Crime

Navarre woman arrested for child sexual assault

Navarre woman arrested for child sexual assault

A Navarre woman is being held on a bond of $1 million for allegedly sexually assaulting a child on video. Brandy Howard, 33, of Raider Lane in Navarre was arrested April 18 after video and images involving children were recovered by law enforcement. An investigation was prompted by information sent by the National Center for […]

Man pleads guilty to producing child porn

Man pleads guilty to producing child porn

Michael Lee DePine, 62, of Pensacola, pleaded guilty April 5 to the production and possession of child pornography. The guilty plea was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or […]

Fake handyman arrested for sexual assault

Fake handyman arrested for sexual assault

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Milton man Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in her home after pretending to be a handyman. Dean Allen Matthews is charged with felony sexual assault based on DNA evidence recovered off the victim’s person. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

K-9 injured during burglary arrest

K-9 injured during burglary arrest

A Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office K-9 received emergency medical care Tuesday after being injured apprehending a suspected burglar in Milton. At approximately 12:50 p.m., dispatch received a call in reference to a burglary in progress on South Airport Road in Milton according to a sheriff’s office press release. Sheriff Bob Johnson was first to arrive […]

Santa Rosa Sheriff: ‘Heroin making strong return’

Santa Rosa Sheriff: ‘Heroin making strong return’

As the guest speaker for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast Friday, Sheriff Bob Johnson gave staggering statistics of drug arrests which include opioids. “Heroin is making a strong return,” Johnson said. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign […]

Navarre man arrested for stabbing

Navarre man arrested for stabbing

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kristopher Hamilton of Navarre for an alleged stabbing on Blackjack Circle. The victim was standing in a friend’s driveway March 30 when Hamilton pulled up, blocking in the victim’s vehicle, according to the victim’s statement in an arrest report. Hamilton then allegedly shoved the victim against his vehicle and […]

Sheriff: ‘Santa Rosa marijuana sellers targeting children’

Sheriff: ‘Santa Rosa marijuana sellers targeting children’

Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies seized pounds of marijuana and hundreds of marijuana products in a trio of drug busts. Sheriff Bob Johnson said these cases are particularly concerning because the sales appeared to focus on children. “A lot of things are being made in Santa Rosa County and sold in Santa Rosa County to […]

Fight at Navarre party leads to battery arrest

Fight at Navarre party leads to battery arrest

A Navarre man is facing felony battery charges for allegedly choking and beating a man during a party on Calle De Castelar. Cody Bijarro, 22, was arrested March 3. The victim was at a party at Bijarro’s house when a verbal confrontation occurred, according to the arrest report. Read the full article in the March […]

Child hospitalized in Milton abuse case

Child hospitalized in Milton abuse case

Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies arrested Milton resident Benjamin Donahue, 29, March 1 after a 9-year-old was hospitalized after being beaten with a bamboo stick. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, deputies were called to the Creative Learning Academy in Pensacola after school staff observed bruises on the child. Read the full […]

Foster parent arrested for child pornography

Foster parent arrested for child pornography

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents took a Fort Walton foster parent into custody March 7 for having alleged videos of child pornography on his computer. Dieter Claus Bucher, 76, of 990 Lukes Way was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre […]

Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Two individuals in a Fort Walton Beach illegal gambling operation were ordered by a U.S. attorney to forfeit $5.8 million Monday. Larry L. Masino, 68, of Gulf Breeze and Dixie L. Masino, 66, of Pensacola were convicted in February 2018 by a federal jury of operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering charges. Read […]

Officer draws gun during traffic stop

Officer draws gun during traffic stop

A man arrested in Gulf Breeze on March 1 faces charges of drug possession and driving with an expired license. Douglas Leon Craig, 64, of Fort Walton Beach, was stopped by Gulf Breeze police while traveling west on Hwy 98 on the morning of March 1. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

Milton woman arrested for armed robbery

Milton woman arrested for armed robbery

A Milton woman has been arrested for orchestrating armed robbery of a man in Milton Feb. 9. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office report, Samantha Scarcella, 18, allegedly asked the victim to bring her money for narcotics and he was then shot by one of her accomplices. Read the full article in the […]

NYSA dealing with vandalism

NYSA dealing with vandalism

Vandalism has been an issue at NYSA recently. The baseball concession stand was broken into and playground equipment, including the zip line, has been damaged. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press […]

Correction: Deputy responds to complaint of drunk driver

Correction: Deputy responds to complaint of drunk driver

Correction: In the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press, we published an incident report involving a subject named Amanda Jean Phillips. All information obtained from the report was extracted for a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. We later learned the arrest report had incorrect information, which included the wrong address. We have since […]

Milton man sentenced 15 years on drug charges

Milton man sentenced 15 years on drug charges

Rodney Eugene Davis, 42, of Milton was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Sell, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, Driving While License Suspended pursuant to Habitual Offender and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. According to a statement issued by the […]

86-year-old woman charged with killing husband

86-year-old woman charged with killing husband

An elderly Pace woman allegedly killed her 89-year-old husband with a cane Saturday, but prosecutors are not sure she is competent to stand trial. Sheriff Bob Johnson said the case is complicated by the age of the individuals and apparent confusion of the suspect involved. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of […]

Local military member pleads guilty in international cocaine importation conspiracy

Local military member pleads guilty in international cocaine importation conspiracy

Daniel J. Gould, 36, of Crestview, pleaded guilty to two drug trafficking conspiracy counts involving 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Read the full article in the Jan. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Man sentenced for attempted enticement of a minor

Man sentenced for attempted enticement of a minor

Glenn Varrin, 56, of Syracuse, New York, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for attempted enticement of a minor after pleading guilty on August 15.  The sentence was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

A Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office sergeant from Navarre has been arrested on multiple counts of child pornography after a search of his phone. Jeffrey Perkins was arrested Monday and charged with eight counts of child pornography following an investigation by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue […]

Body found in Jay may be missing woman

Body found in Jay may be missing woman

A homicide investigation is underway after Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputies said Monday they believe a body found in a shallow grave in Jay is a woman that has been missing since May 28. Felecia Kuswandy, 38, was last seen alive at the same property along Highway 4 where the body was discovered last week according […]

Hit-and-run spree results in 35 charges

Hit-and-run spree results in 35 charges

The Navarre man accused of ramming 11 cars along U.S. Highway 98 has been taken into custody by law enforcement, facing 35 different charges. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) arrested Daniel Weidman, 38, of Navarre Thursday for 11 counts of hit and run and other charges. According to an FHP press release, Weidman is charged […]

Update: Navarre man arrested for 11 hit and runs

Update: Navarre man arrested for 11 hit and runs

Update: Florida Highway Patrol arrested Daniel Weidman, 38, of Navarre Thursday for 11 counts of hit and run after he allegedly rammed 11 cars on U.S. Highway 98. According to a FHP press release, Weidman has been charged with 12 counts of misdemeanor driving under the influence, 12 counts of misdemeanor reckless driving and 11 […]

Milton man faces prison for dog attack on deputy

Milton man faces prison for dog attack on deputy

A Milton man was found guilty Thursday of battery of law enforcement by having his dogs attack deputies, leading to one of the dogs being killed. A Santa Rosa County jury found David William Trappman, 27, guilty of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer […]

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

In the wake of the arrest of a Santa Rosa County school bus driver last week on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is launching an internal Supervisory Inquiry into why it took so long to secure an arrest warrant for the man. Kenneth Dean Webb Jr., age 60, […]

Nextdoor social network doubles as crime-fighter

Nextdoor social network doubles as crime-fighter

In the age of smart phones, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is pushing for residents to embrace an app to connect them directly to their neighbors and law enforcement. The app is called Nextdoor, and Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy said it has crime-fighting capabilities. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 […]

Navarre pet killings under investigation

Navarre pet killings under investigation

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating two cases of pets being killed in the Navarre area. The killings appear to have been done by a person on or around Aug. 15. One of the victims was Zoey, a 9-year-old rescue dog belonging to Jessica Brown of Navarre. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Shoplifter ignores chance to make amends

Shoplifter ignores chance to make amends

Retailers lose tens of billions of dollars to shoplifting each year, according to the National Retail Federation, and small businesses are victims just as often as larger retailers. Pet Nation owner Holly Elassadd said she is all too familiar with shoplifting losses. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Dealer held responsible for overdose death

Dealer held responsible for overdose death

For the first time in Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office history, a drug dealer was charged and convicted for having a role in the death of someone who overdosed on heroin. Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley is calling the case a victory. Read the full article in the July 5 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to […]

Santa Rosa crime figures are a mixed bag

Santa Rosa crime figures are a mixed bag

At first glance, some of the annual crime statistics released last week by state officials make Santa Rosa appear to be trending worse than Florida overall and neighboring counties. What’s more, Santa Rosa’s violent crime rate rose by 10.4 percent, while it fell by double digits in both Escambia and Okaloosa. Read the full article […]