This afternoon, Walton County Officials have announced that they have reopened Morrison Springs to swimmers, but will continue to keep an advisory due to elevated bacteria levels.
The park was closed to swimmers on June 3rd due to high levels of enteric bacteria (enterococci). Though levels have dropped and the waters will be open to swimmers, an advisory will remain in place due to the fact that levels remain above what is considered normal.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 32 year old Douglas Alfred Dunnigan of Santa Rosa Beach, FL this afternoon. Bail Bondsman Mark Harris requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Office after he attempted to serve Dunnigan for a warrant on a failure to appear charge of DWLSR. Dunnigan immediately fled on foot. Deputies located and attempted to arrest Dunnigan where he then fled on foot again for several blocks. K9 was deployed and tracked Dunnigan where he was finally apprehended at Chat Holley and 16th Street.
Corporal Will Curtis sustained injury to his leg during the chase and was treated and released from Sacred Heart Hospital.
Dunnigan was taken into custody and is now booked at the Walton County Jail. In addition to the warrant, Dunnigan is also being charged with resisting arrest without violence.
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”.
A meeting was held this past Friday at the Choctaw Beach Community Center 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 South Walton with more to be scheduled throughout the entire county.
Publix in Santa Rosa Beach (Hwy 98) on June 20th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Publix in Watercolor (Co Rd 395) on June 21st from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For further information on these events, please contact Russell Beaty at 850-892-8186 or [email protected]