A Message From Your
RELAX - BUT DON’T BE
LAX ON SAFETY!
Stores are packed, shoppers
are frazzled, packages are piling
up. The holidays are fun, but frantic
for many of us. But there’s certainly
no joy in being the victim of a crime
if someone targets your credit
cards, your purchases, or your
valuables. You want to stay alert,
take steps to protect yourself and
property, and make sure you have
a designated driver if you have
holiday parties on your agenda.
Remember: Just being aware of
who is around you at all times,
keeping your car and home locked,
and staying focused on driving
safely goes a long way. More safety
tips are on page 8.
OCSO SEIZES TWELVE
POUNDS OF MARIJUANA
AND $64,000 IN CASH
Quick action by Okaloosa County
Sheriff’s Deputies led to the arrest of a
Fort Walton Beach man. Deputies also
seized twelve pounds of marijuana, a
small amount of cocaine, and 64-
thousand dollars in cash.
Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call of
shots fired in the area of Cardinal Street. A
short time later, a deputy stopped a car on
Forest Heights Road matching the
description of one believed connected to
the incident. 29-year old Luis Alonzo
Delarca told the deputy he lived at 821
Cardinal Street, Lot 7, and had been shot
at by an intruder. Deputies who went to
Delarca’s home found several spent shell
casings near his mobile home but no
suspects or victims.
K-9 “Kilo” was called to the scene
and alerted on Delarca’s car. Inside, the
car deputies found a large amount of
compressed marijuana and stacks of
cash. A gun was in the trunk. Deputies
obtained a search warrant for Delarca’s
home on Cardinal Street and located
additional marijuana and cash, along with
drug paraphernalia - including weighing
scales and packaging materials.
Delarca is charged with possession of
marijuana with intent to distribute,
possession of cocaine, and possession of
Five Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Sergeants are among twenty-seven first-line supervisors to graduate
from the Florida Leadership Academy of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute October 21st.
The goal of the four week course is to hone leadership skills to better “support the needs of their agency and
the community as they prepare for future challenges”, according to the Florida Department of Law
(From left to right: Sgt. Fred Lithgow, Sgt. Shannon Tait, Sgt. Laurie Keller-Lithgow, Sgt. Ron Kimble,
Sheriff Larry Ashley, and Sgt. Micah Redmon)
“We rely heavily on these front-line supervisors who serve as role models for their shifts. They need to be
able to analyze situations quickly and help solve problems with good judgment and thorough knowledge of
policies, procedures, and laws. I am proud of the accomplishments of our new graduates from the Florida
Leadership Academy, “said Sheriff Larry Ashley.
Deputy Harold Mason Promoted
Deputy Patrick Uptmor Promoted
Investigator Stefan Vaughn Promoted
Investigators from the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office and Niceville Police
Department participated in another DEA
Sponsored National Prescription Drug Take
Back Day for those who want to dispose of
unwanted and unused or expired
prescription drugs. In total, approximately
100 pounds of prescription drugs were
collected by the two agencies from drop-off
locations at local Wal-Mart stores in
Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach and
Niceville. Special thanks to Wal-Mart for
allowing the use of their locations as
Just as a reminder, the Okaloosa County
Sheriff's Office has a year round "Pill Take
Back" Program which allows citizens of
Okaloosa County to bring their unwanted/
unused or expired medication to the
District Offices to be turned over to law
enforcement for disposal.
Sheriff Larry Ashley speaks to
members of the Florida
Association of Crime Stoppers
during their quarterly statewide
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office wants to warn residents of a scam related to
a job listing for a personal assistant offer which had appeared on Craigslist.com and
could be circulating on other websites. The scammer seeks to get personal
information and/or to potentially send packages of unknown contents to persons to
have these individuals receiving the packages send them to alternate locations.
The following is a link for citizens to file a complaint through the Federal Trade
A PARTIAL COPY OF THE EMAIL:
Subject: WEEKLY WAGES UPDATE!!
Sent: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 6:10:06 PM
Hello XHow are you doing today?. Thanks for providing me your details..I am writing to confirm to you
that you have been approved for the job and your information has been stored on my computer.Your
information will be safe and secured.Also the payment ($400) for your first task would be process today
via a bank wire transfer and you will have the money by tomorrow morning...Though it should have
been inform of check but i think that a payment by account wire transfer is more safer and
secured..Your weekly payment will be made to you upfront because you start the task.I hope that is okay
For this reason I will want you to keep track with your email address at least three times daily so that no
vital information will pass you by consigning your weekly wages.
So to make this more easier about getting your weekly wages get sent to you,as my personal assistant
you are to set up an account with CHASE BANK today so that my financial manager could be able to
make the transfer to the account as soon as possible..Once he has transfer the funds,You will be receiving
your weekly payment from it upfront which is $400.A payment by account wired transfer is the best and
easiest way for me to get your weekly wages sent to you..So you are to open the account today
unfailingly...This is one of the duties assign to you and am trusting you with this and i hope you will
perhaps show me a sign of hard working,honesty,and seriousness in you..
NOTE: You are to active the account to an online banking because it will sometimes contain funds
directly from my customers that owes me some funds.And i need to know how safe and secured the
account is been managed by you as my personal account. This is the reason why i said you should sign up
a separate account different from your personal account.
As soon as you have sign up the account today, You are to get back to me with the following information
of the account for the transfer to be done.
AVOID CARRYING LARGE
AMOUNTS OF CASH
DON’T OVERLOAD YOURSELF
KEEP YOUR CAR DOORS AND
HOME DOORS LOCKED
STAY ALERT AND BE AWARE OF
WHO IS AROUND YOU
SHOP WITH A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER
SAFE & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
FROM SHERIFF LARRY ASHLEY & THE OCSO
It’s that time of year again!! The weather has cooled, the leaves have fallen
and the string of year-end holiday’s is about to begin . . . Thanksgiving, Christmas
then New Year’s. Time will fly by even faster than it seems to be flying right now.
Ironically, it is also the time in which we pause to celebrate Thanksgiving; a time to
focus on all that we are thankful for such as family, friends, and health, etc. We
too, need to stop and give thanks to God for all He has given us. We are so
blessed. David said in the Bible: "I will thank you, LORD, with all my heart; I will
tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of
you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High"(Psalm 9:1-2, New Living
Translation). God loves to hear us thank Him – and it lifts our spirits to remember
what we have to be thankful for.
Not too long ago my son came to me with a broken toy. He wanted me to fix it
for him, and through some “good luck” and patience, I was able to repair his
treasure. I presented it to him (feeling a little proud about my ability to fix it!) and
he took it and went to play with it. I admit I was more than a bit disappointed. I
was looking for a “thank you” from him for my hard work. When I brought this to
his attention, he seemed surprised. After all, wasn’t it my job to fix things for
him! I believe God would like us to thank Him more for the things He does for us
each day. And when we focus on these things, some of which are out of our
control, we may discover just how thankful we should be! I find myself taking a lot
for granted in the world. Sometimes the focus on my self and my family keeps me
shortsighted. In reality, I should be remembering the many “other” blessings in my
life that I forget to be thankful for.
And one of those blessings is – you! In your job, there are very few who take
the time to say “Thank You” for a job well done. They expect that since it’s your
job, that you simply do it. Please know that there are many fine citizens that
appreciate you and the job you do for Okaloosa County. They may forget to say
Thank You – but let me speak for them at this Thanksgiving season – THANK
YOU! Keep up the good work. You make us proud. I am so thankful for you. May
God bless you and your families this Thanksgiving season and all year long.