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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.

 

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The WCSO wants to inform the public of a FREE App, launched by the FBI to store vital information about your child.  Physical identifiers such as height, weight and photographs are readily available at your fingertips in the event your child goes missing and can be given to law enforcement officers on the spot.  The app is available through the Apple iTunes Store for iPhones and Google Play Store for Android devices.  The app includes tips on keeping children safe as well guidance on what to do in those first crucial hours after a child goes missing.  No information about you or your child will be collected or stored by the FBI or iTunes.

 

For more information please visit:  http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/august/child_080511/child-id-app-content and http://www.thv11.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/21/fbi-child-summer-safety-tips/9373241/

 

The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

 

 

 

Johnson was adjudicated on 05/22/2001 for lewd and lascivious exhibition on a victim under 16 in Walton County, adjudicated on 02/18/2003 for failure to register in Walton County, 10/18/2005 for failure to report as a sex offender in Walton County and on 04/17/2008 for failure to register in Walton County.  Johnson’s current address is 158 Prineess Street, Defuniak Springs.

 

Johnson is a 40 year old white male, with brown hair and blue eyes, 5’08” and 225 lbs.

 

There are currently 151 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.

 

Alexander was adjudicated on 02/06/2014 for lewd and lascivious exhibition on a victim under 16 in Walton County.  Alexander’s current address is 117 Redd Lane, Defuniak Springs.

 

Alexander is a 25 year old white male, with black hair and brown eyes, 5’08” and 145 lbs.

 

There are currently 151 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.

 

Today, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Benjamin James Flanagan, 25, of 291 Black Creek Boulevard.  Around 2:15, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary of a home when a second call came in that a FedEx truck was stolen in the same area.  A homeowner off Black Creek Boulevard notified the Sheriff’s Office when she caught Flanigan in her home and he ran out the back door.  Flanigan then proceeded to the neighbor’s house next door.  At that time, the neighbor and FedEx driver witnessed Flanigan get into the FedEx truck and drive off.  Flanigan ran over a gated fence, causing damage to the truck.  Deputies located Flanigan in the truck off Highway 3280 where he was taken into custody.  Flanigan was cleared medically at the scene and transported to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail. 

Flanigan is charged with armed burglary, grand theft auto and criminal mischief.  In addition, Flanigan is charged for failure to appear for possession of cannabis less than 20 grams and possession of paraphernalia as well as charges for a Okaloosa County warrant.

Arrest report will be available Tuesday.

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Lieutenant Frank Hawley with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, is helping Dandy find a loving home.  Dandy is a male Beagle mix, approximately 5 to 6 months old and weighs 20 lbs.  He is very sweet and would make a great family pet.  If you have any questions or would like to adopt Dandy please call the Animal Shelter at 850-892-8758.

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to 102 Seymore Road, Ponce De Leon, last night shortly after 7 p.m., due to shots fired.  James Farrell Davis Jr., 55, of 10256 County Highway 3280, unlawfully walked onto the property of Heather Sue Carden, 26, and Joseph Justice, 31, at 102 Seymour Road.  Davis confronted Carden and Justice about his dog being missing. Davis was armed with a pistol grip shotgun and fired the shotgun towards Justice, striking him.  Davis, then pursued Justice into his home and a struggle took place.  A second shot was fired during the struggle but did not strike anyone and Justice was able to secure a hammer and struck Davis in the head. 

Multiple units arrived on scene along with EMS and the fire department.  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 for their injuries and both are currently in stable condition.

The incident is still under investigation and more information will be forthcoming.   

 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted suicide that occurred shortly before 1 p.m. today at Mainsail Resort, located at 10350 US Highway 98, Miramar Beach.  Witness statements saw a male jump from the 8th floor of the resort.  The male is in critical condition at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.  Investigators spoke to multiple witnesses and is in contact with the family. 

 

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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently on scene at Mainsail Resort, 10350 US Highway 98, Miramar Beach.  Witness statements saw a male jump from the 8th floor of the resort.  The unidentified male is currently being flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.  Investigators and members of South Walton Fire District are on scene. 

 

More information will be released once available.