The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children Families responded to a Freeport home early this morning in reference to a four month old male having breathing problems. The baby was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and is currently on a ventilator in ICU. He is believed to have been poisoned. The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the case.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call around 8:15 last night (Thursday) that a male suspect attempted to steal a motorcycle from the victim’s shed located at 953 E County Highway 147, Laurel Hill. Deputies arrived on scene and immediately set-up a perimeter in search of the suspect. Two K-9 Units and a crime scene tech were also on scene to start a track for the suspect and to collect evidence left at the scene. Witnesses who were present at the time of the incident saw Eric Dewayne Russell, 28, of 320 E Tedder Road, Defuniak Springs, riding the motorcycle across the yard. The victim chased Russell and was able to pull him off the motorcycle. Russell fled on foot but was identified through a photo line-up. Eric Dewayne Russell was arrested today for burglary to an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft.
Did you know that teen drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash as other drivers? The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety of our young drivers and is offering a program called the Teen Driver Challenge. It is a free course designed to help teens boost their driving skills and lessen the chances of being involved in a crash. The program will provide a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on driver training. The classroom portion will take place on Friday, February 7th at Walton High School, located at 449 Walton Road, Defuniak Springs, in room 20-121 from 5 pm to 9 pm. The driving portion will take place at 8 am on Saturday, February 8th, at the Walton County Fairgrounds located at 790 North Hwy 83, Defuniak Springs. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Teens 15-19 are eligible and MUST have a valid Learner’s Permit/Florida Operators License for at least 6 months and participants must provide their own car. A current copy of a driver license, vehicle registration and insurance is required. The class is limited to 12 students and all others will be placed on a waiting list for future classes. Forms can be picked up from the student’s School Resource Deputy and must be turned in by Monday, February 3rd.
The Teen Driver Challenge is not an advanced driving course. It is a defensive driving program that covers the following topics and driving exercises:
Classroom Topics (4 Hours)
• Vehicle Dynamics
• Human Factors
• Drug and Alcohol Use
• Night Driving
• Aggressive Driving and Road Rage Driving Range Exercises (8 Hours)
• Threshold, ABS, and Emergency Breaking
• Evasive Maneuvers
• Forward and Reverse Serpentine
• Figure 8
• Off Road Recovery
• Skid Control
Interstate 10, All Bridges Open Across Northwest Florida
Chipley – The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has officially opened Interstate 10 from Escambia County to Jefferson County as well as all state roads and bridges in Northwest Florida. FDOT will continue to monitor all bridges and state roads throughout the evening.
Motorists are reminded to be watchful of other drivers and road conditions and remain alert and drive with care.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Northwest Florida motorist call center will be operational Jan. 30 until 7 p.m. Drivers should dial toll-free (888) 638-0250 and ask for extension 1199 or dial direct to (850) 330-1199. Drivers may call Florida 511 from their mobile phones. Additionally, updates will be provided as conditions develop at the following: www.FL511.com; @myfdot_nwfl; d3sunguide.com.
*HARD FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM EST /8 AM CST/ THURSDAY.
* TEMP.MID TO UPPER TEENS INLAND & LWR 20S NEAR THE COAST.
* IMPACTS.ICY ROADS WILL REMAIN ICED OVER THROUGH THE NIGHT.
TRAVEL WILL BE EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING.
USE CAUTION ON ANY ROADS THAT APPEAR WET. THE DURATION OF FREEZING TEMPS WILL POSE A DANGER TO EXPOSED PIPES.
UNPROTECTED VEGETATION.& OUTDOOR PETS.
A HARD FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPS ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.
• Walton County Emergency Management:
o Sorta Conditions in Walton County are extremely dangerous and are not expected to improve through mid-day tomorrow. ALL major transportation routes have icing problems and we have out-paced state and local resources to sand these roadways. Walton Public Works and FDOT are responding as resources become available with emphasis on major arteries and the CBW (331) Bridge.
• I-10 is closed from Pensacola To the 110 mile marker.
• The Clyde B Wells Bridge (US 331) is open.
• US 90 and US 331 are covered in ice with grades and hills impassable.