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On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit and the Department of Children and Families responded to 935 Campbell Road, Defuniak Springs, FL, in reference to allegations of meth manufacturing and use with a child present in the home.  Upon arrival, Investigators found several items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, via the One-Pot Method.  Investigators found used cook vessels, several jars of methamphetamine oil, a gas generator, and syringes throughout the home. All of the items that were located were within easy reach of a two year old child living in the residence.


Tina Madeline Mckee, 42, who resides at the above address, was arrested and charged with Cruelty Towards a Child, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, and Destroying Evidence. She is currently being held in the Walton County Jail on a $50,000 bond.



On Thursday, December 4, 2014, a member of the Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP), observed a vehicle that had damage to the driver’s side front bumper area and windshield.  As the deputy attempted to make contact, the vehicle increased its speed in attempt to get away but eventually pulled over.  The deputy made contact with the driver, searched the vehicle after getting consent and the driver was issued a warning.  Once the vehicle left, the deputy noticed a purple Crown Royal Bag containing multiple drugs and paraphernalia.  The deputy removed the drugs and paraphernalia and put the bag back where it was located.  An investigator responded to the area and watched the bag.  The vehicle that was pulled over by the deputy returned and a black male was seen getting out of the passenger side and collected the bag.  A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle and consent to search the vehicle was given.  The search revealed the items the deputy left in the Crown Royal bag.



The driver of the vehicle was given his Miranda and Waiver of Rights.  He confirmed that the passenger, Clifton Patrick threw a purple cloth bag out of the passenger window that contained some Marijuana.  Clifton Patrick was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Marijuana.


French was adjudicated on 09/03/1998 for child sexually abusive activity in Barry County, Michigan.  French’s current address is 7720 State Hwy 81, Ponce De Leon.


French is a 66 year old white male, with a bald head and blue eyes, 5’06” and 176 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.



The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Allan McNelis, 67, of Santa Rosa Beach.  McNelis was last seen Sunday morning (11/23), wearing a yellow button down shirt, khaki pants, brown lace-up boots and a black Kangol brand cap, which he wears backwards.  McNelis is a white male, with a thin build, standing 6’01” and weighing approximately 165 pounds.  He has medium length white/grey hair, brown eyes and a goatee.  Anyone with information on Allan McNelis is asked to please contact Sergeant Angie Hogeboom at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.   



On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit served a probable cause search warrant at 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach.  Investigators located an active “one-pot” methamphetamine lab, along with over 200 grams of bi-layer liquids which is suspected to be meth oil.  Investigators also found pre-curser chemicals and used syringes lying throughout the small camper trailer.  Upon execution of the warrant, the following individuals were arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia:


Troy Lynn Roberts, 37, 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach


Taylor Alexis Gates, 20, 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach


Samuel David Hart, 57, 33 Cessna Street, Santa Rosa Beach


Steven Braun Strobel, 44, of 3114 Corbin Gainey Road, Defuniak Springs


During the investigation, it was discovered that Richard Lee Marinelli, 50, of 103 Santa Rosa Street, Santa Rosa Beach, was living in a mobile home on the same property and was wanted out of Okaloosa County for violation of probation.  Marinelli was arrested and a small child was removed from the home by the Department of Children and Families.


All individuals were transported and booked at the Walton County Jail.


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     A joint investigation between Walton County, Holmes County, Washington County and Jackson County Sheriff’s Offices led to the arrest of Justin Ryan Tankersley, 28, of 2907 Cosson Rd, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.




      On 10/31/2014, a Yamaha motorcycle had been stolen from a residence in DeFuniak Springs. On 11/11/2014, Investigators with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office conducted an interview with Tankersley at his residence in reference to items that had been stolen from their county. During the course of the interview, several items had been located in Tankersley’s possession that had been reported stolen to include the Yamaha motorcycle.




     On 11/13/2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and Washington County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Tankersley’s residence and a storage unit that was being rented out by him. Several items were located that had been reported stolen out of Washington County.




     On 11/17/2014, a 4-wheeler was located in Jackson County that was reported stolen out of Walton County. Further investigation revealed that Tankersley sold the 4-wheeler to a private citizen in Marianna, Florida.




     Tankersley has been charged with Burglary, Larceny and three (3) counts of Grand Theft. He has been booked in to the Walton County Jail. This investigation is ongoing and future charges are expected.




On November 19, 2014, around 6:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to Hungry Howies in DeFuniak Springs, in reference to an armed robbery of a pizza delivery person.  The incident occurred off Charlie Brown Road at approximately 5:45 pm.  As the driver parked the vehicle, a white male came from the bushes and approached the driver side window.  The male stated, “I just want the money” and pointed a black handgun at the driver.  The driver removed an undisclosed amount of money from the bank bag and gave it to the male.  The male then turned his head, yelled and a black male, late teens to early twenties, came from the bushes and ran towards the white male where they both ran down Charlie Brown Road (East) to South Norwood Road.



Anyone with information about the armed robbery is asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892.8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.



Thomas was adjudicated on 12/28/2004 for lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim 12-15 years old in Holmes County, FL.  Thomas’ current address is 7 Juniper Lake Road, DeFuniak Springs.  Thomas is currently taking care of a sick relative and has a temporary address of 1291 Thomas Lane, Westville, FL (Holmes County).


Thomas is a 50 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’10” and 140 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.


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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is offering some tips on how to be safe this holiday season.


Shopping Safety Tips


- Always walk and park in well-lit areas.
- While out and about, present an alert presence.
- Don’t electronically unlock your vehicle until you are within door opening distance. This helps stop a thief from getting into the car and waiting to strike when you least expect it.
- There is safety in numbers, shop with friends or relatives.
- Carry the day’s most expensive purchases closest to your body, and don’t carry so much you lose the ability to react quickly.
- Don’t flash large amounts of cash or offer tempting targets for theft such as expensive jewelry or clothing.
- Have car keys ready to use when you reach the car.


Vehicle Safety


- Always lock your car, even if you are away for only a few moments.
- Do not leave valuables – gifts, cell phones, purse or clothing – in open view in your car. Take valuables with you, lock them in your trunk, or cover them in an unobtrusive way.
- Thieves do their own form of window shopping. They look in parked cars for gifts and other merchandise, and will break through car windows
to get at such valuables.
- When you return to your vehicle after your shopping trip, lock your car door as soon as you get in.


Home Safety


- Always lock your doors and windows, even if you plan to be out for a short while.
- Leave lights turned on both inside and outside your residence after dark.
- If you will be away from home for several days, make arrangements for someone to pick up your mail and newspapers or have a stop put on them.                                                                                                                                                                                          
 -After Christmas, do not leave empty high value merchandise boxes by the curb.  These indicators tell potential thieves what is inside your home.  


 Pet Safety                                                                                                                          


-The winter holidays are a wonderful time for people, but can be a stressful and potentially dangerous time for pets.  If you are planning to travel during the holidays, do not forget to make arrangements for your pets.  Pet-proof the decorations in your home and hide electric cords.                                                                                                                                                                                -Please remember homeless animals during the holidays.  The Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter is always in need of donations of food and toys. It's an excellent way to teach children generosity towards those less fortunate.


Beware of Purse Snatchers


Everyone needs to be aware that thieves look forward to holidays as much as everyone else – maybe more so!  Please beware of purse snatchers; women carrying pocketbooks are easy prey. The thieves know that during the holidays, shoppers are distracted and are not as careful as they should be when out.


Here are some things that can be done to thwart the would-be thief:


- Keep your purse close to your body.
- If possible, avoid carrying a large purse when shopping.
- Carry only the credit cards
you intend to use, leave the others behind.
- Use check cards or checks to avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Use ATMs wisely. Have the card ready before approaching the machine, and use ATMs in high traffic areas.


Do Your Homework Before Donating To Charity


- Be wary of any organization that sends unsolicited e-mail to ask for donations. Do not open any attachment associated with suspect messages.
- If you want to give, find out how an organization accepts donations.
- For detailed reports that rate charities and tell you how your donations will be used, go to these national charity watchdog resources on the internet:,  For more information on local charities, contact the Better Business Bureau at 
- Give to organizations with a history of service and commitment to the community.


The Walton County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!


The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an armed robbery that took place early this morning at McDonalds within Loves Travel Shop, located at 17750 State Highway 285, Mossy Head.  Two black male suspects with partially covered faces entered the business around 3:15 am this morning.  One of the suspects brandished a 22 magnum handgun and demanded money.  Both suspects fled with approximately $2,500 in a 2008 Mazda with a Louisiana tag heading towards Niceville.  Patrol deputies pursued and stopped the suspect’s vehicle.  Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.  A third suspect was apprehended a few hours later near Hwy 90 and Emma Lane in Mossy Head.  The weapon used during the robbery and the stolen money have been recovered. 

The suspects were identified as;

Kelly Eugene Stewart, 18, of Slidel, La.                                                                                                                                           Trevor Bernard Smalls, 19, of Mobile, Al.                                                                                                                                                Christopher Wayne Smith, 20, of Slidel, La.

All suspects have been arrested and charged with Armed Robbery. Additionally Smith was charged with Aggravated Assault. All suspects have been booked into the Walton County Jail.                                                                                                                         


Special thanks to the Florida Highway Patrol and Walton Corrections Institute for their assistance in the apprehension of the suspects.  No one was injured during the incident and the investigation is ongoing.  More information will be released as it becomes available.