The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Max “Mickey” Hubert Garodnick, 47, of Freeport. Garodnick, who has not had his medication in over 48 hours, was last seen on 7/18/2013 (Thursday), wearing khaki board shorts, a blue short sleeve button up shirt and no shoes. He was last seen walking into the swamp area of Lafayette Creek and Hwy 20. Anyone with information on Mr. Garodnick is asked to please contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.
James O Litolff, 62, of Edgewood, New Mexico, was arrested around 3 pm yesterday afternoon by members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit. Litolff was traveling westbound on I-10 and was pulled over for a traffic violation at the 81 mile marker. After making contact with Litolff, K9 “Ella” alerted on the vehicle. After conducting a search, Litolff was found to have in possession 6 marijuana cigarettes in his luggage, an air tank with a false top that contained 2 ounces of marijuana and $9,000.00 cash vacuum sealed. In addition, $1,835.00 was also seized off his person.
Litolff was heading back to New Mexico but is now booked in the Walton County Jail. The 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee Litolff was driving, marijuana and money has all been seized by the Sheriff’s Office.
In an effort to streamline the procedures of the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Adkinson sent personnel to Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to observe and then receive training on the Lean Process. The benefits of the Lean Process create an ongoing effort to continually improve processes, eliminate waste, align goals, listen and empower employees and involve everyone. A committee comprised of employees was formed in March of 2013 and the goal was to reduce the time required to complete the hiring process while providing flexibility and a fast track for potential employees. Several recommendations consisted of the following:
Implement an Electronic Application and Signature Pad
- Deploy kiosks at the north and south end
- Review interview questions
- Approve general orders and policies that reflect the new hiring process
- Implement Executive Selection Committee
- Eliminate all forms identified as unnecessary
On June 1, the Sheriff’s Office implemented all the recommendations above. All applicants can now fill out forms electronically and can submit required documents online. More processes will be reviewed using the Lean concept in the future.
Nichols was adjudicated on 1/29/2002 for Lewd and Lascivious on a child under the age of 16 in Okaloosa County, FL. Nichols new address is: 143 W Cypress Ave Defuniak Springs FL 32433.
Nichols is a 39 year old white female, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’08” and 150 lbs
There are currently 135 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.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Durward Hayes, 56, on July 10th. Hayes formerly owned and operated Scavenger’s Consignment Store located at 4552 US Hwy 98, Santa Rosa Beach. The investigation began in November 2011 when victims contacted the Sheriff’s Office after noticing fraudulent purchases on their credit cards. Hayes is charged with 5 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, 5 counts of identity theft and 5 counts of grand theft.
Multiple complaints were also filed after Hayes closed Scavenger’s without notice and did not render payment nor return items currently on consignment to the rightful owners. In addition to the above charges Hayes is also being charged with 1 count of scheme to defraud and an additional count of grand theft.
Hayes was booked at the Walton County Jail. Arrest reports are attached