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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.


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Investigator Donna Shank with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is helping Thumbelina find a good home. She is a 35 to 40 lb. Lab mix and 3.5 years old and is ready for adoption. The adoption fee is $55.00.  Call 892-8186 to ask about Thumbelina and adopt her today!


On Thursday, May 29, 2014, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators and Vice/Narcotics Unit executed a probable cause search warrant at 1673 Crowder Chapel Road in Mossy Head, Florida.Upon the execution of the search warrant, (279) two hundred seventy nine marijuana plants were discovered growing in the basement of the residence.

The basement had been converted into a hydroponic growing area for the cultivation of marijuana with artificial lighting sources, an elaborate watering system and ventilation system.Also recovered was approximately (2) two pounds of premium marijuana that had already been harvested, ready for sale and (2) handguns.There were numerous items of paraphernalia recovered used in the cultivation of marijuana and ingestion of the drug; along with several books of instruction regarding cultivating marijuana and the procurement of the necessary supplies.

John William Lasso, 55, of 1673 Crowder Chapel Road, was arrested at the time the warrant was executed and charged with Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana in excess of 20 grams and Possession of Narcotics Equipment.Lasso was transported to the Walton County Jail where bond will be set at first appearance.


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As the 2014 Hurricane Season approaches, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Walton County Emergency Management and Alaqua Animal Refuge are teaming up to prepare Walton County pet owners to have a plan in place in the event of an evacuation.  Pet owners should have an evacuation plan and the most important thing citizens can do for their pets is to make sure their immunizations are current, they have proper identification and insure pets have a safe place to stay.  A FREE event will take place at Alaqua Unleashed to help pet owners get the information they need to be ready.  Information provided will cover disaster supply kits for pets, evacuation shelter information, pet-friendly lodging, protecting large animals and much more.  Local vets will be on hand to talk about microchip identification.  Activities for the kids will be on hand to include a petting zoo, face painting and more.


When: Saturday, June 21st, 9 am to 12 pm


Where: Alaqua Unleashed, located at 342 JD Miller Road, Santa Rosa Beach, 32459


For more information please contact the Alaqua Animal Refuge at 850.880.6399.