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In the wake of a local Walton County junior varsity player collapsing during baseball practice last month, Sheriff Mike Adkinson and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is donating five AED’s to be placed at the following locations: Paxton Little League Field, Defuniak Springs Little League Field, Defuniak Springs Youth Football Program, Freeport Little League and the Freeport Youth Football Program and South Walton Little League and the South Walton Youth Football Program.  An AED is a portable electronic device that can assist in diagnosing and treating heart attacks.  Minimally trained/non-medical personnel can easily use it.  However, the Sheriff’s Office Training Division will be providing instruction. Sheriff Mike Adkinson stated, “When we found out we had youth recreational fitness areas in our community that did not have these AED’s, it became a top priority for our organization.  At the WCSO, the safety and well-being of our children is our number one concern and that is why we were pleased to get this done in such a short period of time.”

Will Whitehurst, President of the Walton County Athletic League stated, “Thank you to the Sheriff and the Sheriff’s Office for this opportunity.  It is an investment for our community.”  President of the Defuniak Springs Little League, Kevin Wilkerson stated, “I want to thank the Sheriff’s Office for their contribution to our community and with 350 to 400 kids, parents and grandparents, this will be a huge asset.”

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Johnny Kirk, 15, of Freeport, FL.  Kirk was last seen by his mother boarding a school bus around 6 am on April 16th.  Kirk is 5’1, weighs 106 lbs and has blonde hair and blue eyes.  Kirk was last seen wearing a Freeport High School t-shirt, blue jeans, a black jacket and blue/white tennis shoes.  Anyone with information on Johnny Kirk is asked to please contact Investigator Rome Garrett at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.   

 

Detention Deputy James Hall is selected as the top employee of the month for May.  Bravo shift supervisor, Sergeant Larry Adams stated, “Due to James’s exceptional organizational skills, Bravo shift was able to book 44 spring breakers and release 52 (8 from the day shift) within the first night of spring break.”  After completing several details at Seascape, during spring break, Deputy Hall stayed over to assist his fellow deputies at the jail to help expedite the booking and release process.  In over a two week period, Deputy Hall’s shift booked 278 and released 257 individuals.

The Sheriff’s Office is extremely proud of Deputy Hall, who has been with the jail since May of 1996.
 

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center partnered with Hyper-Reach Emergency Notification Systems, an industry leader with over 10 years of experience notifying communities. Hyper-Reach allows the Sheriff’s Office to quickly send a message to residents in a specific area informing them of an emergency situation that may require action on their part.  The system is designed to send thousands of calls or messages simultaneously.  It has been successfully used on countless occasions for incidents such as hazardous chemical releases, missing persons, barricaded persons, storm warnings, boil water alerts and much more.  The message informs residents of what is occurring and what steps they need to take along with informing them of when the incident is over.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to log on to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office website at
www.waltonso.org and click on the Hyper-Reach icon.  It only takes a minute and the information is kept confidential.  Users have the options of receiving an audio message, text message or both along with email or TTY alerts.  If a user moves they can use the same method to update their address.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office, along with assistance from the ATF, arrested Larry Hall and Larry Hall Jr., both of 1060 Delaware Road, Defuniak Springs, Tuesday, April 15th.  A member of the Sheriff’s Office posed undercover to trade a firearm with Larry Hall, Jr., who is a convicted felon.  Hall was subsequently arrested at an undisclosed location in Mossy Head and the firearm was recovered.  A search warrant was conducted at the suspect’s home, mentioned above, and ten firearms ranging from a 45 caliber pistol, 30-06 rifle, sawed off shotgun, AK-47, two military carbines, several 22 caliber rifles and a single shot shotgun were seized.  In addition, numerous items of drug paraphernalia was also found, along with cannabis which was stored in separate bags consistent with distribution.

Larry Hall Jr., is being charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, violation of a temporary injunction – domestic violence, possession of cannabis with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Larry Hall is being charged with possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of cannabis less than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Additional charges are pending.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn citizens about a scam called Facebook Powerball Lottery.  An investigator with the Sheriff’s Office is currently working on a case where a citizen was contacted by one of her friends on Facebook to go claim her prize that she won on the Facebook Powerball Lottery.  The citizen was then contacted by an unknown person, not on her Facebook friends list and was informed that she won $150,000.  She was asked to send $1,500, via Western Union, and in turn, she would receive the $150,000.  The subject also asked for her name, date of birth, address, cell phone number and e-mail address.  Thankfully, the citizen did not send any money and reported the scam to the Sheriff’s Office.  If you are solicited on Facebook regarding this scam, please do not give out any personnel information or send money.  If you have been a victim or solicited by someone on Facebook regarding the powerball lottery, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.

 

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Captain Audie Rowell with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is helping Tasha to find a good home. She is a 17 lb. Beagle mix, less than one year old. Tasha has been spayed, heartworm negative and has all her shots. She is ready for adoption at the Walton County Animal Shelter. Adoption fee is $55.00.  Call 892-8186 to ask about Tasha and adopt her today!

 

On Wednesday, April 9, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/ Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 504 Musset Bayou Road, Santa Rosa Beach.  More than 14 grams of finished product methamphetamine, numerous hypodermic syringes, spoons with residue, working digital scale with residue, cut straws and approximately 30 broken up suspected Xanax pills were seized.  William Travis Glass, 35, residence listed above, was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and possession of narcotic equipment.  Glass was booked at the Walton County Jail.

 

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A citizen survey is an important tool that law enforcement agencies can use to measure the satisfaction of citizens in the community they serve.  Feedback is crucial so agencies can determine where improvements need to be made, evaluate the effectiveness of community policing activities and programs undertaken by agencies on behalf of their citizens.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office would like to hear from our citizens and visitors to tell us how we are doing.  Please visit our website at www.waltonso.org and click on the tab Citizen Services.

 

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/ Narcotics Unit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) conducted an investigation targeting John Travis Clark, of 3222 Chat Holley Road, Santa Rosa Beach, who was suspected of manufacturing methamphetamine.  As a result of the investigation, agents searched Clark’s residence and located approximately 1500 grams of suspected methamphetamine oil and paraphernalia used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  The investigation identified Clark as a suspect after Clark had identified himself as an undercover law enforcement officer to facilitate the purchase of pseudoephedrine, which is a precursor chemical used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

John Travis Clark was charged with manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamine and impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer.  Clark was booked in the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail and is being held on $50,000 bond.