On February 7th, 2013, Danny Lynn Everett, 37, of Pace, traveled to meet a 14 year old girl who resided in Freeport, FL, who he had chatted with online on February 3rd, 2013. The female he was meeting was actually an investigator with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. During their conversations, Everett made known his intentions of driving to Walton County to engage in illegal sexual activity with her and sent obscene images to the 14 year old. Everett believed she would be alone without parental supervision during the course of the intended acts. Everett drove to a local convenience store in DeFuniak Springs where he had planned on meeting the 14 year old and was arrested. Items were located in his vehicle related to sexual activity, validating his intentions for his victim. Everett was transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections. He was charged with Obscene Communications-Traveling to Meet after Using Computer to Lure Child, Online Solicitation of a minor, and sending obscene materials to a minor.
On October, 1, 2013, Everett plead no contest to Traveling to Meet a Minor For Sexual Favors, Computer Pornography and Using a Computer to Facilitate or Solicit the Sexual Conduct of a Child. Everett was sentenced to 34.5 months to the Walton County Department of Corrections with credit for time served and will be designated as a Sexual Offender.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office takes a proactive approach into investigating cyber-crimes in our area. There are currently 140 registered sexual offenders/predators living in Walton County. The Sheriff’s Office encourages families to visit www.flsexoffender.net to subscribe to receive e-mail alert notifications when registered sexual offenders or predators move into neighborhoods.
Since January 1, 2013, The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has handled 38 cases involving animal abuse, abandonment and neglect. The Sheriff’s Office has a full time investigator dedicated to these cases. Investigator Breezy Adkinson has over 16 years of law enforcement experience and works extremely close with Walton County Animal Control and Alaqua Animal Refuge. Investigator Adkinson spends a good deal of her time educating owners of domestic pets and livestock on providing medical care, appropriate diet and good living conditions. She follows up on all on-going cases to ensure animal owners are providing the proper care for their animals.
One of the biggest animal cases to date is that of Nancy Payne, 49, who was arrested for 102 felony counts of animal cruelty. This was a lengthy investigation and the Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates the support of Animal Control and Alaqua Animal Refuge. Alaqua Animal Refuge assisted both agencies by taking in ninety-seven dogs and sixteen horses from the animal cruelty case, which is still ongoing. They have provided protection, shelter and care to these animals. It has been an incredible partnership among the three organizations whose main goal is to care for neglected and abused animals.
In 2013, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office has spent $21,152 dollars in boarding fees and feed and $3,393 dollars for veterinary fees and medicine. The majority of the money has gone to support Alaqua Animal Refuge in helping with the recovery process for the animals involved with the Sheriff’s Office criminal cases.
(Photos L to R: Investigator Breezy Adkinson, Jon Dalton/Animal Control and Laurie Hood/Alaqua Animal Refuge Founder. Second line of photos is of “Noble” who was rescued and arrived at Alaqua Animal Refuge with a significant wound on his leg and is now healed)
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce its very first Citizen Law Enforcement Academy which will begin on October 10, 2013. For citizens who want a truly eye opening experience about law enforcement, this is where it all starts. Participants will spend about three hours in a class room once a week for approximately 10 weeks. The Citizen Law Enforcement Academy is a great program for any citizen who wishes to learn more about the field of law enforcement and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. The class is FREE and will take place at the Sheriff’s Office Administration building located at 752 Triple G Road, Defuniak Springs. A background check will be conducted on all participants who sign-up. To sign-up please visit www.waltonso.org and click on the icon “Citizens Law Enforcement Academy”. Forms must be submitted by October 3rd.
Some of the topics that will be covered during the Citizen Law Enforcement Academy include:
- Patrol Procedures
- Arrest Procedures
- Dispatch & 9-1-1
- Crime Scene Investigations
- Criminal Investigations
- Narcotics Investigations
- Traffic & DUI
- School Resource Deputies
- Firearm Safety
- Crime Prevention
- Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers
- Media & Public Relations
- Emergency Management
- Jail Tour
- Defensive Tactics/R.A.D Demonstration
- Aviation Unit
For more information please contact Lt Danny Garner at [email protected] or 850.401.4580.
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