Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Larry R. Ashley

News Releases

Lewd and Lascivious Behaviors Reported at Area Store and Outside FWB Home

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office took two reports of lewd and lascivious behavior yesterday, but the description of the suspect in each case does not indicate any connection. A 44-year old female shopper at the Wal-Mart on Beal Parkway reported being followed around by a man inside the store around 7:30 last night. The Crestview resident says the man initially stood near her and appeared to be shopping, but when she turned around, he was fondling himself through his gym shorts. She went to get her husband but the man had left by the time they returned to the aisle. She described the offender as 5’6″ tall, wearing blue gym shorts and a blue T-shirt. In a separate incident, a Lowery Drive resident in Fort Walton Beach reported that she was on her porch around 9 p.m. last night when she spotted a nude man outside of her apartment window, masturbating. The woman said her husband arrived home and the man fled. Her husband told deputies he saw the naked man running down the side of the building. The individual was described as a white male, approximately 6’4″ tall and weighing 220 pounds. ###... read more

SRO Goes Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Students at Elliott Point Elementary in Fort Walton Beach brought in coins to raise more than $700 to “SOCK IT TO CHILDHOOD CANCER”. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Deputy Jason Folley decided to help motivate youngsters by pledging to shave his hair into a Mohawk. He not only had his head shaved in front of the class that raised the most money, he let staff members spray paint it gold, the symbolic color for fighting childhood cancer. Elliott Point Elementary School teacher Laurie Feldman says Deputy Folley and the students were simply amazing. Her son David, a student at Meigs Elementary School, is has been in remission from cancer for three years now. Feldman says only about four percent of money raised for cancer research goes towards childhood cancers. The money raised will be donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a childhood cancer charity which funds research to help find cures for kids with cancer. For more information on childhood cancer research or to donate, you can visit: www.stbaldricks.org. A video of the head shaving event is available on the OCSO YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjXr_uTlCOM&feature=youtu.be ###    ... read more

Attempts to Defraud Local Senior Citizen Lead to Two Arrests

ARREST REPORTS Two men have been arrested in connection with an effort to defraud local residents through a bogus home repair scheme. The investigation is continuing. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office received a number of calls October 4th and 5th in connection with a suspicious newer model black Dodge pickup truck in areas of Mary Esther and Fort Walton Beach. A 74-year old Camellia Drive resident in Mary Esther reported three men knocked on her door October 4th and told her a squirrel was damaging a vent on her roof. One of the individuals asked her if she wanted it repaired. After she said yes, he went on the roof and stated he had fixed it. She planned to pay $35 dollars with a check but they said they only take cash and would come back the next day. They returned October 5th with an invoice for $950. She told them to leave. She says an unrelated work crew that came to her home told her no repairs had been done to the roof. While taking that report yesterday, the deputy overheard a bulletin for three subjects involved in similar suspicious activity. Their vehicle had been spotted near the intersection of Lovejoy Road and Mary Esther Cut-off around 3:20 p.m. A traffic stop was made after the driver failed to signal while making a right hand turn. It was later learned the driver gave the deputy a false name, was driving on a suspended license, had a stolen tag on the truck, and no insurance. A search of the truck turned up a bottle of prescription pills that had... read more

Complaints Prompt Prostitution Ring Operation

In response to complaints of active prostitution rings in South Okaloosa County, the Sheriff’s Office conducted a sting operation October 2nd aimed at women posting solicitation advertisements on various websites. The effort resulted in five arrests, including a Fort Walton Beach man for procuring the proceeds, or living off the earnings, of prostitution. The OCSO’s Narcotics Unit used an undercover officer to contact the females through their internet advertisements. They agreed to meet at a hotel room on Miracle Strip Parkway. Once the women arrived, they offered sex or sex acts for money. Five persons were arrested: 31-year old Terrance Lamar of 209 Elaine Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, charged with procuring the proceeds of prostitution and felony violation of probation. 23-year old Camillia Rushing of 2201 Frontera Street, Navarre, charged with solicitation for prostitution. 48-year old Melissa Kelly of Extended Stay Lodge, charged with solicitation for prostitution. 26-year old Holly Evans of 415 Heron Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, charged with solicitation for prostitution. And 28-year old Kaysha Barnard of 225 Burson Street, Sampson Alabama, charged with solicitation for prostitution. ###... read more

Crestview Man Terrorizes Family, Resists Arrest

DANDRIDGE ARREST REPORT A Crestview man pulled a weapon on family members, strangled one until she passed out, and shoved his 75-year old grandmother to the floor during an ordeal that began following an argument over his desire to shoot a gun out the front door at a home on John King Road around 8 p.m. last night. He later fought with deputies called to the scene to protect the family. 31-year old Mark Alan Dandridge Jr. of 109 Pin Oak Court is charged with three counts of domestic violence related aggravated assault with a weapon, domestic violence related battery, domestic violence related battery by strangulation, battery on a person 65 or older, domestic violence related child abuse without great harm, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, and resisting arrest – obstruction. Deputies say Dandridge punched his 36-year old sister in the mouth, grabbed her by the throat, and strangled until she became unconscious at her home, 362 John King Road. When she came to, she left and took two others to her grandmother’s home on Pin Oak Court. They locked themselves inside, however Dandridge followed and got in through the garage. Once in the house, he pushed a juvenile to the ground, along with his sister. Dandridge then shoved his 75 year old grandmother to the floor, raised his shirt and showed them all a firearm and threatened to shoot them. He went outside, slashed the tires on a car, and headed back to 365 John King Road. He was confronted by two responding Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Dandridge refused to comply with their... read more

Thief Takes $60,000 Worth of Tools from Baker Shop

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that resulted in the loss of an estimated $60,000 worth of tools from a shop beside a Baker home. Ben Morgan of 2229 County Road says he was in the process of selling his land, along with his house and the shop beside it, but currently still goes to his shop to work. He says he and his son left the home around 5 p.m. September 29th and arrived back the next day to find someone had broken into his “man cave” and the adjacent shop. A 65 inch flat screen TV had been ripped off a wall and was missing, along with an air conditioner unit, compressors, air tool guns, multiple types of saws, an engine computer analyzer, welder, and multiple other tools. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-689-5705 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or text “TIP214 plus your messages” to Crimes (274637). ###... read more

OCSO Issues 20 Citations for School Zone Violations During Operation Safe Schools

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office took part in a statewide initiative aimed to increase awareness of the need for increased vigilance and safe driving practices in school zones. Sheriff Larry Ashley says although the month long operation is over, deputies will continue keeping close tabs on school zone safety. The Florida Sheriffs Task Force released the results of the youth-protection program today. The four-week initiative aimed to reduce pedestrian injuries due to traffic infractions in school zones and increase students’ safety. The operation was successful in raising awareness for traffic safety and in reminding drivers of the importance of safe driving. The Task Force Operation included nine categories of focus. The key outcomes from the four-week effort of Operation Safe Schools are: • Warnings for school zone violations: 9,052 • Citations for school zone violations: 5,922 • Warnings for passing a stopped school bus: 116 • Warnings for pedestrian violations: 873 • Warnings for bicycle violations: 713 • Citations for pedestrian violations: 159 • Citations for bicycle violations: 33 • Arrests generated from directed enforcement in school zones: 146 In Okaloosa County, the operation led to: • 20 citations for school zone violations • 44 warnings for school zone violations • One warning for a pedestrian violation • One arrest for direct enforcement in a school zone “The safety of our children is a top priority and a few precautions can go a long way towards preventing accidents at crosswalks, bus stops, and school zones,” said Sheriff Larry Ashley. “Our commitment to school zone safety will continue throughout the school year and we ask motorists to remember when they... read more

Teen Charged with Attempted Murder in Shooting of Older Brother

SWAIN ARREST REPORT A 15-year old Fort Walton Beach teen faces charges of first degree attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a domestic violence related shooting at a home near Fort Walton Beach this morning. Antonio Rashod Swain was taken into custody shortly after Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies were called to 312 Elaine Avenue in reference to a 9-1-1 call around 9:47 a.m. Investigators determined that Swain shot his older brother, 19-year old Anthony Jerome “A.J.” Nix inside the home. Nix then ran into nearby woods to escape. Arriving deputies found Swain coming out of the house. He admitted shooting his older brother and deputies later located a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in Swain’s room. The boys’ mother says the two brothers were in a fight. Antonio went into his bedroom and got a gun, pointed it at Nix, and shot him in the midsection. As she tried to intervene, Nix ran from the house but Swain followed him and continued to fire the gun. OCSO Investigators also learned that prior to the shooting, Swain had gone after his brother with a butcher knife, but their mother took it away. Nix was transported to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola for treatment. Swain is being remanded to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.... read more

Fort Walton Beach Teen Injured Shooting

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting related to a domestic violence incident at a home near Fort Walton Beach. Charges are pending against a 15-year old male who is currently in custody. Investigators were called to 312-D Elaine Avenue around 9:47 a.m. after receiving a 9-1-1 call about shots being fired in the area. They found that 19-year old Anthony Jerome ‘A.J.” Nix had suffered a gunshot wound during a physical altercation with the 15-year old. Nix was transported to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola for treatment. The teen suspect faces multiple felony charges. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. ###... read more