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OCSO Investigating Suspicious Death in Destin

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death near a wooded lot in Destin. Deputies were called to an area near 1021 U.S. Highway 98 around 9 a.m. after a 9-1-1 call in reference to a dead body discovered nearby. Investigators on the scene...

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Deputy Pursues Stolen RV Down Dirt Road Before Nabbing Driver

ARREST REPORT The driver of a large RV reported stolen out of Crestview tried to ditch a pursuing deputy by dodging down dirt trails, but his getaway plans were ultimately foiled. 22-year old Jonathan Kendrick of Fort Walton Beach is charged with fleeing and eluding,...

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Bicyclist Injured After Entering Roadway in Front of Deputy

A teenage girl riding her bicycle on Ferdon Boulevard in Crestview was injured last night after entering the roadway directly in front of an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy. The deputy was headed south on Ferdon Boulevard near Cobb Road in the inside lane...

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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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OCSO Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Destin

Update: The victim of a fatal motorcycle accident on Highway 98 Saturday has been identified as 20 year old Dillon Westberry of Destin. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a motorcycle accident today that claimed the life of a 20 year old Destin...

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Mom Charged in Shooting Death of Infant Son

ARREST REPORT The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office today arrested a Fort Walton Beach woman in connection with the shooting death of her five month old son. 30-year old Maria Rodriguez-Barnes is charged with first degree premeditated murder. Deputies were called to...

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OCSO Achieves National Reaccreditation

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to excellence, earning its second certificate of advanced accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The designation is reserved for agencies which can...

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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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