The Walton County Sheriff’s Office and family members of “Helo” is continuing the search to find the person responsible for “Helo’s” death. Members of the Sheriff’s Office met with family members this morning whose dog was shot and killed in the Mossy Head area. On Wednesday, September 19th, horseback riders discovered the body of a dog in the woods near Richardson Road in Mossy Head. The dog was identified as a 2-year old Rottweiler named “Helo” who went missing from his home in Mossy Head on the morning of Thursday, September 12th. The Sheriff’s Office is tracking all leads at this time. “Helo” has over 6,500 followers on Facebook and one family member, Jessica Austin stated “The family wants to help as much as we can to help bring justice for Helo.” Over $12,000 has been offered as a reward by the Humane Society, ASPCA and through private donations.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward of UP TO $1,000 is asked to call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com , text “TIP214 plus your tip” to 274637(CRIMES) or send a mobile tip using our new “Tipsubmit Mobile” application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads, and Droids. (Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg&Data Rates May Apply.)
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to help ease the pain and emotional trauma of those who have been victims of crime, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office has a full time victim advocate. Beth Robertson has been with the Sheriff’s Office since December 2009 and her position is funded by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). Beth provides crisis intervention, emotional support, referrals and assistance with the criminal justice process. Beth can assist investigators as well as patrol deputies by providing support to the victim on-scene as well as following a traumatic event. She is familiar with other community assistance programs such as Shelter House and can refer victims to applicable resources after assessing their needs.
In 2012, the Sheriff’s Office received 514 domestic violence related calls for service, resulting in 194 individuals arrested. Beth provided assistance to 590 domestic violence victims. To date for 2013, the Sheriff’s Office has received 313 domestic violence related calls for service and 217 arrests have been made. This year, Beth has provided advocacy for 291 victims of domestic violence.
The Sheriff’s Office is an active member agency of the Okaloosa-Walton Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. The (OWDVCC) is a coordinated community response council which pulls together the many agencies and practitioners who respond to domestic violence cases in the Northwest Florida area. This council is a multidisciplinary effort formed to strengthen the links between individuals, agencies and general systems to include but are not limited to law enforcement, prosecution, the court system, victim advocacy, mental health, offender treatment, probation, health care and child protection. The council also has a Walton County Subcommittee which meets monthly to address issues specifically within our community.
Investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrested Scott Allen Anderson, 47, of 432 County Highway 185, Defuniak Springs, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine and possession of narcotic equipment. A search warrant was executed at the above location after the Sheriff’s Office was informed that illegal narcotics were inside the residence. Two samll baggies were found in Anderson’s dresser drawer and field tested for methamphetamine and cocaine. Numerous cut straws and light bulbs with residue inside the bulbs were also found and were utlized as smoking devices. Investigators also found a container inside Anderson’s truck containing a baggie of methamphetamine.
Anderson was booked at the Walton County Department of Corrections.
On Sunday, October 6, 2013, Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators secured a search warrant for the residence located at 190 Little Creek Trail, DeFuniak Springs; located in the New Harmony community. The search warrant was obtained after Walton County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies accompanied Department of Children and Families to investigate allegations of methamphetamine manufacture with children present. Based on the discoveries and information gathered during the initial investigation, a search warrant was prepared for the residence. Upon the execution of the search warrant, investigators discovered items conducive with the manufacture of methamphetamine including, muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, lithium and camp fuel; along with an excess of approximately 800 grams of methamphetamine oil. A small amount of finished product methamphetamine was seized along with items of paraphernalia used in the manufacture process.
Tyler James McCarter, 21, was charged with Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Cultivation of Marijuana and Possession of Narcotics Equipment. Pamela Dawn Dennis, 35, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Narcotic Equipment. Both suspects reside at 190 Little Creek Trail, Defuniak Springs, and were arrested in relation to the methamphetamine manufacturing and narcotic equipment located at the residence.
The investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests are possible. Both subjects were transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections for booking and first appearance.
On Saturday, October 5, 2013, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators secured a search warrant for the residence located at 118 Toledo Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. The search warrant was obtained after investigators learned of reported stolen property being concealed at the location. Upon executing the search warrant for the stolen property, investigators discovered items conducive with the manufacture of methamphetamine. Based on these discoveries, a second search warrant was obtained in regard to the apparent narcotic activity.
After preparing the second search warrant, investigators completed the search of the residence and recovered items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine including, pseudoephedrine, muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, ammonia nitrate, red phosphorous and iodine crystals. A small amount of finished product methamphetamine was recovered along with numerous items of paraphernalia used in the manufacture process, which were also seized.
Two subjects residing at the 118 Toledo Avenue were arrested in relation to the narcotic equipment located there. Keith Bay Lewis II, 37, was charged with Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams and Possession of Narcotics Equipment. Lewis also had an active warrant for Violation of Injunction for Domestic Violence. Justin Colt Bray, 31, was charged with Manufacture of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Narcotic Equipment. The investigation regarding stolen property is still ongoing and additional arrests and charges are expected. Both subjects were transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections for booking and first appearance.