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Arrest made in Milton child molestation case

Arrest made in Milton child molestation case

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Pensacola man Sept. 12 for allegedly molesting a young girl twice over the span of three years. Joseph Michael Robey, 38, faces two felony charges for two separate incidents that occurred in Milton. Deputies were made aware of the allegations after the victim disclosed the incidents to her […]

Oil drilling ban for Gulf of Mexico passes House

Oil drilling ban for Gulf of Mexico passes House

Federal legislation to permanently ban oil drilling and exploration in the eastern Gulf of Mexico took a huge step forward Wednesday after passing the House of Representatives 248-180. H.R. 205, entitled “Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019,” which permanently extends the moratorium on drilling in areas of the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida […]

Murder suspect arrested in Milton cold case

Murder suspect arrested in Milton cold case

After more than four years, witness statements about a homicide in Milton have led Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies to arrest the victim’s previous roommate Monday. John Travis Palmer has been charged with first-degree felony homicide for allegedly shooting the victim in the head according the arrest report provided by the State Attorney’s Office. Santa Rosa […]

New area-code options dialed up for Panhandle

New area-code options dialed up for Panhandle

Jim Turner News Service of Florida   With available numbers for the 850 area code expected to run out in March 2022, an additional area code is being pushed for the entire Northwest Florida region. Florida Public Service Commission staff members were told Friday that the North American Numbering Plan Administrator, which oversees telephone numbering […]

Navarre man arrested for alleged child molestation

Navarre man arrested for alleged child molestation

After he allegedly fled to Alabama, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Navarre man accused of molesting a child younger than 12 years old. Loyd Robert Walker, 63, faces a felony molestation charge for allegedly sticking his hands inside the pants of the child. The allegations were reported in late July. According to […]

BREAKING: Baptist announces ER, urgent care for Navarre

BREAKING: Baptist announces ER, urgent care for Navarre

Baptist Health Care announced Sept. 5, a partnership with Texas-based Intuitive Health to bring a $7.5 million combined emergency room (ER) and urgent care clinic to Navarre, a first for the region. Baptist Emergency Room & Urgent Care will be located at the existing Baptist Medical Park-Navarre (8888 Navarre Parkway) and is expected to open in early […]

Small businesses struggle to launch in Santa Rosa

Small businesses struggle to launch in Santa Rosa

Booming construction throughout the region has translated to even more strain on Santa Rosa County’s building department. And for small businesses trying to capture a piece of the economic gold rush that means even more hurdles.   Read the full article in the Sept. 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

One paycheck away

One paycheck away

Roughly one in three families in Navarre is struggling to make ends meet, often one missed paycheck away from being unable to pay routine bills or even losing the family’s housing, according to the newest data from the Florida ALICE Report from United Way. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.   Read the […]

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

Navarre Beach waters safe despite Facebook scare

The Navarre Beach Lifeguard Program apologized Sept. 4 for posting a faulty water quality advisory telling swimmers the beach was unsafe and closing the water to visitors.   Following the initial Facebook post, Beach Safety Director Austin Turnbull announced that the post was a false alarm and that the waters were safe, but the initial post […]

UWF launches personal safety app for students

UWF launches personal safety app for students

This fall, the University of West Florida is launching UWF Guardian, a personal safety app that allows students rapid and proactive communication with the UWF Police Department and with the student’s own safety network of family and friends. “UWF Guardian is a great safety tool that the university has just initiated,” said Marc Cossich, chief […]

FDOT: Traffic Shift for New Pensacola Bay Bridge Starts Wednesday

FDOT: Traffic Shift for New Pensacola Bay Bridge Starts Wednesday

U.S. 98 eastbound traffic (Pensacola to Gulf Breeze) will be shifted to the new Pensacola Bay Bridge Wednesday evening, Sept. 4 and U.S. 98 westbound (Gulf Breeze to Pensacola) on Sunday, Sept. 8. From 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 to 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 17th Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Gregory […]

Probe finds wide misuse of school coaching funds

Probe finds wide misuse of school coaching funds

Accusations of misuse of thousands of dollars in coaching supplement funds at Milton High School (MHS) have rippled out to the rest of the school district, according to officials. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick presented his recommendations for disciplinary action to the school board Aug. 13 amid accusations that coaches receiving funds were not coaching the teams […]

Midway firefighter arrested in 2018 hit-and-run

Midway firefighter arrested in 2018 hit-and-run

A year after a vehicle fatally struck a woman on the Navarre Beach bridge, a Midway firefighter turned himself in to Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies Aug. 22 after being charged with hit and run. Brayton Cale Secondine, 26, of Milton was identified as the driver of a red Chevrolet Camaro that left the scene […]

Update: Details released in Milton school lockdowns

Update: Details released in Milton school lockdowns

Four students were “horse playing” with a firearm when the gun went off Friday morning, injuring one student and causing a temporary lockdown at four Milton schools according to a Milton Police Department press release. Police responded to a shooting on Birch Street in Whiting Pines Subdivision on Berryhill Road at approximately 7:47 a.m. Milton […]

Holley Navarre Water outlines RIBs agreement

Holley Navarre Water outlines RIBs agreement

Santa Rosa County received a letter July 26 from Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) outlining the beginning of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a joint effluent disposal project 20 years in the making. But that letter, and the offers it makes, were never formally approved by the HNWS board.   Read the full article […]

Thompson’s mental health concerns delay sentencing

Thompson’s mental health concerns delay sentencing

Laying the legal groundwork to reduce potential prison time, confessed United Way of Santa Rosa embezzler Guy Thompson’s attorney has obtained a delay in his client’s sentencing until Nov. 13. The 65-year-old Thompson pled guilty last May to federal charges that he looted the charity of about $650,000 while he was its paid executive director […]

Man arrested for filming child changing clothes

Man arrested for filming child changing clothes

A Milton man faces felony sex offense charges after he allegedly video taped a 9 year old girl changing clothes during a pool party. Kevin Shavar Ford, 38, was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with second degree felony video voyeurism of a child less than 16 years old. According to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office […]

Man arrested for alleged sexual assault of 3 year old

Man arrested for alleged sexual assault of 3 year old

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in Milton Aug. 17 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 3 year old girl. According to the sheriff’s office arrest report, the child told an adult that James Michael Dunsford, 22, had taken off her panties and touched her genitals. The child also indicated that Dunsford had shown […]

Securing the insecure: School safety and portables

Securing the insecure: School safety and portables

Holley Navarre Middle School broke the 1,000-student threshold last year as growth continues to rise. This year the school started its first day with an enrollment of 1,060. While adding new students has meant new learning opportunities, it also means finding new places to put all those students, said Principal Joie DeStefano.   Read the […]

Eglin Airman dies after fitness test

Eglin Airman dies after fitness test

Staff Report Team Eglin Public Affairs U.S. Air Force Captain, Tranay Tanner, assigned to Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Detachment 2, passed away this weekend. The 29-year-old captain completed an Air Force fitness test Friday morning August 16. After presenting health complications, she was taken to Eglin Hospital at approximately 8:30 a.m. Due […]

BREAKING: Lucas found dead in cell

BREAKING: Lucas found dead in cell

A Navarre murder suspect in custody hung himself in his cell Friday morning according to the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bob Johnson confirmed to Navarre Press that Robert Shane Lucas, 51, took his own life at approximately 5 a.m. Friday. According to Johnson, Lucas was not on suicide watch at the time of the […]

Former sex offender arrested for sex with 16yo

Former sex offender arrested for sex with 16yo

A former sex offender claiming a Navarre address was arrested Aug. 8 by Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) for having sex with a 16-year-old. In July, WCSO took a report regarding a 35-year-old man who had sexual encounters with a 16-year-old subordinate on three separate occasions according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. An […]

Developer donates land for conservation, base buffering

Developer donates land for conservation, base buffering

Developer Edwin Henry, owner of Henry Company Homes, is seeking to donate a total of 900 acres as a conservation easement off Highway 87. He has already handed over more than 200 acres to the county to be held in conservation into perpetuity near the intersection of Highway 87 and Clear Creek Road bordering Naval […]

Emergency room coming to Navarre

Emergency room coming to Navarre

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Announces $10.1M Free-Standing ER in Navarre Fort Walton Beach Medical Center announced today it will expand access to emergency care in Santa Rosa County with the opening of a freestanding emergency department. The new free-standing ER will be located at 8600 Navarre Parkway near the foot of the Navarre Beach […]

Navarre man arrested for meth trafficking

Navarre man arrested for meth trafficking

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man for approximately 59 grams of methamphetamine Aug. 8 in a traffic stop on Highway 87. According to the arrest report, deputies stopped a truck after the driver allegedly ran the stop sign at the intersection of 87 and Bay River Road. Marcus David Singleterry, 34, was […]

Navarre couple arrested for beating 23-month-old

Navarre couple arrested for beating 23-month-old

A 23-month-old suffered lacerations to the face and a ruptured eyeball, requiring surgery, after the mother’s live-in-boyfriend allegedly struck the child in the face in Navarre April 6. Ezell Dwayne Allen, 20, was arrested Aug. 5 and charged with first degree felony aggravated child abuse in connection with the incident. The mother, Dominique Spears, is […]

Navarre Beach Fire turns 30

Navarre Beach Fire turns 30

When James Wirth, Sr., visited the Navarre Beach fire station back in the 1980s, he was greeted by a two-bay garage and no one home. Inside, the truck meant to be the island’s fire engine would not start. Neither would the boat meant for water rescues.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 […]

Oil interests threaten test range mission

Oil interests threaten test range mission

This is part three in a series of articles on the impacts of the U.S. Air Force Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range, which consists of 123,000 square miles of overwater training and testing space. Delineated at longitude 86˚ 41’, the Military Mission Line effectively cuts the Gulf of Mexico in half. This imaginary line […]

Borrow pit approval null and void

Borrow pit approval null and void

Amid vocal opposition from neighbors, July 25 the Board of County Commissioners approved allowing a dirt borrow pit and landscape debris disposal site off Ten Mile Road near Chumuckla. It was the first time a PIT rezoning had been approved since a massive rule change eight years prior. But it did not stand.   Read […]

Navarre home total loss after garage fire

Navarre home total loss after garage fire

Fire consumed a house on Beacon Court in Navarre Aug. 1, sending one firefighter to the hospital and leaving five people without a home. Firefighters received a call for an active house fire after 11 a.m. in Navarre. Holley Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton said the blaze appeared to have begun in the garage of […]

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