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News Segment 1
Walton Emergency Management State Report
Walton County is not expected to be one of two Emergency Management
Agencies in Florida that scored less than exemplary in a report. Major Joe
Preston, with the Walton County Sheriff’s Emergency Management says he has
been in contact with the state and they confirm Walton has indeed met the
Preston said the report has not yet been sent to the governor and the
county has not yet received it. He says the media received the information
before the two countries cited in the report. According to Preston, the
report was leaked to the media by someone out of our area.
The problem concerned a debris removal plan. Preston says he talked with
Florida Region 1 Emergency Management Coordinator Stormy LeBlanc and the
correct information was indeed turned in. Walton has been told they indeed
have met the requirements and will not be listed as Less Than Exemplary.
The final report should be available in November.
OCSO Home Invasion
A Fort Walton Beach man says he was punched several times and robbed during
a home invasion around 1:30 this morning on Pelham Road. The 64-year old
victim told Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies he was sitting inside his
home when he heard his back door open. He says three black males came in
and one of the individuals walked over and punched him several times while
demanding money. The thieves then stole jewelry, wallet, and other items
before leaving out the back door.
The man described the robbers as clean shaven, between the height of 5’10”
and 6’00” tall.
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the Okaloosa
County Sheriff’s Office at 850-651-7400 or 850-863-TIPS.
News Segment 2
Firefighters, EMS and Deputies Recognized For Saving Lives
On Friday, September 14th, firefighters from the DeFuniak Springs Fire
Department, Walton County Fire-Rescue and Walton County Sheriff’s Office
Deputies performed a rescue of persons entrapped in a burning structure.
Three children and pregnant mother were helped from the burning home. The
smoke was dense enough the responders feel it was only a short time before
the children would have succumbed to it.
At a presentation Monday morning, State Representatives Brad Drake and
Marti Coley and Helen Hunt Rigdon with Jeff Miller’s Office joined Fire
Chief Brian Coley and Major Joe Preston in recognising the Firefighters and
As part of the response, Sgt. James Pitman was first on scene and then
Deputy Sheriff Darryl Goddin showed up. The ambulance also arrived. The
deputies went to the house and beat on the doors and windows trying to get
a response. After no response, Pitman kicked the door in and he and Goddin
started to crawl in the house, trying to find the little bit of air along
the floor. The DeFuniak Springs Fire Department arrived on-scene first and
Lieutenant Chad Nelson and Firefighter/EMT Randy Hatcher told them to back
away and shut the door while they suited up.The two then entered the
burning structure in search of four persons reported to be trapped in the
house. Walton County Fire-Rescue arrived and Firefighter/EMT George “Buddy”
McLeod and Battalion Chief Bill May also made entry into the burning,
smoke-filled structure. Additional deputies arrived and while the
firefighters were working to search the home, the deputies ran to the back
corner of the house where the family was located. The firefighters rescued
the 3 children. They thought the mother was with them but mom stayed in the
house, possibly having become confused in the darkness and smoke. The
bathroom window then started to crack and the deputies heard screams for
help. They were able to open the window and pull the mother out to safety.
They also realized she was pregnant.
The deputies on scene were:
Sgt. James Pitman, D/S Darryl Goddin, D/S Brandon Newsom, D/S Thomas
Thillet, D/S Dustin Cosson
Fire-Rescue personnel on scene were:
WCFR Firefighter/EMT George “Buddy” McLeod and Battalion Chief Bill May
DeFuniak Springs Fire Department Lieutenant Chad Nelson and Firefighter/EMT
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News Segment 3 <http://www.co.walton.fl.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=4269>
State Representatives Honor First Responders
State Representatives Brad drake and Marti Coley took time, along with
Helen hunt Rigdon from Representative Jeff Miller’s office, Fire Chief
Brian Coley and others to honor the first responders who saved three
children and an expectant mother. The event was held at the DeFuniak
Springs Fire Department Monday morning.
Audio is available on our website or use this direct link.
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.
Sports - Listen to WZEP for national and local sports. Email us your local
sports stories and scores.
More online at our
In High School Volleyball
Tuesday, October 16
Walton hosts South Walton 5 and 6 pm
Thursday, October 18
Walton hosts Choctaw 5 and 6 pm
In High School Football
Thursday, October 18
Freeport hosts Walton/South Walton 5 pm
Friday, October 19
Walton hosts Marianna for Homecoming 7 pm
South Walton hosts Holmes County (Bonifay)
Chipley at Bozeman
Vernon at Graceville
Join us on Wednesdays for the Jimbo Fisher Show from 6-7 pm right here on
Homecoming at Walton High School will be on Friday, October 19. The
activities that day will include a homecoming parade through downtown
DeFuniak Springs. The Walton Braves will take on the Marianna Bulldogs. The
evening's activities at Yates Memorial Stadium will begin at 6:15 with the
presentation of the class floats. The homecoming court will be presented at
6:30, and kick-off for the homecoming football game will be at 7 pm.
The FSU Seminoles will be at Miami on Saturday, October 20th. Join us right
here on WZEP. Pre-game at 5 pm. Kick-off at 7 pm.
The Rotary Club of DeFuniak Springs is holding a Night Golf Tournament on
Friday, October 26th at the DeFuniak Springs Country Club. Come play golf
in the moonlight using lit golf balls and specially marked greens.
Registration begins at 5:30 pm. Shotgun start at dark. BBQ Pork will be
served from 6-7 pm. The entry fee is $45 per person and includes 3
mulligan, string, cart, green fees, and meal. For more information or to
register, contact Robert Harrington at 801-498-0029.
Obituaries - Listen in the morning, just after noon and the 4pm hour
Also online at our
Gregory Spikes, age 65, passed away October 11 at his residence.
Celebration of life services, beginning and ending with the Florida State
University Fight Song, will be held Wednesday, October 17 at 3pm in the
Chapel at Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 1474 Highway 83, DeFuniak Springs.
Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service. Memories and
condolences may be shared with the family at
http://www.daviswatkins.com.Floral arrangements are being accepted or
donations may be made to Greg
Spikes Memorial, Security Bank, PO Box S Waynesville, MO 65583.
Arrangements and services are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral
Home and Crematory.
Mrs. Leiah Marie Harrison, age 48, passed away Saturday, October 13. Family
will be receiving friends from 10:00~11:00 AM, Thursday, October 18, at
Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial services will be held at 11:00
AM, Thursday, October 18, at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel. Floral
arrangements are being accepted. 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.
Mr. Darwin O. Dunlap, age 74, passed away September 21. Funeral services
will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, October 21 at the Destin Elk Lodge #2688. 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
Velma Brackins Messer, age 65, passed away Tuesday, October 2. A memorial
service will be held Saturday, October 20 at 1pm at the Community Holiness
Church. Visitation will be from 11am to 1pm. Her ashes will be interned at
Brakins Family Plot in Alaqua Cemetery. Faith Chapel Funeral Home is in
charge of the arrangements.
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