Crime

Santa Rosa County Arrests

Santa Rosa County Arrests

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Teens assault victim with chicken bone

Teens assault victim with chicken bone

Two teenaged detainees of a juvenile justice facility allegedly assaulted another detainee with a chicken bone and bare fists. According to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office reports, Oct. 8, Dakota Davis, 15 of Navarre, admitted to attacking the victim at the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Crestview. Davis was allegedly joined in the attack by […]

Vandal tags home, car with hate

Vandal tags home, car with hate

“Kill yourself.” Those harsh words in big, black spray painted letters greeted the neighbors along Bahama Street Monday morning in Holley by the Sea. It was sprayed across the garage door of the home of Dylan Bruce, 19. His car parked in the driveway was worse off with white spray painted profanities on all sides. […]

Third teen arrested in vehicle burglaries

Third teen arrested in vehicle burglaries

Trent Dumas, age 19, of 7743 Navarre Parkway, was arrested Aug. 31 in connection to the string of vehicle burglaries on unlocked cars in and around Navarre. Following the arrest of Sean “Alex” Banks and Parker Ragsdale, a search warrant was issued for the Cayo Grande location where the three shared an apartment. Read the […]

Former Gulf Breeze attorney sentenced

Former Gulf Breeze attorney sentenced

The United States Attorney, Christopher P. Canova, Northern District of Florida, announced that former Gulf Breeze attorney, Richard Michael Colbert, 56, of Pensacola Beach was sentenced to 40 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $3.7 million in restitution. The charges for which he was found guilty are conspiracy to commit bank and […]

Sheriff: Current crime statistics reflect population growth

Sheriff: Current crime statistics reflect population growth

Population growth has caused the number of reported crimes in Santa Rosa County since Jan. 1 to be slightly higher when compared to the same period last year, Sheriff Bob Johnson told an audience at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Aug. 11. “As population goes up, crime goes up,” Johnson said. “It’s part […]

Car burglaries fuel more crime

Car burglaries fuel more crime

Crime rings stealing firearms and selling them on the black market for drugs sounds like something out of a movie, but it’s a reality hitting close to home. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies have arrested Milton resident Jason Silva in connection with a suspected crime ring involving minors and burglaries in which stolen guns were being […]

Attempted murder suspect arrested in Gulf Breeze

Attempted murder suspect arrested in Gulf Breeze

A July 14 traffic stop in Gulf Breeze led to the arrest of an attempted murder suspect. According to a police report, a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed a vehicle speeding through Gulf Breeze on Highway 98 just before 6 a.m. The deputy initiated a traffic stop for the infraction. During the course […]

Gulf Breeze man faces max sentence for child porn

Gulf Breeze man faces max sentence for child porn

Thomas E. Matassa, 24, of Gulf Breeze was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for receipt of child pornography, the maximum sentence allowable under federal law. The charges were filed after a forensic examination of his laptop revealed hundreds of child porn images as well as online conversations of a sexual nature with children, […]

Navarre man convicted of assault, battery, fleeing

Navarre man convicted of assault, battery, fleeing

Christopher Delaine Bryant, age 29 of Navarre, was found guilty by a Santa Rosa County jury June 23. According to a release issued by State Attorney Bill Eddins, Bryant was found guilty of two counts of Aggravated Battery Upon a Law Enforcement Officer, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Fleeing or Attempted to Elude […]

Navarre man charged with sexual battery

Navarre man charged with sexual battery

Sean Michael Allen, 44 of Frontera Steet in Navarre, was arrested and charged with Sexual Assault on a victim under 12 and Lewd and Lascivious Behavior on a victim under 16. The charges stem from incidents earlier this year. Read the full article in the June 22 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Florida’s death penalty still under scrutiny

Florida’s death penalty still under scrutiny

In November 1988 a Milton cab driver went missing. A few days later his bloodstained cab was found hidden in some woods. The body was found 12 miles away with two shot gun wounds to the chest. Evidence showed that the man had been shot at close range inside the car. The bullet fragments were […]

Former airman gets probation for apartment arson

Former airman gets probation for apartment arson

The man who set the Reserve Apartments ablaze while residents slept in their beds in neighboring units will not be going to prison. In the early morning hours of Aug. 5, Midway Fire Department responded to a structure fire in unit 78 of the building. The blaze was extinguished before it spread to other units, […]

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 […]

Navarre man arrested for counterfeit money and drugs

Navarre man arrested for counterfeit money and drugs

Christopher Lance Kelley, 20, of Deena Lane in Navarre was arrested April 10 and charged with possession of counterfeit bills, possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession of drug equipment. According to his arrest report, Kelley was pulled over by Santa Rosa deputies for a traffic violation. The deputy reportedly smelled marijuana coming from […]

Pre-trial release saves county $1 million plus

Pre-trial release saves county $1 million plus

Santa Rosa saved more than $1 million and improved outcomes for those charged with crimes thanks to the Pre-trial Release Program. The program generated a net savings of $1,454,982 for the county in 2016, according to a press release. Read the full article in the April 6 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Suspect in child porn case previously charged with sexual battery

Suspect in child porn case previously charged with sexual battery

A Gulf Breeze man accused of possessing child pornography was indicted by a federal grand jury March 10. Thomas E. Matassa, 23, of Gulf Breeze was indicted by a federal grand jury March 10 on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

Robbery spree ends with teen in prison

Robbery spree ends with teen in prison

A month-long robbery spree that began in Navarre and ran through Santa Rosa and Escambia counties ended in a sentence of 25 years in state prison for Lonnie Locks, 19, after he pleaded guilty March 2 and 3. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Human trafficking happens here too

Human trafficking happens here too

At 4 years old, while other little girls were having pretend tea parties with friends and parents, Melissa Woodward … Read the series of articles on human trafficking in the Feb. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.  

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

State Attorney Bill Eddins voiced confidence that the death penalty will be back in working order in Florida by the end of March. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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