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Woman Charged with Leaving Infant in Running Vehicle

A woman who left a baby in an unattended vehicle for nearly two and a half hours Wednesday is charged with child neglect without great bodily harm by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. The OCSO received a 9-1-1 call around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon from a witness...

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OCSO Tracks Down Aggravated Battery DOMV Suspect

A Fort Walton Beach area man wanted for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and domestic violence battery was located in a Miracle Strip Parkway motel yesterday by members of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Section. Deputies had been...

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OCSO Nabs Three Teen Armed Robbery Suspects

Three teenage suspects in the armed robbery of a Mary Esther business are in custody. Watercloud Vapes at 300 Mary Esther Boulevard was robbed at gunpoint around 4:20 yesterday afternoon. The Victim reported two young black males, later identified as 15-year olds...

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Deputies Zero in Quickly or Car Burglary Suspect

Great teamwork by Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Patrol and K9 deputies led to the arrest this morning of a Fort Walton Beach man who had been caught in the act of burglarizing a car on the victim's home surveillance video. 20-year old Craig Pierce is charged with...

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OCSO Investigating Fatal Balcony Fall at Okaloosa Island Condo

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is conducting a death investigation following a fatal fall from a balcony at an Okaloosa Island condominium complex Monday night. The Communications Unit received a 9-1-1 call from someone at 520 Santa Rosa Boulevard shortly after...

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Holt Man Who Fled Deputies Now in Custody

A Holt man who ran from deputies investigating a domestic violence case Friday morning didn't stay on the loose for long. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit and a K9 team located 29-year old John Fleming Saturday hiding under a couch at his home...

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Niceville Man Charged with Sexual Battery on Child Under 12

A Niceville area man is charged with sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13 multiple times over a four year period. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged 43-year old Dennis Luke Rethmeyer with sexual battery. Rethmeyer was arrested last night and...

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Man Charged with Three Counts Aggravated Assault

A man who waved a gun at several people inside a Fort Walton Beach area business and then fled from Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies is now charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and obstruction of justice. Witnesses say Rasheen Miller...

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Man Arrested After Attacking Woman with Tire Iron

A nurse taking a work break near an employee parking lot at HCA Fort Walton Beach - Destin Hospital on Mar Walt Drive was blitz-attacked by a man with a tire iron this morning. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged 27-year old Raul Milla Jr. of Anderson...

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OCSO Makes Arrest in Holt Stabbing

A Holt man is in custody on charges he stabbed another individual in a dispute over a female on the 4th of July. 51-year old Robert Dean Parker of Lyons Place is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Communications...

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OCSO Investigating Apparent Drowning in Destin

Update: We have confirmation of next of kin notification. The victim is identified as 35-year old Ryan Mallett of Arkansas. We send our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends, and loved ones in his tragic passing. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is...

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OCSO Nabs Theft Suspects in Stolen Truck

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies tracked down two people suspected of stealing a Destin woman's electric scooter, making a traffic stop on the pair yesterday in Niceville which revealed they were in a truck reported stolen out of Mississippi. Inside the truck...

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Two Alabama Men Arrested for Online Solicitation of Minor

Felony warrants have been served on two Alabama man in connection with an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office undercover operation last summer utilizing the Internet to identify people who attempt to sexually exploit children. 28-year old Stephen Williamson of Saraland...

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