On Friday, September 27th, investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct an interview at 504 Musset Bayou, Santa Rosa Beach, with a suspect, Brett Phillips. Phillips, who is a convicted felon, sold a “stolen” gun to an individual who pawned it a local business. Several individuals were seen inside the residence and would not come to the door when law enforcement made their presence known. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and met with an individual who was inside the residence. A search warrant was obtained for the residence and executed by SWAT. Deputies located a shotgun, ammunition, marijuana, methamphetamine and items used to manufacture methamphetamine. There was also a blue scooter at the residence which was reported stolen out of Walton County. All items were collected and turned into evidence.
Brett Phillips, 32, of 504 Musset Bayou, Santa Rosa Beach, is charged with Possession of a Weapon or Ammo by a Convicted Florida Felon, Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Robin Cooper, 28, of 186 N 7th Street, Santa Rosa Beach, is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On September 9, 2013, the Walton High School Anchor Club in partnership with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office hosted a fundraiser to benefit Project Lifesaver. Over $1,000.00 was raised which went towards the purchase of two tracking receivers to recover a loved one who may wander due to cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, autism and dementia. Each person who is signed up for Project Lifesaver will receive a bracelet that emits an individualized six digit code that is maintained by the Sheriff’s Office and the loved ones family. If the Project Lifesaver member wanders, a family member can call the Sheriff’s Office, give the six digit number and trained members of the Sheriff’s Office will use both receivers to triangulate the position by inputting the six digit tracking code from the bracelet. Checks are done once a month by the Sheriff’s Office personnel to make sure the bracelet and receivers are transmitting properly. The Walton High School Anchor Club and the Sheriff’s Office will continue to work together to raise money to buy more bracelets in hopes to bring more people into the program. The goal is to also expand to retirement facilities and reach out to families who may have a loved one that suffers from dementia or have an autistic child.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone interested in the Project Lifesaver Program to contact Lt Danny Garner or Volunteer Coordinator Leah Snaith at 850-892-8186 for more information. Project Lifesaver International also provides additional information about the program at www. projectlifesaver.org.
Pictured is Leah Snaith, Volunteer Coordinator with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office
On Thursday, September 26, 2013, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to 80 Boonie Lane in Vernon, in response to a complaint of an individual manufacturing methamphetamine in a shed. Upon arrival, investigators located Jamie Sheldon Burke, 35, in a shed on the property. Two bags were retrieved by investigators containing items used in the “Shake and Bake” method of manufacturing methamphetamine. One bag contained an active “Shake and Bake” cook vessel with methamphetamines. Investigators collected 5 additional cook vessels, which were located in the shed. Jamie Burke of 80 Boonie Lane, Vernon, was arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a second degree felony and Trafficking in Methamphetamine, a first degree felony.
Burke was transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections.
Sheriff Adkinson and key members of his staff will be available to meet with citizens in an informal setting at two locations during the month of September.
Thursday, September 26th – Freeport Community Center, 16040 US Hwy 331 South at 6 pm
Monday, September 30 – Walton County Sheriff’s Office South end Substation 133 Sheriff’s Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL at 6 pm
Anybody who wishes to learn more about the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, or who wishes to voice a question or concern, is invited.
On Friday, September 20, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit stopped a vehicle on I-10 at the 83 mile marker for a traffic violation for following to close to another vehicle. Upon contact, a K9 alerted on the vehicle and deputies conducted a search and found $103,820 US dollars inside the vehicle. The money was seized and placed in evidence. The driver was issued a written warning for the traffic violation and was released from the scene.
At this time the investigation is ongoing.