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Man Charged with Aggravated Assault and Threatening Deputies

ARREST REPORT An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy responding to a call of a reckless driver and possible traffic crash March 15th says a man confronted him holding a rifle and shouting obscenities. An OCSO deputy spotted a car matching the suspect vehicles’...

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FWB Man Charged with Negligent Homicide in Overdose Death

ARREST REPORT A Fort Walton Beach man wanted on a charge of manslaughter by culpable negligence is now in the Okaloosa County Jail after being picked up recently in St. Tammany Parish Louisiana. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies say 39-year old Albert Diaz...

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Pilot & Passenger Who Survived Plane Hitting Tree Identified

The pilot and passenger aboard a Beech Bonanza aircraft that went down short of the Destin Executive Airport runway Sunday morning are identified as a father and son from Kansas who were flying into the Destin area for vacation. 47-year old Jason Dougherty of Garden...

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Two Men and Dog Survive Plane Crash in Destin

Two men and their Labrador retriever survived without a scratch after their small aircraft reportedly developed engine problems and went down in a tree short of the Destin Airport runway this morning. First responders were called to a home on Planet Drive in Destin...

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Pedestrian Struck and Killed Crossing Highway 98 in Destin

A pedestrian believed to be in his mid-twenties was struck and killed while attempting to cross Highway 98 (Harbor Boulevard) in Destin last night. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the area near 172 Harbor Boulevard around 6:15 p.m. Friday. The...

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Mobile Man Arrested in Undercover Operation

ARREST REPORT A Mobile Alabama man has been arrested in connection with an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office undercover operation targeting individuals seeking sexual encounters with children. 28-year old Dominique Latrell Gray of Good Pay Street is charged with using...

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Convicted Felon Facing Seven New Felony Charges

ARREST REPORT A Fort Walton Beach man with at least ten former felony convictions is now facing another seven felony charges following a traffic stop in Crestview early this morning. An Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted a traffic stop on 35-year old...

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OCSO Arrests Man Causing Disturbance on Rooftop

ARREST REPORT A man who climbed onto a home’s rooftop near Fort Walton Beach and began stomping around ultimately had to be pepper sprayed and tased to get him to comply with Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies Tuesday afternoon. 25-year old Daniel Forgione is...

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Man Charged with Using Infant as Shield

ARREST REPORT A Defuniak Springs man used an infant as a shield against law enforcement officers while refusing to obey commands following a traffic stop on Interstate 10 Monday night. 31-year old Zachary Taylor McKinney is charged with battery on a law enforcement...

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Worker Dies in Fall From Condo Roof

A man working on the roof of a sixteen story condominium in Destin died after falling off the top of the structure Saturday afternoon. The 38-year old victim was part of a roofing crew working on top of Silver Shells condominiums at 15300 Emerald Coast Parkway....

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Niceville Girl Attacked by Other Teens Outside Her Home

ARREST REPORT The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has already made one arrest - and continues investigating an aggravated battery in the Bluewater Bay area last night which involved multiple teenage girls. The 16-year old victim, who is five feet tall and 110 pounds,...

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Undercover Operation Leads to Arrest of Pensacola Man

ARREST REPORT A Pensacola man who thought he had arranged a meeting to buy 250 grams of cocaine instead found himself under arrest by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office for trafficking in cocaine and using a two way communication device to facilitate a felony....

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Human Smuggler Caught by OCSO Gets 46 Months in Federal Prison

A human smuggler from Honduras apprehended by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 10 last year has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison. Edwin Tercero and five other occupants of his vehicle were pulled over...

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OCSO Deputies Attend Diversity & Inclusion Training

Deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office attended specialized training recently on diversity, inclusion, and the practical application of engaging diverse populations in partnerships and problem solving efforts. The classes focused on “increasing awareness...

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Shalimar Man Who Fled Deputies Now in Custody

ARREST REPORT A Shalimar man who ran from deputies during a welfare check attempt was taken into custody a few hours later and charged with pawning stolen items at a local pawn shop.The victim says 36-year old Chase Shipp of Country Club Road had stolen several pieces...

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OCSO Working to Catch Smash & Grab Car Burglars

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating smash and grab car burglaries that took place outside fitness centers in Destin this week during morning hours. In the first occurrence on the morning of February fourth, someone broke out windows of three vehicles...

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