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The Seniors vs. Crime Project is actively seeking volunteers to become Senior Sleuths and help the Project to better protect Seniors from harmful activity. As a sleuth, your role may be to help operate a Seniors Vs Crime office in your area where seniors can make complaints and seek assistance. You may also be asked to investigate a complaint or monitor advertisements and activity by a particular company or within a particular industry. If needed, you will be provided with training to carry out any of the roles that you wish to undertake and for which we feel you are suitable.
Some Sleuth assignments can even be carried out as part of a senior’s everyday routine – clipping of suspect newspaper/magazine ads; reporting telemarketers; reporting suspicious solicitations, etc. If a Sleuth is on a work-at-home assignment, the Sleuth might be asked to participate in an assignment that would take them out of their home. For instance, acting as a fill-in at the local Office for a Senior Sleuth who was sick or on vacation. All assignments are strictly voluntary on the part of our volunteers. volunteers do not have to participate in special assignments to remain an active and valued Project participant.

Qualifications. While many of our sleuths are retired, you need only to have reached age 50 to become a Sleuth. We will welcome you as long as you have an interest in senior’s affairs and particularly the victimization of our senior citizens. You must, however, be able to supply a Florida address to be eligible. Being only a part-time resident of the state is fine. You still qualify for membership.

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News Release 05-11-15 Traffic Fatality

On May 11, 2015 at 8:37AM an accident involving three vehicles occurred when a 2009 Toyota driven by 85 year old Charles Barrett of Town Creek, AL struck a 2007 Chevrolet truck being driven by 43 year old Esxillt Ratcliff of Indiana. The Toyota then made a sudden turn into oncoming traffic where it struck a 2013 Dodge utility vehicle driven by 40 year old Patricia Christian of Crestview, striking the vehicle head on.
As the result of the accident the passenger in the Toyota, 82 year old Pamela Barrett of Town Creek, AL, was killed on impact. The driver of the Toyota, Charles Barrett, was transported with serious injuries to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola by Life Flight where he remains in serious condition. The driver of the Dodge was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries and the driver and passenger of the Chevrolet were uninjured.
At this time, the accident is still under investigation. Additional information may be released at the conclusion of the investigation

Arrest Made for Sexual Activity with Minor


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The City of Crestview Police Department has arrested a 27 year old black male by the name of Terry Dewayne Ellison. Ellison was arrested on April 7, 2015 at his home 142 Cabana Way in Crestview Fl. on the charge of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors.

The arrest stemmed from a case worked by Crestview Police Department Criminal Investigation Division working in conjunction with the Child Protection Team and the Children Advocacy Center, bringing closure to this case.

Ellison was transported and delivered to the custody of the Okaloosa County Jail, without incident.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Yours in Service,

Lt. Donald C. Fountain
Public Information Officer

Coffee With a Cop

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The Crestview Police Department will be hosting a “Coffee With a Cop” event on April 21st from 8AM – 10AM at the Tropical Palm on Main Street. Join us for a cup of coffee and get to know the members of your Police Department!

Fundraiser for “Anti-Bullying” T-Shirts

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A company called Promotional Specialties International, Inc. is currently contacting Crestview businesses requesting donations for a fundraiser which will provide “Anti-Bullying” t-shirts to the Crestview Police Department for distribution to students in our schools. This is a legitimate organization; however, we encourage business owners to ensure this is the organization you are actually speaking with before providing any information. Promotional Specialties International, Inc. may be contacted at (88) 422-6820 or online at www.psics.net.

If you have any questions, please contact Officer Hulion with our Community Services Unit at (850) 305-2905 or via hulionw@crestviewpd.org.

Help Needed to Identify Burglary Suspect

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The Crestview Police Department is asking the public’s assistance in identifying an individual involved in a a burglary and vandalism incident at Crestview High School on March 10th between the hours of 2:00AM and 4:00AM.

The individual pictured appears to be between 5’7″ and 5’9″, approximately 170 lbs, with shoulder length brown bushy hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt, black jacket, black tennis shoes, and tan or khaki shorts. He was carrying what appears to be a small gray backpack with a light colored stripe on the bottom.

Anyone who can possibly identify this individual, or has any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Investigator Temple at 850-682-3544, Ext. 122 or temples@crestviewpd.org.



Narcotics Recovered; Arrest Made

McTear Arrest Evidence

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Crestview Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team “SET” working in conjunction with the Florida Department of Probation and Parole made a significant narcotics arrest and seizure on March 11, 2015.

While assisting a State Probation Officer in a search of subject’s room at 564 W James Lee Blvd. evidence was obtained leading to a search warrant being obtained. While continuing their investigation, the suspect Taleasha Daniele McTear fled the parking lot on foot but was taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

During the search of the room a large amount of narcotics, cash and drug paraphernalia were discovered. Over $1700.00 in cash, 1,200 Xanax pills, cocaine, methamphetamine and a substantial amount of marijuana was also recovered.

Taleasha Daniele McTear was charged with multiple felonies to include: six felony charges all related to dealing and possession of narcotics. McTear was also charged with felony violation of probation.


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.



Free Child Fingerprinting & I.D. Kits Event at Big Lots

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The Crestview Police Department’s Community Services Unit will be at Big Lots on S. Ferdon Blvd. from 5pm – 8pm this evening offering free child fingerprinting and I.D. Kits as part of the Big Lots Family Day event. We hope to see you there!

'The Crestview Police Department's Community Services Unit is at Big Lots on S. Ferdon Blvd. from 5pm - 8pm this evening offering free child fingerprinting and I.D. Kits as part of the Big Lots Family Day event. We hope to see you there!'

Community Services Officer Wanda Hulion fingerprinting a child.

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