused of writing false checks, fraud, grand theft, and more. It should also be of note that he sometimes uses the alias Tyler Love.

Baxter has defrauded several people out of large amounts of money. One of his schemes allegedly includes posing as a mortgage broker in Georgia. A group of those he victimized even created their own Facebook page (See link below).

“His charades have gone on long enough,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “This guy needs to be put behind bars and we are going to put him there.”


Walton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in apprehending Baxter. If you or anyone you know has information on the whereabouts of Joseph Donald Baxter contact WCSO at (850)-892-8111 and ask for the Investigators Bureau. 

Defuniak Springs, Fla— A Walton County woman discovers a backpack with wires hanging from it under her vehicle and a pipe bomb is later discovered.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious package in the area of South Verdi Lane Sunday September 13th after a complainant advised she was driving in town and heard a strange noise coming from under the vehicle.

Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and collected two wires attached to a rocker light switch and located what appeared to be a pipe bomb inside a backpack. The immediate area was evacuated as a precautionary measure and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called in to the scene and disarmed the device without incident.

Further investigation revealed an ongoing civil dispute between the complainant and a suspect later identified as 30-year-old Kenneth Davis of DeFuniak Springs. According to the complainant Davis had made threats, reports of illegal activity to law enforcement, and further contacted the Department of Children and Families reporting allegations. Each incident was investigated and found to be false.

Probable cause for an arrest was obtained after a search warrant was carried out at Davis’ residence and several interviews were conducted. Davis was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail and charged with attempted murder, making an explosive device with intent to cause bodily harm, and filing false child abuse claims.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad for their swift assistance. Specifically Detective John Bell of the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office and Lt. John Corley and Deputy Jeff Duggins from BCSO’s Bomb Squad. Thanks to the efforts of all of the agencies involved this situation was able to be resolved without incident. It is always best to err on the side of caution when dealing with suspicious items, such as this.


Miramar Beach, Fla— Walton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for causing thousands of dollars in damages to a Walton County Golf Course.

On Saturday, August 29th WCSO deputies responded to a call for service at Sandestin Beach Resort in reference to criminal mischief. Responding deputies spoke to the head of maintenance of over the golf courses who located three areas of damage to courses while doing his routine morning checks.

The first was the 13 green on Raven course. It appeared someone had driven onto the green with a vehicle and did "doughnuts" on it. The landscaping was severely damaged. Damages to additional tees and greens totaled more than $15,000.

One witness told deputies around 10 p.m. on August 28th they saw a vehicle with one headlamp on the golf course and could hear a loud exhaust. No other witnesses or description of the vehicle could be found.

As the investigation continues Walton County Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information to call (850) 892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 863-TIPS. 

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla— Five Walmart employees, ages ranging from 19 to 25, are arrested following an organized attempt to steal items from their employer.

WCSO deputies responded to the Walmart located in Santa Rosa Beach just before midnight last night regarding a group of store employees stealing merchandise.  Deputies arrived and spoke with Walmart Loss Prevention Officers and collected evidence.  It was determined the five employees, all of whom are from Jamaica, have taken several items over the course of a few weeks.

The crimes occurred between Aug 11th and August 22nd on more than one occasion involving all five suspects. One of the suspects admitted in her statement that it was "an associate thing" and that they were "looking out for one another".  The scam went as follows; one employee would bring items to the register where their friend was working and scan items and then delete the items from the transaction. Also, at times they would make the motion like items were being scanned without actually scanning them. The items would be placed in bags and the employee would leave the store with the unpaid items.

Gillisa Hyde, 25, Rashid Cargill, 21, Maurica Notice, 21, Nashana Murrray 23, Jennea Edwards, 19, are all charged with Retail Theft and Conspiracy to Commit Fraud.

DeFuniak Springs, Fla— A DeFuniak Springs man is behind bars after a multi-agency investigation into drugs following a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Officer Jonathan Rockett from Defuniak Springs Police Department conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 90 and 8th Street on a vehicle with an expired tag.  Officer Rocket requested K9 assistance from the Walton County Sheriff's office. K9 handler Deputy Kristin Pond and partner K9 “Kayne” responded to the scene arriving just before midnight.

K9 Kayne was deployed and conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle's exterior and alerted to the presence of an illegal drug odor.  A search of the vehicle was conducted. A black back pack was located on the passenger floorboard containing .2 grams of methamphetamine, syringes, a scale, a metal spoon containing meth, two straws with white residue, and several empty clear plastic jewelers bags.  

The passenger of the vehicle, 34-year-old Tim Hill, was arrested by Officer Rocket and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

“We are not going to stop until this drug is off our streets,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson.


Walton County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the relationship between other county agencies and commends the teamwork between Officer Rocket and Deputy Pond in this case. 

New Harmony, Fla— A Paxton man is behind bars after deputies discover he has stolen a boat and a trailer during two separate thefts in Mossy Head; concealing them in two different locations.

Gregory Earley, 55, is accused of entering a parcel on Plantation Lane in Mossy Head between the dates of August 5th and 6th and stealing a Gulfstream camper trailer.

Due to surveillance by WCSO investigators, they were able to determine Earley had stored the Gulfstream trailer on a vacant lot in New Harmony – just south of Paxton. It was recovered late Monday night.

Between August 10th and August 11th a Whiteline Red Holland fishing boat went missing off Trout Drive in Mossy Head.

Wednesday, August 25th WCSO investigators located the boat concealed in a small shed with cut brush limbs covering the entrance to hide it from being discovered.  The hull numbers for the boat were scraped off to further conceal its ownership. It was later discovered Earley moved the boat to a family member’s property without their permission. The victim has positively identified the boat and trailer as belonging to him.


Earley was arrested for Grand Theft of $5,000 or more and transported to the Walton County Jail.