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CPD Participtes in Click It or Ticket Campaign

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Motorists who choose not to buckle up can expect to see flashing blue lights in their rearview mirror over the next couple weeks. The Crestview Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies across the state, will be actively stepping up seat belt enforcement efforts during the Click It or Ticket campaign, which began on March 1st and continues through March 14th.

During this campaign, public awareness efforts are increased and the public can expect to see Crestview Police Officers increasing traffic enforcement activities while paying special attention to seat belt violations, both day and night.

“We want to stress that regularly buckling up works, and we know of too many cases that all too often end in tragedy.” said Sgt. Brian Muhlbach.

Sgt. Muhlbach further debunked a common misconception that those who choose not to buckle up are only placing themselves at risk. “When involved in a crash, seat belts help restrain the driver in the driver’s seat. Often times, an unbuckled driver is thrown around the vehicle, meaning they cannot maintain control of their vehicle. This places other motorists in danger.”

A seat belt violation in Crestview will cost a driver $108.00 according to the Okaloosa County Clerk of Courts.

 

Arrest Made Following Hostage Situation

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On the evening of February 28, 2015, the Crestview Police Department responded to the 600 block of N. Lloyd St. in regard to a domestic violence situation and possible shots fired.

Upon arrival, Patrol Officers learned from the victim that Marquette Antonio McQueen, 37, had fired at least two rounds inside the residence. It was also determined there were two small children still inside the residence.

McQueen refused to exit the residence; therefore, the Crestview Police Department’s SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiation Team were activated.

Upon arrival of both Teams, contact was made with McQueen via a loud speaker. McQueen eventually exited the residence. Both children were taken into protective custody and were later reunited with family members after the Department of Children and Families (DCF) were involved.

McQueen was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm with Domestic Violence, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and two counts of Child Abuse.

During the incident, Jessie Lee Coleman, 35, refused to follow several lawful orders by officers to move behind a safety perimeter that had been established and at one point walked in front of a SWAT vehicle while it was attempting to move in front of the residence. Coleman was arrested and charged with Resisting / Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer.

 

 

Scam Alert

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The Crestview Police Department has received information that a person posing as a Police Officer or Sheriff Deputy has been calling citizens demanding payment of penalties or violations.

It should be noted, that Law Enforcement will NEVER collect penalties, as this is handled through the clerk of courts. Additionally, Law Enforcement Officers will never ask you to provide credit card information, Western Union Money, Bank Transfer Money, or provide Money Orders.

Again, Law Enforcement Officers do not collect fines, penalties or money for any violations or infractions, this is all handled through the clerk of courts, and must be done in person unless arranged otherwise by the violator. Don’t fall victim to telephone scammers!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local law enforcement or the Crestview Police Department at: 850-682-2055.

UPDATE: Sexual Battery Arrest Made

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The Crestview Police Department has arrested Carlos Rodriguez Gantt for Sexual Battery. Gantt was a suspect in the reported incident which occurred in the early morning hours of February 22, 2015.

***PREVIOUS NEWS RELEASE***

A sexual battery was reported to the Crestview Police Department this weekend. The incident is under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division and there is a person of interest.

To protect the rights and privacy of the victim, we will not release any further information until the investigation is complete.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lt. Don Fountain, 850-682-3544 ext 107.

Sexual Battery Investigation

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A sexual battery was reported to the Crestview Police Department this weekend. The incident is under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division and there is a person of interest.

To protect the rights and privacy of the victim, we will not release any further information until the investigation is complete.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Lt. Don Fountain, 850-682-3544 ext 107.

 

Join CPD in supporting the 2015 Special Olympics

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On Wednesday, February 25th, members of the Crestview Police Department will be at Publix in Crestview offering t-shirts and $5 raffle tickets for a chance at a 7-day cruise. 100% of proceeds will support the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the 2015 Special Olympics!

All around the world, the Special Olympics has a formidable and caring legion of protectors and supporters: the law enforcement community.  The signature event of the law enforcement community’s year-round support is the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. The athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

We appreciate everyone joining us in supporting this worthy cause.

Arrests Made for Methamphetamine Manufacturing

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The Crestview Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team (“SET”) concluded a several week narcotics investigation with the execution of a search warrant and subsequent arrest of 44 year old Dennis Leroy Griffin, of 502 Alabama Ave. on February 11, 2015.

During the investigation, it was determined that Methamphetamine was being manufactured in his residence.

A female who was also in the residence was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office on an unrelated charge.

Arrested: Dennis Leroy Griffin charged with Possession of Listed Chemicals for manufacturing, Possession of controlled substance (Xanax and Methamphetamine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of Probation. Jessica Leigh Crane on an outstanding Violation of Probation warrant.

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Pedestrian Involved Accident

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The Crestview Police Department is currently investigating an accident involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, on Commerce Drive just before 2:00 p.m. this afternoon.

A juvenile student from Crestview High School was struck by a vehicle driving west bound on Commerce Drive, as the student was walking East Bound in the grassy median near the entrance road of the Crestview Library.

The juvenile sustained non-life threatening injuries, but was flown by helicopter to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola as a precaution.

The investigation remains ongoing at this time, and charges may be pending the conclusion of the investigation. As this case is still under investigation, an additional news release will be provided at the conclusion of the investigation.

Public Assistance Requested in Identifying Burglary Suspect

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The Crestview Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in a suspect in multiple burglaries in the Cabana Way area.

The suspect appears to be a light skinned black or Hispanic, between the ages s of 16 to 20 years old. The suspect is approximately 5’10” tall with a thin build. The suspect is depicted wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, white (possibly latex) surgical gloves, and tan or light brown hiking-style boots with black accents.

Surveillance video footage may be viewed on the CPD Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CrestviewPD.

If anyone has any information or is able to identify this suspect, please contact: Investigator Temple with the Criminal Investigations Division at (850) 682-3544, Ext. 122, or via e-mail at temples@crestviewpd.org.

Please help us help your fellow citizens on taking this threat to your community off of the streets and making Crestview a safer place to live.

Thanks in advance for your assistance and support of the Crestview Police Department!

Juvenile Arrested for Overnight Vehicle Burglary

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The City of Crestview Police Department has arrested a 15 year old juvenile in connection with a vehicle burglary which occurred last night (February 01, 2015). The juvenile was observed inside a vehicle in the Redstone Ave area; when approached by witness the juvenile ran from the area but was located a short time later by Crestview Police Officers.

The juvenile was found to be in possession of several items that were believed to be stolen from other vehicles in the area.

The Crestview Police Department encourages everyone to please lock your vehicles and remove all valuables. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

The juvenile was charged with burglary to an automobile, possession of stolen property, theft, in addition to being reported as a runaway from the Holt area.

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