On January 17th, 2013, investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a tip regarding a series of commercial and residential burglaries that occurred in late 2012 in South Walton. Based on the tip, investigators gathered enough evidence to arrest Jesse Daniel Strange, 25, of Niceville and John Kyle Campbell, 25, of Santa Rosa Beach. The suspects admitted to breaking into houses and taking several flat screen TV’s, cash and other items. In one particular residential burglary, the suspects gained access to keys to a 2009 Jeep Wrangler and stole the vehicle. Investigators were able to recover the Jeep Wrangler and return it to the victim.
Campbell and Strange also admitted to breaking into Havana Dreams, a Cigar shop located in Miramar Beach, and took several packages of “Spice” and $250 in cash from a cash register.
Campbell and Strange were charged with 5 counts of burglary, 5 counts of grand theft, 1 count of grand theft auto and 3 counts of criminal mischief.
It was not a good week in Walton County for criminals involved in the making and distribution of methamphetamine. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) announces four arrests made in two days for various methamphetamine charges
On Thursday, January 17, 2013, while on patrol, a deputy with the WCSO noticed a vehicle parked in the middle of Slalom Way, in Santa Rosa Beach. The deputy approached the vehicle and made contact with two occupants, Stacey Nicole Scott, 29, and Corey Lee Raybon, 27. When Raybon opened his door, the deputy saw an active “shake and bake” lab in plain view. Raybon and Scott were removed from the vehicle and narcotics investigators, along with South Walton Fire, were called to the scene. The investigation into the rolling meth lab led authorities to find another bottle in the vehicle with meth inside. There was over 14 grams of methamphetamine oil located during the arrest. Raybon and Scott were both charged with Possession of Meth with intent to sell and Trafficking in Methamphetamine-14 grams or over.
On Friday, January 18, 2013, members of the WCSO Vice/Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 509 West Royal Palm Ave in DeFuniak Springs, the residence of Lora Sue Lilland, 41, and Troy Wayne Roberts, 38. Lilland, Roberts and a sixteen year old juvenile were on scene at the time of execution. During the search, numerous items associated with a “one pot” or “shake and bake” method of methamphetamine manufacturing were located and seized. Also located during the search was a bi-layer liquid identified as “meth oil,” prescription drugs packaged for distribution, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia. Most of the items were located in the common living and kitchen areas of the residence. The “meth oil” was discovered on the kitchen counter in close proximity to prepared food.
Both Lilland and Roberts were arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription, Trafficking in Amphetamine/Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Child Neglect.
All suspects were transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is making notification that Ronny James Foret, who resides at 316 Bonita Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL has been registered as a designated sexual predator, pursuant to Florida State Statute 775. Foret is a white male, 5’07 tall, weighing 134 lbs., with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was adjudicated guilty in 2002 for Lewd and Lascivious on a child under 16; adjudicated guilty in 2003 for Lewd and Lascivious conduct on a victim under 16; and adjudicated guilty in 2008 for Failure to Register as a Sexual Predator.
There are currently 126 registered sexual offenders/predators living in Walton County. The WCSO conducts monthly residence verification checks to ensure registered sexual offenders and predators comply with the law.
Florida Statutes provide specific guidelines regarding the registration requirement of offenders and predators to report any change in permanent or temporary address within 48 hours of any change.
The WCSO encourage 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.
Travis Letaz Williams, 27, eluded law enforcement for over a month but his freedom ended yesterday afternoon as Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies located him hiding in the attic of a home in the Watercolor area of South Walton. Williams was at the home visiting with individuals working there.
Williams had numerous warrants out for his arrest. His warrants included Failure to Appear on original charge of Resisting without Violence, Sex Offender-Failure to Register, Sex Offender-Failure to Report Vacating Residence, Sex Offender-Failure to Report Residence Change, and Felony Battery by Strangulation.
He was transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, Walton County Sheriff’s Office received information that Joseph Brown Sr. was at his home at 1759 Red Hill Road in Ponce De Leon. Brown Sr. was reported as an endangered missing person last night after he left Healthmark Regional Medical Center against medical advisement and was being treated for mental instability.
Deputies arrived at the home to find a relative present who denied Brown was there. Law enforcement were allowed to come inside and made contact through a bathroom door with an individual who claimed to be a female family member. Deputies were able to ascertain the individual inside the bathroom was Brown. Brown barricaded himself in the bathroom and it was believed he was armed with a shotgun. Deputies exited the home and negotiators and SWAT team members were called out to the scene to assist. SWAT members made entry to the home, retrieved Brown from the bathroom shower and took him into custody without incident. He was transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for mental evaluation and treatment.