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Man Sentenced To 40 Years For Sex Crimes

40 years in prison and lifetime monitoring as a sexual predator. Joseph Maurice Cruz has been sentenced to 40 years state prison on 2 counts of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation. Cruz was designated a Sexual Predator and will be on life probation with GPS monitor upon completion of the prison sentence. Cruz was arrested in November of 2013 after an ...

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Scam Using the Name of Gulf Power

Here it is, your first scam alert for 2015. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office says a member of their agency was contacted about a scam concerning Gulf Power. The caller stated that they would come out and cut services unless they were given a credit card number or checking account number. Luckily no personal information was given out. However, the ...

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First Responder’s Appreciation Week

Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart is encouraging school superintendents to work with the schools, teachers and principals in their districts to remind students about the sacrifices first responders make daily to keep us safe. Governor Scott declared this week, January 5-9, as Florida First Responder Appreciation Week. There are more than 125,800 total first responders currently serving in Florida, which ...

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Dog Attack Leads to Search Warrant, Which Leads to Saving Over 40 Dogs

It started with a dog bite investigation and ended with 40 dog rescues. Last Thursday Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of Girl Scout Rd in reference to four dogs that attacked a man and caused injuries. The dogs responsible for the attack and their owner were located on Orange Avenue in Oakwood Hills. Further investigation revealed ...

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Walton Clerk Will Issue Same Sex License, But Will No Longer Conduct Marriages

See updated story where Walton clerk says his office will no longer perform any marriage ceremonies. Under the direction of  U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle’s clarifying order dated January 1, 2015, the Walton County Clerk of Courts & County Comptroller’s Office will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Office hours are ...

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Two Arrested For Burglary (Garcia, Woods)

An investigation into a car burglary led Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies to the recovery of stolen goods and firearms Friday. A car burglary involving a stolen iPad took place in the early morning hours outside a home on Twin Bay View in Fort Walton Beach. The investigation led OCSO deputies to Harbeson Avenue. A search warrant was executed in ...

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Walton School Board To Hold Four Meetings Tuesday

The Board will start their afternoon of meetings with a workshop on school security. This is a closed meeting. The Sunshine Law allows for closed meetings when security issues are discussed as a way to prevent information that could lead to a security risk becoming public.   At 4:30pm the School board will hold a workshop to discuss the Legislative ...

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Intermittent Lane Closures Planned for Interstate 10

A new camera and network system will help watch you as you drive I-10. That work is ongoing and you will soon be able to see messages from the state as the government helps track what is going on. District Three FDOT says construction crews are installing foundations and support poles along Interstate 10 (I-10) for a new Intelligent Transportation ...

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