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May 23, 2023

Navarre man sentenced to 20 years for child exploitation crimes

Stephen D. Regis, Jr., 31, of Navarre, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for the production, receipt, and possession of child pornography, as well as the transfer of obscene materials to minors. The sentence was announced by Jason R. Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

May 12, 2023

Code enforcement declares murder site nuisance

Santa Rosa County Code Enforcement has publicly declared the structure at 2657 Salamanca St. in Navarre a nuisance and unsafe, unsanitary or unfit for human habitation. The notice was delivered and posted on the property April 18, 2023. The property is the location of the murder of 43-year-old Toby Hill on April 7, 2023. On that Friday, deputies responded to a reported shooting and found Hill with a gunshot wound. EMS responders later pronounced him dead.

Apr 24, 2023

Skimming investigation leads to two arrests

On April 19, detectives with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office began investigating reports of skimmer devices placed on local bank ATMs. In a series of days, it was reported that two individuals used at least 44 counterfeit cards to withdraw over $11,000 from several locations in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa County. During that time period, it was reported to the agency that approximately 700 cards were skimmed at various locations. Through video surveillance and other investigation efforts, detectives were able to identify the vehicle and conduct a traffic stop.

Apr 11, 2023

Rebekah Jones’ son arrested after alleged school threats

The teenage son of Rebekah Jones, a data analyst and former Democratic Party candidate for U.S. House, has been charged with intimidation, a second-degree felony. Jackson Jones, 13, was arrested for allegedly threatening to conduct a mass shooting at Holley Navarre Middle School, where he was previously a student. The threats first came to the attention of Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office March 20, when an East Bay K8 student told school officials about a school shooting threat she saw on social media.

Mar 7, 2023

Teen arrested in Milton High ‘swatting’ case

At a news conference Monday, March 6, Sheriff Bob Johnson announced an arrest in a swatting case related to a gun threat was called into Milton High School last year. Brad Parga, 17, of Guttenberg, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with felony fraud for a false report of using firearms in a violent manner and disturbing the peace by interfering with school administration functions, which is a misdemeanor.

Mar 3, 2023

Special operations commander arrested after alleged drunk driving incident

A commander with Hurlburt Field’s 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has been demoted after being arrested Feb. 18 in Shalimar. Collin Charlie Christopherson, 37, of Niceville, is charged with driving under the influence (DUI), hit and run and a moving traffic violation for reckless driving resulting in damage to property or a person. The Shalimar Police Department responded to the incident involving Christopherson and made the arrest.

Feb 14, 2023

Love (jail)birds: Pace man, woman arrested after hiring someone to kill husband

The old ball and chain has been given a new meaning. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson spoke at a news conference about a murder for hire case involving a man and a woman from Pace. “I think this is my first Valentine’s Day press conference,” Johnson said. “That’s kind of appropriate because we’re going to tell you about a love story.”

Jan 24, 2023

School Resource Officer arrested on lewd and lascivious charge

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Deputy David Daniels Tuesday, Jan. 24, on a felony lewd and lascivious charge. On Monday, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was informed that a report of misconduct had been made against Daniels to the Department of Children and Families. Immediately after receiving the report, the Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes detectives began to investigate the reported incident.

Dec 22, 2022

Navarre shooting, high-speed chase suspect identified, still on the run

At approximately 9:00 this morning, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an incident where it was reported that an individual in a black BMW had shot at another vehicle at the Publix in Navarre. Deputies shortly located the suspect vehicle, and a high-speed chase ensued. During the vehicle chase, spike strips were deployed without success.

Dec 7, 2022

Spanevelo, suspect in Carli death, indicted on abuse of corpse

The main suspect in the death of Cassie Carli, a Navarre woman and mother, has been indicted in St. Clair County (Ala.). Marcus Spanevelo, 35, was set to appear in court Tues., Dec. 6 for a preliminary hearing but the hearing was canceled.