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Child Neglect Arrest

A Crestview woman is accused of leaving three toddlers at a home overnight and traveling to Shalimar, 21 miles away.The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged 30-year old Tracy Holstead with three counts of child neglect.Information was received that the...

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Teacher Charged with Having Sexual Relationship with Student

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office arrested a teacher today on a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a student by an authority figure.35-year old Hayley Hallmark, a teacher and coach at Ruckel Middle School in Niceville, is accused of having a sexual...

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Three Teens Caught in the Act Burglarizing Cars

Three Fort Walton Beach area teens wearing dark clothes and hoodies covering their heads were caught in the act of burglarizing a car off RacetrackRoad early this morning and led deputies on a brief foot chase before being taken into custody.15-year olds Cornelius Lee...

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2020 Deputy of the Year – Brandon Mundt

Nine-year law enforcement veteran Brandon Mundt is a dedicated family man who prioritizes his family and places a strong focus on high volume, proactive police work. He is a professional team player, morale booster, and someone who consistently presents a can-do...

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Driver Tells Deputies Heroin is Chocolate Laxative

A traffic stop Saturday led to the discovery of 26 grams of heroin and oxycodone. The driver told Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies the heroin was a chocolate laxative and he believed the pills to be fake. Neither was the case. Deputies charged 29-year old...

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Quick Acting Deputies Nab Five in Destin Home Burglary

Alert deputies put the brakes on a successful getaway for five Fort Walton Beach residents who had just pulled off a burglary at a home in Destin.Units responded to to a house on Harbor Lane Friday morning around 12:20 in reference to a burglary that had just taken...

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Stolen Car with Flat Tires and Stolen Lottery Tickets

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies responding to a call of a suspicious woman at a Fort Walton Beach area convenience store last night found her in the parking lot, sitting in an SUV with two flat rear tires and flashing hazard lights.An investigation revealed...

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FWB Woman Charged with Stabbing Husband

A Fort Walton Beach woman with an active Domestic Violence injunction is charged with stabbing her husband, the injunction petitioner, following a night out at a local bar Thursday.The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged 52-year old Shawna Evans of Shirley...

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OCSO Investigating Suspicious Death Near Niceville

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death at a mobile home in the Niceville area.Deputies were initially called to the location at 1534 Pine Street around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday in reference a missing person call and indications of a...

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Pace Man Nabbed in Cyber Crimes Operation

Members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Cyber Crimes Unit have charged a Pace man with attempting to produce child pornography, traveling to meet a minor for sex and three other felonies.23-year old John Mason Collins was arrested January 8th after he traveled...

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FWB Man Charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon

A Fort Walton Beach man has been arrested in connection with shooting a bullet into a car during an argument in Destin Monday.The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged 35-year old John Bludsworth with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, discharging a...

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New OCSO Sheriff Eric Aden Sworn In

There's a new Sheriff at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, but he's not new to the agency or to the community.Former Administrations Bureau Major Eric Aden was officially sworn in today by Okaloosa Clerk of Court JD Peacock, also a former OCSO deputy.Sheriff Aden...

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OCSO Investigating Sunday Night Gunfire

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to calls Sunday night of someone shooting dozens of rounds in the Marler Street/Shirley Drive area off Lovejoy Road shortly before 7 p.m.Witnesses also reported seeing people dressed in black running in the...

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North Okaloosa Man Charged with Aggravated Battery

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Laurel Hill man following a disturbance at a home on Bill Lundy Road last night.47-year old Temuchin Frank Tillman is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon on a person 65 years of age or older.Deputies...

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Armed Burglar Caught in the Act

An armed burglar was caught in the act of his crime this morning through a partnership between a vigilant citizen and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Just before 2 AM, a resident on Keyser Mill Road alerted deputies to a burglar in his home. The resident...

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Five Men Charged with Soliciting Minor for Sex

A joint law enforcement sting effort targeting individuals soliciting sex with an underage girl led to five arrests during “Operation Home Alone”.All five defendants are charged with using a computer to solicit a minor, traveling to meet a minor for sex, and use of a...

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Crestview Man Charged with Arson After Setting Truck Ablaze

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to reports of a loud boom near Crestview last night discovered a Chevy Silverado truck fully engulfed in flames on Mare Creek Drive.While speaking with 28-year old Kevin Robert Murphy on the scene, he told deputies...

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Teamwork Recovers Stolen Corvette and Sparks Two Arrest

An alert off-duty Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy spotted a stolen car driving through Crestview Wednesday and quickly communicated with officers for a traffic stop that led to two arrests.The OCSO and Crestview Police Department worked together to apprehend...

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OCSO Charges Two High School Teens with Arson

Two students at Niceville High School are charged with setting a fire inside a girls’ restroom Tuesday, prompting a school evacuation and causing approximately $2500 in damages.15-year olds Cadence Yates and Emily Kempton have been arrested by the Okaloosa County...

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