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On October 9, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit along with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence of Jimmy Ray Thomas, 46, of 316 Juniper Drive in the Choctaw Beach community.

The search warrant is part of a lengthy investigation in reference to methamphetamine production in the area.

Thomas was arrested and charged with Possession of a controlled substance, Trafficking in methamphetamine, Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and Possession of drug paraphernalia.

 Kayla Mechelle Ailey, 23, also of 316 Juniper Drive in the Choctaw Beach community was also arrested during the search warrant and charged with Possession of a controlled substance.

Thomas and Ailey are currently being held at the Walton County Jail. 

In October of 2013 an investigation was opened up on Joseph Aaron Richards, 35, of 407 E. Renoir Rd, DeFuniak Springs, for chicken fighting.

On September 25, 2014, members of the Criminal Investigations Bureau executed a search warrant at Richards residence. Several items were found to include publications on conditioning methods for fighting as well as how to prepare special diets prior to fighting the chickens. Richards was also found to be in possession of approximately 50 hens, roosters and biddies. Several of the chickens were seized and are now being housed at the Walton County Animal Shelter.


Richards was arrested and charged with Conservation-Animals Sell Poss Use Animal to Fight or Bait, a third degree felony, and Conservation-Animals Sell Poss Use Equipment for Animal Fight Bait, also a third degree felony. Richards is currently out on a $5000 bond. 

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Michael Charles Huber, 33, of 70 Camp Creek Road 7, Santa Rosa Beach, is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft, dealing in stolen property and resisting an officer without violence. 

On October 7, 2014, Deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office met with the victim who lived out of state and was notified that he may have had items stolen from his trailer upon discovering that the door was open. The victim did find that items were missing at this time.

On October 2, 2014, Deputies had conducted a traffic stop on Huber and remembered seeing items described in the burglary as being in the vehicle. Further investigation into this incident revealed that the item described and the items in the vehicle were the same.

On October 7, 2014, at approximately 8:30pm, Deputies went to Huber’s place of employment to take him into custody. Upon their arrival, Huber fled out the back door of the establishment. A short foot pursuit followed and Huber was taken into custody.

Huber was taken to the Walton County Jail where he has since been released on a $10,000 bond.

On 10-2-14 Patrol Deputies responded to 290 Stillwater Rd, Freeport, FL, in reference to an anonymous call that stated a subject was present that possessed methamphetamine. During their investigation, Deputies discovered an active “One- Pot” methamphetamine lab in the pant leg of Ian Freudenriech, 23, of Defuniak Springs.


Freudenriech was arrested and transported to the Walton County Jail. He was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Trafficking in Methamphetamine and is currently being held on a $25,000 bond. 


Michael Dean Fatheree was adjudicated on 8/30/1996 in Walton County, Florida, for lewd and lascivious battery on a child between the ages of 12 – 15.  Fatheree’s new address is 565 B H Reddick Road, Ponce De Leon.  Fatheree is a 36 year old white male with a bald head and brown eyes, 5’10” and 190 lbs.


James Scott Johnson was adjudicated on 05/22/2001 for lewd and lascivious exhibition on a victim under 16 in Walton County, adjudicated on 02/18/2003 for failure to register in Walton County, 10/18/2005 for failure to report as a sex offender in Walton County and on 04/17/2008 for failure to register in Walton County.  Johnson’s current address is 46 Peach Tree Street, Paxton.  Johnson is a 40 year old white male, with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’08” and 225 lbs.


Patrick Odell was adjudicated on 10/29/1997 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 in Okaloosa County.  On 10/10/2005, Odell was adjudicated for failing to register as a sexual offender in Walton County and adjudicated again on 1/05/2012 for failing to register as a sexual offender in Holmes County.  Odell’s current address is 161 Meteyard Lane, DeFuniak Springs.  Odell is a 36 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’04” and 122 lbs.


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Michael David Green was adjudicated on 9/11/1998 in Gogebic, Michigan, for sex offense, other state (attempted criminal sexual conduct, 4th degree).  He was also adjudicated in Brevard County, Florida, on 1/20/2010 and 4/30/2012, for failure to register as a sex offender.  Green’s current address is 70 E Dvorak Drive, DeFuniak Springs.  Green is a 38 year old white male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’11” and 165 lbs.


Robert Sprague was adjudicated on 12/16/2009 for use of computer to solicit or lure a child to engage in sexual conduct and again on 12/16/2009 for send minor harmful info in Okaloosa County, Florida.  Sprague’s current address is 35 Glasgow Road, DeFuniak Springs.  Sprague is 29 year old white male, with brown hair and hazel eyes, 6’06” and 185 lbs.


There are currently 145 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.  Sprague is 29 year old white male,


The WCSO encourages families to visit 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.


At approximately 12:35 a.m., this morning, deputies responded to a home off Santa Barbara Avenue in Santa Rosa Beach, regarding a residential burglary in progress.  The victim found a person standing in the hallway of his home and a struggle took place that lead to the garage.  During the struggle, the suspect struck the victim with a tennis racket and tools off the work bench.  The victim’s wife called the Sheriff’s Office and was able to give a description of the suspect who fled from the scene on a blue mountain bike.  After approximately three minutes on scene at the residence, Deputies made contact with an individual matching the suspect’s description at La Canossa Boulevard and South Church Street.  The victim was able to identify the individual as the person he had the physical altercation with inside his home.  The suspect, Codey Ray Peoples, 23, of 199 10th Street, Santa Rosa Beach, was charged with burglary of an occupied residence with simple battery and attempted theft. 



The WCSO K9 Unit and School Resource Deputies are enlisting the help of our Walton County K through 4th grade teachers and students to come up with a name for our K9 “stuffed” pup.  The K9 Unit will choose the name and will present the pup to the winning class.  The winning class will get to keep the pup for the year and at the end, the School Resource Deputy will choose a student out of the class who has shown a “Commitment to Excellence.”


We also plan to engage the community through Facebook and recognize all the classes who submitted a name.  The winner will be announced and a photo opportunity will be done with the classroom, K9 Unit and School Resource Deputy.



Kick-off begins today and all submissions must be given to the School Resource Deputy by Friday, October 10th.  The Public Information Officer will work with the K9 Unit in choosing the top 5 names, which will be posted on Facebook.  A winner will be chosen by the K9 Unit, taking into consideration the number of votes each name gets on Facebook.  A time will be set up to highlight the event and make the presentation to the classroom.



Stephanie Sousie, 41, of 27 Mason Street, Santa Rosa Beach, was arrested on September 30, 2014, for grand theft over $20,000 and scheme to defraud.  Sousie was a bookkeeper for Path of Grace Thrift Store in Miramar Beach, which is an organization that helps women get back on their feet by providing housing and jobs.  Between July and December 2013, Sousie embezzled money from the organization by making unauthorized transactions on various business accounts. 


On Wednesday, September 24th, the Eglin Range Patrol observed two males in a vehicle on Eglin property with a suspicious bottle next to the driver’s side door.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office was notified and responded to the area of 15000 West State Highway 20 to assist Eglin Range Patrol.  Upon further investigation, the bottle was determined to be an active one-pot methamphetamine cook vessel.  Investigators with the Vice/Narcotics Unit arrived on scene and rendered the bottle safe. Various items used in the manufacture of and consumption of methamphetamine were found in the vehicle and surrounding area.

Richard Lee Cox (uncle), 33, of 38 Pahl Road, Niceville and Bryan Matthew Cox (nephew), 29, of 58 Beach Street, Freeport, were both charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.



On Wednesday, September 24, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office VICE/Narcotics Unit assisted State Probation with an administrative search at the home of Gary Dale Edwards, 62, of 847 Ezra Brannon Road, DeFuniak Springs.  Edwards voluntarily signed a consent to search form allowing the Sheriff’s Office to assist State Probation. Methamphetamine was found in some of Edwards clothing on his bed.  State Probation arrested Edwards for violating his probation.  Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office secured the residence and obtained a probable cause search warrant for the residence.  During the search another container of methamphetamine was located in Edward’s bedroom. 



Edwards was charged with possession of methamphetamine.