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Victim of Fatal Balcony Fall Identified

A tourist who died after falling from a fourth floor balcony at an Okaloosa Island hotel last night has been identified as 25-year old Allie Cooper of Eva Alabama. Deputies were called to 1299 Miracle Strip Parkway shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday. The victim landed on...

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Niceville High Student Charged with Threatening Classmate

ARREST REPORT A 15-year old Niceville teen accused of threatening to shoot a classmate at Niceville High School is now charged with false reporting concerning the use of a firearm in a violent manner, a second degree felony. An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office School...

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OCSO Investigating Fatal Balcony Fall on Okaloosa Island

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a 25-year old woman fell from a fourth floor balcony at the Holiday Inn Resort at 1299 Miracle Strip Parkway on Okaloosa Island. Deputies were called to the scene shortly after 11 p.m. last night. The female...

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Joint OCSO, FWBPD & SRCSO Smash and Grab Car Burglar Arrest

Excellent teamwork by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, and Fort Walton Beach Police Department led to five arrests in connection with more than sixty smash and grab car burglaries stretching from across Destin through the City...

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Joint Narcotics Investigation

ARREST REPORTS A joint narcotics investigation by the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, and Crestview Police Department led to two arrests and a seizure of  codeine, marijuana, and multiple firearms. Following a six week undercover...

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Welfare Check Leads to Major Narcotics Arrest

ARREST REPORT A call for Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies to check on a man asleep in a car at a Mary Esther restaurant ended with the driver facing trafficking charges for fentanyl, oxycodone, and methamphetamine. A man later identified as 29-year old Stephen Scott...

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Narcotics Search Warrant Exposes Child Neglect Situation

ARREST REPORTS A narcotics search warrant at a Crestview area home Thursday turned up methamphetamine that led to two arrests on drug charges, but deputies also discovered a home in deplorable condition with five young children inside. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s...

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Armed Burglary Added to Teens List of Charges

Three teenagers arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office July 29th for carrying a concealed firearm, loitering and prowling now face additional charges connected to the theft of that gun from a car. 18-year old Mario Lee Jr., 14-year old Marquette Lewis, and...

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Road Rage Incident Leads to Impersonating and Officer Charge

ARREST REPORT A road rage incident on Highway 98 in Destin ended with a felony arrest after a Milton man activated flashing blue lights on his pickup truck and flashed his wallet at the victim. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office charged 32-year old Thomas Dehart of...

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Three Teens Charged in Stolen SUV Case

GATES ARREST REPORT STANLEY ARREST REPORT WRIGHT ARREST REPORT The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged three Fort Walton Beach area teens in connection with an SUV stolen from outside a Destin home. 18-year old Donald Gates, 18-year old Jaheim Stanley, and...

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Crestview Woman Who Ran From Courthouse Charged with Escape

ARREST REPORT A Crestview woman sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections yesterday is also charged with escape. 34-year old Elizabeth Hallford was at the Okaloosa County Courthouse in Crestview for sentencing Thursday on charges of elderly exploitation...

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Atlanta Men Charged with Kidnapping

ARREST REPORTS Two Atlanta men are charged with kidnapping after refusing to let an Alabama man out of their car and instead forcing him to go to various banks to try to cash fraudulent checks for them. The investigation is ongoing. The 45-year old victim from Helena...

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Crestview Child Near Drowning

A 6 year old Crestview child was pulled from the waters of Choctawhatchee Bay last night after a near drowning at Marler Park on Okaloosa Island. First responders were called to the park around 7:50 p.m. The little boy was reportedly playing with a group of children...

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Search Continues for Crestview Wanted Man

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office obtained information this morning that a Crestview man wanted by both the OCSO and the Crestview Police Department was believed to be at a trailer on C B Drive off Old Bethel Road. The OCSO Special Response Team and other law...

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Navarre Man Dies in Mary Esther Shooting – Autopsy Findings

An autopsy today confirmed a Navarre man died Saturday from a fatal gunshot wound. 34-year old Christopher Black was found bleeding on a carport at 671 Blackstone Road in Mary Esther shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday. A second individual, 31-year old Eugene Bradley of...

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Navarre Man Dies in Mary Esther Shooting

A Navarre man who was shot outside a home on Blackstone Road in Mary Esther early this morning died from his injuries at a local hospital. A second individual, who also suffered a gunshot wound at the home, is undergoing treatment and is expected to survive. Okaloosa...

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Suspicious Death Investigation in Mary Esther

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death following an incident at a home on Blackstone Road in Mary Esther. Deputies were called to the scene shortly before 5 a.m. this morning. Additional information will be released later today as the...

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OCSO SRO Program & Deputy Named Tops in the State

For the second time in just five years, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office SRO Program has been named tops in the state of Florida by the Florida Association of School Resource Officers. And in another major accomplishment, OCSO School Resource Officer Deputy Cullen...

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Near Drowning Victim Expected to Make Full Recovery

Thanks to bystanders, two nurses, the Okaloosa Island Fire Department, EMS, and Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, a 17-year old near drowning victim is expected to make a full recovery! Jhian Belen of Enterprise Alabama was swimming in the water behind the Eglin NCO...

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