March 3, 2005
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A joint investigation by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Walton Beach Police Department has resulted in the arrests of five teenagers and one adult in connection with last month’s vandalism to two cemeteries.
Arrested today (Thursday) were Joshua Curtis “Fatty” Willey, age 22 (7-27-1982), of 331 Cherie Court, Fort Walton Beach; Shaun Patrick “Wimpy” Mahoney, age 17 11-16-1987), of 49 9th Avenue, Shalimar; Andrew Michael “Beastman” Bland, age 17 (4-12-1987), of 814 Denton Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach; Charles James “Shmee” Howard, age 17 (1-8-1988), of 699 Shrewsbury Road, Mary Esther; Jordan Charles “Milky” Rutledge, age 15 (1-12-1990), of 440 Shrewsbury Road, Mary Esther; and Jamie Marie Turman, age 15 (7-12-1989), of 723 Rodney Avenue, Fort Walton Beach.
Willey, Mahoney, Bland, and Howard are charged with Felony Criminal Mischief and with Disturbing a Tomb or Monument; Rutledge and Turman are charged as Principals to the offenses.
The six are alleged to have caused damage at the Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach and the Jesse Rogers Memorial Cemetery in Mary Esther the night of Saturday, February 19. Headstones, vases, and statues were knocked over, and in some cases, broken with a baseball bat. Damage at the Jesse Rogers Cemetery is estimated at $3,000.
The investigation was aided by an anonymous tip via Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers, and information provided to School Resource Officers by students.
for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer
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