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Deputies responded to a home off Forest Shore Drive in Miramar Beach on Saturday, May 10th, after a third party contacted the Broward County Sheriff’s Office stating she received a text from a friend from the above location that read “Send the police do not call back.”  Deputies arrived at the Miramar Beach home and contact was made with the victim.  The victim was visibly upset, had bruises around her neck consistent with being choked, bruises on her arms, legs and shoulders and a laceration underneath her chin.  The victim told deputies that she was held against her will by her husband for several days and that he also threatened to kill her.  The husband, William Alfred Bozeman, 48, of Miramar Beach, choked his wife twice and held a knife to her throat stating, “I’m gonna kill you.”  Bozeman also took his wife’s phone in an attempt to keep her from contacting law enforcement. 

 

Bozeman is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and obstructing justice by intimidation or threaten a witness.

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is remembering one of its own – K9 “Lee” who passed away on May 9th (Friday) due to health issues.  K9 Lee retired on September 29th, 2013, after nine years of service to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Walton County.  He began his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2004.  K9 Lee worked with two handlers and has been Sergeant Nick Bearden’s partner since 2007.  He had approximately 1,742 hours of training, 1,218 deployments, 844 alerts with finds, tracked and apprehended 22 suspects and recovered 8 children who were lost.  The biggest drug bust of K9 Lee’s career was 20 lbs of cocaine found off I-10 in 2010.

Sergeant Bearden and K9 Lee won the Top Dog Award in 2011 at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Regional Field Trials and finished in the top 20 at the USPCA National Competition held in Perl, MS.  In 2013, Sergeant Bearden and K9 Lee were selected as the USPCA Detector Case of the 1st quarter.  K9 Lee had certifications for narcotic detection and tracking through USPCA as well as through the National Narcotic Detection Dog Association (NNDDA).  Sheriff Mike Adkinson said “We are grateful to K9 Lee and for all the contributions he made in making our community safer.”

K9 Lee was more than a partner, he was a loyal companion, a trusted teammate and a true friend.  We will miss him but never forget him.

 

Godwin was adjudicated on 08/09/1993 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 and Sex Battery/INJ Not Likely and on 11/05/2003 was adjudicated for failure to register in Walton County.  Godwin’s new address is: 81 West Oleander, Defuniak Springs, FL 32433.  Godwin’s is a 59 year old white male with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’06” and 124 lbs

There are currently 149 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.

The WCSO encourages families to visit
www.flsexoffender.net 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.

Butler was adjudicated on 08/21/2001 for lewd and lascivious conduct on a victim under the age of 16 in Walton County and on 12/27/2007 for failing to register in Washington County.  Butler’s current address is 141 Dewey Drive, DeFuniak Springs.

 

Butler is a 34 year old bwhite male, with brown hair and hazel eyes, 5’10” and 205 lbs.

 

There are currently 149 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.

 

The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net 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.

 

Lane was adjudicated on 02/11/2002 for lewd and lascivious conduct on a victim under the age of 16 and on 01/22/2008 for failing to register in Walton County.  Lane’s current address is 90 Business Park Road, DeFuniak Springs.

 

Lane is a 29 year old black male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’10” and 250 lbs.

 

There are currently 149 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.

 

The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net 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.

 

Cardwell was adjudicated on 11/04/1997 for a sex offense in Limestone, AL.  He failed to register as a sex offender in Seminole, FL in 2004 and again in 2009 in Orange, FL.   Cardwell’s current address is 13468 Hwy 83 North, Defuniak Springs.

 

Cardwell is a 39 year old white male, with gray hair and blue eyes, 6’00” and 190 lbs.

 

There are currently 147 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.

 

The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net 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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Leah Snaith, Volunteer Coordinator with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is helping Chichi find a home.  She is a Seal Point Siamese Cat, weighing 6.6 lbs and is fully vetted and vaccinated.  If you have any questions or would like to adopt Chichi please call the Animal Shelter at 850-892-8758.

 

On Tuesday, May 6th, numerous burglaries were reported in a subdivision in the Defuniak Springs area.  Trenton Louis Metzler, 16, of Defuniak Springs, was observed by witnesses entering their vehicles or gaining entry onto their property.  Witnesses described what Metzler was wearing as well as that he had an open wound on his nose.  Metzler fled on foot once he saw a deputy patrolling the area.  The deputy ordered Metzler to stop, exited his patrol vehicle and pursued him on foot.  Metzler stated “you’re not going to catch me” but was apprehended shortly thereafter.  Metzler was placed under arrest and received medical attention for the wounds he sustained to his face while running through the woods.  He was then transported to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.  While in the patrol car, Metzler became agitated and began to kick the door window bars.  For his safety and the safety of the deputy, Metzler was shackled. 

 

Metzler is charged with three counts of burglary, larceny, resisting an officer without violence and three charges of battery on a law enforcement officer for being combative and biting, kicking, hitting and spitting at three detention deputies. 

 

Deputies responded to a domestic violence call at a home off Lancelot Road in Defuniak Springs on Sunday, May 4th.  While in route, Dispatch informed the deputies that there were children present and stated their parents were fighting and shots were fired.  Deputies arrived on scene and made contact with the suspect’s wife.  The wife stated that she and her husband, Matthew Lynch, 30, got into a heated argument over the family’s vehicle.  The wife refused to give Lynch the keys and Lynch went into the bedroom, retrieved a Smith &Wesson and fired one round at the tire of the vehicle but missed.  Lynch proceeded to walk towards his wife and pointed the gun towards her feet and fired three to four rounds, striking the ground next to her feet.  The victim told deputies when Lynch walked out of the bedroom with the gun, the children in the home got scared and fled the residence.  Deputies found shell casings in the driveway as well as along the walkway of the home. 

 

Deputies observed Lynch driving the family vehicle on Hwy 90.  A traffic stop was conducted and Lynch was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a weapon in a public place, obstructing justice, hinder, delay or prevent the communication to a law enforcement officer and driving while license suspended or revoked. 

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau wants to warn folks to lock their vehicles.  Since April 30th, several vehicle burglaries have taken place in Miramar Beach around the Scenic Gulf area.  In each case, all the vehicles were unlocked and are currently under investigation.  The Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to call and report any suspicious activity at 850.892.8111.  Anybody with information about the vehicle burglaries may contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office or may possibly become eligible for a cash reward of UP TO $1,000 by contacting Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (863-8477), or toll-free at 1-888-654-TIPS. Information can be provided anonymously by texting “TIP214 plus the message” to CRIMES (274637) or can be submitted on-line at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com.  Crime Stoppers callers are never required to reveal their identity nor testify in court.  A code number system is used to pay cash rewards without compromising the tipster’s identity.

 

In an effort to deter and prevent auto burglaries throughout Walton County, the Crime Prevention Unit of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office has implemented a program called HIDE, LOCK, TAKE.  The premise is simple: HIDE your things, LOCK your car and TAKE your keys.  The program has been implemented throughout the United States and Canada where there has been a dramatic reduction in auto thefts and car break-ins.  For more information please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 850.892.8186.