Crime

Santa Rosa County Arrests

Santa Rosa County Arrests

March 23, 2020 – March 29, 2020 March 16, 2020 – March 23, 2020 March 9, 2020 – March 16, 2020 March 2, 2020 – March 9, 2020 Feb 24, 2020 – March 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2020 – Feb 24, 2020 Feb 5, 2020 – Feb 17, 2020 Feb 3, 2020 – Feb 10, […]

Burglary suspect chases children from home

Burglary suspect chases children from home

Milton children were chased from their home by an alleged burglar Feb. 21, according to a press release from Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. According to the release, two children were playing outside in a yard on School Street when they were approached by a man that did not live there. The children immediately went […]

Pace man arrested in DUI homicide

Pace man arrested in DUI homicide

Florida Highway Patrol arrested a Pace man Feb. 12 after he allegedly drove his car head on into another vehicle, killing the driver. According to a press release, an FHP traffic homicide investigator developed sufficient probable cause to obtain warrants for the arrest of Jack Christopher Tchorzewski, 36, of Pace. Read the full article in […]

Navarre woman allegedly defrauds man of bail money

Navarre woman allegedly defrauds man of bail money

A Texas man called local authorities after he was allegedly defrauded money meant to pay his grandson’s bond. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, the victim’s grandson was currently in Santa Rosa County Jail, and he called his grandfather to tell him that a church group was allegedly offering a program […]

Gulf Breeze driver flees troopers, hits train

Gulf Breeze driver flees troopers, hits train

A Gulf Breeze woman clocked speeds of more than 100 miles per hour mile and struck multiple vehicles, a train and a state trooper before being arrested in Bay County Jan. 18. According to a Florida Highway Patrol press release, Susan Blair Case, 68, of Gulf Breeze was involved in multiple hit-and-run crashes across two […]

Milton car chase ends in arrest

Milton car chase ends in arrest

A standoff with Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies ended without gunfire Dec. 24 on Highway 87 in Milton after a man fled police in a stolen vehicle. According to the arrest report, deputies on routine patrol in Milton spotted a black truck that had been reported as stolen in Escambia County. The vehicle’s hazard lights […]

A different kind of graduation

A different kind of graduation

Ronald Kirkland was 15 years old when he was first sent to prison. He’d broken the law and eventually ended up in Santa Rosa Correctional Institution to serve his time. Kirkland would miss high school graduation and become an adult behind bars. Now a father, Kirkland, 27, is approaching his release date. According to Florida […]

Pen Air ATM theft

Pen Air ATM theft

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a drive-thru alarm at Pen Air Federal Credit Union on Gulf Breeze Parkway at about 3:30 a.m., Dec. 24. When they arrived, they discovered the outside ATM was burglarized and the contents removed. Surveillance videos reveal several individuals dressed in dark clothing were responsible for the burglary. […]

Navarre man charged with child molestation

Navarre man charged with child molestation

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man for allegedly exposing himself to and molesting a 4-year-old girl. Jefferson Tupas Ngeskebei, 25, was arrested Dec. 2 and charged with felony lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12 and felony lewd and lascivious exhibition in the presence of a child. According to […]

Death row inmate receives second death sentence

Death row inmate receives second death sentence

An inmate already convicted of two prior murders was sentenced to death Nov. 15 in a third killing committed at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton. According to a State Attorney’s office press release, Rocky Ali Beamon, 41, was sentenced to death by First Judicial Circuit Judge Darlene Dickey in the courthouse in Pensacola.

Double hit and run ends in car theft arrest

Double hit and run ends in car theft arrest

Drivers were mostly uninjured in a multicar hit and run near Hurlburt Field Nov. 13 according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. Bryan Smith, 33, of Killen, Alabama, is accused of fleeing the scene of an accident in Mary Esther. While driving a Ford F150 west on U.S. Highway 98 near Hurlburt Field, Smith […]

Milton man allegedly beat, strangled 17-year-old

Milton man allegedly beat, strangled 17-year-old

Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Milton man Oct. 28 on charges of kidnapping, beating and strangling a 17-year-old girl at his residence on Windswept Lane. Joseph Brandon Mack, 20, was out on probation when he allegedly committed the offense July 5, according to Santa Rosa County Jail records. The incident began with an […]

Sheriff: Car burglars were looking for guns

Sheriff: Car burglars were looking for guns

A rash of vehicle burglaries spanning Escambia, Santa Rosa and Baldwin counties came to an end last week. During a news conference Oct. 30, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said investigators have identified the individuals responsible for at least 10 burglaries and an armed robbery in Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in […]

Man gets 14 years for ramming deputy with car

Man gets 14 years for ramming deputy with car

A Milton man was sentenced to 14 years in state prison Oct. 23 after pleading guilty to hitting a school resource officer with his car, among other charges, according to a State Attorney’s Office press release. On March 14, Arthur Buckhault, 27, struck a school resource deputy with his vehicle at T.R. Jackson Elementary School […]

Ex-guard gets 18 months for delivering drugs to inmate

Ex-guard gets 18 months for delivering drugs to inmate

A former correctional officer at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for smuggling drugs and a cellphone to an inmate at the facility. According to a State Attorney’s Office press release issued Oct. 1, Mia Martinez-Welch, 22, entered a plea to unlawful use of a two-way communications device to […]

No charges in Midway shooting, stabbing

No charges in Midway shooting, stabbing

A former police officer shot to death in Midway while attacking his parents with a knife apparently suffered from bipolar disorder and psychosis, according to the final investigation report. The Office of the State Attorney announced Sept. 27 that no charges will be filed in the shooting that resulted in the death of Erich Gunter […]

Employee charged with elder abuse at senior facility

Employee charged with elder abuse at senior facility

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Bay Breeze Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center for allegedly physically abusing one of the residents, causing him to bleed. Kayla Marie Oeth, 26, was arrested Sept. 16 in connection with an incident that occurred Aug. 10. According to the arrest report, a deputy […]

UPDATE: Suspect name released in officer involved shooting

UPDATE: Suspect name released in officer involved shooting

UPDATE- Sept. 20, 10 a.m.: City of Milton officials have released the name of a suspect killed in an officer involved shooting in Milton earlier this week. Edward Matthew Guerrero-Cruz, 34, allegedly stole a dump truck at approximately 5:10 a.m. at a gas station in Milton. Law enforcement located him on Pensacola State College Milton […]

Puppy theft ends in safe recovery

Puppy theft ends in safe recovery

Thanks to the quick work of Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies in Navarre, a stolen puppy was recovered safely Aug. 31, just in time to get adopted. The incident occurred during an adoption event at Pet Nation. Store owner Holly Elassaad hosts Road Dogg Rescue at least once a month, allowing the group to hold adoption […]

Bail denied for sex trafficking suspect

Bail denied for sex trafficking suspect

The man accused of running a human trafficking ring that stretched into Gulf Breeze and Pensacola massage parlors will not be eligible for bail, according to an order issued by a federal judge Sept. 6. In the Order of Detention issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Hope Thai Cannon, the judge cited concerns that the defendant […]

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 […]

Juvenile arrested in Milton accidental shooting

Juvenile arrested in Milton accidental shooting

Milton Police Department arrested an unnamed juvenile suspect Aug. 27 in connection with an accidental shooting that caused four schools in Milton to go on lockdown Aug. 23. According to the arrest report, the juvenile was inside a residence on Burke Street in the Whiting Pines neighborhood with four other children.   Read the full […]

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 […]

Deputies discover 1,700 grams of drugs in car

Deputies discover 1,700 grams of drugs in car

Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies seized more than 1,700 grams of illegal drugs during a welfare check in Mary Esther Aug. 12. According to a press release, deputies responded to a call to check on a man asleep in a car at a Sonic Drive-in. A man later identified as 29-year-old Stephen Scott Wilson, address unknown, […]

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