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Omar Romero, 20, who is a person of interest for a murder that occurred in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was arrested by Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies on Saturday evening (April 4th), after stabbing his girlfriend with a knife multiple times. 


Romero and his girlfriend, Sally Brown, 20, arrived in Walton County from New Mexico on Saturday afternoon, April 4th.  They were staying with Brown’s relatives who live at 119 Gator Run Road, DeFuniak Springs.  Family members arrived at the residence around 6:30 pm after returning from the grocery store and heard Brown screaming inside the residence.  They entered the home and saw Romero with a knife in his hand, wearing a glove, swinging it towards Brown.  Brown managed to escape while family members heard Romero state over and over “she must pay, she can’t be trusted.”  Romero was described as behaving irrationally and pacing back and forth.  Deputies arrived, secured the scene and Romero was placed under arrest and transported to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.  The knife used during the stabbing was retrieved and placed into evidence by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit. 


Brown was flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and is currently listed in stable condition.  Romero is charged with attempted murder and is being held on a 100,000 bond.  WCSO Investigators are currently working with investigators from Albuquerque Police Department and the investigation is ongoing. 


On Saturday, March 28th, deputies responded to a physical altercation at a home off Wildwood Drive in Freeport.  Two white males were observed by deputies fighting inside the home.  Both individuals were separated and identified as 35 year old Brandon Shaw and 34 year old Zachary Price.  The homeowner, 33 year old Amber Cook, relayed to deputies that she had a trespass warning issued for Price who had walked thru her front door without her consent.  When she asked him to leave, Price began threatening her.  As Cook was trying to make her way out of the residence, Price grabbed her and pulled her back inside the house and struck her in the back of the head.  Shaw observed the incident and immediately ran to Cook’s defense.  Shaw and Price got into an altercation where Shaw was hit with an Estwing Claw Hammer by Price.  Shaw was able to secure Price until deputies arrived.  All parties involved were treated by EMS and Price was transported to Healthmark Regional Medical Center. 


Once released from the hospital, Zachary Lee Price, of 4576 John Avenue, Destin, was transported to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.  A patrol deputy asked Price if he had anything on his person that could not go into the jail and Price replied “No.”  During a search, a detention deputy at the jail pulled a small plastic bag from Price’s right front pocket that tested positive for methamphetamine.  Price is charged with aggravated battery, battery, false imprisonment, burglary, possession of a controlled substance and smuggling contraband into a detention facility.  


The Walton County Sheriff’s Office wants to raise $10,000 to install wheel chair swings that accommodate disabled citizens at several parks in Walton County.  We are seeking the community’s help to assist us in this effort and have created an account for those who wish to donate.  Inmates of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail will help with the preparation of each location and installation of the swings.  Once all the money is raised, the work will begin.  Sheriff Adkinson stated, “We have beautiful parks, but there is a need for disabled accessible play equipment.  I hope the community will join our “Swing Team” and help us reach our goal to create parks that welcomes every one of all abilities to enjoy the fun.”


To donate, please visit:





The photo above depicts what the swing will look like once they are installed





Recently, a number of businesses within Walton, Okaloosa, and Bay Counties have discovered skimming devices installed on gas pumps and automated teller machines (ATMs).   In Walton County, a credit card skimmer was found on a pump at a gas station in Inlet Beach.  A skimmer is a device which is affixed to an ATM or gas pump which intercepts and retrieves credit card information.  This information is then used to “clone” credit cards and is either sold or used by thieves to make fraudulent purchases without the owner’s knowledge.


The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is offering the following tips to residents:


  • Before pumping gas, check to ensure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and does not appear to have been tampered with or altered.

  • At gas stations, try to use a pump located closer to the store.  Oftentimes, skimmers are installed on pumps located outside the view of the store employee.

  • If possible, use a credit card in lieu of a debit card so that a PIN number is not utilized and available to thieves.

  • When utilizing an ATM, visually inspect the machine before use for any evidence of tampering.

  • Monitor bank accounts for suspicious activity.  If you believe that your information has been compromised, contact your credit card company and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

If a skimming device is located, please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 850. 892.8111.







The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is alerting the public about a suspicious person who is impersonating himself as an Animal Control Officer with the sheriff’s office.

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, around 2:30 in the afternoon, a black male in his 40’s, approximately 6’2”, heavyset, bald head with a scruffy beard, parked an unmarked older model, beat up, white truck at the end of the complainants driveway in Ponce de Leon.  He was described wearing a green shirt that said “Animal Control” and advised he worked for animal control and had a complaint.  The complainant stated to deputies that he was very “pushy” and attempted to push past the complainant to go inside the residence.  When the complainant stated they were going to call the police, the individual went to his truck and spun out at the end of the driveway as he left. 


The Walton County Sheriff’s Office will always drive vehicles that are properly marked and/or wear uniforms that properly identifies them as a member of the agency.  Anyone with information on the identity of the individual described above is asked to please contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850.863.TIPS, www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.ocm, or Text “TIP214 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).


On Saturday, March 21, 2015, deputies responded to the home of William Mitchell Golden, 46, of 1892 Flowerview Blvd, Laurel Hill, for an active warrant for failure to pay child support.  Deputies located Golden and a second individual identified as Gregory Parmer, 51, of 6370 CO Hwy 147 Laurel Hill, in a shed located on the property.  Golden was wearing a mask over his nose and mouth, along with safety googles.  Deputies immediately smelled a strong chemical odor in the shed, and saw paraphernalia associated with the use of methamphetamine in plain view.  Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit arrived and performed a consensual search of the property.  Several used “one-Pot” cooking vessels were found, along with a small amount of finished methamphetamine, Adderall, less than 20 grams of marijuana and a trafficking amount of methamphetamine oil. 



Golden was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance without prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia, and trafficking in methamphetamine.  Parmer was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Both were transported and booked at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.






(L to R: Gregory Parmer and William Golden)







Last night deputies responded to 180 Miami Street, Miramar Beach, in reference to an armed robbery.  Deputies were advised by the victim, 22 year old Christopher Catlett of Hot Springs, AZ, that two men approached him while he was in his front yard and attempted to rob him.  Deputies detained an individual based on a description given by Catlett.  The WCSO K9 Unit responded to the area to begin a track to locate the other suspect, but was unsuccessful.  Investigators advised Mr. Catlett that a full investigation into the matter would be conducted to verify the accounts of his story.  At that time, Catlett became very nervous and had a hard time articulating how the armed robbery took place.  Catlett revealed to investigators that he had fabricated the story because he was drunk.  The male detained by deputies was released.


Sheriff Adkinson stated "This is a serious offense and no joking matter.  A citizen was detained by law enforcement because of Mr. Catlett's deception and he should be held accountable."


Catlett was charged with misuse of 911 and providing a false statement to law enforcement.  He was booked into the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

Sheriff Adkinson honored a Walton County resident today by presenting Mr. Michael Brower the Florida Sheriff's Association Distinguished Service Award. Sheriff Adkinson stated, "I am very proud to present this award to Mr. Brower who has supported the law enforcement community and FSA over the last 25 years.”



On January 31st, 2015, around 12:15 pm, C W Roberts employee, Mr. Eric Wright, a flag man, was manning a lane closure off SR 20 near Basin Bayou, while his co-workers were laying sod along the shoulder of the road.  A Mercedes, which was stopped at the flag station, was rear ended and then side swiped by a Chevrolet SUV.  The SUV came to a rest in the water on the North side of SR 20 in Basin Bayou.  Mr. Wright made sure all traffic was stopped and checked to see if the woman in the Mercedes was injured.  He notified his supervisor of the accident and without hesitation, swam out to the SUV to help the individual.  When Mr. Wright reached the SUV he was unable to open the door, but instructed the driver to roll down the window.  Mr. Wright pulled the driver through the window and safely got him back to shore.  The driver suffered a medical issue and was unable to tell Mr. Wright if anyone was still in the SUV.  Mr. Wright swam back, went in through the window and searched the vehicle and did not find anyone else.  The driver was treated by EMS personnel on scene and refused transport. 


C W Roberts Safety Director, Ronnie Bell, recalls asking Eric "Why did you do it" and his response was "Mr. Ronnie, that man needed help.”



Sheriff Adkinson stated, “I am extremely proud of this young man and I am proud to live in a community where individuals like Mr. Wright are not afraid to put themselves in harm’s way to help a fellow citizen.”




Pictured L to R: C W Roberts President Bob Flowers, Eric Wright, Sheriff Mike Adkinson and  C W Roberts Vice-President Darryl Carpenter

Within 17 minutes, Deputy Jeff McIntosh was able to locate a 92 year old female utilizing Project LifeSaver equipment.  The caretaker called the Sheriff’s Office around 11:30 am on Sunday, March 15, stating that the 92 year old, who had just become a client with Project Lifesaver five days earlier, had walked away from her Santa Rosa Beach home.  Deputy McIntosh responded to the area with the mobile tracking system and was able to locate her due to the pings that were transmitting from the clients personalized wristband.  She was found in good health, sitting in a vehicle and was returned to her loved ones.  Sheriff Mike Adkinson stated, “Minutes count when it comes to searching for a loved one and I am pleased that we have certified members in our agency to answer the call to locate a missing person in our community.”


Project LifeSaver, was developed in 1999 by the 43rd Virginia Search and Rescue in Chesapeake, Virginia. This technology allows law enforcement and search and rescue teams to use radio frequencies to locate a lost patient. A transmitter – about the size of a watch – is placed on the patient's wrist or ankle. Should the patient wander away, the caregiver notifies 911 and a search is begun immediately.  Enrolled members wear a personalized wristband that emits a tracking signal. The signal is tracked on the ground or in the air over several miles (approximately 1 mile from the air and 5-6 miles on the ground). When caregivers notify the Sheriff’s office that the person is missing, a search team responds to the loved ones area and starts searching with the mobile locator tracking system.


For information on client enrolment, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Leah Snaith at (850) 892-8186.