Crime

Santa Rosa County Arrests

Santa Rosa County Arrests

May 13, 2018 – May 21, 2018   May 7, 2018 – May 14, 2018   April 23, 2018 –  April 29, 2018   April 15, 2018 –  April 22, 2018   April 6, 2018 –  April 15, 2018   April 1, 2018 –  April 8, 2018   March 26, 2018 – April 2, 2018 […]

Two Romanians arrested for ATM skimmers

Two Romanians arrested for ATM skimmers

Two Romanians were arrested May 5 in Okaloosa County for allegedly installing ATM skimming devices according to a press release from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OSCO). Viorel Naboiu, 43, and Florin Bersanu, 31, were believed to be traveling state to state installing the devices on ATM machines.   Read the full article in the May […]

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

Santa Rosa County Jail has hit its limit. The 682-bed facility has been full or nearly full for years, and Sheriff Bob Johnson said it has affected how his deputies enforce the law. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the […]

Army Ranger instructor arrested for sexual assault at Navarre Beach

Army Ranger instructor arrested for sexual assault at Navarre Beach

Richard Cruz, II, a 39 year old Army special forces soldier, has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 14 year old and giving her beer at Navarre Beach March 29. According to the arrest report, on March 30 the girl was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center to be medically examined after […]

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

For the hundreds of inmates struggling with opioid addiction, Santa Rosa County Jail is offering a solution, free of charge. The jail will cover medication-assisted treatment for a full year, even if the person doesn’t remain incarcerated for the entire 12 months. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Pace children safe after kidnapping

Pace children safe after kidnapping

Two children were reunited with their mother last week after being kidnapped by their father from Pea Ridge Elementary School, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said. Officers arrested the children’s father, Emanuel Martinez Pose, 35, after he violated a domestic violence injunction that prohibited him from making any contact with the children. Read the […]

Sheriff makes drug arrest

Sheriff makes drug arrest

It’s rarely good news when you get pulled over by a deputy, but getting pulled over by the Sheriff himself is surely worse. And that is what happened March 2 at approximately 9 p.m. in Navarre. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Santa Rosa Detention deputy arrested for theft of intellectual property

Santa Rosa Detention deputy arrested for theft of intellectual property

Russel Edmund Scott, a 49 year old detention deputy with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Jan. 9 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for theft of intellectual property. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Rich Aloy says the Sheriff’s office initiated the investigation of Scott. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

Burglary, battery of police dog result in 10-year sentence

Burglary, battery of police dog result in 10-year sentence

Following his conviction for battery of a police dog and other charges, a Pace man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Santa Rosa County Circuit Judge John Simon on Dec. 12 sentenced David Lecannon Smith, 36, to 10 years in state prison as a Habitual Felony Offender. Read the full article in the […]

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 […]

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