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Fentanyl Overdose Leads to Homicide Charge

A Crestview area resident who sold fentanyl to a man who later died from an overdose is now charged with homicide resulting from the unlawful distribution of fentanyl. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office arrested 58-year old William "Dean" Lively of Cavalier Drive...

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OCSO Offers Online for Reporting Minor Crimes

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is offering the option of online reporting for minor crimes that don't involve a known suspect or a weapon.Citizens can go to our website at sheriff-okaloosa.org to report missing/lost property, criminal mischief/vandalism, petit...

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Deputies Recover Two Stolen Vehicles Back to Back

North District deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office recovered two separate stolen vehicles within less than two hours of each other on Sunday. 32-year old Odon Garza of Quincy was heading east on Highway 90 around 6:45 p.m. May 1st when a Flock license...

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Narcotics Search Warrant Executed at Site of Overdoses

Five people were arrested after the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office executed a narcotics search warrant early this morning at a home near Niceville that's been the subject of complaints and is associated with narcotics overdoses, including an overdose-related death....

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Woman Charged After Toddler Found Asleep on Sidewalk at 1 A.M.

The discovery of a three year old child asleep on a concrete sidewalk at one in the morning led to three counts of child neglect without great bodily harm for a Fort Walton Beach area woman. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office was called to Gibson Street around one...

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Two Charged with Attempted Murder in Newcastle Drive Shooting

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has arrested two suspects in connection to a shooting on Newcastle Drive near Fort Walton Beach April 13th. 21-year old Shea Jones of Fort Walton Beach and 16-year old Natorian Hinson-Brown of Navarre are now charged with attempted...

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Armed Robbery of Crestview Area Convenience Store

Two masked men robbed a Crestview area convenience store at gunpoint overnight and the suspects later were spotted by Santa Rosa County deputies near Milton but bailed from the car and managed to escape. The clerk says the pair walked in about thirty minutes after...

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Body Found on River Identified

The body of a man found in trees along the Shoal River off Highway 393 near Dorcas April 11th has been identified as 27-year old Colby Wilcher. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating Wilcher's death as suspicious after an autopsy revealed he had...

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Autopsy Reveals Suspicious Death

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office investigators says an examination of the partially decomposed body of a man found tangled in a tree on the Shoal River near Dorcas Monday afternoon shows the victim suffered a single gunshot wound. A positive identification has been...

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Driver of Stolen Car Rams Deputy’s SUV

A suspect driving a stolen car who fled from Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies Monday in Mary Esther also deliberately rammed a deputy's patrol car in an effort to get away. 20-year old Chad Ebanks of Destin is charged with fleeing and eluding, grand theft of...

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Unidentified Body Found in Shoal River

Fishermen out on the Shoal River east of Crestview off Highway 393 discovered a partially decomposed human body in the water, tangled in a tree south of the bridge Monday afternoon. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call around 3 p.m. and deputies...

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Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About the OCSO

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive April 19, 2022, to examine all aspects of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Okaloosa...

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Wanted Teen Gives False Name & Faces New Charges

A 17-year old Defuniak Springs resident with an active felony warrant by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and a separate hold by the Niceville Police Department was arrested Saturday amid brand new charges. Darius Wingate, a passenger in a car, gave an OCSO deputy...

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Destin Drug Nuisance Search Warrant Nets Two Arrests

Two Destin residents were taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant this morning by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Multi-Agency Drug Task Force at an apartment on Indian Trail. Investigators says the residence was not only the site of a...

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Third and Final Suspect in FWB Area Murder Turns Himself In

The third and final suspect in a February 2021 shooting death near Fort Walton Beach turned himself in at the Okaloosa County Jail in Crestview Monday. 19-year old Jacob Gabany of Crestview was wanted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office on active warrants for...

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Home Invasion Robbery Suspect Captured

A suspect in a home invasion robbery near Crestview is now behind bars after an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputy spotted him walking down the street Sunday. 27-year old Matthew Gafford was walking in the area of Beal Parkway and Manring Drive when the deputy...

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Man Wanted for Attempted Murder Now in Custody

A Walton County man wanted on an active warrant for attempted first degree homicide by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is now in custody in Geneva County Alabama. 32-year old Cristian "Alex" Douglas, last known to live in Mossy Head, was picked up by authorities...

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OCSO 2021 Deputy of the Year Eric Swain

We're excited to announce that outstanding Deputy Eric Swain has been named our 2021 DEPUTY OF THE YEAR! After being hired in 2016, Deputy Eric Swain began working patrol and instantly became “that deputy” on shift, a solid officer and significant resource for...

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