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Melissa Gillis is a volunteer at the Walton County Animal Shelter and is pictured with “Coral.” Coral is vetted and loves human companionship but prefers a dog free environment. If you would be interested in adopting “Coral” please call the Shelter at 850-892-8758.


A body was located around 10 am today, off Woodland Bayou Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, which is believed to be that of missing person Jonathan Douglas Hensley, 47, of Turtle Creek Drive, Santa Rosa Beach.  WCSO Deputies and Investigators have been actively searching for Hensley since he was reported missing by a family member on June 3rd, 2014.  The family member stated Hensley had not been seen since May 31st.  The WCSO used foot patrol, ATV’s and the Aviation Unit to aide in the search.  A 9mm weapon was found at the scene near the body and was placed in evidence. The weapon is believed to be used by Hensley himself.  The body is now in possession of the medical examiner and the WCSO is currently awaiting confirmation of the identity.

On May 29th, 2014, the WCSO assisted in a joint investigation with the Department of Homeland Security and executed a search warrant at the home of Hensley.  Hensley was arrested for possession of more than 30 counts for images of children engaged in sexual acts.  In addition, over two thousand images of children engaged in sexual acts were found on digital media, which was in Hensley’s possession.


On Monday, June 9, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit executed a probable cause search warrant at 94 Western Street in the Choctaw Beach Community in reference to an indoor marijuana grow operation.  Upon execution of the search warrant, approximately 64 marijuana plants were located in a shed on the property. Approximately one and a half pounds of packaged marijuana was located within the residence, along with paraphernalia used to ingest, package and distribute the marijuana.  The resident, Christopher Scott Frasher, 27, was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The Vice Unit acted on a tip originally received by the WCSO Patrol Bureau.


On the evening of Thursday, June 5, 2014, a Deputy with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop in the area of Morrison Springs Road in Ponce De Leon, FL, for failure to dim bright lights with oncoming traffic.  The Deputy made contact with the driver, Amber Haney, 25, of 49 Crocus Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, and the passenger Zachary Floyd, 27, of 10171 S County Highway 183, Ponce De Leon.  He noticed both individuals were extremely nervous. They were visibly shaking, and their voices were quivering. When the Deputy asked for permission to search their vehicle, they agreed.  Upon searching the car, Deputies located a plastic bottle containing fuel and ammonium nitrate.  They also discovered a lithium battery that was cut open, coffee filters, and a scale with methamphetamine residue.  These items are typical of a “One Pot” methamphetamine lab (AKA Shake and Bake).

Both Floyd and Haney were arrested and transported to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.  Both were given a $5,000 bond.


The WCSO wants to warn citizens about a scam that has been reported three times within a week’s time.  All the complainants advised they received a message on Facebook advising they were approved for a $50,000 grant and would need to send money to obtain the grant.  Unfortunately some of the complainants have become victims by sending money up front in order to get the grant.  On all three accounts the complainants Facebook page was hacked. 


If you are contacted by an individual through Facebook requesting money, the Sheriff’s Office advises citizens to not engage with individuals who are unknown to you and are requesting money, do not send money and do not give out any personal information. 


Shannon Kelly Cann, 32, of 980 Mack Bayou Road, Miramar Beach, was arrested Friday, May 30th for criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.  Cann was visiting her husband and became verbally abusive towards the jail staff after her visitation time was over.  Cann was asked to leave the building and upon exiting the front lobby door, Cann, out of anger, used enough force to break the glass window and disabled the locking assembly.  



On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to 102 Seymore Drive, Ponce De Leon, Florida, in reference to shots being fired. Once deputies arrived, they discovered that Mr. Joseph Justice, 31, of 102 Seymour Road, had been shot by Mr. James Farrell Davis, 55, of 10256 County Highway 3280, who was still on scene.  The investigation revealed that Mr. Davis walked onto the property of Ms. Heather Sue Carden and Joseph Justice and confronted Carden about his missing dog.  Davis was armed with a pistol grip shotgun and pointed it at Carden threatening to “blow her knee caps off.”  Davis also stated “No, I’m not going to jail for you, I’m gonna kill you.”


Justice, after hearing the commotion, came to the doorway of his residence at which time Davis turned the shotgun toward Justice and stated “and you to.”  Davis fired the shotgun at Justice missing with the first shot.  Justice attempted to retreat back inside his residence to protect his three children.  Davis pursued Justice and a struggle ensued.  Sometime during the struggle, Davis fired another shot from his shotgun striking Justice.  Justice was able to secure a hammer and struck Davis several times in the head until he was able to gain control of the shotgun.  Both weapons were secured by deputies along with a Semi-Automatic pistol that was found on Davis.  Davis and Justice were transported to Bay County Medical Center due to their injuries and have both since been released.  The children were not injured during the incident.


On Saturday, May, 31, 2014, Davis was taken into custody by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and was transported to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.  Davis is charged with one count attempted murder, one count aggravated assault and one count armed burglary of an occupied dwelling.



Gregory was adjudicated on 03/06/2001 for lewd and lascivious battery on a victim 12-15 years of age in Walton County.  Gregory’s new address is: 229 Loral Road, Santa Rosa Beach.  Gregory is a 34 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’11” and 287 lbs


There are currently 151 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.


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.


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: 156 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 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.


The WCSO Citizen Services Unit and School Resource Deputies will host two FREE summer camps at Maude Sanders Elementary School, located at 416 John Baldwin Road, DeFuniak Springs, for children ages 6 to 10 years of age.  The first camp will take place July 7 thru July 11 and the second will run from July 21 thru July 25.  Both camps will begin at 8 am to 3 pm and lunch will be provided.  All parents have to do is provide transportation to and from school.  Students will learn about the various areas of law enforcement to include demonstrations from K9, Traffic, Marine Unit, Aviation Unit and SWAT.  Kids will have the opportunity to do team building games with deputies, go swimming at the Freeport Pool, visit the Wildlife Zoological Park in Crestview, fishing and much more.


To sign up, please visit, click on Citizen Services and click “WCSO Summer Camp Application” or visit   A PDF form is also available to download and can be sent to Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Attention Lieutenant Danny Garner, 752 Triple G Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433.  Space is limited and request parents to sign their children up for only one camp.