Help us locate Walton’s Wanted! If you know the whereabouts of these individuals, please contact Emerald Coast Crimestoppers at 1-888-654-TIPS. You may also submit a tip via text to “TIP214 plus your message” to CRIMES (274637). For more information on submitting tips, check out www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com.
James S. Brannon is a white male, 58 YOA, 5’09”, 160 lbs. He has grey hair and blue eyes. The subject is wanted for a Felony Violation of Probation on the original charge of DUI (4TH offense). He was last seen in Walton County, Florida.
Jerome Williams is a black male, 43 YOA, 5’06”, 195 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes. Subject is wanted on a Felony Violation of Probation for the original charge of Grand Theft, Giving False Name to a LEO, and Petit Theft. He was last seen in Walton County, Florida.
On March 6, 2013, investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) began an investigation into an embezzlement complaint. According to the complaint filed with WCSO, Wesley Allen Shelton, 36, of Santa Rosa Beach, was an employee working for Sandcastle Escapes between 4/23/10 through 4/25/12. During his time of employment, evidence was gathered to show Shelton had engaged in a scheme to defraud, by periodically writing several checks to himself from the business account of Sandcastle Escapes totaling $24,945. It was discovered that Shelton had no legitimate reason to write checks to himself.
Investigators with the WCSO applied for an arrest warrant and on 5/1/13, Shelton was arrested and charged with Engaging in a Scheme to Defraud (a second degree felony) and Grand Theft over $20,000 (also a second degree felony). Shelton was booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections with a bond amount of $25,000.
WCSO would like to announce its new addition to the Volunteer program. The Beach Volunteer program was created from a suggestion by Walton County resident Frank Day. This new volunteer group will be assisting both the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and Walton County Code enforcement office with identifying county ordinance violations and crimes that might occur on the beaches of Walton County. Sheriff Adkinson was stated “This is a great opportunity for both the Sheriff’ Office and citizens to work together to make our beaches safer.”
The new volunteers have received training in reporting potential violation to both the WCSO and the code enforcement office. They also received a t-shirt that will readily identify them to the public and officers responding to their calls.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Sheriff’s Office please contact Lt. Danny Garner at 850-401-4580 or [email protected]
WALTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
POSITION TITLE: CRIME SCENE TECHNICIAN
CLOSING DATE: May 10, 2013 (more…)
In the morning hours of April 24, 2013, Deputy John Pettis, assigned as school resource deputy for Walton Academy, began an investigation into possible drugs being brought onto school campus. Deputy Pettis noticed a suspicious backpack left on the boardwalk going to the classrooms that smelled strongly of marijuana. School authorities also picked up on the smell of marijuana but when the Dean searched the backpack, no drugs were located; however, they discovered who the bag belonged to.
After locating the bag’s owner, school officials spoke to the student. The student admitted to smuggling two bags of marijuana onto school campus and hiding them in the bathroom for other students. One of the bags from the bathroom was found in possession of another student. The student in physical possession of the marijuana was arrested for Possession of Marijuana Less than 20 grams and transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections for booking and release. An arrest warrant has been applied for the student who smuggled the drugs onto school property.
According to Captain Mike Howell, Bureau Chief of Special Operations (who oversees the school resource deputy program), “This case serves as a great example of how school resource deputies work closely with school officials, students and parents to make our schools a safe, drug free learning environment. ”