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COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES

COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES World Health Organization Florida Department of Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control COVID-19 County Response Dashboard Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Coronavirus Updates Florida...

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Sheriff Ashley Announces New OCSO COVID-19 Protocols

In an effort to enhance efforts to protect against COVID-19, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office announces a number of new measures to attempt to limit potential public and staff exposure. These protocols will remain in effect until further notice.  Deputies are...

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OCSO Seeking Information in Hit and Run of Destin Pedestrian

A car hit a pedestrian on Highway 98 in Destin early this morning, then left the scene without stopping. The 22-year old victim was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for treatment of significant but non-life-threatening injuries. A friend of the victim says...

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Traffic Stop Leads to Heroin Trafficking Arrests

ARREST REPORTS A traffic stop on a car with an expired registration led to the arrests of two men on charges of trafficking in heroin, and more. A third person, 28-year old Jessica Foster, was also arrested. An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled over the...

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Man Charged with Aggravated Assault and Threatening Deputies

ARREST REPORT An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy responding to a call of a reckless driver and possible traffic crash March 15th says a man confronted him holding a rifle and shouting obscenities. An OCSO deputy spotted a car matching the suspect vehicles’...

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FWB Man Charged with Negligent Homicide in Overdose Death

ARREST REPORT A Fort Walton Beach man wanted on a charge of manslaughter by culpable negligence is now in the Okaloosa County Jail after being picked up recently in St. Tammany Parish Louisiana. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies say 39-year old Albert Diaz...

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Pilot & Passenger Who Survived Plane Hitting Tree Identified

The pilot and passenger aboard a Beech Bonanza aircraft that went down short of the Destin Executive Airport runway Sunday morning are identified as a father and son from Kansas who were flying into the Destin area for vacation. 47-year old Jason Dougherty of Garden...

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Two Men and Dog Survive Plane Crash in Destin

Two men and their Labrador retriever survived without a scratch after their small aircraft reportedly developed engine problems and went down in a tree short of the Destin Airport runway this morning. First responders were called to a home on Planet Drive in Destin...

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Pedestrian Struck and Killed Crossing Highway 98 in Destin

A pedestrian believed to be in his mid-twenties was struck and killed while attempting to cross Highway 98 (Harbor Boulevard) in Destin last night. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the area near 172 Harbor Boulevard around 6:15 p.m. Friday. The...

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Mobile Man Arrested in Undercover Operation

ARREST REPORT A Mobile Alabama man has been arrested in connection with an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office undercover operation targeting individuals seeking sexual encounters with children. 28-year old Dominique Latrell Gray of Good Pay Street is charged with using...

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Convicted Felon Facing Seven New Felony Charges

ARREST REPORT A Fort Walton Beach man with at least ten former felony convictions is now facing another seven felony charges following a traffic stop in Crestview early this morning. An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted a traffic stop on 35-year old...

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OCSO Arrests Man Causing Disturbance on Rooftop

ARREST REPORT A man who climbed onto a home’s rooftop near Fort Walton Beach and began stomping around ultimately had to be pepper sprayed and tased to get him to comply with Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies Tuesday afternoon. 25-year old Daniel Forgione is...

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Man Charged with Using Infant as Shield

ARREST REPORT A Defuniak Springs man used an infant as a shield against law enforcement officers while refusing to obey commands following a traffic stop on Interstate 10 Monday night. 31-year old Zachary Taylor McKinney is charged with battery on a law enforcement...

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Worker Dies in Fall From Condo Roof

A man working on the roof of a sixteen story condominium in Destin died after falling off the top of the structure Saturday afternoon. The 38-year old victim was part of a roofing crew working on top of Silver Shells condominiums at 15300 Emerald Coast Parkway....

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Niceville Girl Attacked by Other Teens Outside Her Home

ARREST REPORT The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has already made one arrest - and continues investigating an aggravated battery in the Bluewater Bay area last night which involved multiple teenage girls. The 16-year old victim, who is five feet tall and 110 pounds,...

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