The Walton County Sheriff’s Office was contacted yesterday (Wednesday, June 26) by a Homeland Security Officer who advised he was in Walton County on vacation with his family and recognized a wanted person by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Max Terhune, 29, of Memphis, TN, was taken into custody late yesterday morning. Terhune was arrested without incident and transported to the Walton County Jail. Upon arrest, Terhune was found to be in possession of synthetic drugs.
Along with many others, Terhune was under indictment by the US Attorney’s Office, Western District of Tennessee. Coincidentally, a press conference was held yesterday in West Tennessee regarding a synthetic drug sweep of individuals and businesses called “Project Synergy”, a DEA initiative. Terhune was part of a multi-count federal indictment.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is proud to have four new volunteers on board to join our Citizen Posse Unit. Duties will include providing assistance with patrol, emergency services and special events. Posse members are non-sworn citizens who do not possess arrest powers but are equipped with a retired patrol vehicle to provide assistance when necessary. The unit is an invaluable resource in saving taxpayer money while providing sworn officers more time to focus on criminal activity investigations.
The Citizen Posse Unit falls under the WCSO Citizen Volunteer Unit. Collectively, the volunteers provided 3,500 hours of assistance to the agency in 2012. Currently there are 39 volunteers dedicated to serve with the WCSO.
If you are interested in volunteering, applicants must pass a criminal history investigation and interview. Volunteers must serve a minimum of 16 hours per month. Please contact the volunteer coordinator Leah Snaith or Lt. Danny Garner at 850.892.8186.
Below from L to R New Posse Volunteers Jon Kazek, Donald Wright, Don Allonge and Dan Williams
Volunteer Coordinator Leah Snaith shows the new volunteers equipment she utilizes in her vehicle.
On June 19, 2013, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Children and Families was conducting a joint investigation involving methamphetamines being manufactured at 356 Chestnut Street in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. This is the residence of Aaron M Miller (02/22/1982) and Leia Lee (10/29/1985). While at the residence, Investigators observed items in plain view that are associated with the “Shake and Bake” method of producing methamphetamines.
A search warrant was obtained for the residence and a more thorough search was conducted. The search revealed all the necessary ingredients for the “Shake and Bake” method of producing methamphetamines. There was also a trafficking amount of methamphetamine located that exceeded 200 grams, syringes for injection, and plastic bags used for sale.
Aaron Miller was not at the residence at the time of the search. On June 24, 3013, investigators located Miller back at 356 Chestnut Street. Aaron Miller was placed under arrest and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2nd Degree Felony), Trafficking in Methamphetamine (1st Degree Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (1st Degree Misdemeanor).
Aaron Miller was taken to the Walton County Department of Corrections.
As summer time is upon us, many folks have plans to visit relatives, travel overseas or are simply planning a family fun trip not too far from home. Keep these crime prevention tips in mind:
- When leaving the house for an extended time, call the Sheriff’s Office to be put on our vacation watch list 850.892.8111. Deputies will perform security checks while you are away.
- Indoor and outdoor lights should be on automatic timers.
- Do not share details of your travel plans on social media websites
- Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house
- Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- Keep hedges and bushes around your home trimmed
- Contact the post office to stop mail as well as your local newspaper to hold deliveries
- If you have a home alarm system, please contact them to let them know of your travel plans and leave a number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
- If you have a pet, please make sure they are properly cared for while you are away.
For more information please visit our website at www.waltonso.org
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Emergency Management Bureau is bringing their message of disaster preparedness to the public in the following weeks to come. The members of the agency will be meeting with the public at various locations throughout the county to answer basic questions about evacuation procedures and protocol. Topics to be covered include but are not limited to what citizens can do to prepare themselves ahead of time in the event of a disaster, as well as familiarizing the community with the evacuation zones in their neighborhoods, thus the catch phrase “Know Your Zone”.
Meetings have been held at Choctaw Beach Community Center and Publix in Santa Rosa Beach and Watercolor to answer questions and educate on evacuation zones and routes, sheltering pets in case of evacuation, and creation of a disaster preparedness kit.
The following meetings are scheduled to be held in Freeport with more to be scheduled throughout the entire county.
Kelly’s Food Depot in Freeport on July 1st from 1p.m. to 3 p.m.
Dollar General on Hwy 331 on July 2nd from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
For further information on these events, please contact Russell Beaty at 850-892-8186 or [email protected].