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Deputies responded to a domestic violence call last night (Monday, April 13) at a residence in DeFuniak Springs.  After speaking to the victims and witnesses, patrol deputies learned that a verbal altercation had taken place between James Franklin Sparra, 48, and another individual who was at the residence.  Sparra threatened the individual by telling him he was going to cut him and chased him outside the residence while being armed with a kitchen knife.  Sparra came back to the residence, went inside and began pouring gasoline inside the home where his girlfriend and child were present.  Sparra also poured gasoline onto the waist and legs of his girlfriend and stated they would "burn in hell" and attempted to light the fumes with a lighter found in his possession.

Sparra was placed under arrest, transported and booked at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail. Sparra is charged with assault, arson and cruelty towards a child. 

 



On Saturday morning, April 11, 2015, deputies arrived at an apartment complex in Miramar Beach, after receiving a call from a resident who heard his car alarm go off.
 He observed two males run from his vehicle, heading south on Ellis Road.  A detailed description of the suspects was given to deputies patrolling the area.  Deputy Buddy Burgess was in close proximity to the apartment complex and spotted the two suspects fleeing towards a wooded area off Ellis Road.  Deputy Burgess proceeded south on Ellis Road and spotted a Silver S-10 Blazer parked in a lot of another apartment complex with a male sitting in the driver seat.  Contact was made and the male was detained for questioning.  Deputy Kristin Pond spotted one of the suspects matching the description and pursued him on foot, jumping over two picket fences, where the suspect gave up.  The two suspects called the third suspect where he returned to the parking lot and was taken into custody.  Deputy Pond deployed her partner, K9 Kayne, who alerted on the vehicle. 

 

Items ranging from money, jewelry, medication, a scuba vest and sunglasses, were found inside the vehicle.  A wallet and checkbook was also found and returned to a victim who reported the items stolen the day before while he was surfing.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that the suspects were responsible for several other “unlocked” auto burglaries in the Miramar Beach area.  The investigation is still on-going. 

 

David Garrison Goings, 18, of 822 CR 2206, Texarkana, TX, is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, 7 counts for accessory after the fact, 3 counts of loitering, 1 count of criminal mischief, 1 count of burglary to an unoccupied dwelling and 1 count of criminal mischief.

 

Curtis Theo Jones, 20, of 90 McKinney Place, Texarkana, TX, is charged with 11 counts of burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, 10 counts of larceny, 3 counts of loitering and 1 count of criminal mischief.

 

Jacob Thomas Page, 19, of 4508 E 9th Street, Texarkana, AK, is charged with 12 counts of burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, 7 counts of larceny, 6 counts of loitering and 2 counts of criminal mischief.

 Top L to R: Page and Goings / Bottom is Jones

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Georgia man for inappropriately touching a 15 year old girl.  The juvenile victim contacted the sheriff’s office, deputies arrived and immediately detained the suspect.  Investigators with the Criminal Investigation Bureau spoke with the victim who stated that the suspect began rubbing her back and then proceeded to pull down her shorts and kiss her buttocks.  The suspect also put his hands under shirt and rubbed her breasts in a forceful manner.  The suspect, Michael L. Keffer, 51, of Augusta, GA, told investigators that he suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and could not recall the incident. 

Keffer was arrested and charged with Lewd and Lascivious Behavior on a victim under 16 years of age.  He was transported and booked at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

A visitor from Kentucky walked outside of the home he was renting off Ruby Cove in Miramar Beach, to load luggage in his car only to find his daughter’s vehicle trunk open.  Two females were seen rummaging through the victim’s luggage and when confronted, both suspects began running south towards Scenic Gulf.  The victim’s father ran after them and detained one of the suspects but was struck in the face by the other suspect.  During the altercation, both suspects dropped personal belongings consisting of clothes, flip flops, a purse and a bag.  During a search of the suspect’s items, a set of rental car keys were found inside the purse belonging to a red Toyota Camry with tag number of L247490.  Deputies canvassed the area and located the vehicle parked at 3695 Beach Point condominium.  Due to the location being in Okaloosa County, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was contacted.  The occupants of the condo unit gave permission to both agencies to search the unit.  Two females were located hiding in a closet fitting the description of the two suspects.  Both were positively identified by witnesses who saw them fighting with the victim’s father. 

 

The suspects, Coryn Nicole Wamsley, 20, of 936 Phillips Road, Cincinnati, OH and Shawna Marie Kinhalt, 36, of 7137 Woodridge Drive, Cincinnati, OH, were placed under arrest by deputies from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and transported to the Okaloosa County Jail.  In addition, Wamsley and Kinhalt are also charged in connection to two other car burglaries that took place off Ruby Cove on April 3, 2014.  In all three cases, the vehicles were unlocked.

 

Wamsley is charged with three counts of burglary to an unoccupied conveyance, three counts of larceny and battery.  Kinhalt is charged with three counts of burglary to an unoccupied conveyance and three counts of larceny.

 

L to R: Kinhalt and Wamsley

Omar Romero, 20, who is a person of interest for a murder that occurred in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was arrested by Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies on Saturday evening (April 4th), after stabbing his girlfriend with a knife multiple times. 

 

Romero and his girlfriend, Sally Brown, 20, arrived in Walton County from New Mexico on Saturday afternoon, April 4th.  They were staying with Brown’s relatives who live at 119 Gator Run Road, DeFuniak Springs.  Family members arrived at the residence around 6:30 pm after returning from the grocery store and heard Brown screaming inside the residence.  They entered the home and saw Romero with a knife in his hand, wearing a glove, swinging it towards Brown.  Brown managed to escape while family members heard Romero state over and over “she must pay, she can’t be trusted.”  Romero was described as behaving irrationally and pacing back and forth.  Deputies arrived, secured the scene and Romero was placed under arrest and transported to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.  The knife used during the stabbing was retrieved and placed into evidence by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit. 

 

Brown was flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and is currently listed in stable condition.  Romero is charged with attempted murder and is being held on a 100,000 bond.  WCSO Investigators are currently working with investigators from Albuquerque Police Department and the investigation is ongoing. 

 

On Saturday, March 28th, deputies responded to a physical altercation at a home off Wildwood Drive in Freeport.  Two white males were observed by deputies fighting inside the home.  Both individuals were separated and identified as 35 year old Brandon Shaw and 34 year old Zachary Price.  The homeowner, 33 year old Amber Cook, relayed to deputies that she had a trespass warning issued for Price who had walked thru her front door without her consent.  When she asked him to leave, Price began threatening her.  As Cook was trying to make her way out of the residence, Price grabbed her and pulled her back inside the house and struck her in the back of the head.  Shaw observed the incident and immediately ran to Cook’s defense.  Shaw and Price got into an altercation where Shaw was hit with an Estwing Claw Hammer by Price.  Shaw was able to secure Price until deputies arrived.  All parties involved were treated by EMS and Price was transported to Healthmark Regional Medical Center. 

 

Once released from the hospital, Zachary Lee Price, of 4576 John Avenue, Destin, was transported to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.  A patrol deputy asked Price if he had anything on his person that could not go into the jail and Price replied “No.”  During a search, a detention deputy at the jail pulled a small plastic bag from Price’s right front pocket that tested positive for methamphetamine.  Price is charged with aggravated battery, battery, false imprisonment, burglary, possession of a controlled substance and smuggling contraband into a detention facility.  

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office wants to raise $10,000 to install wheel chair swings that accommodate disabled citizens at several parks in Walton County.  We are seeking the community’s help to assist us in this effort and have created an account for those who wish to donate.  Inmates of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail will help with the preparation of each location and installation of the swings.  Once all the money is raised, the work will begin.  Sheriff Adkinson stated, “We have beautiful parks, but there is a need for disabled accessible play equipment.  I hope the community will join our “Swing Team” and help us reach our goal to create parks that welcomes every one of all abilities to enjoy the fun.”

 

To donate, please visit: https://wcso.wufoo.com/forms/project-everyone-plays/.

 

 

 

 

The photo above depicts what the swing will look like once they are installed

 

 

 

 

Recently, a number of businesses within Walton, Okaloosa, and Bay Counties have discovered skimming devices installed on gas pumps and automated teller machines (ATMs).   In Walton County, a credit card skimmer was found on a pump at a gas station in Inlet Beach.  A skimmer is a device which is affixed to an ATM or gas pump which intercepts and retrieves credit card information.  This information is then used to “clone” credit cards and is either sold or used by thieves to make fraudulent purchases without the owner’s knowledge.

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is offering the following tips to residents:

 

  • Before pumping gas, check to ensure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and does not appear to have been tampered with or altered.

  • At gas stations, try to use a pump located closer to the store.  Oftentimes, skimmers are installed on pumps located outside the view of the store employee.

  • If possible, use a credit card in lieu of a debit card so that a PIN number is not utilized and available to thieves.

  • When utilizing an ATM, visually inspect the machine before use for any evidence of tampering.

  • Monitor bank accounts for suspicious activity.  If you believe that your information has been compromised, contact your credit card company and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

If a skimming device is located, please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 850. 892.8111.

 

 


 

 

 

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public about a suspicious person who is impersonating himself as an Animal Control Officer with the sheriff’s office.

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, around 2:30 in the afternoon, a black male in his 40’s, approximately 6’2”, heavyset, bald head with a scruffy beard, parked an unmarked older model, beat up, white truck at the end of the complainants driveway in Ponce de Leon.  He was described wearing a green shirt that said “Animal Control” and advised he worked for animal control and had a complaint.  The complainant stated to deputies that he was very “pushy” and attempted to push past the complainant to go inside the residence.  When the complainant stated they were going to call the police, the individual went to his truck and spun out at the end of the driveway as he left. 

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office will always drive vehicles that are properly marked and/or wear uniforms that properly identifies them as a member of the agency.  Anyone with information on the identity of the individual described above is asked to please contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850.863.TIPS, www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.ocm, or Text “TIP214 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).

 

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, deputies responded to the home of William Mitchell Golden, 46, of 1892 Flowerview Blvd, Laurel Hill, for an active warrant for failure to pay child support.  Deputies located Golden and a second individual identified as Gregory Parmer, 51, of 6370 CO Hwy 147 Laurel Hill, in a shed located on the property.  Golden was wearing a mask over his nose and mouth, along with safety googles.  Deputies immediately smelled a strong chemical odor in the shed, and saw paraphernalia associated with the use of methamphetamine in plain view.  Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit arrived and performed a consensual search of the property.  Several used “one-Pot” cooking vessels were found, along with a small amount of finished methamphetamine, Adderall, less than 20 grams of marijuana and a trafficking amount of methamphetamine oil. 

 

 

Golden was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance without prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, and trafficking in methamphetamine.  Parmer was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Both were transported and booked at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

 

 

 

 

 

(L to R: Gregory Parmer and William Golden)