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Most children think of school as their second home - a place where they feel safe.  On Monday, August 18, students will return to school and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind motorists to allow for extra traveling time and be alert for school zones and school buses. The fine for failing to stop for a school bus in Walton County is $161.00.  Motorists are prohibited by state law to pass a school bus that is displaying a “stop” signal.  All traffic in both directions must come to a complete stop for school buses that are stopped, displaying the “stop” signal.  Traffic traveling in the opposite direction is exempt from stopping if the roadway is separated by a fence or other physical barrier or by an unpaved median at least five feet wide. The Sheriff’s Office asks all drivers, especially teenagers to drive safely and defensively. Using hand held devices greatly increases risk for traffic crashes.  Keep your attention on the road and remember if you are caught speeding in a school zone fines range from $151.00 to $451.00. 

 

The Sheriff’s Office works extremely hard with the Walton County School District to implement new programs and provide students with the safest learning environment through our School Resource Deputy Program. There are currently 15 dedicated officers that are placed in the elementary, middle and high schools. Sheriff Adkinson encourages parents and students to contact their School Resource Deputy at any time for any reason. 

 

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging citizens and businesses to use a FREE resource to protect valuable property.  LeadsOnline, the nation’s largest online investigation system, aides law enforcement agencies to solve cases, recover stolen property, provide rapid electronic access to transactions from thousands of reporting businesses including scrap metal processors, secondhand stores, Internet drop-off stores, and pawn shops across the country, as well as critical information from eBay listings for criminal investigations. The WCSO currently uses LeadsOnline, which can also help the community at large by keeping a secure, online record of high value items.  Citizens can visit https://www.reportit.leadsonline.com/ to store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures and scanned receipts of personal property which can be easily identified in the event of theft or loss.  The Sheriff’s Office encourages businesses to also register such as second hand dealers and can do so by visiting https://www.leadsonline.com/main/registration/businesses/businesses_register.php.

 

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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Daniella Aldrich, 17, of Santa Rosa Beach.  Aldrich was last seen by her mother on Monday, August 11th.  Aldrich is 5’7, weighs 120 lbs and has pale skin, long brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing short denim shorts with a black tank top and black vans shoes.  She wears prescription glasses and was carrying a black purse.  Anyone with information on Daniella Aldrich is asked to please contact Sergeant Angie Hogeboom at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.   

 

 

On August 8, 2014, Deputy Biernacki observed a green Buick Le Sabre traveling southbound on US Hwy 331 that was unable to maintain its lane and caused a semi-truck to run off the road almost causing an accident. The Deputy was able to conduct a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Ms. Jo Anna Parsons, 50yoa, of  Ebro, Florida.

A warrants check made through dispatch revealed that Parsons had a warrant for her arrest on the charges of battery and trespassing out of Washington County, Florida. As the deputy went to make the arrest, Parsons became argumentative and refused to exit her vehicle. After speaking with Parsons further, she was placed under arrest.

A search of Parsons person and property revealed that she had over 3,300 Oxycodone, over 400 Clonazepam and over $5,400 in cash. All the medication found was packaged for the purpose of sale.

Parsons was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute; a second degree felony. She was transported and lodged at the Walton County Department of Corrections where she was given a $20,000 bond.

 

On Saturday, August 2, 2014, Deputy Gibson was attempting to locate John Geralds, of 127 Center Street, Freeport, who had warrants out of Okaloosa County. Deputy Gibson had gathered information that led him to believe Geralds was traveling with a Jonathan Brown, also of 127 Center St Freeport, in a white Yukon. 

While in the area of Juniper Avenue, Deputy Gibson observed the Yukon and eventually stopped the vehicle.  Brown exited the vehicle and spoke to the Deputy. Throughout the conversation it was learned that Geralds was in fact at Brown’s residence and that there was an active methamphetamine lab. Deputy Gibson contacted the VICE/Narcotics Unit upon learning this information and obtained a consent to search the residence. 

Once the VICE/Narcotics Unit arrived, the residence was searched and several listed chemicals for the manufacture of methamphetamine was found as well as over 14 grams of methamphetamine oil. 

Jonathan Brown was arrested and charged with the production of methamphetamine, traffic in methamphetamine 14 grams or over and possession of narcotic equipment. 

John Geralds was arrested and charged with the production of methamphetamine, traffic in methamphetamine 14 grams or over, possession of narcotic equipment and failure to register address as a sex offender. 

Brown and Geralds are currently in the Walton County Department of Corrections.

 

On Sunday, August 3, 2014, Jeffrey Michael Curzio of Freeport, FL, was arrested for Obscene Communication: Use of a computer to seduce, solicit, lure a child, which is a 3rd degree Felony.

 

Between the dates of June 30th, 2014 and July 2nd, 2014, Curzio communicated with a juvenile female using a cellular phone application called “KIK Messenger.”  Duing the conversations, Curzio made numerous statements soliciting the juvenile female to send sexual photographs and to engage in sexual activity.

 

Curzio is currently in the Walton County Department of Corrections on a $25,000 bond.

 

 

Godwin was adjudicated on 08/09/1993 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 and Sex Battery/INJ Not Likely and on 11/05/2003 was adjudicated for failure to register in Walton County.  Godwin’s new address is: 156 Farrell Drive, Defuniak Springs. 

 

Godwin is a 59 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 124 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.

 

 

Brewster was adjudicated on 09/26/1988 for a sex offense, other state (gross sexual imposition) in Franklin, Ohio.  Brewster’s new address is 90 Business Park Road, DeFuniak Springs. 

 

Brewster is a 59 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’07” and 143 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.

 

 

Ross was adjudicated on 03/21/2001 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 in Okaloosa County and on 12/12/2005 was adjudicated for failure to register as a sexual predator in Walton County.  Ross’s new address is 9962 Hwy 183 South, Ponce De Leon. 

 

Ross is a 34 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 6’00” and 220 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.

 

 

Godwin was adjudicated on 08/09/1993 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 and Sex Battery/INJ Not Likely and on 11/05/2003 was adjudicated for failure to register in Walton County.  Godwin’s new address is: 192 E Big Cypress Avenue, Defuniak Springs. 

 

Godwin is a 59 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 124 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.