Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Arrest made in killing of Navarre man

Arrest made in killing of Navarre man

A Mary Esther man wanted for murder was taken into custody by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night in a parking lot outside a fast food restaurant, according to a press release. Eugene Bradley, 31, is charged with gunning down Christopher Black of Navarre at a home on Blackstone Road in Mary Esther July […]

UPDATE: Identity released of body found on beach

UPDATE: Identity released of body found on beach

UPDATE, Oct. 14 3:30 p.m.: The body of a man found floating near the county line has been identified as Timothy Adsit of Milton according to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy performed Oct. 11 by the medical examiner’s office found no indications of foul play, and the sheriff’s office is awaiting toxicology results. The […]

Deputies discover 1,700 grams of drugs in car

Deputies discover 1,700 grams of drugs in car

Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies seized more than 1,700 grams of illegal drugs during a welfare check in Mary Esther Aug. 12. According to a press release, deputies responded to a call to check on a man asleep in a car at a Sonic Drive-in. A man later identified as 29-year-old Stephen Scott Wilson, address unknown, […]

Five arrested in Navarre for smash and grabs

Five arrested in Navarre for smash and grabs

Five suspects were arrested Monday at a Navarre residence on allegations of more than 60 “smash and grab” style burglaries in Okaloosa County. Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson held a joint press conference with Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Walton Police Department Tuesday afternoon to discuss the collaborative investigation.   Read the full […]

Navarre man shot and killed in Mary Esther

Navarre man shot and killed in Mary Esther

Christopher Black, age 34 of Navarre, was shot and killed outside a home on Blackstone Road in Mary Esther early Saturday morning. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Blackstone Road home around 4:43 a.m. in response to a 911 call of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Black on an outside carport. […]

Probation officer arrested for child porn

Probation officer arrested for child porn

Updated June 13 at 4:46 p.m. A cyber tip led to the June 12 arrest of a Milton man for allegedly acquiring child porn via Skype. Investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office traced the account back to an IP address tied to Justin Robert Vargo, 23. He was in a temporary residence in Baker […]

Human remains found on Eglin Reservation

Human remains found on Eglin Reservation

The Okaloosa County Sherriff’s Office is investigating found skeletal remains on the Air Force’s Eglin Reservation in west Okaloosa County. They were discovered by a hiker Tuesday evening. According to a press release from OSCO, the hiker was walking north of Highway 98 near the Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County border before spotting the scattered […]

Foster parent arrested for child pornography

Foster parent arrested for child pornography

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents took a Fort Walton foster parent into custody March 7 for having alleged videos of child pornography on his computer. Dieter Claus Bucher, 76, of 990 Lukes Way was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre […]

Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Two individuals in a Fort Walton Beach illegal gambling operation were ordered by a U.S. attorney to forfeit $5.8 million Monday. Larry L. Masino, 68, of Gulf Breeze and Dixie L. Masino, 66, of Pensacola were convicted in February 2018 by a federal jury of operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering charges. Read […]

Alabama man assaults Okaloosa County Commissioner

Alabama man assaults Okaloosa County Commissioner

Okaloosa County Commissioner Graham Fountain, immediate-past chairman, was injured last Saturday evening in Crestview while trying to assist a young woman who was being beaten by a male assailant. Irby Franklin Jordan, of Dothan, Alabama faces multiple felony charges for the Jan. 12 incident. According to an Okaloosa County press release, at around 3:30 p.m. […]

Man sentenced for attempted enticement of a minor

Man sentenced for attempted enticement of a minor

Glenn Varrin, 56, of Syracuse, New York, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for attempted enticement of a minor after pleading guilty on August 15.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Dealer held responsible for overdose death

Dealer held responsible for overdose death

For the first time in Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office history, a drug dealer was charged and convicted for having a role in the death of someone who overdosed on heroin. Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley is calling the case a victory. Read the full article in the July 5 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Operation Pay Dirt seizes $7 million in drugs, guns

Operation Pay Dirt seizes $7 million in drugs, guns

Nearly $7 million worth of “poison” is off the street thanks to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s bust of the largest heroin/fentanyl distribution organization in county history. The sheriff’s office also arrested 15 individuals, including convicted felons, in relation to the investigation referred to as Operation Pay Dirt the sheriff’s office announced May 30 during a […]

Two Romanians arrested for ATM skimmers

Two Romanians arrested for ATM skimmers

Two Romanians were arrested May 5 in Okaloosa County for allegedly installing ATM skimming devices according to a press release from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OSCO). Viorel Naboiu, 43, and Florin Bersanu, 31, were believed to be traveling state to state installing the devices on ATM machines.   Read the full article in the May […]

Army Ranger instructor arrested for sexual assault at Navarre Beach

Army Ranger instructor arrested for sexual assault at Navarre Beach

Richard Cruz, II, a 39 year old Army special forces soldier, has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 14 year old and giving her beer at Navarre Beach March 29. According to the arrest report, on March 30 the girl was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center to be medically examined after […]

Teens assault victim with chicken bone

Teens assault victim with chicken bone

Two teenaged detainees of a juvenile justice facility allegedly assaulted another detainee with a chicken bone and bare fists. According to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office reports, Oct. 8, Dakota Davis, 15 of Navarre, admitted to attacking the victim at the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Crestview. Davis was allegedly joined in the attack by […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for March 3

FORMER FLORIDA POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH SHOOTING Former Rockledge police officer Nicholas Galluzzi turned himself in Thursday and later bonded out of jail. He faces up to five years in prison. Police say two teens had been breaking into cars in December. They tried to flee when officers arrived and crashed their vehicle into a […]

Gulf Breeze attorney faces 210 year sentence

Gulf Breeze attorney faces 210 year sentence

A Gulf Breeze attorney faces a potential 210 years in prison pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts of bank fraud, embezzlement and money laundering last week according to a press release by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Richard Michael Colbert, 55, of Pensacola Beach, is charged with one count of […]

Suspects arrested in pharmacy robbery

Suspects arrested in pharmacy robbery

              Two Milton residents suspected in an attempted armed robbery were arrested Wednesday, Aug. 24, on unrelated charges in Santa Rosa County. According to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reports, Shana Martin, 31,  and Erik Johnson, 34, are suspected of attempting to rob the Health Smart Pharmacy on North State […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 4

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 4

POLICE FATALLY SHOOT FLORIDA MAN DURING DOMESTIC CALL Palm Bay police Lt. Mike Bandish says a woman told 911 dispatchers Tuesday night that her husband was cutting himself and threatening to shoot her. Bandish says the woman barricaded herself in a bathroom while police were on their way to the home in Palm Bay, which […]

Hurlburt airman pleads no contest

Hurlburt airman pleads no contest

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Christopher Ryan Mullins, 23 years old, has entered a plea of No Contest to 25 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Each count carries a possible maximum of 15 years state prison.  Mullins faces up to life in prison and will be designated a sexual offender based upon […]

“Selfie” competition leads to Navarre arrest

“Selfie” competition leads to Navarre arrest

A Navarre woman was arrested Thursday morning, July 21, in connection with a “selfie” competition between her and a co-defendant involving unconscious patients of Okaloosa County EMS, where they both worked. Former Okaloosa County EMS paramedic Kayla Renee Dubois is charged with two counts of third degree felony interception and disclosure of oral communications after […]

Teen charged with attempted murder

Teen charged with attempted murder

An Okaloosa County teen, 17-year old Michael Tylor Sharon, is accused of attacking his stepfather with a knife after a fight over an X-box Friday night. Jesus Jimenez suffered eight stab wounds, including four in the back and one in the head.  The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged Sharon with domestic violence-related attempted murder. […]

State Attorney’s Office: Use of deadly force justified

State Attorney’s Office:  Use of deadly force justified

The State Attorney’s Office announced today that a review of the investigation into the officer-involved shooting of Joel Dixon Smith, who shot and killed Okaloosa County Deputy Bill Myers, has been completed and determined that the shooting of Dixon was justified. More details emerge about the hours before the shooting that occurred on Sept. 22, […]

Fort Walton cab driver robbed at gunpoint

Fort Walton cab driver robbed at gunpoint

A taxi cab driver who thought she was picking up a fare in Fort Walton Beach instead was met by a man who opened the cab’s passenger side door, pointed a gun at her face, and demanded money. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was collecting evidence and interviewing the victim early this morning after being […]

From Instant Message to Instant Nightmare

From Instant Message to Instant Nightmare

One wrong click by your child on your unmonitored computer could spell disaster or just an innocent sleepover gone wrong as 16-year-old Shauna Newell of Pensacola learned in 2006.  “A mile a minute, that is how fast your child can disappear,” according to the Klaas Kids Foundation’s website.  Locally, Brad Dennis works as the director […]

Destin visitors robbed at gunpoint

Destin visitors robbed at gunpoint

Visitors trying to buy marijuana robbed A Cincinnati Ohio couple vacationing in Destin was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night after they tried to buy drugs from a man near Fort Walton Beach. The 30-year old male says his girlfriend was driving him around as he tried to find $80 worth of marijuana to purchase. An […]

Joint narcotics sting nets 17 arrests

Joint narcotics sting nets 17 arrests

A two-year joint narcotics operation dubbed “Operation Cagney & Lazer” in south Okaloosa County has nabbed at least 17 individuals and additional arrests are pending.  One of the 17 arrested was a Navarre man, 54-year-old Eugene Klamer of Paloma Street.  He has been charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance (cocaine) and illegal use […]

FDLE arrests Milton man for online solicitation

FDLE arrests Milton man for online solicitation

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with investigators from the Escambia and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Offices today arrested William Burton Allen, 42, of 6774 Murphy Cassidy Rd., Milton, Fla., on one count of computer pornography online solicitation of a parent, one count of transmitting harmful material to a minor and one count […]

Okaloosa investigator spots fraud suspects in parking lot

Okaloosa investigator spots fraud suspects in parking lot

Two Georgia residents suspected of shopping with credit card numbers stolen from members of Eglin Federal Credit Union are behind bars after an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigator working the crimes spotted them in a parking lot. The compromised credit card and debit accounts were used at locations in Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and […]