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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau and Patrol Bureau have executed the second phase of “Operation Avalanche.”  At 5:30 a.m. this morning (Wednesday), deputies and investigators executed multiple arrest warrants at various locations in the DeFuniak Springs area.  The following individuals were identified throughout the course of the investigation who were involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine, distribution of controlled substances including pharmaceutical medications and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine by providing precursor or listed chemicals necessary to produce the drug.

The following individuals were arrested;

  • James Agerton, 68, 124 Poinsetta Avenue
  • Teresa Bishop, 45, 393 Martin Road
  • Jordan Bishop, 25, 46 Jim Cotton Drive
  • Pauline Carroll, 51, 1980 Yorkey Road, Westville, FL
  • Jeffrey Clenney, 51, 105 Swanee Drive
  • Delise Lacy, 28, 504 South Church St, Bunnell, FL
  • Jonathan Shirah, 48, 415 Caswell Road
  • Rory Wilson, 51, 50 Bruce Avenue
  • Scott Anderson, 48, 553 Roberts Drive
  • Douglass Dannelley, 43, 94 Karli Court
  • Travis Adams, 34, 132 Shady Acres Court
  • Jason Harvey, 27, 66 Hedger Drive
  • Jacob Martin, 29, 1021 Miles Martin Road
  • Heather Rodriguez, 44, 91 Frederick Drive
  • Irino Rodriguez, 47, 91 Frederick Drive


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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the State Attorney’s Office, has compiled information stemming from a lengthy investigation beginning in October 2013. Through this investigation, multiple subjects have been identified as being involved in the manufacture of methamphetamine, distribution of controlled substances including pharmaceutical medications and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine by providing precursor or listed chemicals necessary to produce the drug.

On June 16, 2014, four search warrants were prepared and executed by members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with this case. Of these four search warrants, in DeFuniak Springs, the following individuals were arrested;

  • Mr. Leonard (Lenny) Platteborze, 61, 366 Pardise Island Dr Lot D2
  • Ms. Erica Nowling, 34, 366 Paradise Island Dr Lot D2
  • Mr. Charles Alford, 45, 108 Jim Cotton Dr
  • Mr. Tony Rhodes, 35, 515 West Cypress Ave
  • Ms. Kaylee Schipper, 21, 108 Jim Cotton Dr
  • Ms. Tracey Burgess, 49, 347 McHenry Rd, Ponce De Leon

This investigation is still on-going and more information will be released as it comes available.



On Monday, June 16th, 2014, members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau, in coordination with the State Attorney’s Office, executed four search warrants and multiple arrests were made in the DeFuniak Springs area.  Locations of the search warrants are listed below:


108 Jim Cotton Drive


515 West Cypress Avenue


366 Paradise Island Drive Lot D2


732 Baldwin Avenue, Public Defenders Office



Investigations are on-going and more information will be released once available.


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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.