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Givens was adjudicated on 12/02/2010 for lewd and lascivious conduct on a victim under 16 in Bay County.  Given’s new address is: 525 Macedonia Church Road, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435.  Given’s is a 51 year old black male with black hair and brown eyes, 5’07” and 172 lbs

 

There are currently 150 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 03/21/2011for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 in Okaloosa County and adjudicated again on 12/12/2005 for failing to register as a sexual predator in Walton County.  Ross’s new address is: 104 Whispering Lane, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433.  Ross is a 34 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 6’00” and 220 lbs

 

There are currently 149 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 Sunday, May 11, 2014, deputies received a phone call stating that an unknown person had made numerous phone calls to the complainant’s residence at which time he engaged in an argument with the caller.  The caller told the complainant to go check his mailbox. Upon checking the mailbox, a letter was located and opened by the complainant. The letter stated that there was a bomb placed at the court house located in DeFuniak Springs, FL.  The letter further stated “location is where everybody gets Justice handed down Justice will be handed down today this bomb is going to go off Between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm Monday, May 12, 2014 this bomb ant intended to hurt the Innocent just the Guilty.”

 

Bay County Bomb squad responded to the courthouse, cleared the building and found no sign of a bomb located inside.

 

Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and were able to trace the number back to a Mr. Lonnie Dion Peterson, 37, of 105 Canary Drive, Freeport, FL.  An interview was conducted and Peterson admitted that he wrote the letter. When asked why he wrote the letter, he stated “he was under a lot of stress.”  Peterson was scheduled to appear in court today, Monday, May 12, 2014, on an unrelated charge.

 

 

 

Peterson is charged with false report of a bomb / explosive device.

 

 

Deputies responded to a home off Forest Shore Drive in Miramar Beach on Saturday, May 10th, after a third party contacted the Broward County Sheriff’s Office stating she received a text from a friend from the above location that read “Send the police do not call back.”  Deputies arrived at the Miramar Beach home and contact was made with the victim.  The victim was visibly upset, had bruises around her neck consistent with being choked, bruises on her arms, legs and shoulders and a laceration underneath her chin.  The victim told deputies that she was held against her will by her husband for several days and that he also threatened to kill her.  The husband, William Alfred Bozeman, 48, of Miramar Beach, choked his wife twice and held a knife to her throat stating, “I’m gonna kill you.”  Bozeman also took his wife’s phone in an attempt to keep her from contacting law enforcement. 

 

Bozeman is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and obstructing justice by intimidation or threaten a witness.

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is remembering one of its own – K9 “Lee” who passed away on May 9th (Friday) due to health issues.  K9 Lee retired on September 29th, 2013, after nine years of service to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Walton County.  He began his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2004.  K9 Lee worked with two handlers and has been Sergeant Nick Bearden’s partner since 2007.  He had approximately 1,742 hours of training, 1,218 deployments, 844 alerts with finds, tracked and apprehended 22 suspects and recovered 8 children who were lost.  The biggest drug bust of K9 Lee’s career was 20 lbs of cocaine found off I-10 in 2010.

Sergeant Bearden and K9 Lee won the Top Dog Award in 2011 at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Regional Field Trials and finished in the top 20 at the USPCA National Competition held in Perl, MS.  In 2013, Sergeant Bearden and K9 Lee were selected as the USPCA Detector Case of the 1st quarter.  K9 Lee had certifications for narcotic detection and tracking through USPCA as well as through the National Narcotic Detection Dog Association (NNDDA).  Sheriff Mike Adkinson said “We are grateful to K9 Lee and for all the contributions he made in making our community safer.”

K9 Lee was more than a partner, he was a loyal companion, a trusted teammate and a true friend.  We will miss him but never forget him.

 

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: 81 West Oleander, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433.  Godwin’s is a 59 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 124 lbs

There are currently 149 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.

Butler was adjudicated on 08/21/2001 for lewd and lascivious conduct on a victim under the age of 16 in Walton County and on 12/27/2007 for failing to register in Washington County.  Butler’s current address is 141 Dewey Drive, DeFuniak Springs.

 

Butler is a 34 year old bwhite male, with brown hair and hazel eyes, 5’10” and 205 lbs.

 

There are currently 149 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.

 

Lane was adjudicated on 02/11/2002 for lewd and lascivious conduct on a victim under the age of 16 and on 01/22/2008 for failing to register in Walton County.  Lane’s current address is 90 Business Park Road, DeFuniak Springs.

 

Lane is a 29 year old black male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’10” and 250 lbs.

 

There are currently 149 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.

 

Cardwell was adjudicated on 11/04/1997 for a sex offense in Limestone, AL.  He failed to register as a sex offender in Seminole, FL in 2004 and again in 2009 in Orange, FL.   Cardwell’s current address is 13468 Hwy 83 North, Defuniak Springs.

 

Cardwell is a 39 year old white male, with gray hair and blue eyes, 6’00” and 190 lbs.

 

There are currently 147 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.

 

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Leah Snaith, Volunteer Coordinator with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is helping Chichi find a home.  She is a Seal Point Siamese Cat, weighing 6.6 lbs and is fully vetted and vaccinated.  If you have any questions or would like to adopt Chichi please call the Animal Shelter at 850-892-8758.