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Justice for Shelly: 20th anniversary of hit-and-run death

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Twenty years ago 15-year-old Shelly Meadors was vacationing in Destin with her two best friends. They were walking along Highway 98, across from Big Kahuna’s Water Park, when a light-colored pick-up truck jumped the curb and hit shelly. She died at a nearby hospital. The pick-up never stopped and nobody […]
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Interest in women’s self-defense courses rising

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention unit said more women are falling victim to stolen purses and items in Northwest Florida. OCSO is hosting two self-defense sessions on September 10 for women in the community. Recent posts about the free classes are gaining a lot of traction and […]
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New photo of attempted bank robber released

MARY ESTHER, Fla. (WKRG) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking to identify the man in the photo above accused of trying to rob a bank in Mary Esther on August 8. OCSO said the man demanded money inside the Eglin Federal Credit Union on Hollywood Blvd Monday morning. The man in his 40s […]
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Video: Suspects steal plants from Florida nursery

SHALIMAR, Fla. (WKRG) — Detectives in Okaloosa County are searching for plant thieves that targeted the Wildwood nursery in Shalimar. Two people were caught on camera stealing plants and garden equipment overnight Saturday, August 6. Owners called deputies and filed a report Sunday. Marketing manager Veronica Deveau said this is not the first time it […]
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OCSO searching for man who allegedly tried to rob Eglin Federal Credit Union in Mary Esther

MARY ESTHER — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a man allegedly tried to rob the Eglin Federal Credit Union on Monday afternoon. The suspect entered the bank on Hollywood Boulevard in Mary Esther about 3:15 p.m. and gave a note to a teller demanding money, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Walton robbery leads...
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Destin, Okaloosa Sheriff’s Office talk safety ahead of the first day of school

With school starting Wednesday in Okaloosa County, the City of Destin and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office discussed transportation safety and school zones. “We want to welcome you to a brand new school year, but with the new school year comes a lot of safety issues,” said School Resource Officer Deputy Cullen Coraine. “We just wanted to remind you that school will be in session and you possibly will have to leave a little earlier in the morning to fight all the extra traffic that will be on the road.”
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Texas man charged with indecent exposure at Destin nightclub

DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) — Okaloosa County Sheriff Deputies arrested 20-year-old Elijah Gants Monday, August 8 for indecent exposure at Lucky’s Rotten Apple in Destin. Staff at the hot spot at 205 Mountain Drive told deputies Gants got naked in the bar and peed on the front door of the building. Staff said Gants whipped his […]
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Man wanted in attempted Okaloosa County bank robbery

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. -- Okaloosa County deputies are looking for a suspect involved in an attempted bank robbery Monday afternoon. Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers say the incident took place around 3:15 p.m. at the Eglin Federal Credit Union located at 321 E. Hollywood Boulevard in Mary Esther. The suspect came...
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Crestview man charged with trafficking in fentanyl, methamphetamine

CRESTVIEW, Fla. — A Crestview man originally wanted on a stalking charge is now facing five additional charges, including trafficking in narcotics, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has announced. Jerry Blackshear, 47, has been charged with trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, resisting an officer,...
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Report: Louisiana man pushes, punches child in Okaloosa County

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. -- Okaloosa County deputies arrested a man Tuesday evening for allegedly pushing and punching a child. Tyler Mead, 23, of Louisiana, is charged with cruelty towards a child - abusing a child without great bodily harm. According to the arrest report, deputies were called to the scene...
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Florida corrections officer charged with soliciting minor on Grindr

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WKRG) — An Okaloosa Correctional Institution corrections officer was charged with obscene communication after communicating with what he believed to be a fourteen year old juvenile male through an online dating application and text messages in Okaloosa County, according to a report. Between Aug. 4 and Aug. 9, 2021, Jerry Lee Hollingsworth, 44, […]
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