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WCSO Nets “Big Fish” After Meth Lab Discovery

They caught a catfish and so far it looks like he has been cooking. Tuesday July 7th investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s made contact with a man at a home on Ward Road near DeFuniak Springs regarding the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The homeowner, Kenneth “Catfish” Peacock, answered the door. Peacock agreed to speak to investigators and consent to search ...

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Deputies Make One Last Round, Man Arrested

Deputies Make One Last Round, Man Arrested   Just before midnight last Friday, two WCSO deputies, Ryan Hooks and Sergeant Paula Pendleton, were on walking foot patrol at Seaside. The two decided to make just one more lap around as they were familiar with the area being a gathering spot for underage drinkers late at night.   As Deputy Hooks ...

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Healthmark Regional Employee Recognised

Healthmark Regional Employee Recognised   As with many health care and emergency service workers, some of the most valuable work behind the scenes to make sure you have what you need when you need it. Healthmark Regional Medical Center has announced its Employee of the Month for July. Staff Accountant Danny Wilkins received the honor, which was presented by Healthmark ...

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FedEx Mossy Head Bringing New Jobs

FedEx Mossy Head Bringing New Jobs The recent announcement of a new FedEx Ground Package Distribution Facility in the Mossy Head Commerce Park brought a lot of positive comments by the Walton Commissioners and others. While the exact number of jobs that will be out of the facility is not known, Walton County Administrator Larry Jones told the commissioners, staff, ...

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State Reaches Contact Milestone 10 million people register their contact information with EC

State Reaches Contact Milestone 10 million people register their contact information with EC Florida’s Emergency Contact Information system reached a milestone this week, surpassing the 10 million mark in the number of people who have securely registered their contact information with the state. That’s an average of more than a million new registrants a year since the system was created ...

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Water Rescue and Brush Fire

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Beach & Marine Units responded to a distressed boater call late Saturday night, July 4th. The boater was stranded and having motor issues with strong winds pushing the boat into the rocks near bay field along 331. WCSO deputies responded in the choppy waters and towed the vessel back to the landing. The boaters sustained ...

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Accident Followups

Two tragic accidents reported on WZEP First News Now have updates, one of a victim passing. The FHP says 85-year-old Roger Eugene Andersen of Crestview has passed away from injuries suffered when a locomotive engine struck his truck on a private crossing just over the Walton line inside Okaloosa. The accident happened after Andersen’s truck was stopped on the marked ...

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Oberhausen Charged

Small Camper, Big Drug Bust   A week ago the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics unit served a probable cause search warrant at the residence of 58-year-old Keith Daniel Oberhausen in Willows Campground, Veterans Rd Santa Rosa Beach FL.   During the course of the search over 9 grams of “ICE” methamphetamine, marijuana, suspected LSD, drug paraphernalia, a log detailing ...

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Two Okaloosa Fatality Accidents

Fatality After Bouncy House Trailer Overturns It was bouncy houses bouncing when the trailer started to sway, rotate and bounced into the tree line. But the 4th of July trip ended in tragedy for a Crestview woman. Around 5pm on the 4th, a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 29-year-old Levi Jernigan of Crestview and a Ford Focus, driven by 54-year-old Marion ...

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