The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is honoring one of its own – K9 Lee for his nine years of service to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Walton County. K9 Lee will be retiring on September 29th, 2013. He began his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2004. K9 Lee has worked with two handlers and has been Sergeant Nick Bearden’s partner since 2007. He has approximately 1,742 hours of training, 1,218 deployments, 844 alerts with finds, tracked and apprehended 22 suspects and recovered 8 children who were lost. The biggest drug bust of K9 Lee’s career was 20 lbs of cocaine found off I-10 in 2010.
Sergeant Bearden and K9 Lee won the Top Dog Award in 2011 at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Regional Field Trials and finished in the top 20 at the USPCA National Competition held in Perl, MS. This year, Sergeant Bearden and K9 Lee were selected as the USPCA Detector Case of the 1st quarter. K9 Lee has certifications for narcotic detection and tracking through USPCA as well as through the National Narcotic Detection Dog Association (NNDDA). Sheriff Mike Adkinson said “We are grateful to K9 Lee and for all the contributions he has made in making our community safer.”
Sergeant Nick Bearden will meet his new partner at the end of the month. They will have three months of training ahead of them and the new K9 will be dual purpose for apprehension and narcotic detection.
Left Photo: Sgt Nick Bearden and K9 Lee
The Florida Sheriff’s Boys Ranch is a residential care facility for boys between the ages of 8 to 18. The boys partake in a structured work program, giving them the opportunity to better themselves and become productive members of society. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office greatly supports the Boys Ranch and the School Resource Deputies has taken the charge to mentor as well as sponsor boys and work with their families to get them into the program. The Boys Ranch has approximately 82 boys who participate in many different activities such as swimming, baseball, volleyball, canoeing and arts and crafts. The boys also attend school either on the campus or in the Live Oak public school system.
On Monday, September 9th, Lieutenant James Pitman, who oversees the Sheriff’s Office School Resource Deputy Program met with Breshea Dawson, 15, and his family and personally escorted them to the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch in Live Oak, FL. They spent the day touring the ranch and participated in an interview. Today, September 18, Breshea was officially accepted and will start a new adventure Friday, September 27th at the Boys Ranch in Live Oak, Florida.
For more information about the Boys Ranch please visit https://www.youthranches.org/locations/boys-ranch
Lieutenant James Pitman and Breshea Dawson
Today, Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office executed a probable cause arrest for Shawn David Ball, 22, of 206 Bob McCaskill Drive, Defuniak Springs, for animal cruelty. Investigators made contact with Ball at his residence and was asked to step outside. Ball immediately retreated back into the house and fled on foot out the back door. Additional law enforcement officers responded to the scene, a perimeter was set up and a K9 track was started. Approximately three hours later, Ball was apprehended. On September 5th, 2013, Ball brutally beat a feline cat named “Pablo” with his hands, causing multiple contusions, hemorrhages and broken ribs. Ball also burned Pablo’s face, leaving his right ear deformed, as well as the body and genitals with an unknown heat source. Investigators responded to the residence the same day and found Pablo deceased in a litter box inside the residence. Upon further investigation, blood and cat hair was observed on the bed sheets. The evidence was collected which lead to Ball’s arrest.
Ball will also be charged with resisting an officer without violence.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has located Daniel Roy Hancock, 83, of Miramar Beach. This morning (September 17th), an employee at Waffle House in South Walton recognized Daniel Hancock who was eating in the establishment. Deputies found Hancock to be in good health. Hancock was last seen on Sunday, September 15th at 12 pm wearing a long sleeve blue collared shirt, khaki pants and brown shoes. Hancock left on foot and was seen walking towards Hwy 98.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Daniel Roy Hancock, 83, of Miramar Beach. Hancock was last seen on Sunday, September 15th at 12 pm wearing a long sleeve blue collared shirt, khaki pants and brown shoes. Hancock left on foot and was seen walking towards Hwy 98. Hancock left his car, keys and cell phone behind. Anyone with information on Daniel Hancock is asked to please contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.