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Traffic Stop for Expired Tag Leads to Four Felony Charges

A traffic stop due to an expired license tag led to the arrest of a Crestview man for possession of heroin and methamphetamine, possession of a full-automatic firearm, two counts of possession of a concealed firearm without a license, driving with a revoked driver’s...

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Fugitive Shooting Investigation

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a fatal shooting that took place when the US Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to take a wanted individual into custody this morning.A deputy with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s...

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Search Warrant Leads to 450 Grams of Methamphetamine

The ongoing group effort between regional law enforcement agencies to combat the use and distribution of controlled substances resulted in the seizure today of more than 450 grams of methamphetamine, hundreds of pills of Alprazolam, and over 300 grams of...

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Two Narcotics Search Warrants on One Day Nets Seven Arrests

Seven people have been arrested in connection with two separate search warrants executed yesterday by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Agency Drug Task Force, which includes our partners from the Fort Walton Beach Police Department and Crestview Police...

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Destin Convenience Store Robbed at Gunpoint

A Destin business was robbed at gunpoint early this morning and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is working to identify the two men responsible.Deputies were called to the Texaco store at 201 Harbor Boulevard shortly before one a.m. after receiving a call of an...

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Shalimar Man’s Attack Leads to Five Felony Charges

A Shalimar man faces five felonies after randomly punching a McDonald’s customer at the drive-thru, threatening the manager with a cleaver, and then hitting two Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies who responded to help.The OCSO was called to 1189 Eglin Parkway...

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Massage Therapist Charged with Two Counts of Battery

A Destin area massage therapist is charged with touching two female clients inappropriately.The first client, a tourist from Texas, came forward in November of 2019 to report 60-year old Alan McCullough of Niceville had fondled her breasts during a massage at a...

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OCSO Searching for Missing Endangered Adult

***UPDATE*** We’re happy to report Mr. Maslanka has been located in Santa Rosa County and is safe. Thank you everyone for helping get out the word! The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help in locating Missing Endangered Adult Edward...

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OCSO Investigating Fatal Shooting Near Fort Walton Beach

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that took place around 5 a.m. this morning on Shirley Drive.Deputies were called to a townhome in connection to a woman’s phone call reporting that a man broke into her home and had been shot.They...

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Crestview Man Charged with Sexual Battery on Child & More

A Crestview man has been arrested on charges he sexually molested two young girls under the age of twelve.The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 46-year old James Daniel Hughes of Auburn Road with sexual battery on a victim under the age of twelve, two...

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Illinois Teen Drowns After Being Caught in Riptide

A 19-year old Illinois tourist drowned Saturday after being caught in a rip current in the Gulf of Mexico off Scenic Highway 98 in Destin.Lifeguards pulled multiple people from the water despite the Gulf being closed to swimming due to dangerous conditions created by...

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OCSO Drug Task Force Search Warrant Leads to Six Arrests

A narcotics search warrant executed October 8th by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Multi-Agency Drug Task force led to the arrests of two Fort Walton Beach men on charges of operating a public nuisance structure for drug activity and more.Four other individuals...

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Cold Case Sexual Battery From 1986 Resolution

Efforts by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Layton Utah Police Department have led to the closure of two cold case sexual battery cases, perpetrated by the same man. He died in South Carolina in 2015.The Okaloosa victim was 26 when robbed and attacked on...

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Wanted Fugitive Makes Failed Attempt to Escape Arrest

33-year old Robert James Nelson, Jr of Crestview was taken into custody last night at the Holiday Inn Resort at 1299 Miracle Strip Parkway. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigation Section, Street Crimes Unit, and Special response Team executed a...

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Shooting Victim Faces Drug Charges

An Okaloosa Island man shot during a drug deal gone bad last week now faces multiple charges after the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at his apartment.22-year old John Wade was arrested September 25th for possession of marijuana with intent...

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