Crime

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 […]

Sheriff: ‘Dirtbag’ arrested for child porn

Sheriff: ‘Dirtbag’ arrested for child porn

A registered sexual predator was arrested in Milton May 10 on multiple counts of possession of child pornography on his cell phone. Richard Andrew Jackson allegedly had 20 images of confirmed child pornography on his phone when it was seized by deputies, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said. Read the full article in the […]

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 […]