Crime

Mom’s killer seeks life insurance payout

Mom’s killer seeks life insurance payout

On Christmas Eve of 2013, Brandon Aydelott, a 17-year-old boy suffering from schizophrenia-induced hallucinations, beat and stabbed his mother to death in the doorway of her Gulf Breeze home. Now his lawyers are seeking a portion of her life insurance policy for him. After a lengthy back and forth between attorneys as to Aydelott’s competency […]

Woman arrested for kicking her service dog

Woman arrested for kicking her service dog

  Sunday evening, shortly after 9 p.m., deputies received a call that a woman, later identified as Marina Rozenbaum,  was in Navarre Park kicking her service dog. The caller stated Rozenbaum had asked her and her friends if they wanted to kick the dog too. According to her arrest report, Rozenbaum, 57 of Quail Roost […]

Man charged with child sexual assault

Man charged with child sexual assault

Two children have identified a Navarre man as sexually abusing them from as young as 5 or 6 years old. Glen Copeland, who resides on Turkey Bluff Road, is charged with two counts of felony lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim under 12 years old and one count of felony sexual assault on a […]

Man arrested for coercing boys to steal

Man arrested for coercing boys to steal

A Milton man has been charged with armed robbery, stealing a firearm and coercing two 14-year-old boys to burglarize vehicles. Jason Silvia was arrested May 3 on charges of third-degree felony burglary solicitation of an unoccupied conveyance and second-degree misdemeanor solicitation of petit theft in connection with the arrest of the two juveniles. Read the […]

Fire district secretary arrested for stealing from pension fund

Fire district secretary arrested for stealing from pension fund

  Melissa Ann Severt, 44, of the 1900 block of Constitution Drive has been arrested on charges of fraud/swindle and larceny. The former employee of Holley Navarre Fire District is accused of raiding nearly $56,000 out of the firefighters’ pension fund over the four-year span of her employment. According to Chief Ron Norton, the transactions […]

Man pulls knife on Walmart manager

Man pulls knife on Walmart manager

Shoplifting turned to assault in the Navarre Walmart April 22 after a Navarre man allegedly threatened the store manager with a knife. According to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office report, Christopher Shaw, 21, and  Margarete Smith, 21, were observed concealing items while at the Walmart on Navarre Parkway. According the store manager, he began to […]

Fourth shooting suspect arrested after NAACP probe

Fourth shooting suspect arrested after NAACP probe

On Feb. 4, a group of friends were gathered around a burn barrel in a Milton backyard. A familiar red car drove past then drove past again. According to witnesses, the car passenger windows rolled down and gunfire erupted, leaving Thomas Buckhalter dead and two others injured. Milton police requested warrants and arrested the three […]

Violent crime on the rise

Violent crime on the rise

While the overall crime rate for Santa Rosa County was down 0.3 percent, violent crime skyrocketed 12.7 percent during the same period, according to the most recent data available. Of the 6,015 arrests made in the county, 267 were for violent offenses, according to the 2015 Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s County Profile. Read the […]

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Kimberly Ann Seevers, age 46, of Jay will not face charges for Unlawful Sexual Activity, according to State Attorney Bill Eddins. He announced Tuesday, April 4, that charges have been dismissed by the State. Seevers was charged on April 12, 2016 for the pending case.  The case was scheduled for judge trial before Circuit Judge […]

Gulf Breeze man pleads guilty to child pornography

Gulf Breeze man pleads guilty to child pornography

Thomas E. Matassa, 23, of Gulf Breeze pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Christopher Canova. Matassa, who was recently indicted by a federal grand jury, was also charged one year earlier with sexual assault of a victim under the age of 12. Read […]

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