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Teen Charged with Having Gun at School

ARREST REPORT A 14-year old Ruckel Middle School student is charged with carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm on school property after the School Resource Officer and a supervisor from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Division...

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OCSO Dive Team Recovers Body in East Pass

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and Dive Team recovered a body shortly before ten this morning during a search for a snorkeler who went missing in Destin’s East Pass Sunday evening. Effort by the OCSO Dive Team to find the 28-year old man Sunday had...

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OCSO Searching for Missing Snorkeler

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit is searching for a missing snorkeler who disappeared Sunday evening off the Destin east jetty. Friends say the 28-year old tourist was with a group of snorkelers when they noticed he was missing during a head count...

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Swatting Hoax Leads to Felony Arrest for Crestview Teen

A 13-year old Crestview resident is charged with a felony after taking part in a hoax phone call reporting he had shot his mother twice and was going to kill himself. The call came in to the Crestview Police Department’s non-emergency line around 10:30 this morning....

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OCSO Operation Spring Cleaning Nets 8 Arrests

ARREST REPORTS Seven men who solicited what they thought was an underage girl for sex instead ended up in handcuffs when they showed up for the rendezvous and encountered Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies instead. An eighth individual thought he was going to...

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OCSO Graduates Two From Florida Leadership Academy

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Sergeants Rodney Owens and Health Hehl are among the newest graduates of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute’s Florida Leadership Academy, Class 44. These graduates serve in first line supervisor leadership roles and met...

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Shalimar Man Arrested During Attempted Bank Robbery

WANGERIN ARREST REPORT The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Shalimar man after he attempted to rob the Regions Bank located at 1248 Eglin Parkway in Shalimar this morning. 30-year old Nathan Edward Wangerin, of Rocket Lane in Shalimar, entered the bank...

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Skateboarder Killed in Destin Traffic Crash

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic accident that took place this morning in Destin near the intersection of Emerald Coast Parkway and Regatta Bay Boulevard. 20-year old Sean Edward Roberts of Woodstock, Georgia, was reportedly riding...

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Crestview Student Charged with Having Gun on School Grounds

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon arrested a Crestview High School student for possession of a firearm on school grounds. The 15-year old was detained by the School Resource Officer after information was developed that he may be in possession of a...

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Destin Scooter Rider Killed In Traffic Accident

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic accident that took place this morning in Destin near the intersection of Airport Road and Cedar Street. 51-year old Joel Iral of Bent Arrow Drive died after the electric scooter he was riding was...

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Spring Breakers Help Deputies Nab Car Burglars

ARREST REPORTS A group of students from Missouri who spotted two people in dark hoodies committing a car burglary in Destin passed along the information to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies, who were able to make two arrests. 16-year old Brennan Johnson and 18-year...

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Crestview Woman Charged with DUI & Child Neglect

GUILLEN ARREST REPORT Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies conducting a welfare check Monday ended up charging a Crestview woman with DUI and three counts of child neglect. The OCSO was contacted by a man who said he was concerned about his ex-wife, 32-year old Analise...

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Murder Suspect Booked into Okaloosa County Jail

A man charged with murdering his three year old son, then stabbing himself multiple times, has been released from the hospital and booked into the Okaloosa County Jail. 61-year old Frederick Franken had been receiving medical care at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center...

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Bluewater Bay Man Charged with Murder of His Son

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Bluewater Bay area man with domestic violence related murder in connection with the stabbing death of his three year old son. 61-year old Frederick Franken of 1476 Rawlins Court was arrested at Fort Walton Beach...

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Missouri Visitor Dies in Fall From Condo Balcony

A Destin visitor who died after falling overnight from a condominium balcony onto a pool deck has been identified as a 27-year old man from Missouri. A security guard at the condos, located at 1002 East Highway 98, discovered the body of Justin Michael Trepanier of...

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Stabbing Led to Toddler’s Death

A three year old Bluewater Bay child found dead in his home March 15th died as a result of multiple stab wounds. An autopsy was conducted today by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators say Frederick Franken Jr. was discovered on...

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Sexual Battery Suspect Captured After Okaloosa Island Pursuit

SOWELL ARREST REPORT A man wanted by the Fort Walton Beach Police Department on charges of sexual battery and battery by strangulation was taken into custody on Okaloosa Island Friday, but not before he tried to make a getaway. The FWBPD gathered information that the...

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Autopsy Scheduled in Murder of Toddler

The Medical Examiner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy for Monday in connection with the murder of a three year old Bluewater Bay area child. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators say Frederick Franken, Jr. was killed Friday at the home he shared with his...

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