Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

2002 Press Releases


Dec. 30: Sexual Predator Notification - Terrance Key Farmer
Dec. 30: Sexual Predator Notification - Chad Christopher Richard
Dec. 30: Sexual Predator Notification - Fred Ward, Jr.
Dec. 27: Sheriff's Citizen Academy Begins January 15
Dec. 18: Sheriff's Office Investigating Motorcycle Fatality
Dec. 16: Reward Offered in Vandalism Case
Dec. 13: Two Men Arrested After Attempted Burglary
Dec. 10: Child Safety Seat Inspections Friday, Dec. 13 
Dec. 5: Investigators Searching for Shooting Suspect
Dec. 2002 Cop Column: Burglars Aren't the Brightest


Nov. 26: MDMA (Ecstasy) Lab Dismantled in Okaloosa County
Nov. 18: Inspector Honored as Finalist for Statewide Award
Nov. 16: One Man Dead, One Jailed After Altercation Outside of Bar
Nov. 16: Sheriff's Office Investigating Disturbance at Local Lounge
Nov. 15: Sexual Predator Notification - Raymond Eli Wortham
Nov. 10: Teenager Killed in Destin Traffic Crash
Nov. 2: Robbery at Vanguard Bank
Nov. 1: Traffic Unit Honored with National Award
Nov. 1: Armed Robbery at McDonald's
Nov. 1: Alert: Individuals Attempting to Cash Payroll Checks with Fake ID's


Sheriff Sponsoring Self Defense Seminar - Nov. 16 at Choctaw High School
Oct. 28: Sheriff Announces Employees of the Quarter
Oct. 25: Crime Stoppers Tip Helps Locate Suspected Cocaine Dealer
Sheriff's Town Hall Meeting - Nov. 12 at 6:00PM in Laurel Hill
Oct. 24: Sheriff's Office Investigating Apparent Charity Scam
Oct. 23: Four Arrested on Drug Charges
Public Tribute Ceremony for K-9 Beau - Oct. 23 at 3:30 PM
Oct. 18: Armed Robbery at Destin Clothing Store
Oct. 18: Destin Bank Robber Captured
Oct. 18: Sexual Predator Notification - Harold Lavern Benedict
Oct. 11: Sexual Predator Notification - Harold Lavern Benedict
Oct. 4: Sheriff Warns Area Residents of Fund-Raising Scam 
Oct. 3: Sexual Predator Notification - Raymond Elijah Wortham
Oct. 1: Sheriff's Office Investigating Bank Robbery in Destin


Sheriff's Posse Golf Tournament Rescheduled for October 11 at Emerald Bay
Sept. 27: Sheriff's Office Never Conducts Telephone Solicitations
Sept. 25: UPDATE - Home Invasion Sexual Battery
Sept. 20: Sheriff's Office Investigating Home Invasion Sexual Battery
Sept. 19: Georgia Murder Suspect Arrested
Sept. 11: Sexual Predator Notification - Raymond Elijah Wortham
Sept. 2002: Cop Column - "Is This a Legitimate Charity?"


Aug. 30: "Buckle Up" Enforcement Wave Aug. 30 - Sept. 8
Aug. 23: Drug Trafficking Suspect at Large
Aug. 22:Sheriff Morris Searching for Information about Former Sheriff for Memorial
Aug. 13: $1,000 Reward Offered in Hit & Run Cases
Aug. 9: Mother of 14 Year Old Arrested for Child Neglect
Aug. 8: Louisiana Man Drowns in Gulf of Mexico
Aug.5: Sexual Predator Notification - Fred Ward
Aug. 2: Suspect Arrested for Midnight Home-Invasion Robbery

JULY 2002

Traffic Safety Checkpoint on Highway 98 - August 9
Sheriff's Posse Charity Golf Tournament Sept. 27
July 26: Three Teenage Golf Course Vandals Arrested
July 26: Crestview Man Arrested After Undercover Drug Transaction
July 20: Sheriff's Office Investigating a Report of Kidnapping & Sexual Battery
July 17: Sheriff's Office Investigating Apparent Foul-Play Death of Infant
July 12: Sexual Predator Notification - Joseph Russell Albright
July 3: Sheriff Urges Motorists to Drive Safely for Holiday weekend
July 3: Sexual Predator Notification - Chad Christopher Richard
July 3: Sheriff's Office Investigating "Pigeon Drop" Scam
July 1: Sheriff's Office Receives Top Honors at "Buckle Up Florida" Awards
July 2002 Cop Column: Some New Florida Laws

JUNE 2002

June 28: Brown Murder Investigation Results in Spin-Off Arrest
Sheriff's Citizen Academy July 10 - October 2
June 26: K-9 "Valko" Apprehends Pharmacy Robber
June 19: Murder Suspect Ed Brown Returned to Okaloosa County
June 14: Murder Suspect Located in South Georgia
June 13: Sheriff's Office Investigating Death of Local Radio DJ
June 13: No New Leads in Missing Person Case of Aaron H. Seitz
June 12: Investigators Need Help Locating 2 Missing Persons
June 12: Sheriff's Office Implements "Combat Auto-Theft (C.A.T.) Program"
June 7: 3 Teens Arrested & $36,000 Worth of Stolen Jewelry Recovered
June 5: Sexual Predator Notification - Craig Alan Swinarski
June 4: Sheriff's Office Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash in Mary Esther (UPDATE)
June 4: Serious Traffic Crash Leaves One Woman in Critical Condition 
June 2002 Cop Column: Is Your Car Street Legal?

MAY 2002

May 31: Okaloosa County Murder Suspect Located in Louisiana
May 30: Sheriff's Office Investigating Three Drive-By Shooting Incidents
May 30: Traffic Advisory - Traffic Delays on US Highway 98 Between FWB & Destin
May 21: Suspected Exhibitionist Arrested in Destin
May 20: Sexual Predator Notification - Terrance K. Farmer
May 14: Sheriff Announces Employees of the Quarter
Sheriff's "Town Hall Meeting" in Destin - May 28 at 6:00PM
May 13: Drug Task Force Seizes Estimated $57,000 in Locally-Grown Marijuana
May 2002 Cop Column: Here Comes Hurricane Season

APRIL 2002

Apr. 25: Sexual Predator Notification: Terrance K. Farmer
Apr. 25: Sexual Predator Notification - Harold Lavern Benedict
Apr. 24: Lewd & Lascivious Assault Investigation - Have You Seen this Man?
Apr. 17: Man Who Allegedly Scammed Senior Citizens Arrested
Apr. 16: K-9 Unit Returns from Successful Field Trials

MARCH 2002

Mar. 29: Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run - April 2
Mar. 20: Second Arrest Made in Rhonda Chaney Murder Investigation
Mar. 19: California Murder Suspect Captured in Destin
Mar. 15: California Murder Suspect Sought Locally
Mar.1: Man Arrested for Filing False Police Report in Shooting Incident
Mar.1: Sheriff Implements Statewide School Safety Hotline in Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Town Hall Meeting - March 12 at 6:00pm in Baker


Feb. 26: Two Okaloosa County Men Arrested for Cocaine Trafficking
Feb. 25: Warrant Obtained for Suspect in Destin Home Invasion & Sexual Battery
Feb. 21: Twelve Arrested in Drug Smuggling Operation
Feb. 20: Attempted Murder Suspect Now in Custody
Feb.12: Sheriff Honors Employees of the Quarter & Year
Child Safety Seat Inspection Feb, 14th from 10 - 1PM
Feb. 8: Missing FWB Woman Found and Arrested for Burglary
Feb. 7: Investigators Searching for Missing FWB Woman
Feb. 7: Investigators Looking for Suspect in Attempted Murder in Baker
Feb 4: Two Suspects Arrested After Armed Robbery in Destin


Jan. 22: Man Who Escaped From Custody has been Recaptured
Jan.18: Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting Incident in Destin
Jan. 16: Two Wright Area Residents Arrested on Drug Charges
Sheriff's Town Hall Meeting - Jan. 28th in Niceville
Jan. 14: Destin Man Charged with Attempted Knife-Point Robbery
Jan. 8: Bay County Shooting Suspect Arrested in Okaloosa County After Chase
Jan. 3: DNA Test Results Not a Match with Sexual Battery Suspect
Jan. 2002 Cop Column: About Traffic Fines


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