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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau and Patrol Bureau can add four more arrests to “Operation Avalanche.”  Two individuals were arrested yesterday at a meth lab in Choctaw Beach.  Glen Mel Hunter, 44, of 73 Eastern Street, Freeport, was arrested for drug production, trafficking in methamphetamine, narcotic equipment possession and conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.  Hunter procured and delivered red phosphorus (a chemical used to manufacture methamphetamine) to Charles Lewis Alford, who was arrested on June 16th, during Operation Avalanche.  Brittany Cecile Via, 24, of 596 Williams Road, DeFuniak Springs, was also arrested at the residence for drug possession and narcotic equipment possession.

 

In addition, Charlie “CJ” James Rhodes, 35, of 162 Pine Hill Road, DeFuniak Springs, and Sabrina Marie Thompson, 41, of 330 S 18th Street, DeFuniak Springs, were both charged with the production of methamphetamine and drug possession.  Investigators revealed that Rhodes had been purchasing and procuring iodine, an essential chemical in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and delivering it to Charles Lewis Alford.  Thompson was purchasing and procuring pseudoephedrine and delivering it to Charles Lewis Alford in order for Alford to manufacture methamphetamine. 

 

To date, 30 arrests have been made in Operation Avalanche.  This investigation is still on-going and more arrests are pending.   

 

On July 1, 2014, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Unit and members of the Problem Oriented Policing Unit, executed a search warrant at 73 Eastern Street, Freeport.  During the search, several items commonly used to possess, ingest and inject illegal narcotics were found.  Four plastic bottles, containing 1,500 grams of bi-layer liquid, containing methamphetamine and a one pot cook vessel was also located.  The resident, Glen Mel Hunter, 44, was arrested for drug production, trafficking in methamphetamine and narcotic equipment possession.  Hunter, is also charged with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.  Hunter procured and delivered red phosphorus (a chemical used to manufacture methamphetamine) to

Charles Lewis Alford. Alford was arrested on June 16th, during Operation Avalanche, which is an ongoing investigation.  

Brittany Cecile Via, 24, of 596 Williams Road, DeFuniak Springs, was also arrested at the residence for drug possession and narcotic equipment possession.

 

Bell was adjudicated on 5/3/2011 for sexual battery/coercion by threat in Walton County, FL.  Bell’s new address is:  190 Wagner Drive, DeFuniak Springs FL 32433.

 

Bell, 21, is a black male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’11” and 188 lbs

 

There are currently 152 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.

 

Deputy Blizzard distinguished himself by exceptional leadership, superior initiative and outstanding job performance.  Deputy Blizzard’s superb supervisory skills are evident in the way he set’s the example for other employees.  He is super-efficient at his job, completes tasks with out instruction and adapts to change without a loss of effectiveness.  Highly dependable and knowledgeable, Deputy Blizzard is now the supervisor of the indoor work crew and is setting new standards for productivity and facility cleanliness.   With four years of service to Walton County and nearly ten years of detention experience, Deputy Blizzard is well known for his performance and commitment to duty.  He was praised by his supervisor, Sergeant Georgiana Hicks as “someone who needs no supervision and one of the best very best detention deputies in Walton County!”


The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau and Patrol Bureau have executed the second phase of “Operation Avalanche.”  At 5:30 a.m. this morning (Wednesday), deputies and investigators executed multiple arrest warrants at various locations in the DeFuniak Springs area.  The following individuals were identified throughout the course of the investigation who were 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.

The following individuals were arrested;

  • James Agerton, 68, 124 Poinsetta Avenue
  • Teresa Bishop, 45, 393 Martin Road
  • Jordan Bishop, 25, 46 Jim Cotton Drive
  • Pauline Carroll, 51, 1980 Yorkey Road, Westville, FL
  • Jeffrey Clenney, 51, 105 Swanee Drive
  • Delise Lacy, 28, 504 South Church St, Bunnell, FL
  • Jonathan Shirah, 48, 415 Caswell Road
  • Rory Wilson, 51, 50 Bruce Avenue
  • Scott Anderson, 48, 553 Roberts Drive
  • Douglass Dannelley, 43, 94 Karli Court
  • Travis Adams, 34, 132 Shady Acres Court
  • Jason Harvey, 27, 66 Hedger Drive
  • Jacob Martin, 29, 1021 Miles Martin Road
  • Heather Rodriguez, 44, 91 Frederick Drive
  • Irino Rodriguez, 47, 91 Frederick Drive

 

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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.

 

 

On Monday, June 16th, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau, in coordination with the State Attorney’s Office, executed four search warrants and multiple arrests were made in the DeFuniak Springs area.  Locations of the search warrants are listed below:

 

108 Jim Cotton Drive

 

515 West Cypress Avenue

 

366 Paradise Island Drive Lot D2

 

732 Baldwin Avenue, Public Defenders Office

 

 

Investigations are on-going and more information will be released once available.

 

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Melissa Gillis is a volunteer at the Walton County Animal Shelter and is pictured with “Coral.” Coral is vetted and loves human companionship but prefers a dog free environment. If you would be interested in adopting “Coral” please call the Shelter at 850-892-8758.

 

A body was located around 10 am today, off Woodland Bayou Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, which is believed to be that of missing person Jonathan Douglas Hensley, 47, of Turtle Creek Drive, Santa Rosa Beach.  WCSO Deputies and Investigators have been actively searching for Hensley since he was reported missing by a family member on June 3rd, 2014.  The family member stated Hensley had not been seen since May 31st.  The WCSO used foot patrol, ATV’s and the Aviation Unit to aide in the search.  A 9mm weapon was found at the scene near the body and was placed in evidence. The weapon is believed to be used by Hensley himself.  The body is now in possession of the medical examiner and the WCSO is currently awaiting confirmation of the identity.

On May 29th, 2014, the WCSO assisted in a joint investigation with the Department of Homeland Security and executed a search warrant at the home of Hensley.  Hensley was arrested for possession of more than 30 counts for images of children engaged in sexual acts.  In addition, over two thousand images of children engaged in sexual acts were found on digital media, which was in Hensley’s possession.

 

On Monday, June 9, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit executed a probable cause search warrant at 94 Western Street in the Choctaw Beach Community in reference to an indoor marijuana grow operation.  Upon execution of the search warrant, approximately 64 marijuana plants were located in a shed on the property. Approximately one and a half pounds of packaged marijuana was located within the residence, along with paraphernalia used to ingest, package and distribute the marijuana.  The resident, Christopher Scott Frasher, 27, was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The Vice Unit acted on a tip originally received by the WCSO Patrol Bureau.