On Friday, February 28th, Thomas Starbuck, 40, of 112 Hollywood Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, was arrested for battery and larceny. Around 2:30 pm, Starbuck entered Blue Mountain Liquors located at 2282 West County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, and attempted to walk out of the store with a bottle of Jamaican Rum valued at $23.99. Starbuck was confronted by the store’s owner who was pushed out of the way while he tried to leave. Two customers came to the aide of the owner and detained Starbuck until deputies arrived. The first deputy to arrive on scene was off duty and eating at Johnny Mctighe’s Irish Pub when the owner came inside the restaurant requesting help. Starbuck was taken into custody and booked at the Walton County Jail.
On February 26th, a search warrant was executed by the WCSO VICE/Narcotics Unit with the assistance of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, at 10 Sarasota Street, Apartment “B,” Miramar Beach. The search resulted in the discovery of approximately two pounds of marijuana, candy containing hashish, several glass smoking devices and cut plastic straws, several vacuum sealers with bags for packaging, a plastic baggie containing cocaine and approximately $14,000 U.S. currency. James David Martin Sanders, 25, of 10 Sarasota Street, Apt “B,” Miramar Beach, is charged with the selling and or distribution of marijuana, cocaine possession and narcotic equipment possession or use. Samuel St Clair Serrato, 25, of 11 Summer Place Lane, Santa Rosa Beach, is charged with the selling and or distribution of marijuana. Both were arrested and booked in the Walton County Jail.
(Left to Right: Sanders and Serrato)
On Tuesday, February 25th, a member of the Sheriff’s Office Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) attempted a traffic stop on a white Ford pickup truck on Andrew Road in Defuniak Springs. The vehicle was in violation of Florida State Statute 316.610, due to the front windshield being cracked in multiple places and the right rear taillight was broken. The driver, 35 year old Bernard Durham, of 88 Lake Rosemary Circle, Defuniak Springs, was also seen by the deputy not wearing a seatbelt. The deputy initiated his emergency lights and Durham accelerated the pickup truck in an attempt to elude the deputy. The pickup was found abandoned off Howell Avenue. A K9 unit responded to the area to start a track. K9 “Duko” did a free air sniff and alerted on the pickup truck. Deputies found methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, pseudofedrin and valium. Sergeant Nick Bearden and K9 “Duko” tracked Durham’s scent to an abandoned mobile home where he was taken into custody.
Durham told deputies he was not feeling well and EMS responded to the scene. Durham was transported to Healthmark Regional Hospital for an ongoing medical condition and was admitted into the intensive care unit. Durham walked out of the hospital without being discharged by the medical staff. Video surveillance shows Durham leaving with a Phillips brand telemetry transmitter heart monitor on his person. On Wednesday, February 26th, the POP Unit responded to 278 Ward Road, Defuniak Springs, where deputies found Durham hiding in the bathroom and was taken into custody. Durham is charged with reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, resisting an officer without violence, drug possession, narcotic equipment possession and larceny.
Would you like to learn more about the basic fundamentals of operating a firearm in a classroom environment, followed by practical exercises and some shooting? Or have you recently purchased a weapon and want to be more proficient? Then this is the class for you!
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Basic Civilian Firearms Safety Program is held several times a year and it is a six hour course that details the basic safety and shooting fundamentals for most handguns. Courses are held on Saturdays and is instructed by members of the WCSO Training section. Completion of the course allows participants to apply for their concealed carry permit and packets are provided to course attendees.
The next class will take place on Saturday, March 8th at the Sheriff’s Office Firing Range located at 752 Triple G Road, Defuniak Springs. There is non-refundable course fee of $50 and seats are guaranteed after payment has been received. A complete application is required, and a background check will be conducted prior to acceptance. To register please go to http://www.waltonso.org/community/civilianarms/. Participants should bring 50 rounds of ammunition for their weapon. Firearms can be provided by the WCSO to attendees so that they can make an educated decision before they buy. If you need to use an agency firearm, please contact with Deputy Chris Strawn at [email protected] prior to class so arrangements can be made. An Advanced Civilian Firearms Course is available once the basic course has been completed. For more information please contact the WCSO Training Section at 850.892.8186.
Cardwell was adjudicated on 11/04/1997 for a sex offense in Limestone, AL. He failed to register as a sex offender in Seminole, FL in 2004 and again in 2009 in Orange, FL. Cardwell’s current address is 2748 Rock Hill Road, Defuniak Springs.
Cardwell is a 39 year old white male, with gray hair and blue eyes, 6’00” and 190 lbs.
There are currently 145 registered sex offenders/predators living in Walton County.
The WCSO encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods. WCSO also encourages citizens to use the neighborhood search feature prior to signing up for alerts to identify registered sexual offenders and predators currently living in neighborhoods.