Kids from First Christian Academy were welcomed at the Police Department during Government Week.
Defuniak Springs City Marshal is located at 355 U.S. Highway 90 East, DeFuniak Springs, 32433-7426 FL. The Defuniak Springs City Marshal phone number is (850) 892-8511.
Kids from First Christian Academy were welcomed at the Police Department during Government Week.
National Drug TAKEBACK - We want your Drugs! DeFuniak Springs Police join other agencies in asking the community to drop off expired and unneeded medications. The campaign is for Saturday, October 27th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Walton County Sheriff's Office in DeFuniak Springs and Santa Rosa Beach. DeFuniak Springs Police will continue to receive unwanted medications in our permanent drop box at anytime.
PRICE GOUGING HOTLINE If you feel you have been victimized by price gouging due to Hurricane Michael, you may contact DeFuniak Springs Police or Attorney General Pam Bondi's Office at 1-866-966-7226.
Ambulance from New York has Flat Transporting Patient DeFuniak Springs Police and Walton County Sheriff's Deputies assist an ambulance with a flat tire on U.S. Highway 331 S. near KFC. Ambulances from all over the country from as far away as Brooklyn, NY are here to help with evacuating patients from Bay County.
Interstate back open both directions. Please drive safely.
ROADS MAY BE CONGESTED Please drive safely.
Many trees down in DeFuniak Springs
UPDATED: RESPONSE RESUMED Officers have resumed responding to calls for service as they are received and prioritized. ORIGINAL: RESPONSE SUSPENDED DeFuniak Springs Police have suspended response due to worsening storm conditions. You may still report concerns and request assistance, however response may be delayed. Please shelter in place.
DeFuniak Springs Police warning residents of impending storm conditions. Road conditions are constantly changing and may be too dangerous for travel. "We ask our residents to shelter in place and err on the side of caution," said Chief Mark Weeks. Our 911 Communications Center remains open and Officers will be responding to emergency calls for service. Should conditions become too dangerous for first responders, response may be suspended. Please keep tuned in to communication devices for latest reports on conditions.
Do you know this person? This white female recently forged an almost $400 check at WalMart. If you have any information, please contact Detective Philip Austin at 850-892-8513. You may also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppersat (850) 863-TIPS, by submitting a web tip at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com , or sending a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.
The suspect pictured used a forged check to purchase approximately nine hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise, to include an Xbox 1 and other items at the WalMart in DeFuniak Springs recently. The suspect’s vehicle is believed to be a black Nissan Armada and was used as the getaway vehicle. If you recognize this suspect please contact Detective Austin Arnold at 850-892-8513. You may also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppersat (850) 863-TIPS, by submitting a web tip at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com , or sending a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.
MAN FROM ALABAMA ARRESTED FOR COUNTERFEITING DeFuniak Springs Police Officers and Detectives found the culprit after investigating a rash of counterfeit bills being passed in the area. 47 year old Raymond Paul Nobles of Harvest, Alabama, was located by an Officer at Lake Stanley Park in DeFuniak Springs on Tuesday afternoon. Detectives responded to speak with Nobles. A search of the vehicle he had been driving revealed multiple counterfeit bills and a printer used to make them. Nobles was arrested and charged with Possession of Forged Currency, Possession of Counterfeit Tools, and Uttering Counterfeit Bills. He was transported to the Walton County Jail where he is currently being held on a $50,000 bond. A companion of Nobles, 23 year old Heather Leighann Dollar of DeFuniak Springs, was found to have drugs and paraphernalia on her while in the park. Dollar was arrested on drug charges and was booked into the Walton County Jail where she is currently being held on a $10,000 bond. “Crime doesn’t pay, especially with counterfeit bills,” said Chief Mark Weeks. “These bills were clearly counterfeit and we appreciate the businesses for reporting it to us so we could take action. We will continue to ensure our businesses and citizens can trust the cash they receive.”
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS POLICE WORKING JACKKNIFED RIG ON I-10 DeFuniak Springs Police and Fire responded to a crash on I-10 Monday. A tractor trailer traveling east on I-10 around 10 a.m. crashed through the guard rail and jackknifed. No injuries were reported, however, approximately 200 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled. Sections of I-10 are being closed while the scene is cleared.
DO YOU KNOW THIS WOMAN? DeFuniak Springs Police are investigating a theft and fraudulent use of a debit/credit card. A black female is shown on video surveillance attempting to obtain cash from a local ATM. The same suspect was also shown on video at a local store. If you know this person or have any information, please contact Detective Philip Austin at 850-892-8513. Callers may remain anonymous by contacting Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.
SERIOUS TRAFFIC CRASH ON BRUCE AVENUE DeFuniak Springs Police and Fire are working a vehicle crash on Bruce Avenue in which a vehicle collided with a power pole. Two occupants reported non-life threatening injuries. The power pole is obstructing the roadway and Officers are diverting traffic down Park Avenue. Please avoid Bruce Avenue from 11th Street to Michigan Street. Bruce Avenue is expected to be closed for approximately 3 hours while power crews replace the damaged pole.
FOUND! Thanks for the public's assistance in locating Mr. Gibson. He has been located in Alabama. DEFUNIAK SPRINGS POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING MAN DeFuniak Springs Police need the public’s help in locating a missing 47 year old Georgia man. Gregory Robert Gibson was last seen on August 16th in DeFuniak Springs by his roommate. Officers and Detectives have determined that acquaintances in the area had contact with Gibson on August 19th. He is believed to be driving a black 2012 Chevrolet Camaro with Georgia Tag # RCA6744, registered to Gibson’s Mother. Gibson is still believed to be in the Walton County area. Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Jonathan Rockett at 850-892-8513. Callers may also remain anonymous by contacting the PD Tips Line at 850-910-TIPS(8477).
2 KILLED AND 1 SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HEAD ON COLLISION DeFuniak Springs Police responded to U.S. Highway 90 East near Davis Lane in reference to a traffic crash in which the vehicles hit head on. Police Officers and Detectives, along with Firefighters from the DeFuniak Springs Fire Department arrived to find an SUV overturned. Witnesses advised that a Red Jeep SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed heading east in the westbound lane of U.S. Highway 90 when it hit head on with a Silver Mazda Minivan. The driver of the Jeep was identified as 34 year old Joshua Lawayne Evans of Ponce De Leon, who was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the Mazda was identified as 64 year old Janice Marie Reeser of DeFuniak Springs, who sustained serious injuries and was transported to Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center by Walton Fire Rescue. A passenger in the Mazda, 89 year old Elaine Teresa Briant, was transported to Healthmark Regional Medical Center by Walton Fire Rescue where she succumbed to her injuries. The Florida Highway Patrol responded with their advanced traffic homicide tools to assist with the investigation. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Department of Transportation also responded to assist with traffic control. Witnesses and video evidence show the Jeep was traveling in the wrong lane. The investigation is continuing.
ROAD BACK OPEN Roadway is cleared. We appreciate the public's patience and understanding. DeFuniak Springs Police are working a traffic fatality on US Highway 90 East between Davis Lane and Norwood Road. Traffic is being diverted around this area using Dorsey Avenue and Davis Lane. Roadway will possibly be closed for several hours. Please avoid the area if possible.
Do you know them? We are investigating a theft and need your assistance in identifying these two individuals. If you have any information about either individual, please contact Detective Philip Austin at 850-892-8513. Callers may remain anonymous by contacting Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.
Need Your Help to Catch a Thief! On Saturday, July 14, 2018, an unidentified suspect broke into Pawn Plus II, located at 512 N 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. The incident occurred at approximately 03:30 a.m. The suspect used a hammer to bust the glass door and gain entry into the building and then went directly to the jewelry case and busted the glass out. The suspect then collects numerous pieces of jewelry, worth several thousands of dollars, before fleeing the business. The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, with a white t-shirt under the hooded sweat, black jogging pants, tennis shoes, face mask, and was carrying a black duffle bag. It is believed the suspect is a white male (by the limited facial features from the video), medium build, between 5'8" and 6' 2" tall. No other physical features of the suspect and no other descriptive markings were able to be gathered from the video. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Detective Austin Arnold at 850-892-8513. Callers may remain anonymous by contacting Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.
SCAMMERS ARE A FOOT. BEWARE OF EXTORTION TACTICS! First there was phone calls concerning loved ones being arrested or involved in an accident and needing money. Then came the IRS tax scams saying you owed taxes. Scammers even tried to fool citizens with saying an arrest warrant had been issued and they would be arrested. The most disturbing of all scams involved scammers using encryption malware to hold the victim’s data hostage for payment. Although these scams exist, the latest ploy seems to extort a computer user’s dignity by threatening to release evidence of pornographic material viewing by the victim. The email received by the victim states something to the effect that they know what password the computer user has been using and reveals it. The scammer goes on to state that a virus was installed on the user’s computer that stole the password and shows the user accessing pornographic material. Would be victim’s may believe the scammer as the email contains an old password that the user may have used. Users may then believe that the scammer has some compromising information that could be embarrassing. Don’t fall for this scam! The scammers may in fact have an old password that was obtained from the web, but the threats of exposing the victim are simply not true. A clue that the scammer doesn’t really have anything on the victim is evident in the salutation. These emails often lack the victim’s name or any information, other than a recognizable password. Additionally, the threats to expose the victim reference a site name that a victim may not have ever visited. What should you do? According to Chief Mark Weeks, “The first thing to do is make sure the password referenced in the email is not in use at all. Change your passwords to something difficult to guess and don’t make them all the same. Recommendations are at least 8 characters with a mixture of lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers, and symbols. Lastly, mark the received email as spam.” The best protection from scammer’s emails is just to simply ignore them. Responding to or opening attachments from scammers may actually cause more scam type emails to be received. Whatever you do, DON'T PAY ANY MONEY TO THE SCAMMER!
TROUBLING CASE ENDS IN 30 YEAR SENTENCE FOR SUSPECT The State Attorney’s Office for the 1st Circuit announced the sentencing of 53 year old Jerald T. Stinson after a lengthy investigation conducted by the DeFuniak Springs Police Department. A Detective worked tirelessly to piece together the facts in this case. Stinson argued that the victim consented to sexual intercourse even though he was a family friend and had knowledge of the victim’s mental incapacity. The Jury didn’t buy it and Stinson was convicted of Sexual Battery on a Mentally Defective Adult. Stinson was sentenced to the maximum sentence allowed of 30 years. This case is troubling for the family of the victim in that Stinson was a trusted friend. “Justice was served,” said Chief Mark Weeks. “We can’t undo the hurt that Stinson has caused, but maybe the conviction and lengthy prison term brings some comfort to the victim and his family.”
This little patron wanted to meet a Police Officer. He is a big fan and Officer Younghanse was more than happy to pose with him.
SOLVED! - Thanks to a tip from a watchful citizen, the lawn mower has been returned to the owner. The owner did not wish to press charges due to a misunderstanding. We appreciate the public's help! A suspect stole a lawn mower from a DeFuniak Springs residence on June 11, 2018. The suspect looks to be an older male, wearing a white button down shirt, grey long pants, and a drivers cap, and his vehicle appears to be 1992-1996 Ford F-150. If you recognize the suspect or the vehicle or have any information about a possible lead please contact Detective Austin Arnold at 850-892-8513. Callers may remain anonymous by contacting Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers anonymously at (850) 863-TIPS, at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or submit a tip via the P3 Mobile App.