Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Larry R. Ashley

News Releases

Two Charged Following Execution of Narcotics Search Warrant

LEE & COLEMAN ARREST REPORTS The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant this morning at 598 Fifth Avenue in Crestview. Sheriff’s Investigators had information that this location was being used for the sale and use of controlled substances, including crack cocaine. The location is described as a “smoke house” and was raided this morning. 59-year old Vernon Maurice Lee, address unknown, and 55-year old Charles Howard Coleman of 215 Oglesby Avenue in Crestview, are charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigators say the location was a public safety concern because it is directly across the street from a licensed home day care and within a block of Richbourg Middle School.... read more

Safe Schools Numbers for Week One

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is taking part in an initiative created by the Florida Sheriff’s Association called “Operation Safe Schools.” In the first week of operation, OCSO deputies reported 44 school zone warnings, 20 school zone citations, one pedestrian violation, and one school zone related stop which resulted in a felony narcotics arrest. The program’s goal is to protect students with increased patrols in school zones, at bus stops, and at crossing guards locations – and to increase public awareness about the need for vigilance now that school is back in session. The OCSO Public Information Office is sharing school zone traffic safety tips via social media outlets Facebook and Twitter. One of the biggest issues of confusion for motorists involves when you must stop for a school bus. The following graphic has the basic rules: Meanwhile a school zone related traffic stop August 18th resulted in the arrest of 23-year old Patrick Dunn of Fort Walton Beach on charges of driving with a suspended license (second offense), and possession of a controlled substance. Deputies say when they stopped Dunn near Mary Esther Elementary School he admitted he had no drivers’ license and consented to a search of his car, which turned up suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. PATRICK DUNN ARREST REPORT... read more

OCSO Continues Seeking Public’s Assistance in Destin Death Investigation

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to try to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of a Destin teenager in November 2014. An autopsy had revealed that 18-year old Jonha Campbell, whose body had washed ashore on a beach west of the East Pass, died from a gunshot wound to the head. He was last seen alive at his home on Airport Road around 1:50 p.m. November 20th. Jonha did not show up for work that day and did not answer repeated calls to his cell phone. A deputy patrolling Gulf Shore Drive in Destin spotted a Honda Civic near the Norriego Point beach access on November 26th. The car, which turned out to belong to Campbell, had reportedly been there several days. Campbell’s driver’s license, some cash, and his debit card were inside. A person later reported seeing someone matching Campbell’s description in that area alone. Investigators have interviewed dozens of family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances, but would still like to talk to anyone who believes they may have information that could be beneficial, or who interacted with Campbell around that timeframe. There is currently no clear determination as to whether or not the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Anyone with any information reference Campbell is asked to please call the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863- TIPS, www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com, or by texting “TIP214 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637.) ###... read more

Teen Escapee Believed to Have Left Area

A 16-year old Polk County teen who escaped Saturday evening from a Department of Juvenile Justice facility near Crestview is now believed to have left the area by getting a ride out of town. Noe Dominguez was the subject of an intense search after he climbed a fence at the DJJ detention facility and ran into nearby woods. Dominguez was assigned there after escaping from a DJJ facility in Polk County a month prior. He was in detention on a violation of probation charge for an original offense of dealing in stolen property. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, including a K9 team and a boat unit, responded and K9’s were able to establish a track. They were assisted in the search by personnel from the Okaloosa Correctional Institution, the Walton Correctional Institution, the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, the North Okaloosa Fire Department, and Walton County Sheriff’s Office helicopter unit. However Dominguez was able to use the swampy area to hide and could not be located. Sunday a Crestview man reported he had been fishing on the Shoal River Saturday night when a teen approached him and said he’d gotten separated from his friends and was from out of town and needed help. He allowed the teen to use his cell phone and took him to the Comfort Inn to await a ride. The fisherman says he was not aware of the search for a teen assigned to the DJJ FACILITY until the next day. He immediately contacted the OCSO to report the encounter. After seeing a photo of Dominguez he confirmed it was the same person. The OCSO... read more

FWB Man Stabbed in Destin

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stabbing that critically injured a Fort Walton Beach man in Destin early this morning. Deputies responded to the parking lot of 104 Harbor Boulevard around 2 a.m. in reference to an armed disturbance. They found 22-year old Joshua Shipley of Fort Walton Beach on the ground with multiple stab wounds. Witnesses say Shipley had been in a fight with a man, who then left the scene with his girlfriend in a white pickup truck. Deputies stopped the suspect vehicle a short time later on Gulf Shore Drive and detained two people for questioning. The investigation is continuing. Shipley was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center where he was initially listed in critical condition. ###... read more

FWB Man Faces Aggravated Battery Charge After Hitting Victim with Car

Robinson Arrest Report The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Fort Walton Beach man with aggravated battery after he struck a teen with his car following an argument. Deputies responding to the call at 326 Carmel Drive around 8 p.m. August 16th found the 19-year old victim on the ground covered with dirt. The teen says 20-year old Trevon Lee Robinson of 999 Lukes Way was calling him names so he threw a chair at Robinson’s car but never hit it. The victim and his mother say Robinson stopped and turned around in a nearby yard. They say Robinson drove back towards the victim and swerved to hit him with the right front side of the car. Another witness says she saw Robinson’s car leaving the mobile home park at a high rate of speed. The victim was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center to be treated for leg pain. Robinson denies hitting the teen with his car. Robinson has another pending aggravated battery charge from November 11th, 2014 where he was arrested after hitting someone with his car after an argument.... read more