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Couple Passed out in Car with Unrestrained Infant

Two people were found unconscious in a car in a Mary Esther parking lot yesterday. A five month unrestrained child was in the back seat and within reach of drug paraphernalia. The male and female, parked off Page Bacon Road, appeared to be suffering overdoses and...

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Double Stabbing Investigation Near Niceville

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a double stabbing that took place around 11:30 last night outside a home on Cat Mar Road near Niceville. Investigators say the incident started with a domestic violence related physical disturbance involving a man...

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Apparent Drowning off Henderson Beach State Park

A group of swimmers got caught in a rip current off Henderson Beach State Park in Destin around 6:15 p.m. Saturday and one man was not able to make it back to shore. After being pulled from the water, the 58-year old male from Oakdale Louisiana was transported by EMS...

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Gonzalez Cold Case Break Lead to Arrest

Sixteen years after a Fort Walton Beach man died following a home invasion robbery at his Monahan Drive apartment, two people are in custody for the murder and two others are being sought. Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office investigators have charged 44-year old Adrian...

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Search Continues for Missing Swimmer in Gulf – UPDATED

***UPDATE*** The body of a missing teen who disappeared in the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Destin Thursday evening was spotted by a beachgoer this afternoon in Miramar Beach (Walton County). The body of the 14-year old Louisiana resident was recovered...

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Holt Resident Charged with Aggravated Assault on Deputy

A Holt resident is charged with driving a pickup truck towards an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputy in the roadway after a traffic stop near Baker yesterday. 18-year old River Harper was arrested for assault on a law enforcement officer, making a false report of...

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Traffic Stop Officer Involved Shooting

An attempted traffic stop near Baker led to an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputy firing his weapon for self-protection early this morning. The driver of the pickup truck jumped out and fled into the woods off Old River Road around 3:45 a.m. As the deputy gave...

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OCSO Makes Arrest in 2020 Mary Esther Murder

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged a Fort Walton Beach area man with second degree murder in connection with a shooting death last November. 39-year old Tavares Gainer is accused of shooting Deshaun Frazier November 20th, 2020 inside a mobile home at 107...

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Holt Man Charged with Negligent Manslaughter

A Holt man is charged with negligent manslaughter following an incident at his home Wednesday night. Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies were called to a residence on Wilkerson Bluff Road around 7:30 p.m. 61-year old Ronald Norris says he was alone in his home when he...

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Woman Charged with Kidnapping

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged a Fort Walton Beach area woman with kidnapping/false imprisonment of a child. 29-year old Alyssandra Eytzen, no known address, was spotted with the six-year old Thursday in Pinecrest Mobile Home Park Thursday afternoon....

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Two FWB Area Residents Killed in Destin Traffic Crash

Two Fort Walton Beach area residents died in a traffic accident that took place around 2:20 p.m. on Highway 98 in Destin Thursday. A 2009 Nissan Altima was making a left turn onto Henderson Beach Rd. from U.S. 98 and crossed into the path of a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado...

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Operation Night Owl

A five day operation this month targeting the on-line solicitation of children by sexual predators has already netted a dozen arrests and counting, with charges pending against numerous other individuals and more suspects to be identified. Undercover law enforcement...

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OCSO Dive Team Recovers Body of Missing Free Diver

Members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Dive Team today recovered the body of a missing free diver off the coast of Destin. The experienced free diver was spearfishing on a dive site called Mack's Reef, about two miles southwest of the Destin Pass Wednesday...

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OCSO Communications Utilizing What3Words

The OCSO uses innovative what3words technology to locate multiple 9-1-1 callers in distress. ● Emergency communication centers and responders in Okaloosa County are starting to use groundbreaking location technology what3words to locate 9-1-1 callers faster ● The...

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Crestview Man Charged with Molesting Child

An Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Investigation ended with a Crestview man charged with molesting a child on numerous occasions. 36-year old Brandon Dykes has been arrested on three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child, four counts of promoting the...

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OCSO Investigating Drowning

The OCSO is investigating a drowning that took place around 10 p.m. July 25th off 100 Water Street near Fort Walton Beach. The 59-year old victim, no known address, was seen in distress, but due to murky waters initially could not be located when he went under. When...

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OCSO Investigating Apparent Jail Suicide

A Shalimar man suspected in the stabbing death of his wife last May was found deceased at the Okaloosa County Jail in Crestview this morning. The 51-year old was discovered hanging in his cell during a routine cell check around 4:30 a.m. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's...

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Traffic Fatality Investigation Findings

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office investigators say the circumstances surrounding a man's death on Highway 98 early morning July 22nd appear to involve suicide or are the results of a tragic accident. The victim, a 31-year old tourist from Gainesville Texas, was having...

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