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.
On Sunday morning (September 15th), deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Dunsmore, 28, of 2159 Douglass Crossroad, Ponce de Leon, for violating a domestic violence injunction and aggravated stalking. Deputies responded to 460 Squirrel Haven Road, Defuniak Springs, shortly after 10 am when Dunsmore’s step-father, Mr. Arthur Tellander, called stating that Dunsmore was in violation of an existing restraining order that prevents him from being within 500 feet of the residence. Deputies made contact with Dunsmore who was sitting in a van in the front yard of the residence. Dunsmore who has extensive history with the Sheriff’s Office and is known to carry a weapon was asked several times to show his hands. In response to his failure to follow instructions, the deputy withdrew his weapon as a precaution. Dunsmore was immediately detained by deputies and two knives used for hunting were confiscated from his person. Dunsmore was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail.