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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 […]

Santa Rosa County Arrests

Santa Rosa County Arrests

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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, […]

Newman sentenced to life for child molestation

Newman sentenced to life for child molestation

Santa Rosa County Circuit Court Judge Darlene Dickey sentenced Michael Paul Newman, 43, of Arkansas, to life in prison for molesting an 8-year-old in Milton according to a State Attorney’s office press release. Newman was also designated as a Sexual Predator.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Human trafficking ring allegations reach Gulf Breeze, Pensacola

Human trafficking ring allegations reach Gulf Breeze, Pensacola

A Pensacola business owner arrested Aug. 16 faces allegations of operating a human trafficking ring under the guise of Asian massage parlors in multiple states, including locations in Gulf Breeze and Pensacola. David C. Williams, 41, has been was arrested for using interstate facilities for purposes of racketeering, money laundering conspiracy and the harboring of […]

Five arrested in Navarre for smash and grabs

Five arrested in Navarre for smash and grabs

Five suspects were arrested Monday at a Navarre residence on allegations of more than 60 “smash and grab” style burglaries in Okaloosa County. Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson held a joint press conference with Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Walton Police Department Tuesday afternoon to discuss the collaborative investigation.   Read the full […]

Inmate pleads guilty to killing cellmate

Inmate pleads guilty to killing cellmate

Bill Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida, announced that Friday, Aug. 16, Rocky Ali Beamon entered a guilty plea to First Degree Premeditated Murder for the Jan. 22, 2017, murder of Nicholas Anderson. Beamon and Anderson were both inmates at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution and shared a cell.   Read the […]

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 […]

Ex-financial planner indicted for fraud

Ex-financial planner indicted for fraud

A former financial planner from Milton was indicted July 15 on charges of defrauding investors out of $500,000, according to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida. Former financial planner James A. Young III, 49, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Pensacola after a federal grand […]

Lawyer faces 30 years for bank fraud

Lawyer faces 30 years for bank fraud

A Santa Rosa County jury found Gulf Breeze attorney William Elliott guilty July 18 of organized fraud through Beach Community Bank according to a State Attorney’s Office press release. Circuit Judge Scott Duncan presided over the two-day trial. The maximum penalty that could be imposed is 30 years in state prison.   Read the full […]

Gulf Breeze man charged with sexual battery

Gulf Breeze man charged with sexual battery

The Pensacola Police Department arrested a Gulf Breeze man July 20 after he allegedly fondled and photographed a victim he thought was asleep. Robert Carl Williams, 20, is charged with felony sexual battery on a person older than 18.   Read the full article in the July 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Pharmacy owner charged in $4.8 million fraud

Pharmacy owner charged in $4.8 million fraud

A federal grand jury indicted a pharmacy owner from Gulf Breeze July 18 on charges he defrauded insurers out of millions of dollars through phony prescriptions, according to an announcement by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Andrew E. Fisher, 33, is president and part-owner of Physician Specialty Pharmacy.   […]

Blackwater inmate charged with terrorist threats

Blackwater inmate charged with terrorist threats

An inmate at Blackwater Correctional Facility could face additional prison time for terrorist threats he allegedly made during his incarceration. According to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) press release, agents arrested Norberto Iglesias, 53, on charges of terrorism; threat to throw, project, place or discharge any destructive device; and written threats to kill, […]

Woman dies of suspected overdose in custody

Woman dies of suspected overdose in custody

Accidental overdose may be to blame in the July 5 death of a 25-year-old Navarre woman in Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office custody. Lynsey Taylor died after being arrested for grand theft, criminal mischief and burglary, Sheriff Bob Johnson said Tuesday in a press conference regarding the incident. Read the full article in the July […]

Thousands of LSD hits seized in Gulf Breeze

Thousands of LSD hits seized in Gulf Breeze

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies made a major drug bust in Gulf Breeze Monday evening after a K-9 alerted on a car in a traffic stop. Pensacola residents Tomas Mateo Martinez, 18, and Nathaniel Drew Allemang, 20, were arrested for felony drug trafficking charges after deputies seized thousands of doses of LSD from their vehicle. […]

Aydelott moved to less restrictive unit

Aydelott moved to less restrictive unit

A Gulf Breeze man who violently murdered his mother due to hallucinations is set to move to a less restrictive care unit at Florida State Hospital. William Brandon Aydelott has been involuntarily institutionalized for the violent murder of his mother since 2016.   Read the full article in the June 27 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Juveniles injured in drug deal gone bad

Juveniles injured in drug deal gone bad

Several juveniles, ranging in age from 12 -17, were injured when their plan to steal drugs from drug dealers went wrong, and they ended up being taken to the hospital. According to a press release by the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, the youths planned the drug robbery over the popular social media app, Snapchat. The […]

Pace man arrested for sexual assault of minor

Pace man arrested for sexual assault of minor

A Pace man has been charged in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties for allegedly sexually assaulting and repeatedly molesting a child under the age of 12 over the course of roughly eight years. Pace resident Raymond Carroll, 56, was transferred into Escambia County Jail custody June 12 after facing child sexual assault and molestation charges […]

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