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OCSO Searching for Missing Endangered Adult

***UPDATE*** We’re happy to report Mr. Maslanka has been located in Santa Rosa County and is safe. Thank you everyone for helping get out the word! The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help in locating Missing Endangered Adult Edward...

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OCSO Investigating Fatal Shooting Near Fort Walton Beach

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that took place around 5 a.m. this morning on Shirley Drive.Deputies were called to a townhome in connection to a woman’s phone call reporting that a man broke into her home and had been shot.They...

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Crestview Man Charged with Sexual Battery on Child & More

A Crestview man has been arrested on charges he sexually molested two young girls under the age of twelve.The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 46-year old James Daniel Hughes of Auburn Road with sexual battery on a victim under the age of twelve, two...

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Illinois Teen Drowns After Being Caught in Riptide

A 19-year old Illinois tourist drowned Saturday after being caught in a rip current in the Gulf of Mexico off Scenic Highway 98 in Destin.Lifeguards pulled multiple people from the water despite the Gulf being closed to swimming due to dangerous conditions created by...

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OCSO Drug Task Force Search Warrant Leads to Six Arrests

A narcotics search warrant executed October 8th by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Agency Drug Task force led to the arrests of two Fort Walton Beach men on charges of operating a public nuisance structure for drug activity and more.Four other individuals...

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Cold Case Sexual Battery From 1986 Resolution

Efforts by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Layton Utah Police Department have led to the closure of two cold case sexual battery cases, perpetrated by the same man. He died in South Carolina in 2015.The Okaloosa victim was 26 when robbed and attacked on...

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Wanted Fugitive Makes Failed Attempt to Escape Arrest

33-year old Robert James Nelson, Jr of Crestview was taken into custody last night at the Holiday Inn Resort at 1299 Miracle Strip Parkway. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Section, Street Crimes Unit, and Special response Team executed a...

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Shooting Victim Faces Drug Charges

An Okaloosa Island man shot during a drug deal gone bad last week now faces multiple charges after the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at his apartment.22-year old John Wade was arrested September 25th for possession of marijuana with intent...

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Armed Man Enters Home with Sleeping Children to Commit Robbery

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion robbery that took place early this morning at a home in Holt, west of Crestview.The victim went outside his residence on Belgium Run around 5 a.m. to investigate a noise and was confronted by an...

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OCSO Investigating Non-Fatal Shooting on Okaloosa Island

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that injured an Okaloosa Island man around 8:15 Tuesday night outside his apartment.The 22-year old victim called 9-1-1 to say he’s been shot in the abdomen.Deputies arrived at his Bonita Avenue...

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Mary Esther Teen Charged with Manslaughter

A 21-year old man is dead and his 19-year old friend is charged with manslaughter after the suspect said they were playing around with an AK-47 and he pulled the trigger thinking it was unloaded. Matthew Gunn of 1650 Highway 98 in Florosa was arrested this morning by...

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Trio Charged in Armed Burglary

Home surveillance video and quick action by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Walton Beach Police Department led to the capture of three suspects Sunday in an armed burglary that injured one person.17-year old Nigel Fryer of Fort Walton Beach, 23-year old...

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