Defuniak Springs, FL Crime & Safety

South Florida man arrested on sex charges in Holmes County

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Investigators with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office have charged a south Florida man with several felonies in connection to his coercion and subsequent false imprisonment of a teenage girl. On November 19, 2021, deputies with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office located a 15-year-old missing juvenile from...
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Cooking fire leaves Baker home with 'substantial' damage; no injuries reported

BAKER — Firefighters responded to a cooking fire that caused substantial damage to the interior of a home in the Milligan community just two days before Thanksgiving. Crews from the Crestview Fire Department were called to assist the Baker Fire District and North Okaloosa Fire District at a home on State Road 4 just south of the Gator Café at 11:38 a.m. on Tuesday, according to a CFD Facebook post.

Troopers: 2 dead after single vehicle crash in DeFuniak Springs

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. -- Two people are dead Monday night following a traffic crash involving a single vehicle in DeFuniak Springs, according to FHP. The crash occurred on Rock Hill Road and US-331 at around 7:51 p.m. According to FHP, a sedan overturned into a tree line, killing two people.

Freeport home saved in fire two days before Thanksgiving

FREEPORT, Fla. (WMBB) — Walton County Fire Rescue reportedly saved a Freeport home and family pets on Tuesday evening. Walton County fire officials said firefighters responded to smoke detectors going off in a home, where they later discovered a fire in a bathroom in the house. None of the residents were home, but the rescue […]

Family dogs saved from house fire

FREEPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A family will likely snuggle their dogs a little closer this Thanksgiving after they were saved from a house fire while their humans weren’t home. Walton County Fire Rescue officials said the fire happened in Freeport around 6 p.m. Tuesday. They said a neighbor reportedly heard...

Walton County firefighters save home and three dogs from electrical fire

FREEPORT, Fla. -- Walton County Fire Rescue firefighters say they saved a resident's home and her three family dogs Tuesday night -- two days before Thanksgiving. Firefighters were dispatched to Bayou Circle in Freeport at 6:00 p.m. following a 911 call where a neighbor reported hearing smoke detectors going off inside the home.

Vernon woman sentenced in death of 4-year-old son

A Vernon woman has been sentenced in a case stemming from a 2019 vehicle crash that resulted in the death of her 4-year-old son. 26-year-old Terri Ruth Sheffield of Vernon pled no contest and was sentenced to prison for 10 years each on the charges of DUI homicide/vehicular manslaughter death of a human and vehicular homicide. She was also sentenced to serve 5 years on the charge of child neglect with great bodily harm; however, all three sentences will be served concurrently. Sheffield also has a lifetime suspension of her driver’s license and $2,463 in court costs and fines.

Two missing Geneva teenagers have been found

GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — Two unrelated teens that went missing on Friday and Saturday have now been found, according to a press release. On Friday morning, a 15-year-old female was reported missing from her residence on J.P. Jones Road. As officers investigated, they believed could that the teen could have crossed state lines. Multiple agencies […]

Fort Walton Beach motorcyclist killed after crashing into guardrail on SR 293 in Niceville

BLUEWATER BAY — A 23-year-old Fort Walton Beach man was killed Saturday when he reportedly lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a guardrail on State Road 293. The crash occurred about 11:15 p.m. just south of Lakeshore Drive near the north end of the Mid-Bay Bridge near Bluewater Bay, according to a report from the Florida...