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OCSO Investigating Fatal Fire on Porch of Vacant Trailer

***UPDATE*** An autopsy has not turned up any evidence of foul play in connection with the discovery of an adult male who was found on fire at an abandoned mobile home yesterday. There were no signs of trauma to the man’s body other than the burns, and investigators...

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Homeless Man Charged in Murder of Homeless Girlfriend

ARREST REPORT The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a homeless man in connection with the beating death of his homeless girlfriend in Mary Esther July 5th. 38-year old Daniel Ray Godwin is charged with one count of felony murder. He and the victim, 41-year...

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OCSO Investigating Suspicious Death of Homeless Woman

Update: The woman whose body was located yesterday in a small wooded area off Hollywood Boulevard has been identified as 41-year old Charlene Begay, no known address. An autopsy is scheduled for later today. We will release additional information as warranted. The...

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Georgia Man Injured After Diving Off Boat at Crab Island

A Georgia man was pulled from the water unconscious after diving off a pontoon boat and hitting his head on the bottom of Crab Island near Destin around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, June 27th. Two men on the boat with the 40-year old pulled him quickly from the water...

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Driver on Felony Probation Charged with Four New Felonies

ARREST REPORT A Navarre man already on felony probation who was pulled over Thursday night for an expired tag tried to get his passenger to switch seats during the traffic stop, but now faces four felony and four misdemeanor charges. 35-year old Kevin McLaren was...

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Traffic Stop Nets Fentanyl, Meth & Two Arrests

ARREST REPORTS A traffic stop in Niceville Thursday evening led to the arrests of two people and seizure of fentanyl, methamphetamine, and ammunition. An OCSO K9 that arrived on the scene alerted on the truck as it was parked near a restaurant at 1348 John Sims...

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OCSO Joins Neighbors to Enhance Public Safety

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce we are joining “Neighbors” public safety app in our ongoing efforts to connect with residents and boost the safety of our communities by helping solve crimes: Neighbors Public Service by Ring...

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Okaloosa County Records Second Drowning in Three Days

Update: The victim of a drowning yesterday off the east side of Crab Island near Destin has been identified as 58-year old Rama Kannan of New York. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is now investigating a second drowning that just took place off the east side of...

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Drowning Victim Identified as Mississippi Tourist

A man who drowned Saturday while snorkeling near Destin’s west jetties has been identified as 29-year old Michael Cole of Byrum, Mississippi. Witnesses noticed Cole struggling in the water around 3 p.m. but were unable to get to him before he went under. CPR was...

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OCSO Investigating Shooting Death of Mary Esther Man

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a Mary Esther man last night at a home on Kimbrough Road. The 52-year old victim died at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center from a gunshot wound to the chest...

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Man Charged with Firing Weapon Inside Home

ARREST REPORT Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Fort Walton Beach area man this morning after he armed himself with two handguns and fired shots into a bedroom where a family member had locked himself inside. The man was not injured but one of the...

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OCSO Investigating Laurel Hill Robbery

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that took place overnight at the Tom Thumb at 8200 Highway 85 North in Laurel Hill. The clerk says a man and woman wearing masks entered the store around 2:45 a.m. with a firearm and demanded...

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OCSO Handles Crowded Memorial Weekend

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office handled more than 2600 calls for service between noon Friday, May 22nd and midnight May 25th. Here’s a sample of some of the types of calls that flooded the Communications Unit as large crowds packed area beaches, roads, and waters...

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Motorist Finds Toddler in Diaper Crossing Highway 98 at Night

ARREST REPORT A driver on Highway 98 in Florosa Friday night spotted a two year old child wearing a diaper walking across Highway 98 alone around 11:30 p.m. An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy familiar with the neighborhood went to a home where he knew there...

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Teen Driver Fleeing Deputies Collides with House

ARREST REPORT A Niceville teen trying to get away from pursuing deputies ran into a home on Comfort Road in Mary Esther, causing damage to an outer brick wall. An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted 17-year old Samantha Frazier driving down Lovejoy Road at...

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One in Custody Following Shots Fired Chase

ARREST REPORT A Crestview man called 9-1-1 Thursday morning to report an angry friend was following his truck and shooting at him due to a failed drug deal. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were told two men in a red Ford truck were chasing and shooting at...

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FWB Man Charged with DUI After Crashing into Pool Wall

A Fort Walton Beach man who crashed his truck through a wall around a condo’s swimming pool caused thousands of dollars in damage to the structure, but refused to conduct a field sobriety test for impaired driving or provide a breath sample to Okaloosa County...

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