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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.

 

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Maggie Heelan with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is helping Hogan to find a good home. He is a black male German Shepherd mix.  Hogan is a little over a year old, very friendly and would make a wonderful addition to a family.

If you would like to visit or adopt Hogan, please come by or contact the Animal Shelter at 850-892-8758.

Agerton was adjudicated on 08/05/2003 for lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under the age of 12.  Agerton’s current address is 189 Rio Ranchero Road, Defuniak Springs.

Agerton is a 68 year old white male, with gray hair and blue eyes, 5’07” and 175 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.

 

Gable was adjudicated on 03/23/2009 for possession of photo of sexual performance by a child in Okaloosa County.  Gable’s current address is 316 Bonita Drive, Defuniak Springs.

Gable is a 50 year old white male, with brown hair and green eyes, 6’02” and 187 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.

 

On Tuesday, April 29th, Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Heith Fountain, 35, of 64 SD Suttles Road, DeFuniak Springs, after receiving information from a citizen.  Investigators located and followed Fountain to Lowes in DeFuniak Springs, where they observed him enter the store, immediately walk back out and load a pressure washer onto the back of his truck.  Fountain exited the parking lot and a traffic stop was conducted.  Upon further investigation, Fountain did take the pressure washer, valued at $359.00, without paying for it.

Fountain was arrested and charged with grand theft and driving while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR).

 

The WCSO is thrilled to announce the winners for the 2nd Annual Family Fun Art Contest.Nearly 100 entries were received depicting family fun activities and promoting child abuse awareness.The winners are Lily Anne Pryor, Mossy Head School (5-10 age category), Kendalynn Hill, South Walton High School (11-14 age category) and Taylor Scott, South Walton High School (15-17 age category).The Sheriff’s Office appreciates everyone’s participation and a special thanks goes to our sponsors, Blast Arcade and Moo La La Ice Cream for providing gift cards to our winners.Photos of the winner’s artwork will be hung at the Sheriff’s Office.  
  Lt. Adam Falk, Mrs. Hadley Muller, Lily Anne Pryor and School Resource Deputy Phillip Spires

 
  Capt. Mike Howell, Taylor Scott, Kendalynn Hill and School Resource Deputy Blake McCormick

 

The WCSO Animal Shelter is now able to provide free pet ID tags thanks to Bill Bard and Friends of the Walton County Animal Shelter.  Pet owners are strongly encouraged to have a collar ID as a form of identification to insure a pet will be returned home if they ever get lost.  Please call the animal shelter for more information at 850.892.8758.  Captain Audie Rowell, who oversees the shelter stated, "This is a great program that can help lost pets get returned to their owners without having to take a trip to the animal shelter."  For those interested in supporting Friends of the Walton County Animal Shelter, please visit their website at www.FriendsOfTheWaltonCountyAnimalShelter.org. 

 

(Pictured with Captain Audie Rowell is Bill Bard, Friends of the Walton County Animal Shelter)

 

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Deputy Harold Shover, with the Walton County Sheriff’s, is helping “Ella” a female 11 lb. cat to find a forever, loving home. Ella is a domestic short hair. She is spayed and current on vaccinations.  Ella is ready for adoption at the Walton County Animal Shelter.  If you have any questions or would like to ADOPT “ELLA” please call the Shelter at 850-892-8758.

 

Odell was adjudicated on 10/29/1997 for lewd and lascivious on a child under 16 in Okaloosa County.  On 10/10/2005, Odell was adjudicated for failing to register as a sexual offender in Walton County and adjudicated again on 1/05/2012 for failing to register as a sexual offender in Holmes County.  Odell’s current address is 785 Adams Road, Defuniak Springs.

Odell is a 35 year old white male, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’04” and 122 lbs.

There are currently 148 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.

 

Gable was adjudicated on 03/23/2009 for possession of photo of sexual performance by a child in Okaloosa County.  Gable’s current address is 7588 E County Highway 30A Unit 6, Panama City Beach.

Gable is a 50 year old white male, with brown hair and green eyes, 6’02” and 187 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.