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Dec. 31: Warrants Issued in Nipa Hut Shooting Incident
Dec. 31: Burglary Suspect Nabbed in Baker
Dec. 28: Shooting Investigation Continues
Dec. 28: Traffic Stop Reveals Mobile Meth Lab
Dec. 27: Shooting Incident Under Investigation
Dec. 18: Army Officers Present Flags to Families of Fallen Deputies
Dec. 18: Deputy Delivers Toys to Critically Ill Children
Dec. 11: Sexual Predator Notification – Thomas Michael Cary
Dec. 10: Teens Charged Following Vandalism at Water Treatment Plant
Dec. 10: Cab Driver Robbed in Destin
Dec. 9: Sexual Predator Notification – Chad Christopher Richard
Dec. 1: OCSO K-9 Unit Tracks Down Armed Robber


Nov. 30: OCSO Deputies Apprehend Burglary Suspect
Nov. 23: Check out Charities Before Giving
Nov. 17: OCSO Investigating TV Thefts
Nov. 9: OCSO to Monitor 98, Have Extra Manning Countywide for Tropical Storm Ida
Nov. 6: Crestview Man Arrested in Child Sexual Battery Case
Nov. 4: Illinois Woman Dies Following Near Drowning Incident
Nov. 2: Burglary in Progress Investigation
Nov. 2: “Relative Needs Money” Scam Resurfaces


Oct. 30: North County Burglary Investigations
Oct. 30: Deputy Recovering After Kidney Transplant
Oct. 30: Magazine Sales Scam Alert
Oct. 27: Two Arrested in K-Mart Burglary
Oct. 23: Autopsy Results in Destin Death Investigation
Oct. 23: Destin Death Investigation Update
Oct. 22: Victim’s Vehicle Located
Oct. 22: Destin Death Investigation
Oct. 20: Drug Store Burglary Solved
Oct. 19: Sexual Predator Notification – Henry Allan Erickson, III
Oct. 16: Preventing Car Burglaries


Sept. 30: Composite Released of Home Invasion Robbery Suspect
Sept. 30: Home Invasion Robbery Investigation
Sept. 29: Battle of the Belt Results
Sept. 24: Stabbing Suspect Charged with Aggravated Battery
Sept. 23: OCSO Investigates Stabbing


Aug. 28: OCSO Launches Accreditation Initiative
Aug. 18: Back to School Traffic Safety Reminders
Aug. 18: Lock, Take, Hide Campaign Unveiled
Aug. 17: Crime Prevention Tip of the Week – School Bus Safety
Aug. 13: Deputies Earn Life Saving Award
SafeAssured ID Event in FWB – August 22

JULY 2009

National Night Out – August 4
July 30: Car Burglary Prevention
July 22: Fallen Officer Memorial Dedication
July 13: Landview Drive Shooter Identified and Charged
July 11: Bank Robber Identified
July 10: Bank Robber Captured Minutes After Robbery
July 7: Deputy & Dispatcher Earn Thumbs Up Award
July 1: Landview Drive Shooting Under Investigation

JUNE 2009

June 30: Baker Pharmacy Robbed
June 30: OCSO Budget News
June 29: OCSO Deputy in Need of Kidney Transplant
June 2009: Fireworks Safety Tips
June 12: MADD Donated Portable Intoxilizers to OCSO
June 10: Inspector George Collins Earns Freedom Award
June 9: Termination Announcement at OCSO
June 8: Man Charged with Sexual Battery on Two Children

MAY 2009

May 31: Pedestrian Hit by Car in Destin Identified
May 31: Pedestrian Hit by Car in Destin
May 29: Three Arrested in Destin Armed Robbery
May 28: OCSO Investigating Okaloosa Island Shooting
May 25: Destin Man Charged with DUI After Multiple Crashes
May 25: Elderly Man Dies in Single Vehicle Accident
May 22: Crying Baby in Filthy Apartment Leads to Child Neglect Arrest
May 21: OCSO Explosives Dog Certified
May 20: Valparaiso Woman Charged in Jewelry Heists
May 19: Deputy Joiner Relocated to West Florida Regional
May 18: Young Entertainer Encourages Driving Safety
Fallen Heroes Luncheon to Benefit OLEBA – May 19
May 13: OCSO Deputy Recovering After Car Accident
May 12: OCSO Takes Part in Seat Belt Campaign
May 11: Sexual Predator Notification – Harold Lavern Benedict
May 11: Sexual Predator Notification – Henry Allan Erickson, III
May 9: OCSO Hires New Director of Administrative Services

APRIL 2009

Apr 30: Crestview Man Arrested After Ramming Deputy’s Patrol Car
Apr 25: Traffic Advisories for Deputies Services
Apr 25: OCSO Mourns Loss of Two Deputies Killed in the Line of Duty
Apr 25: Two OCSO Deputies Slain While Attempting to Arrest Suspect
Apr 25: Shooting Suspect Dead Following Pursuit
Apr 23: Crestview Man Charged with Child Molestation
Apr 21: Teens Reminded to Stay Focused on Safety
Fraud Alert: Beware of Internet Fraud
Apr 18: Victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome Dies
Apr 17: OCSO Names Communications Officer of the Year
Apr 17: OCSO K-9 Handlers Place in Regional Trials
Apr 16: Arrest Made in Ten-Year Old Homicide Case
Digital Child Safety Kits Available in Crestview May 9
Apr 15: Habitual Traffic Offender Arrested for Using Blue Lights
Apr 13: Photos Released of Murder Suspect’s Truck
Apr 12: Murder Suspect Sought
Apr 6: Florosa Bank Robbery
Apr 2: Termination Announcement at OCSO
Apr 2: Termination Announcement at OCSO

MARCH 2009

Mar 30: Attempted Murder Suspect Released from Hospital
Mar 30: Weapons Robbery Leads to Arrest
Mar 29: Death Investigation Underway
Mar 25: Census Workers in Area
Mar 21: OCSO Seizes 20 Kilos of Cocaine
Mar 20: Beware of Local Phone Scam
Mar 18: Crestview Meth Lab Endangered Children
Mar 17: Armed Suspect Wounded
Mar 17: Suspect in Custody
Mar 17: Search Underway on Eglin Reservation North of FWB
Mar 13: Two Arrested, One Sought in Narcotics Investigation
Digital Child Safety Kits Available March 21
Mar 4: OCSO Reorganization Steps
Mar 3: OCSO Launches Internal Investigation


Feb. 21: Device Found in Destin Not a Pipe Bomb
Feb. 17: Shooting Investigation
Feb. 9: Attempted Fraud Investigation
Feb. 4: OCSO Sworn Employee of the Year
Feb. 4: OCSO Non-Sworn Employee of the Year
Feb. 4: Public Service Announcement – Traffic Stop Safety
Feb. 4: Pair Arrested for Armed Robbery


Jan. 31: Man’s Body Found Floating in Bay Identified
Jan. 30: Crestview Accidental Shooting
Jan. 30: Body Found Floating Near Mid-Bay Bridge
Jan. 29: Drowning Victim Identified
Jan. 28: Three in Custody Following Armed Robbery
Jan. 28: Drowning Determined as Cause of Death
Jan. 28: Body Found on Okaloosa Island
Jan. 28: OCSO Arrests Robber
Jan. 27: Pair Robs Okaloosa Coin Laundry
Jan. 22: Destin Missing Person Update
Jan. 22: Destin Resident Missing
Jan. 22: 911 Call of Bomb Threat Released ***Listen Here***
Jan. 13: Scam Artists Asking for Cash
Jan. 12: Shooting Investigation
Jan. 10: Pair Robs Mary Esther Burger King
Jan. 8: Shalimar Convenience Store Robbery
Jan. 7: Mary Esther Business Burglarized
Jan. 5: 2008 Calls for Service


Dec. 22: Armed Robber Captured
Dec. 22: Travelers Check Scam
Dec. 18: OCSO Deputy Graduates From FBI Academy
Dec. 17: Five Charged in Prostitution Ring
Dec. 16: Destin Man Charged with Attempted Murder
Dec. 12: ATM Scam Investigation
Dec. 3: Shalimar Death Investigation
Dec. 2: Destin Indoor Pot Grow Discovered
December 2008 Cop Column: A Cop’s Letter to Santa


Nov 25: Man Arrested in Baseball Bat Attack
Nov 24: OCSO Seeks Pawn Shop Robber
Holiday Safety Tips from OCSO
Nov 17: Fraud Alert! Check Out Charities Before You Give
Nov 1: Home Invasion Robbery Investigation


Oct. 31: Counterfeit Currency Crackdown
Oct. 27: OCSO Investigating Destin Traffic Crash
Oct. 27: Traffic Crash Impacts Traffic on Hwy 98 in Destin
Oct. 24: OCSO Investigating Mary Esther Bank Robbery
Oct. 22: Law Enforcement Trust Fund Established
Oct. 16: Fraud Alert – Your Grandchildren are in Trouble
Oct. 2008 Halloween Safety Tips
Oct. 16: Fraud Alert – Your Grandchildren are in Trouble
Oct. 3: Cause of Early Morning Traffic Crash Under Investigation
Oct. 3: Sexual Predator Notification – Robert Blair Scharmen
Oct. 3: Hwy 98 Re-Open to Traffic in Both Directions
Oct. 3: Westbound Lanes of Hwy 98 Near Mary Esther Traffic Crash Now Open
Oct. 3: Deputies to Assist in Getting Students & Staff to Mary Esther Elementary
Oct. 3: Crash at Hwy 98 & Mary Esther Blvd Impacts Traffic
October 2008 Cop Column: The Thousand Dollar Wheelie & Other New Laws


Sept. 30: Drug Task Force Raids Two Meth Labs
Sept. 30: Charges Upgraded Against Niceville Man
Sept. 24: Sexual Predator Notification – Robert Blair Scharmen
Sept. 17: Niceville Man Arrested for Aggravated Battery
Sept. 12: Highway 98 on Okaloosa Island Re-Opened
Sept. 11: Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested
Sept. 11: Holt Man Arrested on Molestation Charges
Sept. 11: Scam Letters Circulating in Okaloosa County
Sept. 11: Highway 98 Closed on Okaloosa Island
Sept. 4: Shooting Suspect Arrested in Okaloosa County
Sept. 3: Sexual Predator Notification – Craig Alan Swinarski
Sept. 2: Apparent Drowning on Okaloosa Island
Sept. 2: Sexual Predator Notification – Henry Allan Erickson


Aug. 29: Sexual Predator Notification – Darrick Ross
Aug. 25: Habitual Traffic Offender Arrested
Aug. 25: Sexual Predator Notification – Michael Craig Banks
Aug. 23: OCSO Investigating Oakridge Street Shooting
Aug. 21: New Digital Child Safety Kits Available – SafeAssured ID
Aug. 13: Sexual Predator Notification – David Lee Whitehead
Aug. 12: OCSO Investigating Baker Shooting
Aug. 12: Fire Unveils Existence of Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation
Aug. 11: Back to School Safety
Aug. 9: OCSO Arrests Two on Identity Theft Charges

JULY 2008

July 29: Sheriff Morris New Head of Florida Sheriff’s Association
July 28: Sheriff Morris Overwhelmed by Community Support for Deputy Forgione
July 26: Okaloosa Deputy Anthony Forgione Laid to Rest
July 23: Rohlman Preliminary Autopsy Report Indicates Fatal Gunshot Wound was Self-Inflicted
July 22: Trust Fund Set Up for Slain Deputy
July 22: OCSO Mourns Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty
July 22: One Deputy, One Suspect Dead in Standoff
July 14: Two More Arrests Made in Home Invasion Robbery
July 14: One Arrested So Far in Home Invasion Robbery
July 14: OCSO Investigating Home Invasion Robbery
July 11: Man Stabbed on Okaloosa Island
July 10: Multiple Arrests Made in Drug Operation
July 7: Hectic Fourth of July Weekend for OCSO
July 5: Woman Suffers Gunshot Wound at Fireworks Show
July 2: Sexual Predator Notification – Bridgett Fair
July 2: Sexual Predator Notification – Henry Erickson
July 1: 4th of July Safety
July 2008 Cop Column: The Birth of the “Terry Stop”

JUNE 2008

June 27: Sexual Predator Notification – Orlando Lorenzo
June 23: Protect Yourself From Car Burglaries
June 23: Niceville Man Charged with Attempted Murder
June 20: OCSO Youth Week Attracts Record Number of Students
June 19: OCSO Investigating Attack on Woman
June 17: Harold Haynes Arrested
June 16: OCSO Arrests Man Suspected in Two Robberies
June 16: Woman Burned in Domestic Violence Case
June 15: OCSO Seeks Ritz Store Robbery Suspect (photo)
June 11: Traffic Safety Campaign Results
June 11: Convenience Store Robber Sought (photo)
June 11: Undocumented Workers Arrested
June 9: Allegations of Undocumented Workers Unfounded
June 6: Nail Shop Owner Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges
June 2: OCSO Investigating Bank Robbery (photo)
June 2008 Cop Colum: What Not To Do For Hurricane Season

MAY 2008

May 29: OCSO K-9 Team Wins National Award
May 20: Scam Alert: IRS Does Not Contact Taxpayers Via E-mail
May 11: Woman Reports Kidnapping and Sexual Battery
May 6: 2008 Spring Break Numbers
May 5: Two More Arrests in Niceville Home Invasion
May 2: Joint Investigation Targets Child Porn Possession
May 2008 Cop Colum: What Keeps Cops Busy?

APRIL 2008

Apr 23: OCSO Communications Numbers Temporarily out of Service
Apr 14: Deputy’s Personal Story Published Nationally
Apr 11: OCSO K-9 Unit Qualifies at National Certification Trials
Apr 10: Okaloosa Deputies Honored by MADD
Apr 9: Drug Task Force Active in Back-to-Back Investigations
Apr 8: Additional Reward Offered for Courthouse Bomb Threat Arrest
Apr 8: Sheriff Implement “CARE” Program Click here to sign up!
Apr 4: Sexual Predator Notification – Joseph William Wigton
Apr 3: Buckle Up Campaign for Teens Begins
Apr 2: Sexual Predator Notification – Walter Lee Grandison

MARCH 2008

Mar. 25: Drug Task Force Arrests Crack Dealer
Mar. 20: Escaped Inmate Faces Multiple Charges
Mar. 19: NW Florida Lawmen Searching for Escaped Prisoner
Mar. 19: Citizens Academy Graduates Praise Program
Mar. 17: OCSO POP Squad Shuts Down Crack House
Mar. 17: Drug Task Force Shuts Down Indoor Marijuana Operation
Mar. 17: Bogus Extortion E-mails Circulating
Mar. 16: Deputy Injured in Crash Caused by Drunk Driver
Mar. 14: Reward Increased for Information on Bomb Threat Caller
Mar. 14: 28 Charged in Underage Alcohol Sales Operation
Mar. 7: Sports Broadcaster Faces Investment Fraud Charges
Mar. 5: Two Arrested in Connection with Destin Armed Robbery
Mar. 2: One Dead in Shalimar Stabbing


Feb. 29: Sexual Predator Notification – Michael Leroy Zehfus
Destin Spring Break Meeting – February 21
Feb. 12: Joint Task Force Arrests Nine Illegal Immigrants in Okaloosa
Feb. 12: Crestview High Student Arrested on Gun Charges
Feb. 12: Student Arrested with Firearm
Feb. 10: Third Home Invasion Robbery Suspect Captured
Feb. 6: Third Suspects Sought in Home Invasion
Feb. 5: Suspicious Activity – Attempt to Identify Subject
Feb. 5: Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation in Destin
Feb. 4: OCSO Investigating Motorcycle Fatality
Feb. 3: Two in Custody after Destin Home Invasion
Feb. 1: Two Arrested after Drug Raid in FWB
Feb 2008 Cop Column: Are you Ready for ID Checking Season?


Jan 30: Final Suspect Arrested in Armed Robbery Investigation
Jan 29: Drug Task Force Makes Another Arrest on Corvet Street
Jan 26: Two Suspects Sought in Home Invasion Robbery
Jan 19: Pizza Delivery Man Robbed at Gunpoint
Home Invasion Deterrence, Personal Safety & Robbery Prevention Class – Jan. 31
Jan 14: Third Suspect Arrested in Mary Esther Robbery
Jan 11: Second Arrest Made in Mary Esther Robbery
Jan 10: Arrest Made in Mary Esther Robbery
Jan 7: Four Sought for Home Invasion; $3,000 Additional Reward Offered
Jan 2008 Cop Column: What’s New at the Courthouse Annex


Dec. 31: Suspect in Armed Robbery Spree Arrested
Dec. 28: Sexual Predator Notification – Michael Zehfus
Dec. 21: Man Charged with Niceville Burglary
Dec. 19: One Person Shot in Niceville Burglary Attempt
Dec. 18: FWB Nurse Charged with Drug Trafficking
Dec. 17: Stolen Car Used in Armed Robbery Recovered
Dec. 17: Man Robbed Outside Mary Esther Bank
Dec. 14: Laurel Hill Man Charged with Attempted Murder
Dec. 14: Beating Victim in Critical Condition
OCSO to Offer Free Firearms Safety Courses in January
Dec. 14: Beating Victim in Critical Condition
Dec. 12: Scam Busting Reminder
Dec. 11: Destin Home Invasion Robbery Reported
Dec. 10: Holiday Safety Tips from OCSO
Dec. 7: Shalimar Woman Nabbed in Drug Sting
Dec. 6: Extra Patrols Added to Okaloosa Roads
Dec. 3: One Suspect Located in Home Invasion Robbery


Nov. 30: ATV Crash Investigation
Nov. 28: Missing Child Found Unharmed
Nov. 28: Search Underway for Missing Child
Nov. 19: Additional Reward Offered in Pizza Delivery Robberies
Nov. 12: Pizza Delivery Man Victim of Carjacking
Nov. 12: OCSO Investigates Home Invasion Robbery
Nov. 8: Two Teens Charged with Burglary & Grand Theft
Nov. 5: Livestock Shot in Laurel Hill
Nov. 2: Visitor Smokes Crack. Stops by Drug Task Force Office
Nov. 1: Magazine Sales Scam


Oct. 30: Three More Arrested in Connection with Okaloosa Island Stabbing
Oct. 29: Convenience Store Robberies Arrest
Oct. 29 Stabbing Investigation Correction
Oct. 28: Stabbing Victim in Stable Condition
Oct. 28: Aggravated Battery Investigation
Oct. 25: E-mail Hoax Circulating
Oct. 24: Third Suspect Arrested in Home Invasion Robbery
Oct. 23: Two Arrested in Home Invasion Robbery
Oct. 23: Investigation into Home invasion Robbery Death Continues
Oct. 23: Car Recovered
Oct. 22: Home Invasion Robbery Suspect Identified
Oct. 22: Suspect Dead in Home Robbery Attempt
Oct. 22: Armed Robbery Investigation
Oct. 22: Death Investigation
Oct. 19: SRO’s Get “Child Lures Prevention” Training
Oct. 18: Juvenile Burglar Arrested on Seven Counts
Oct. 12: Absconded Sexual Predator Arrested in Valparaiso
Oct. 11: Sonic Armed Robbery Suspect Captured
Oct. 10: Florida Crime Prevention Assoc. Honors Okaloosa Sheriff
Oct. 9: OCSO Investigating Armed Robbery of Sonic Restaurant
Oct. 4: FWB Man Arrested for False Imprisonment
Oct. 4: Task Force Sheriff’s Criminal Alien Program
Oct. 3: No Charges in Toy Gun Scare
Oct. 3: OCSO Searches for Child Abduction Suspect
Oct. 3: Lockdown Ends Without Incident
Oct. 1: Child Abuse Investigation Continues


Dec. 20: OCSO Staffer Wins Statewide Award
Dec. 20: Homeless Man Charged with Destin Murder
Dec. 15: Search Warrant Nets Drugs & Cash
Dec. 12: Crestview Business Owner Faces Voyeurism Charges
Dec. 7: Pedestrian in Fatal Accident Identified
Dec. 7: No Charges Expected in Destin Pedestrian Fatality
Dec. 4: E-mail Scam Alert
Dec. 2006 Cop Column: What Renters (and Landlords) Should Know


Nov. 30: Pennsylvania Fugitive Captured in Okaloosa County
National Methamphetamine Awareness Day – Nov. 30
Nov. 14: Body Discovered in Boat Fire Identified
Nov. 14: Body Discovered in Boat Fire
Classes Offer Identity Theft & Holiday Safety – Nov. 20 & 27
Internet Dating Safety Class – November 6
Nov. 2006 Cop Column: Traffic Stops – Five FAQ’s


Oct.  17: Drug Task Force Arrests Two High-Level Dealers
Oct.  13: Indecent Exposure Suspect Identified & Arrested
Oct.  11: Intruder Nabbed in Choctawhatchee High School
Oct.  10: North County Residents Beware of Mail Theft
Oct.  9: Suspect Sought for Indecent Exposure
Oct.  9: Sheriff Morris Appointed to Statewide Panel
Oct.  2006 Cop Column: Internet Technology: The Good, the Bad, & the Dubious


Sept. 13: Brothers Arrested in Undercover Drug Operation
Sept. 8: Armed Robbery Suspect Captured in Crestview
Sept. 8: Solicitation Scheme Targeting Local Businesses
Sept. 5: Body Found in Retention Pond Identified
Sept. 3: Autopsy Reveals No Foul Play in Destin Death
Sept. 2: Body Discovered in Retention Pond
Sept. 2006 Cop Column: Five Laws that Shouldn’t be Ignored


Take the Family Day Pledge – September 25
Aug. 28: Aggravated Battery Suspect Captured
Aug. 25: OCSO Seeking Aggravated Battery Suspect
Aug. 17: Two Men Arrested on Separate Child Sex Cases
Aug. 14: Pursuit Investigation Concluded
Aug. 14: Destin Motorcycle Fatality
Aug. 10: Laurel Hill Man Faces Multiple Molestation Charges
Aug. 9: Oklahoma Fugitive Captured in Okaloosa County
Aug. 7: Arrest Leads to Arsenal in SUV
August 2006 Cop Column: A Complaint that Wasn’t

JULY 2006

July 31: FWB Man Wanted for DUI Causing Serious Bodily Harm
School Zone Safety… School Starts August 3
July 28: Sheriff Announces Employees of the Quarter
July 27: Holt Man Arrested for Animal Cruelty
July 26: Woman Arrested for DUI Manslaughter
July 25: Mary Esther Woman Wanted for Evidence Tampering
July 24: Weekend Drug Raids Spark Multiple Arrests
July 23: Shooting Incident Under Investigation
July 18: Second Arrest Made in June Shooting Incident
July 11: Foul Play Ruled out in Death of Laurel Hill Woman
July 10: Death Investigation Underway
July 1: Reckless Driver Causes Fatal Accident
July 2006 Cop Column: A Not-so-Simple True/False Question

JUNE 2006

June 30: Bank Robbery Arrests Update
June 30: Two Arrested in Connection with Bank Robbery
June 30: Shooting Suspect Captured
June 29: Firework Safety Critical in Dry Conditions
June 28: Man Sought for Questioning in Shooting
June 27: Shooting Victim in Critical Condition
June 23: Ocean City Bank Robber Sought
June 16: Destin Man Charged in Stabbing
June 15: Sexual Battery Suspect Arrested
June 12: Narcotics Unit Shuts Down Suspected Drug House
June 6: Posse Member Recovering After Traffic Crash
June 2006 Cop Column: Six Things Not to do This Hurricane Season

MAY 2006

May 26: Deaths Ruled Murder-Suicide
May 25: Bodies Found in Destin Identified
May 24: Two Bodies Found in Destin Condominium
May 24: Complaints Spark Prostitution Sting
May 19: Sexual Battery Arrest
May 18: Hurricane Survival Guide Available On-Line
May 12: Drug Task Force Seizes 16 Pounds of Marijuana
May 7: Investigators Searching for Rape Suspect
May 7: Road Rage Leads to Shooting
May 7: Two Stabbed on Okaloosa Island
May 3: Reverse Sting Nets 14 Arrests
May 2: Spring Break Arrests
May 2006 Cop Column: A Cop’s Wish List for Tourist Season

APRIL 2006

Apr. 28: School Crossing Guards Needed 
Apr. 28: Sexual Predator Notification РRobert W. Harrelson 
Apr. 28: Buckle Up in Your Truck!
Apr. 27: Suspected Arizona Con Artists Captured
Apr. 24: Armed Robber Quickly Captured
Apr. 20: Computer Pornography Arrest
Apr. 20: K9 Team Earns Awards at State Competition
Apr. 19: 2005 Communications Officer of the Year Honored
Apr. 19: Comprehensive Safety & Sobriety Checkpoint – April 27
Apr. 15: Motorcycle Crash Victim Identified
Apr. 15: Murder Suspect to Return to Okaloosa County
Apr. 15: Motorcyclist Dies in Destin Crash
Apr. 14: Ten-Year Old Homicide Solved with Confession
Apr. 13: Crack Cocaine Arrest 
Apr. 7: Woman Charged in Deadly Hit & Run
Apr. 5: Destin Hit & Run Driver Sought
Apr. 4: Warrants Issued in Criminal Mischief Cases 

MARCH 2006

Mar. 30: Sexual Assault Investigation
Mar. 17: Bridge Jumping Warning
Mar. 15: Deputy House Fire – Can you Help?
Mar. 12: Stabbing Death Under Investigation
Mar. 10: Two Arrested for Trafficking in Cocaine
Red Light Running Operation March 16
2005 Crime Statistics
Mar. 3: Sexual Assault Complaint Withdrawn
Mar. 3: Scam Alert – “Global Savings”
Mar. 2: Five Arrested in Drug Raid


Feb. 28: Pensacola Man Arrested for Grand Theft
Feb. 22: Shalimar Man Arrested for Child Molestation
Feb. 20: Milligan Attack Under Investigation
Feb. 20: Search Warrant Leads to Seven Drug Arrests
Feb. 19: North Carolina Murder Suspect Arrested in Okaloosa
Feb. 16: Sexual Predator Change of Address Notification РChad Richard 
Feb. 10: Stalking Suspect Sought 
Feb. 10: Sheriff Warns Citizens of Local E-mail and Postal Scams
Red Light Running Operation in Niceville – February 9
Traffic Advisory: Mardi Gras Parade February 11
Feb. 2: Sheriff Announces Employees of the Year
Feb. 2: Search Warrant Results in Drug Arrests 


Jan. 24: Murder Suspect Found in California 
Jan. 22: Suspect Sought in Wright Homicide 
Jan. 21: Wright Homicide Investigation
Jan. 11:Two Charged with Shooting into FWB Home 
Jan. 11: FWB Man Arrested for Sexual Battery on a Child 
Jan. 6: Second Arrest Made in Home Invasion Robbery 
Jan. 5: Operation Hard Rock Results in Drug Arrests 


Dec. 27: Holiday DUI Crackdown
Dec. 24: Home Invasions Robbery Arrests  
Dec. 23: Home Invasions Robbery Suspect Arrested  
Dec. 22: Shooting Suspect Arrested  
Dec. 14: Scam Warning
Dec. 2: DUI Zero Tolerance Paying Off


Nov. 30: Car Burglary Suspects Nabbed  
Nov. 25: Officer Involved Shooting РUpdate 
Nov. 24: Officer Involved Shooting in Florosa  
Nov. 15: Sheriff Announces Employees of the Quarter
“Buckle Up Destin Week”: November 18-25
Nov. 10: Three Arrested for Armed Robberies 
Nov. 10: Escaped Inmate Back in Custody 
Nov. 8: Stolen Bank Money Recovered
Nov. 8: Armed Robbers Sought
Nov. 4: Sexual Predator Notification – David Eugene Miller
Nov. 3: Aggravated Battery Falsely Reported
Nov. 2: Home Invasion Robbery in FWB
Nov. 2: Aggravated Battery Investigation
November 2005 Cop Column: Five Myths About Shoplifting


Sheriff’s Town Hall Meeting in FWB – November 8
Safety Tips for Kids Walking Home
Oct. 14: Sheriff’s Association Announces Legislative Priorities
Oct. 13: Elections Fraud Arrest 
Oct. 13: Michigan Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested in Crestview
Oct. 12: Five Arrested for Home Invasions 
Oct. 12: Baker Woman Arrested for Providing Alcohol to Minors 
Oct. 7: Attempted Kidnapping in Niceville
Free Women’s Self Defense Seminar – October 8, 2005


Sept. 29: Anonymous Tips Lead to Drug Arrests in Crestview
Sept. 27: Man Stabbed After Altercation in Destin
Sept. 27: Four Arrested on Drug Charges
Sept. 21: 2002 Hit & Run Fatality Suspect Arrested
Sept. 14: Homicide Investigation Follows Home Invasion
Sept. 12: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Home Invasion
Sept. 8: Investigators Honored by US Attorney’s Office


Aug. 31: Deputies Deployed to Mississippi to Assist After Hurricane Katrina
Aug. 30: Five Arrested on Drug Charges Sentenced in Federal Court
Aug. 25: Meth Lab Dismantled in Crestview
Aug. 23: Sheriff Welcomes New Member to PIO Office
You Drink & Drive. You Lose Labor Day Crackdown
“Red Light Running Operation”¬† – August 18
Sheriff’s Crestview Town Hall Meeting – August 16
Sheriff’s Citizen Academy Sept. 1 – Dec. 1, 2005… Register Now!
Aug. 4: Sheriff Honors Employees of the Quarter
Aug. 3: Back to School Reminders for Okaloosa County
Aug. 1: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Death of Baker Man¬†
August  2005 Cop Column: TV Cops: Fact or Fiction?

JULY 2005

National Night Out – August 2
DUI Saturation Patrol Targeting Highway 98 – July 29
July 28: Problem Oriented Policing Squad Suppresses Underage Sale of Alcohol
July 21: Attempted Home Invasion Robbery 
“Red Light Running Operation” – July 27 in Mary Esther
“Red Light Running Operation” – July 27 on Okaloosa Island

JUNE 2005

June 29: Lieutenant to fill Director of Public Safety Position at OWC 
July 4th Weekend Safety
June 23: Murder Suspect Ben Lee Metcalf Arrested in Tennessee 
June 23: Deputies Aide in Neighborhood Clean-Up 
Crestview Sheriff’s Town Hall Meeting – August 16¬†
June 19: Arizona Murder Suspect Arrested in Okaloosa County 
“Red Light Running Operation” – June 22¬†
June 15: Sheriff Announces FDLE Analyst Academy Graduate 
Okaloosa Youth Week June 13 – 17
June 6: Escaped Inmate Back in Custody
June 2: Sheriff Announces Employees of the Quarter 
June 2: Purse Snatching Suspects Arrested 

MAY 2005

May 26: Sheriff Urges Memorial Day Safety 
May 24: Crestview Residents Arrested for Distributing Marijuana 
“Red Light Running Operation” – May 29
May 23: Shalimar Man Arrested for Aggravated Child Abuse 
May 23: Meth Lab Dismantled in Niceville  
May 18: Drug Trafficking Suspects Charged in Federal Court
May 17: Murder Suspect Sought РBen Lee Metcalf  
Loss Prevention Coalition Meeting – May 19
Sobriety Checkpoint on Highway 98 РMay 19  
May 13: Carjacking in Destin
May. 13: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Death as Homicide¬†
May 11: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Death
“Red Light Running Operation” – May 12

APRIL 2005

Real Estate Agents Self-Defense Seminar – April 28
Litter Awareness Campaign Kickoff – April 22
Sheriff’s Town Hall Meeting in Niceville – April 26
Apr. 13: K-9 Unit Receives Honors at Field Trials
Apr. 6: Two Teenagers Charged with Vehicle Burglaries
Apr. 6: Sexual Predator Notification РDavid Michael Prickett 
April  2005 Cop Column: Techno-Savvy Scam Artists

MARCH 2005

Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run – April 1
Mar. 11: 2004 Posse Members of the Year 
Mar. 7: Sheriff Morris Offers Spring Break Traffic Advice
Mar. 4: Crestview Man Arrested on Drug Charges 
Mar. 3: Cemetery Vandals Arrested
2004 Crime Statistics
March 2005 Cop Column: What Keeps Deputies Busy?


Feb. 24: Sheriff Announces Employees of the Year 
Feb. 24: Sheriff Announces Employees of the Quarter 
Spring Break Preparation Meeting February 17
Collision Avoidance Training for Teenagers Feb. 25 & 26
Feb. 7: Middle School Coach Arrested on Lewd & Lascivious Charges 
Feb. 4: Three Meth Labs Dismantled
Free Womens Self Defense Seminar February 7 @ 6:00 p.m.
Feb. 2005 Cop Column: Top Ten List – Dumb Crooks in Okaloosa County


Jan. 31: Suspect Arrested for Contractor Fraud 
Childrens’ Self Defense Class January 31 @ 6:00 p.m.
Jan. 2005 Cop Column: Some Headlines You Didn’t See in 2004


¬† HIT & RUN DRIVER SOUGHT! Click Here to Listen to 911 Call…


Dec. 29: Sheriff Warns Public About Collect Calls from Jail Inmates
Dec. 29: Three Arrested for Theft at Beall’s Outlet
Sheriff’s Citizen Academy Begins January 6, 2005
Dec. 28: Sheriff Offers Holiday Traffic Safety Reminders
Dec. 17: Two Mary Esther Residents Arrested on Drug Charges
Dec. 17: FWB Man Arrested for Shooting at Passing Cars with Slingshot
Dec. 7: Two Suspects in Custody for Delivering Cocaine
Dec. 2004 Cop Column: How to put Scam Artists out of Business


Hetherington Community Meeting – Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 29: Niceville Bank Robbery
Nov. 23: Suspect Arrested for Florosa bank Robbery
Nov. 18: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Death of Local Woman
Nov. 18: Florosa Bank Robbery
Nov. 18: Two Women Arrested in Ongoing Fraud Investigation       ***Complete Arrest Reports***
Nov. 18: Sheriff Urges Holiday Traffic Safety
Nov. 17: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Early Morning Shooting
Nov. 16: Demetrius Nelson Death Investigation Closed ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ***State Attorney’s Conclusions***
Nov. 16: Canine Unit One of the Best in the Nation
Nov. 5: Woman Shot During Robbery
November 2004 Cop Column: Shoplifting…To Prosecute or Not?


Oct. 28: Sheriff Honors Employees of the Quarter
Hetherington Halloween Open House – Oct. 31 from 6 – 8:30 PM
Oct. 26: Meth Lab Dismantled in Baker
Oct. 26: Drug Task Force Shuts Down Crack Cocaine Lab 
Oct. 21: String of Break-Ins at Self-Storage Facilities 
Oct. 20: Wyoming Man is Apparent Drowning Victim
Oct. 19: Two Brothers Suspected in Murder-For-Hire Plot 
Oct. 14: Deputies Directing Traffic on Hwy 98 on Okaloosa Island
Free Women’s Self Defense & Kid’s Stranger Danger Classes
Oct. 12 : Man Arrested for Holding Estranged Wife at Gunpoint
Oct. 8 : Woman Injured After Falling from Restaurant Roof
Oct. 5 : Sheriff Warns Citizens of Telephone Scam
Oct. 1 : Traffic Tips for Highway 98 Between FWB and Destin
October 2004 Cop Column: Some Hurricane Ivan Postscripts


Sept. 28: FWB Bank Robbery
Sept. 28: Sexual Predator Notification – Chad C. Richard
Sept. 24: OCSO Activity Report During Hurricane Ivan
Sept. 24: Crestview Man Arrested for Attempted Murder
Sept. 24: Price Gouging Arrests
Sept. 23: Citizen Academy Rescheduled for Sept. 29
Sept. 22: Marijuana Growing Facility Discovered in Mary Esther
Neighborhood Watch Community Meeting in Sylvania Heights Sept. 20
Neighborhood Watch Community Meeting in Baker Sept. 16
Sept. 2: Meth Lab Dismantled in FWB
September 2004 Cop Column: Charities That Aren’t


Aug. 27: Sheriff Urges Traffic Safety for Labor Day
Aug. 26: Sylvania Heights Oak Tree Won’t¬† be Cut Down
Aug. 20: Traffic Fatality in Destin
Aug. 18: Free Gun Safety Locks Available at Sheriff’s Office
Aug. 18: Sexual Predator Notification – Terrance K. Farmer
Aug. 14: Hit-and-Run Crash in Mary Esther
Aug. 14: Deputies Sent to South Florida to Assist After Charley
Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy: Sept. 15 – Dec. 1 in Destin
Traffic Delays Expected with Presidential Visit August 10
Aug. 6: Demetrius Nelson Autopsy Results
“Back to School”… Be Alert for School Zones & School Busses
Aug. 4: Sheriff’s Office Investigating FWB Bank Robbery¬†
Aug. 2: Sheriff Honors Employees of the Quarter 
August 2004 Cop Column: Is the Cop Business Seasonal? 

JULY 2004

July 30: Deputy Discovers Meth Lab in Laurel Hill
July 30: Two More Arrested in Major Drug Investigation 
Children’s Self-Defense & “Stranger Danger” Seminar – Aug. 16
Hurricane Preparedness Guide….Are you prepared????
July 17: Man Arrested for Sexual Battery on Children Under Age of 12 
July 16: Baker Man Arrested for Marijuana Cultivation 
July 15: Sexual Predator Notification РDavid Eugene Miller 
July 13: Apparent Drowning in Destin Under Investigation
July 13: Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle in Destin Identified 
July 8: Three Robbery Suspects Arrested by Alert Deputy 
Child Safety Seat Inspections at Preston Hood Chevrolet РJuly 10 from 11:00 Р1:00 
July 3: Death of Pensacola Man Under Investigation 
July 1: One-Dollar Idea Wins National Award 
July 2004 Cop Column: Some Things to Know Before School Starts 

JUNE 2004

June 30: Drug Task Force Arrests Eight on Drug Charges 
June 29: Convenience Store Robber Apprehended 
June 22: Okaloosa County Escapee Recaptured in Walton County
June 22: Airplane Crash in Baker
June 22: Okaloosa County Escapee Captured in Georgia
June 21: One Injured in Destin Traffic Crash  ***UPDATE***
June 14: Mary Esther Man Arrested for Drug Trafficking
June 9: Search Warrants Result in Several Drug Arrests
June 4: Mother & Daughter Arrested for Counterfeit Check Scam 
June 4: Pedestrian Traffic Crash in Destin
June Cop Column: Can I Get a Speeding Ticket on my Bicycle?

MAY 2004

May 31: Apparent Drowning in Destin
May 27: Drug Defendant Returned to Okaloosa County 
May 25: Former Probation Officer Arrested on Drug Charges 
May 24: Sheriff Offers Motorists Advice for Busy Summer Season
May 18: Sexual Predator Notification – Fred Ward, Jr.
Traffic Advisory: Emerald Coast Boat Show May 20 – 23
Law Enforcement Appreciation Prayer Luncheon – May 13th
“Town Hall¬† Meeting” in Baker – May 24th 6:00 p.m.
May 6: Six Year Old Seriously Injured in Traffic Crash
May 3: Body Found Near Destin Bridge   ***Update***
May Cop Column: Be Legal on the Water

APRIL 2004

Apr. 26: Sheriff Honors Employees of the Quarter
Apr. 21: Sexual Predator Notification РJoseph R. Albright, Jr. 
Apr. 16: Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Drug Arrest 
Apr. 16: Sexual Predator Notification РRaymond E. Wortham 
Apr. 15: Three Arrested for Residential Burglaries 
Apr. 12: Teenage Burglary Suspects Apprehended 
Apr. 8: Meth Lab Discovered in Shalimar 
Apr. 5: Two Arrested After Discovery of Meth Lab in Niceville
“Tribute” to Remember Victims of Crime – April 8th from 5 – 7 PM
April Cop Column: Technology Helping Crime Fighters

MARCH 2004

Mar. 31: Sexual Predator Notification – Fred Ward, Jr.
Mar.  30: K-9 Unit Returns from Field Trials with Honors 
Free Women’s Self Defense Seminar – March 31 at 5:00 PM
***Missing Child РAlysia Ashley Parker***  RECOVERED
Free Home Security Seminar – Saturday, March 20, 2004
Mar.17: Meth Lab Dismantled in Valparaiso
Mar. 17: Sexual Predator Notification – John P. Moore, Sr.
Mar.16: Fifth Arrest Made in Connection with Meth Lab
Mar.12: Meth Lab Dismantled in Destin
Mar. 6: Niceville Toddler Drowns in Pond
Mar. 2: Drug Task Force Investigating Possible Meth Lab


Feb. 25: Crestview High School Student Charged with Attempted Murder
Feb. 23: Sexual Predator Notification – Duane Albert Barts
Feb. 20: Two FWB Men Arrested on Drug Charges
Feb. 19: Sexual Predator Notification РFred Ward, Jr. 
Feb. 18: Virginia Murder Suspect Apprehended in Okaloosa County
Feb. 13: Three Family Members Arrested on Drug Charges
Feb. 13: Sexual Predator Notification – John P. Moore, Sr.
Feb. 10: Drug Task Force Dismantles Meth Lab in Niceville
Feb. 10: Sheriff Honors 2003 Employees of the Year
Feb. 10: Sheriff Announces Employees of the Quarter
Feb. 8: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Fatal Automobile Fire
Feb. 6: Crestview Man Arrested on Cocaine Charges
Feb. Cop Column: The “Cops & Robbers” Misnomer


Free Women’s Self Defense Seminar – February 7 at 10:00 AM
Jan. 16: Meth Lab Dismantled in Fort Walton Beach
Jan. 15: Man Arrested on Two Counts of Attempted Murder
Jan. 14: Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested
2003 Crime Statistics
Jan. 6: Two More Arrested for Christmas Vandalism
Jan. 6: Destin Armed Robbery Suspect in Custody
Jan. 2: Sexual Predator Notification – Chad Christopher Richard
Jan. 1: One Dead After Fight at Local Lounge
Jan. Cop Column: Who gets the Money from Traffic Fines?


¬† HIT & RUN DRIVER SOUGHT! Click Here to Listen to 911 Call…


Dec. 30: Christmas Vandals Arrested
Dec. 5: Sexual Predator Notification – Allen Richard Krupkin
Dec 2003 Cop Column: Do Cops Write Too Many Tickets…or Too Few?


Nov. 21: Mary Esther Armed Robbery Suspect in Custody
Nov. 20: Two Home Invasion Robbery Suspects Arrested
Nov. 20: Sheriff Urges Holiday Traffic Safety
Nov. 20: Sheriff’s Office Received Traffic Safety Grant
Nov. 12: Convenience Store Robbery Suspect in Custody
Nov. 12: FWB Man Arrested for Vehicle Burglaries
Nov. 4: Deputy Honored by Florida Retail Federation
Nov. 4: Sheriff Recognizes Employees of the Quarter
November 2003 Cop Column: Great Partners: Law Enforcement and Retail


Free Womens’ Self Defense Seminar – November 6
Oct. 31: Meth Lab Dismantled in Laurel Hill
Oct. 29: Drug Task Force Dismantles Meth Lab, Arrests Six
Oct. 29: Three Arrested on Drug Charges
Oct. 27: Crestview Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested
Oct. 24: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Pet Store Burglaries
Oct. 23: Crestview Bank Robbery
Oct. 13: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Apparent Loan Scam
Oct. 10: Sheriff’s Office Administrative Phone Disruption Oct. 13 – 16¬†
Oct. 9: Shooting Suspect Arrested
Sheriff’s Town Hall Meeting in Crestview – October 20
Oct. 3: Two Men Arrested on Cocaine Charges
Oct. 1: Baker Man Arrested for Sexual Battery
October 2003 Cop Column: Some New Laws Now in Effect


2003 Halloween Safety Tips
Posse Charity Golf Tournament – October 24
Sept. 19: Sexual Battery at Niceville High School
Sept. 15: Sexual Predator Notification – Archie Nelson Adkins
Sept. 12: Sexual Predator Notification – David Michael Prickett
Sept. 10: Missing Person Recovered  ***CLIFTON ALLEN SHAW UPDATE***
Sept. 9: Missing Person – Clifton Allen Upshaw
Sept. 2: Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck by Vehicle
September 2003 Cop Column: Can I Ride That Thing on the Road?


Aug. 29: Domestic Violence Murder-Suicide
Aug. 28: Holiday Traffic Safety
Aug. 22: Sexual predator Notification – Chad Christopher Richard
Aug. 22: Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Arrest of Murder Suspect
Aug. 20: Fatal Shooting in Sylvania Heights Area
Aug. 20: Sexual Predator Notification – Elliot Ladon Hutchinson
Aug. 20: Sexual Predator Notification – Timothy Richard Nelson
Aug. 15: Man Arrested on Ten Counts Related to Child Pornography
Aug. 1: FWB Man Arrested After Six-Hour Standoff with Deputies
National Night Out – August 5 from 5 – 7 PM
August 2003 Cop Column: Is This a “Good” Neighborhood?

JULY 2003

July 31: Sheriff’s Office Uproots Eight-Eight Marijuana Plants
Sheriff’s Citizen Academy Begins Aug. 4 – Seats Still Available
July 29: Sheriff Honors Employees of the Quarter
July 27: Year Long Investigation Leads to 12 Arrests
School Resource Officer Conference July 28 – Aug. 1
July 22: Two Year Old Child Drowns in Swimming Pool
July 16: Sexual Predator Notification – Fred Ward, Jr.
Free Women’s Self Defense Seminar – July 17
July 9: Sheriff Launches Public Bi-Monthly Newsletter
July 3: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Fatal House Fire
July 2: Sexual Predator Notification – Allen Richard Krupkin
July 2003 Cop Column: A Deputy Sheriff’s Education Never Ends

JUNE 2003

June 23: Sexual Battery Suspect Arrested
June 11: Okaloosa County Drowning Clarification
June 6: Four Arrested After Drug Task Force Investigation

MAY 2003

May 19: Fatal Traffic Crash in Destin
Traffic Safety Checkpoint Scheduled for May 23
May 8: Sexual Predator Notification – David Eugene Miller
May 1: Crestview Man Arrested on Prostitution Charges
“Law Enforcement Appreciation Prayer Luncheon” – May 15

APRIL 2003 

“Law Enforcement Appreciation Prayer Luncheon” – May 15
Apr. 30: Drowning Victim Identity Confirmed
Apr. 29: Beware of Pigeon Drop Scam
Apr. 23: Sheriff Honors Employees of the Quarter
Apr. 17: Niceville Woman Dies After Domestic Violence Shooting
Apr. 11: Bank Robbery Suspect Apprehended
4th Annual “Race for Justice – April 12
Apr. 3: Two Teenagers Injured in Motorcycle Crash
Apr. 2: Five Arrested on Drug Charges
April 2002 Cop Column: A Hurricane by Any Other Name…

MARCH 2003 

Sheriff’s Town Hall Meeting in FWB – April 15
Mar. 21: Crestview Teenager Apparent Drowning Victim
Mar. 15: Man who Impersonated Police Officer Arrested
Mar. 14: Apparent Sexual Assault Being Investigated
Mar. 12: Woman Reports Man Pretending to be Police Officer
Mar. 11: Million Dollar Vandalism at Destin Construction Site
Mar. 6: Destin Drug Store Robbery
Free Self Defense Seminar for Women – March 15


Feb. 25: Convenience Store Robber Quickly Apprehended
Feb. 21: Florida Sheriff’s Association Fund Raising
Feb. 19: Sexual Predator Notification РFred Ward, Jr. 
Feb. 18: Two Teens Arrested in Burglary and Theft Cases
Feb. 11: Retail Store Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested
Feb. 2002 Cop Column: Just What do Cops do All Day???


Jan. 31: Sheriff Announces 2002 Employees of the Year
Jan. 31: Sheriff Honors Employees of the Quarter
Jan. 29: 2002 Statistics Report
Jan. 24: Sexual Predator Notification – Chad Christopher Richard
Jan. 17: Three Burglary Suspects Apprehended
Jan. 15: Sexual Predator Notification – Chad Christopher Richard
FDLE Offering Free Training to Public for Fraudulent Checks & ID’s
Jan. 10: Niceville Man Arrested for Child Molestation
Jan. 10: Sexual Predator Notification – Fred Ward, Jr.
Jan. 7: Destin Teenager Arrested on DUI Manslaughter Charge
Jan. 6: Three Arrested on Major Drug Trafficking Charges
Jan. 6: Two Arrested After Ramming Police Car
Jan. 3: Holt Man Arrested on 3 Counts of Attempted Murder
Jan. 2: Woman Arrested After Brief Pursuit


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


Dec. 24: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Man’s Death Following Fight
Dec. 19: Deputies & K-9 “Beau” Apprehend¬† Armed Robber
Dec. 12: Sexual Predator Notification – Joseph R. Albright
Dec. 6: Pyramid Scheme Investigation – “The Original Dinner Party”
Dec. 2001 Cop Column: If You Need to Get Fingerprinted


Nov. 21: Sheriff Urges Motorists to Drive Safely this Holiday Weekend
Nov. 16: Sheriff Announces Recent Promotions
Nov. 2001 Cop Column: Is Somebody Pretending to be You?


Oct. 30: Eleven Suspected Drug Dealers Arrested
Oct. 29: Sheriff Issues Warning to any Would-Be Halloween Pranksters
Oct. 23: Sheriff Recognizes Employees of the Quarter
Oct. 17: String of Burglaries Cleared with One Arrest
Oct. 17: Complaints of Possible Charity Scam “Unfounded”
Oct. 16: Sheriff Warns Citizens of Charity Fund-Raising Scam
Oct. 12: Sheriff’s Office Responds to Several Suspicious Mail Reports
Oct. 2: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Bank Robbery in Destin


Sept. 28: Okaloosa County Commissioner Arrested
Sept. 28: Sheriff Unveils New Equipment Obtained by Traffic Safety Grants
Sept. 24: Beware of “Pigeon Drop” Scam
Sheriff’s Office Raises More Money for NYC Relief Fund
Sheriff’s Office will Raise Money for NYC Police and Firefighters Families Sept. 22
Sept. 14: Beware of Bogus Charity Collectors
Sheriff’s Office will Raise Money for NYC Police & Firefighters Relief Fund
Sept. 11: Okaloosa Regional Airport Flights Cancelled
Sept. 6: Murder Suspect Lonnie Smith Returned to Okaloosa County
Sept. 6: Okaloosa Jail Escapee Recaptured
Sept. 2001 Cop Column: What are Your Chances of Meeting an Officer in Person?


JULY 2001

July 31: Media Advisory – Sheriff to Present “Legislative Leadership Award” to Representative Jerry Melvin
July 25: Two Ohio Fugitives Arrested in Okaloosa County
July 17: Wild Foxes Attack Two Shalimar Residents
July 17: Two Men Arrested for Robbery of Elderly Destin Woman
July 17: “Operation Fast Lane” & Buckle Up Okaloosa July 19-21
July 17: Sheriff’s “Town Hall Meeting” in Shalimar July 26
July 13: Sheriff Recognizes Employees of the Quarter
Child Safety Day at Lee Chrysler – July 14 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

July 10: Woman Arrested for Attempted Murder After Attacking Mother

July 6: Five Individuals Arrested for Okaloosa Island Robbery

July 2001 Cop Column: Safety for the 2001-2002 School Year

JUNE 2001

June 27: Sexual Predator Notification
June 27: Second Suspect in Home Invasion Robbery Captured
June 26: Domestic Violence Incident Between Mother & Daughter
June 25: Sheriff’s Office Honored at “Buckle Up Florida” Awards
June 15: Home Invasion Robbery Suspect Arrested
June 14: Sheriff’s “Town Hall Meeting” in Crestview June 28
June 13: Body Found in Car Identified

June 13: FWB Woman Charged with Exploitation of Elderly, Burglary & Theft

June 6: Fatal Traffic Crash in Destin
June 6: 48 Year Old Man is Apparent Victim of Drowning
June 6:Sheriff Appointed to Florida Violent Crime & Drug Control Council
June 5: Sexual Predator Notification – Bridget Patricia Fair

MAY 2001

APRIL 2001

Apr. 26: Sheriff Awards Employees of the Quarter
Victims’ Rights Conference – April 26
Victims’ Rights 5K “Race for Justice” – April 28
Apr. 12: Investigators Searching for Victims of Vehicle Burglaries
Apr. 9: Sheriff’s Town Hall Meeting in Destin on April 24
Apr. 4: Destin Man Arrested After Firing Shots at Taxicab
Apr. 4: Crestview Woman Charged with Manslaughter
Apr. 3: Visiting Teenager Dies After Falling from Balcony
Apr. 3: Three Individuals Face Felony Drug Charges
Apr. 2: Two Individuals Arrested for Drug Trafficking
April 2001 Cop Column: If Your Child Runs Away…

MARCH 2001


Feb. 22: Sheriff’s Town Hall Meeting in FWB on March 1
Feb. 16: Attempted Murderer Captured
Feb. 15: Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Two Drug Arrests
National Child Passenger Safety Week”: Feb. 10 – 18
Feb. 9: Sheriff Awards Employees of the Year
Feb. 8: “Date Rape” Drug Seized
Feb. 5: Sheriff Recognizes Employees of the Quarter
Feb. 1: Man Arrested in Connection with Death of His Wife
Feb. 2001 Cop Column: Beware the Crime Statistics Iceberg


Jan. 31: 2000 Crime Statistics
Jan. 25: Suspect Arrested After Bank Robbery in Shalimar
Jan. 24: Sheriff’s Office Receives “Grand Star Award”
Jan. 13: Two Arrested for Destin Bank Robbery
Jan 11: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Destin Bank Robbery
Jan 10: Two Murder Suspects Arrested
Jan. 5: Crime Stoppers Tip Helps Capture Fugitive
Jan. 2001 Cop Column: Who’s Knocking at Your Door?


Dec. 22: Traffic Unit Prepared for Holiday Weekend


Nov. 29: Emergency Response Training Exercise Dec. 1-2
Nov. 28: Niceville Man Killed in Destin Traffic Crash
Nov. 22: Traffic Enforcement Unit Prepares for Busy Holiday Weekend
Nov. 17: Teens Charged with “Breach of Peace” for Kidnapping Prank
Nov. 17: Mid Bay Bride “SunPass” Operation
Nov. 16: Deputies Stopping “SunPass”¬† Mid Bay Bridge Violators
Nov. 16: Media Advisory – Mid Bay Bridge Authority
Nov. 16: Hetherington Area “Community Cleanup Campaign”


Oct. 24: Sheriff’s Office Investigating Self-Hanging Death of Inmate
Oct. 19: Laurel Hill Man Charged with Capital Sexual Battery
Oct. 18: Drug Task Force Seizes 132 Lbs. of Marijuana
Oct. 17: K-9 “Cazan” Named Best in the Nation at Field Trials
Oct. 12: Alert: Watch Out for “Pigeon Drop” Scam
Oct. 12: FWB Man Charged with Trafficking In Cocaine
Oct. 10: Teenager Charged with Capital Sexual Battery
Oct. 6: October is Crime Prevention Month
Oct. 6: Sheriff’s Posse Golf Tournament
Oct. 6: Traffic Unit On the Look Out for Aggressive Drivers
Oct. 4: Destin Man Charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance


Sept. 27: Two Men Arrested For Use of Fraudulent Checks
Halloween 2000: Halloween Safety Tips
Sept. 15: Bank Robbery Suspect Dies of Self-Inflicted Wound
Sept. 14: Bank Robbery Update
Sept. 14: Bank Robbery Shooting
Sept. 14: Media Advisory: MADD Provides In-Car Video Systems
Sept. 2: Drug Defendants in Court


Aug. 31: “Labor Day 2000, Take the Pledge”
Aug. 29: Restaurant Robber Takes Cash Register
Aug. 29: Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Identified
Aug. 29: Mid Bay Bridge Re-Opened
Aug. 28: Mid Bay Bridge Closed
Aug. 28: Hit-and-Run Suspect Arrested
Aug. 25: Traffic Advisory: Mid Bay Bridge Construction
Aug. 18: Carousel Beach Resort Robbery Solved
Aug. 16: Destin Man Charged with Felony Drug Charges
Aug. 10: Sheriff Morris Next Town meeting in Laurel Hill
Aug. 8: Crestview Residents Face Felony Drug Charges
Aug. 3: Four Arrested for Cocaine Trafficking
Aug. 3: Two Local Nightclub Employees Arrested

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