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CPD Citizens Safety Academy to begin February 24th

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The Crestview Police Department’s Community Services Unit will be presenting a Citizens Safety Academy beginning February 24, 2015. Students will have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the operations of the Crestview Police Department, Crestview Fire Department, Okaloosa Correctional Institute, Okaloosa County EMS, the judicial system, and more.

The Citizens Safety Academy consists of 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings (6:00PM-9:00PM) and will be held at Warriors Hall in the Crestview Police Department building at 201 Stillwell Blvd., Crestview, Florida. Topics include: Patrol Operations, Traffic & DUI Enforcement, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, Narcotics Investigations, Firearms Safety, a day on the firing range, and more. Classes are taught by senior Crestview Police Officers and Supervisors and other local Public Safety Professionals.

Citizens who desire to attend the Academy must be at least 17 years of age and live or work in the Crestview area (you are not required to be a city resident). There will be 25 openings for this class. There is NO COST to participate in this program.

Visit the Crestview Police Department website to download an application.

Please contact the Crestview Police Department’s Community Services Unit at (850) 682-3544 with any questions, or for more information.

Home Invasion Robbery & Search Warrant

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The City of Crestview Police Department responded to the 200 Block of Grimes Ave in the early morning hours of Saturday January 24, 2015 in regards to a possible “Home Invasion”.

According the victim as many as four subjects burst into the home and threatened the victim with a firearm.

The only description the victim could provide was that of a black male approximately 5’9’’ slender build and a short hair cut. The victim reported that her face was covered by bedding and therefore she was unable to provide any other descriptions.

The victim did receive minor injuries as a result of being struck by an unknown object.

As a result of the continuing investigation a Search Warrant was obtained for another residence which is located at 205 Grimes Ave.

The search warrant was executed by members of the Crestview Police Department SWAT team with the assistance of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division and a K9 unit from the Sheriff’s Office.

Several individuals who were in the residence or in the yard were detained, and several items of evidence were removed from the residence. The investigation remains ongoing and charges may be forthcoming in as the investigation continues.

While the scene was being secured two individuals, unrelated to the search warrant, attempted to go through the secured area when instructed to wait. One of the suspects pushed one of the Police Officers and a second struck another Officer, resulting in minor injuries.

Monica Ashe was arrested for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Pernell Thomas was arrested for Resisting Officer without violence. Both were transported to the Okaloosa County Jail.

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Join us for Coffee with a Cop on February 5, 2015

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*** RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2015, 9AM-11AM ***

The Crestview Police Department is pleased to announce our next “Coffee with a Cop” event on Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 9AM-11AM at the Casbah Coffee Company, 106 N. Main Street in Crestview.

Join Chief Tony Taylor and the Crestview Police Department for coffee and conversation! No agendas or speeches. Just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, offer input, and get to know the members of your Police Department.

For more information, please contact Officer Hulion at (850) 682-3544 or hulionw@crestviewpd.org.

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Midtown Neighborhood Watch Meeting

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The Midtown Neighborhood Watch of Crestview will be hosting their quarterly meeting February 16, 2015 6:30PM at “The ROC” senior center located behind Central Baptist Church on S. Pearl St.

The Midtown Neighborhood Watch includes all central areas of Crestview within the city limits. All Crestview residents are invited to attend.

During this meeting, Lt. Andrew Schneider, Training Commander with the Crestview Police Department, will speak to the group on Self-Defense and Personal Safety.

For more information, visit the Midtown Neighborhood Watch of Crestview Facebook page or visit www.crestviewpd.org.

Purse Snatchers Arrested

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The Crestview Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a Robbery by Snatching (purse snatching) which occurred on the evening of December 15, 2014.

Patrol Officers were called to McDonalds at 302 W James Lee Blvd. in regards to a “purse snatching” after contacting the victim a description of the suspects was given to the units in the area. A short time a later contact was made with two individuals matching the description provided by the witnesses and the victim. One of the individuals fled on foot once he was approached by one of the patrol units. One subject was detained, while the other subject was located a short time later several blocks from McDonalds.

Robert Hutcheson 15 year old male was arrested for Robbery by Sudden Snatching which is a felony, Drug Possession of a control Substance and Resting Officer without force which is a Misdemeanor.
Kelbie Ford 15 year old male was arrested for being a Principal to Robbery by Sudden Snatching.

Both suspects were transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice for secured detention, without further incident.

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Cops for Kids – Our 14th Year of Smiles

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cops for kids toy driveCOPS FOR KIDS!

Please help us reach local kids this year by donating money or new unwrapped toys.  No stuffed animals, please.  All toys and proceeds go to local children.  Donation boxes are located at Publix, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Kids Discovery, Participating Dollar Generals, City Hall, and the Crestview Police Department.  For more information, please contact the Crestview Police Department’s Community Services Unit at 850-682-3544 or kimmonss@crestviewpd.org.

Crestview Little Ceasar’s Armed Robbery

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The Crestview Police Department is investigating and Armed Robbery that occurred at Little Ceasar’s
Pizza on North Ferdon Boulevard, last night, Saturday, November 29, 2014.

Just before 10:00 p.m., an unknown black male entered into the front Lobby of Little Ceasar’s armed
with a pistol, and demanded money from the employees. The suspect then fled the business in an
unknown direction with a yet to be determined sum of money.

The Crestview Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating and seeking any
information in the case. At the time of this release, investigators are working with the business
in an attempt to obtain surveillance video of the robbery.

If anyone has any information, observed the robbery or the fleeing suspect, they are asked to
contact the Crestview Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at: (850)-682-3544.

Motorcycle vs. SUV

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The Crestview Police Department responded to the area of McClelland Street and School Avenue just before 5:30 p.m. this evening, in reference to a traffic crash involving a motorcycle and a Sport Utility Vehicle.

Based on a preliminary investigation, it appears that 18 year old Crestview resident Mark A. Williams Jr. was riding a 2000 Honda CR80 motorcycle, south-bound on McClelland Street and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of School Avenue.

Williams’ motorcycle struck a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by 30 year old Crestview resident, Valeena N. Battle, who was driving on School Avenue attempting to turn onto McClelland Street.

Williams has sustained serious injuries from the crash and was transported to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola by helicopter where he remains in serious condition. Battle was transported by Ambulance to North Okaloosa Medical Center, with non-life threatening injuries.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this traffic crash as we remain in the initial stages of this investigation. Additional information may be provided as the investigation continues.

The Crestview Police Department is asking if anyone witnessed the accident, or has information regarding the accident, to please contact the Sgt. Brian Muhlbach at (850) 682-2055.

Again, this investigation is in its preliminary stage and information is limited at this time.

K9’s for Crestview Goal Reached

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As of today, K9’s for Crestview drive by the Crestview Police Auxiliary has raised $30,344.91, with a few more amounts in process! The Estate of Diane Gilbert and Sonic Restaurants of Crestview are our highest donors. WHAT A COMMUNITY WE SERVE! We are now in the process of vetting the vendors and will have more information on that soon. We have a target training date right after the first of the year! THANK YOU to all of the businesses & individuals that made this huge goal possible in a few short months! We are overwhelmed by your support. We are proud to serve the citizens of Crestview!

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