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News Segment 1
Water Rescue 40201
On a morning with temperatures in the lower 40’s, just after 7am Monday,
emergency services were called to a report of a capsized boat on the east
side of the U.S. 331 Causeway and relief bridge. First responders began
searching for two people in the water. One man was rescued and taken to the
local hospital and later released. First responders continued searching for
the second person. The Walton Sheriff’s Office and Freeport Fire Department
has two boats on scene and the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) has four.
A helicopter was also used. Later in the afternoon the search was turned
over to the FWC.
News Segment 2
Catch A Crook
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is launching a new program designed to
let the public view surveillance photos typically seen only by
investigators in crimes ranging from shoplifting to scams. The photos on the
Sheriff’s Office website under the new “Take a Look, Catch a Crook” program
shows people of interest, witnesses, or potential suspects connected to
various crimes around Okaloosa County.
Sheriff Larry Ashley says all crimes, including misdemeanors, deserve
attention and this increases the odds that suspects will be identified and
charged accordingly when they have victimized an individual or business.
Captain Arnold Brown, head of the OCSO Investigation Services Division says
this new information-sharing initiative gives the public a chance to view
images that, for the most part, only law enforcement would have viewed in
the past. This in turn gives them the potential for thousands of people to
help identify the individuals shown.
The web page allows residents to link into Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers to
leave their information. They can then be eligible for a cash reward if
their information leads to an arrest. “The two programs in fact complement
each other,” said Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers Coordinator Nicole Wagner.
“We have used citizen input successfully for many years and “Take a Look –
Catch a Crook” will capitalize on the same methodology to expand the number
of crimes available for the public to help solve.”
The page will be updated weekly. http://www.sheriff-okaloosa.org/talcac/
News Segment 3 <http://www.co.walton.fl.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=4269>
Trick Or Treat
The DeFuniak Springs Police encourages safety and supervision during the
annual Trick-or-Treat season. It is especially important for parents to
adhere to a few safety rules for their children when they are
• Know your treaters' route
• Take a flashlight
• Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe.
• Remind kids not to enter strangers' homes or cars.
• Be sure to inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them.
• Candy that has been opened should be thrown away.
• Homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely.
Remember drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk. Never
cross the street from between parked cars. Watch for open flames from
jack-o-lanterns as they can catch costumes and long wigs on fire. Make sure
that fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or flexible
materials to avoid accidental injury or worse, have them mistaken for the
It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to
trick-or-treaters. As adults there are some very simple things we can do to
make the evening safe for everyone.
• Turn on your porch light.
• Move lit jack-o-lanterns off the porch where kids get bunched up.
• Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard.
• Drive slowly all evening.
• Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.
City Marshal Mark Weeks says Halloween is traditionally a time for children
to have fun, but most often it is the children who can be injured by
situations that are avoidable. Be sure your child's costume does not
obstruct their vision and is not so cumbersome that they can trip over it.
In the excitement of the night, kids often dart across streets. Falls and
pedestrian accidents are statistically two of the ways most children are
injured on Halloween. Be sure that, as a parent, you accompany your
children for their safety and your peace of mind.
In DeFuniak Springs, the DeFuniak Springs Business Professional Association
(DBPA) will again host the annual Halloween Happening on Baldwin Avenue
from 6pm until 8pm. If your kid wants to be in the costume contest, you
need to get there earlier. The DeFuniak Springs Women’s Club will host a
Lakeyard Circle Drive Tick or Treating event at the same time. Circle Drive
will be closed.
News Segment 4
Looking for the arrest report? http://jailpublic.co.walton.fl.us. This is
the new jail search page. Use the drop down calendar to find dates.
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Walton County Athletic League is hosting a fall festival 5-7 pm at
Harbeson Field on Wednesday, October 31st. There will be games, contests, a
K-9 demonstration and a law enforcement helicopter, as well as music and
concessions. Tickets are 25 cents each, and most booths and games will cost
one ticket. All proceeds will benefit the players and cheerleaders of WCAL.
Call 910 723-9873 for more information.
Join us on Wednesdays for the Jimbo Fisher Show from 6-7 pm right here on
The Air Force Junior ROTC program at Walton High School is hosting the
First Annual “Thank-a-Vet” 5K Run/Walk” on Saturday, November 10th at 8 am
at the DeFuniak Springs Lakeyard. Proceeds will go towards the Walton
AFJROTC program and to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The
course will begin at the amphitheater and around the lakeyard and
surrounding areas. This is a certified 5K course and will be professionally
timed. Register at: http://whsafjrotc.sites.runsignup.com/.
Obituaries - Listen in the morning, just after noon and the 4pm hour
Also online at our
Mrs. Margaret Merckle, age 86, passed away Monday, October 29. A time of
Visitation will be held 9:00-10:00 AM, Wednesday, October 31, at
Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home; 150 East Highway 20; Freeport.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Wednesday, October 31, at
Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Hatcher
Cemetery. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign
guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home
is entrusted with the arrangements.
Mr. Johnnie Carlton Hoover, age 56, of DeFuniak Springs, passed away
October 24. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, October
30, at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel. You may go online to view
obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com.
Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Thomas Eugene Clark, III, (Tommy), age 57, passed away October 21, at his
residence. Memorial services will be held, Saturday, November 3, at 1:00
p.m. in the chapel of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 1474 Highway 83 North,
DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32433. A time of visitation will be held one hour
prior to the service. Flowers are being accepted or donations can be made
to 21st Century Oncology to aid local cancer patients. Donations help those
who cannot afford treatment and transportation for the care that is needed.
Checks can be made to 21st Century Oncology, 601 Redstone Avenue,
Crestview, FL. 32536 or www.21stcenturycare.org. Memories and condolences
may be shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com. Arrangements and
services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home and
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