Holmes County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Holmes County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 211 N Oklahoma St, Bonifay, 32425 FL
  • Chief:
Phone: 850-547-3681
Fax: (850)547-2290

Holmes County Sheriff's Office is located at 211 N Oklahoma St, Bonifay, 32425 FL. The Holmes County Sheriff's Office phone number is 850-547-3681.

Holmes County Sheriff's Office News

The Lonny Lindsey Memorial Trail Ride is THIS WEEKEND!

'NO SHAVE NOVEMBER' IN FULL SWING AT HOLMES COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HOLMES COUNTY - Many Holmes County Sheriff's Office staff members are temporarily ditching their razors to embrace "No Shave November," an employee-driven fundraiser that will ultimately help some local residents have a brighter Thanksgiving or Christmas. Employees who opt-in for this momentary exception to the agency's dress code pay a participation fee which helps fund our efforts to make the holidays a little brighter. These efforts include the delivery of turkeys to Holmes County residents in need at Thanksgiving, as well as surprising motorists with gift cards at Christmastime. Pictured are scenes from last year's turkey deliveries and gift card give-away.

We would like to thank Denice Dunn (pictured here with Sheriff John Tate) for stopping by to donate several "Beanie Babies" to the Holmes County Sheriff's Office. These stuffed animals will be used by our deputies and investigators to help comfort young children in traumatic situations.

FIVE MORE CHARGED IN RECENT BURGLARIES HOLMES COUNTY – The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division has recovered more property stolen during recent burglaries in the community and has made additional arrests in connection to the crimes. Newly charged are: Tommy Marsh, 47, of Bonifay - Dealing in Stolen Property Cameron Williams, 16, of Bonifay – Burglary, Grand Theft Shane Kent, 38, of Bonifay – Burglary, Grand Theft Dallas Payne, 29, formerly of Panama City and Vernon - Dealing in Stolen Property, Burglary, Grand Theft Jamie Sanders, 30, of Bonifay - Dealing in Stolen Property, Burglary, Grand Theft All of the above individuals were taken into custody with the exception of Jamie Sanders, who is still at large. Four other individuals arrested in a previous round-up related to these burglaries are also facing additional charges as a result of the continued investigation. In custody on previous burglary arrests and facing new charges are: Lewis Eldridge – Burglary, Grand Theft Amber Payne - Dealing in Stolen Property, Burglary, Grand Theft Marcy Long - Burglary Grand Theft Charles Cooner - Burglary and Grand Theft. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jamie Sanders is asked to contact Holmes County Sheriff’s Office by calling 850-547-3681 (option 1).

UPDATE: THE JUVENILE HAS RETURNED HOME SAFELY **** PREVIOUS POST: HCSO SEEKING MISSING/RUNAWAY JUVENILE PONCE DE LEON - The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing/runaway teenager from the Ponce de Leon area. Troy Huguley,15, was last seen around 10:15 a.m. Saturday, November 3, at his residence located in the 2800 block of Ponce de Springs Road. Huguley was last seen wearing a grey O’Neill t-shirt, black Nike sneakers, and blue jeans. Anyone with information on this juvenile’s whereabouts is asked to call the Holmes County Communications Center at 850-546-3681, Option 1.

Sheriff John Tate and the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office is hosting the 8th annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 9, at the Holmes County Agricultural Center. All Holmes County veterans and one guest are invited to attend this free event, which will feature music and a guest speaker. Please note SEATING IS LIMITED, and RSVP is required by November 7 by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 850-547-4421. We hope our local veterans will join us as we honor and thank them for their service.

Just a reminder: The Lonny Lindsey Memorial Scholarship Trail Ride returns November 10! Don’t miss this time of fun and fellowship, which will help fund a scholarship honoring our beloved and fallen Holmes County Deputy Lonny Lindsey. For more information, see the shared flier or call Holmes County Sheriff’s Office at 850-547-4421.

“We ain’t afraid of no ghost!” In fact, Holmes County Sheriff’s Office welcomed hundreds of ghosts, goblins, princesses, super heroes, and even a Junior Deputy to trick-or-treat events yesterday, giving out more than 1000 glow sticks and more than 5,000 pieces of candy. Here are just a few pics from all the fun!

One particularly adorable trick-or-treater named Gabi stopped by the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office to engage Sgt. David Tate in an exercise of teaching an old dog some new tricks. We will let y’all guess who was teaching whom. 🎃 🐶

We would like to say thank you to Safe Water for Walton for a special hot fried fish buffet served to Holmes County emergency responders today. Holmes County is the third county the organization has reached out to in an effort to honor public servants post-hurricane, and this non-profit is also helping local family farms. They brought lunch to the Holmes EOC/EMS as well, thanks to volunteer members Elyse and Bobby Pranin and Nick's Seafood Restaurant. “All the members and donors of Safe Water for Walton just wanted to let public servants and survivors know that they aren’t just our neighbors - we are always connected by the majestic Choctawhatchee watershed we all share,” said Board Member Kelly Layman.

We are enjoying all the costumes our local kids are sporting today! Ponce de Leon Elementary School Resource Deputy Lynn Lee had to take this young fella in ... for stealing our hearts.

Be sure to stop by and see Ponce de Leon High School Resource Deputy Tim Howard as he scares up some fun at Trunk or Treat, set to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at the PDLHS campus.

School Resource Deputy Sgt. Adrienne Odum was “on patrol” during this morning’s Halloween Parade at Bonifay K-8 School. 🎃 Special thanks to Tanya Henderson for sending this gem!

Holmes County Sheriff’s Office will be OPEN to greet children for Trick-or-Treat in Bonifay this evening. (5 to 7 p.m.) HCSO will also be represented at the Fall Festival events hosted at the elementary schools in Ponce de Leon, Bethlehem, and Poplar Springs.

CITIZEN COMPLAINT LEADS TO FIVE METH RELATED ARRESTS HOLMES COUNTY- Holmes County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of five subjects as a result of a citizen complaint regarding a possible disturbance Friday, October 26, in the 1600 block of North Highway 81. Deputies responded to the call, which described a trenchcoat-clad individual “yelling and lurching” at a vehicle and were able to make contact with a vehicle that had a passenger matching the description given in the complaint. The passenger, identified as John M. Mullaly of Tampa, initially provided a false date of birth, resulting in no record found through dispatch. When the deputy attempted to detain the subject, Mullaly became aggressive, resulting in a brief struggle. Once Mullaly was successfully secured, deputies made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Robert Starnes, 19, of Samson, Alabama and three other passengers: Guy C. Douglas, 52, and Richard A. Zelonis, 46, both of Gibsonton, Florida and Jazmine A. Taylor, 29, of Plant City. A records check would later reveal active out-of-county warrants for Mullaly and Taylor. A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a pill bottle containing a clear substance, as well as five loaded syringes, a large number of used syringes, a small baggie containing suspected methamphetamine, and an assortment of drug paraphernalia. Arrested and charged were: Robert D. Starnes, 19, of Samson, Alabama - Possession of methamphetamine Guy C. Douglas, 52, of Gibsonton, Florida - Possession of methamphetamine Richard A. Zelonis, 46, of Gibsonton, Florida - Possession of methamphetamine Jazmine A. Taylor, 29, Plant City, Florida - Possession of methamphetamine and resisting an officer/obstruction without violence John M. Mullaly, 44, of Tampa - Possession of methamphetamine, criminal mischief over $200, resist officer with violence, and possession of paraphernalia.

MOTIVATION MONDAY “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” - Vincent Van Gogh K9 Lasso is doing his part in Holmes County’s ongoing cleanup efforts from Hurricane #Michael by helping his partner, Corporal Wade Strickland, clear debris from a trail.

Holmes County Sheriff’s Office reports that at approximately 4:30 a.m., October 29, 2018, Sheriff John Tate was notified by Holmes County Jail staff that two inmates, Duvante LaQuawn Carswell and Charles Lorenzo Lee, were unaccounted for during a security check. HCSO staff immediately responded and with the assistance of Bonifay Police Department and Holmes CI K9 Team, were able to take both subjects into custody without incident at approximately 7 a.m. in the area of Indiana Avenue, Bonifay. Sheriff Tate has ordered an internal investigation be initiated into the incident, and jail video surveillance footage is currently under review. Three members of jail staff have been placed on administrative leave. Lee and Carswell are each facing several additional felony charges for escape. More information will be released following the conclusion of the internal investigation.

UPDATE: LEE AND CARSWELL ARE NOW IN CUSTODY. MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW. ******************* PREVIOUS RELEASE: Holmes County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for two inmates who escaped from the Holmes County Jail. If you see these inmates, you are asked to not approach them and call 911 immediately: Charles Lorenzo Lee, 28-year old black male, formerly of a South Varner Street, Bonifay address Description: Brown eyes, black hair, 5’7” and weighing approximately 150 lbs with a thin build Duvante LaQuawn Carswell, 23 year-old male, formerly of an Owens Pond Road, Chipley address Description: Brown eyes, black hair, 6’3”” and weighing approximately 183 lbs with a thin build Lee was being held on charges of obstruction of a criminal investigation, fraud-impersonation, larceny, burglary, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Carswell was being held on charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon, and resisting an officer without violence More information will follow as possible.

SHERIFF TATE MEETS WITH GOVERNOR, ENCOURAGES TOWN HALL ATTENDANCE Over the past several days, Sheriff John Tate has met with Governor Rick Scott, State Emergency Management Director Wesley Maul, and FEMA Field Coordinating Officer Tom McCool to discuss how to better assist the citizens of Holmes County as they continue to recover from Hurricane Michael. “Gov. Scott has been in constant contact before, during, and after the storm to see if the needs of the people of Holmes County are being met,” said Sheriff Tate. “I want to thank him, as well as Sen. George Gainer, Rep. Brad Drake, Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Rep. Neal Dunn for personally calling and checking in with Holmes County to make sure needs here were met and for also getting involved to expedite this overwhelming recovery process.” McCool asked Sheriff Tate to pass along to citizens that he urges anyone who suffered property damage to apply for disaster relief. McCool stated if an applicant has insurance, they may be initially denied, but should still come to the disaster center, located at the Holmes County Agricultural Center, and apply for relief so that FEMA may pick up claims denied by the insurance company. To help ease the process of making claims with FEMA and other recovery programs, the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce has organized two Town Hall Meetings in which residents can ask questions and hear the latest updates from officials first hand. The first meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 29, at Ponce de Leon High School. The second will take place at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 1, at Holmes County High School. There will be local, state, and federal government representatives in attendance, including elected officials and representatives from agencies such as FEMA, USDA, and the Small Business Administration. “If you have any hurricane relief questions or other storm recovery related issues you need help addressing, I encourage you to attend one of these Town Hall Meetings,” Sheriff Tate. “There will be an assortment of resources available that should be helpful to the community.”

TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN ARREST FOR METH TRAFFICKING WESTVILLE - The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests made Tuesday following an early morning traffic stop in Westville. A deputy with the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office initiated the stop around 4:30 a.m. October 23 in the area of Highways 185 and 181, making contact with the driver, Victoria Duncan, 29, of DeFuniak Springs, and passengers Chandra V. Goodman, 34, of Bonifay and Johnny Wayne Schofield, 29, of Ponce de Leon. During the course of the stop, it was discovered that Duncan did not possess a valid driver’s license and had three previous convictions for driving while her license was suspended or revoked. A subsequent search of the subjects and vehicle resulted in the discovery of illegal narcotics, including more than 14 grams of methamphetamine and small amount of suspected cocaine, as well as drug paraphernalia and meth lab components. Goodman was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, evidence tampering/destruction, and possession of paraphernalia. Schofield was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of listed chemicals for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of paraphernalia. Duncan was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended or revoked.

ONE ARRESTED AFTER SHOTS FIRED PONCE DE LEON – A Ponce de Leon man is in custody after firing several shots at family members on Tuesday, October 24. The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office responded around 2:15 p.m. to an E-911 call in which a man reported Tony Lee Parsons III, 22, of Tony Parsons Lane, had fired several shots at him and his father. Deputies arrived on scene and were able to take Parsons into custody without incident and also make contact with the two victims, who had fled to a nearby pasture. Further investigation revealed that Parsons had fired in the direction of the men following a verbal altercation that took place in a workshop on the property. Parsons is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without attempt to kill; aggravated assault on a person 65 years of age or older, and firing a weapon/missile into a building

FIVE ARRESTED, ONE AT LARGE IN BURGLARY INVESTIGATION HOLMES COUNTY – The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division has been diligently working to solve several burglaries that have taken place throughout Holmes County. This investigation recently resulted in the arrest of five individuals in connection with a burglary/theft ring, in which individuals would burglarize local residences and then take items stolen from the homes to exchange for illegal narcotics. Two of the incidents took place during the time period of the recent hurricane. “I would like to commend my investigators for their hard work and for putting long hours into these cases,” said Sheriff John Tate. The following individuals were arrested and charged: Charles Eldridge, 28, of Bonifay – Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, Burglary Donnie Groover, 38, of Bonifay - Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, Burglary Marcey Long, 34, of Graceville - Dealing in Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest without Violence, and Giving False Information to LEO Charles Cooner, 38, of Graceville - Dealing in Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest without Violence, and Giving False Information to LEO Amber Payne, 32, of Bonifay – Dealing in Stolen Property A sixth suspect – Lewis Eldridge, 24, of Bonifay – is still at large and is also wanted on charges of Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, Burglary This investigation continues, and more arrests are anticipated. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lewis Eldridge is asked to contact Holmes County Sheriff’s Office by calling 850-547-3681 (option 1).