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Teachers union head charged with shooting at woman

Teachers union head charged with shooting at woman

Santa Rosa’s teachers union president was arrested June 11 for allegedly shooting at someone on her property. Rhonda Chavers is the president of Santa Rosa Professional Educators, the school district’s teacher union. According to an arrest report, the victim was speaking with another person outside of Chavers’s residence on Fairfield Drive in Milton when Chavers […]

Pace woman arrested for abuse of adopted children

Pace woman arrested for abuse of adopted children

A Pace woman allegedly home schooled her four adopted children for two years to prevent discovery of the severe abuse and neglect she inflicted on them. Sheriff Bob Johnson told reporters Monday the allegations against Patricia Dianne Hyler, 48, were disturbing. She has been charged with one felony count of aggravated child abuse, but Johnson […]

Navarre woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

Navarre woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

Deputies arrested a Navarre woman Thursday morning for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend with a kitchen knife.  According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office press release, deputies were called about a stabbing on the 7500 block of Blackjack Circle in Navarre. The male victim had been stabbed in the abdomen and also cut on his […]

Gulf Breeze youth pastor charged with sex crimes involving child

Gulf Breeze youth pastor charged with sex crimes involving child

A Gulf Breeze youth pastor arrested Feb. 10 for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit messages with and content with a 13-year-old girl in the youth group. According to a Gulf Breeze Police Department arrest report, Ryan Scott Walsh, 27, of Navarre was placed on administrative leave last week from Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church after complaints […]

Suspect leads deputies on multiple high-speed chases

Suspect leads deputies on multiple high-speed chases

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies were led on a series of high-speed pursuits through before finally bringing an alleged car thief into custody Jan. 3. Coty James Anderson, 23, of Milton is facing 19 felony charges and five misdemeanors for the incidents that occurred over the course of two days. According to multiple arrest reports, the […]

Pace nurse allegedly molests elderly patient

Pace nurse allegedly molests elderly patient

DNA evidence led to the Jan. 3 arrest of a medical center nurse from Pace for allegedly molesting a disabled elder in his care.   James Ronald Bemis, 71, is charged with felony lewd and lascivious molestation of an elderly, disabled adult and felony indecent exposure in the presence of an elderly, disabled adult. According […]

Bus monitor allegedly showed nude photo to students

Bus monitor allegedly showed nude photo to students

An ex-bus monitor for the public schools has been arrested for allegedly showing Holley Navarre Intermediate School students an obscene photograph while on the school bus. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Jessica Wylie, 35, of Gulf Breeze was previously employed as a bus monitor with Student Transportation of America, the […]

Navarre man allegedly kissed, groped child

Navarre man allegedly kissed, groped child

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man Nov. 11 for allegedly kissing and groping a minor. Oscar Camacho, 62, is charged with misdemeanor battery and felony child abuse in connection with the incident. According to the arrest report, the victim was crying and appeared scared and distraught when giving her statement. She told […]

Arrest made in killing of Navarre man

Arrest made in killing of Navarre man

A Mary Esther man wanted for murder was taken into custody by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night in a parking lot outside a fast food restaurant, according to a press release. Eugene Bradley, 31, is charged with gunning down Christopher Black of Navarre at a home on Blackstone Road in Mary Esther July […]

Deputies pull over 12 year old, arrest mother

Deputies pull over 12 year old, arrest mother

Upon pulling over a vehicle swerving along U.S. Highway 98 Oct. 13 in Gulf Breeze, a sheriff’s deputy discovered the driver was not only unlicensed but also 12 years old. The child’s mother, Francisco Darla Saria of Milton, was sitting in the passenger seat, and two more minors were sitting in the back seat according to […]

Drugs discovered in rectum of Gulf Breeze man

Drugs discovered in rectum of Gulf Breeze man

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered more than 131 pills, meth and a baggie of marijuana Sept. 4 from a hotel room in Navarre. Gulf Breeze resident Dylan Brady Nobrega, 20, was arrested in connection with the incident after deputies allegedly found some of the drugs in his rectum. According to the arrest report, deputies […]

Arrest made in Milton child molestation case

Arrest made in Milton child molestation case

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Pensacola man Sept. 12 for allegedly molesting a young girl twice over the span of three years. Joseph Michael Robey, 38, faces two felony charges for two separate incidents that occurred in Milton. Deputies were made aware of the allegations after the victim disclosed the incidents to her […]

Navarre man arrested for alleged child molestation

Navarre man arrested for alleged child molestation

After he allegedly fled to Alabama, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Navarre man accused of molesting a child younger than 12 years old. Loyd Robert Walker, 63, faces a felony molestation charge for allegedly sticking his hands inside the pants of the child. The allegations were reported in late July. According to […]

Man arrested for filming child changing clothes

Man arrested for filming child changing clothes

A Milton man faces felony sex offense charges after he allegedly video taped a 9 year old girl changing clothes during a pool party. Kevin Shavar Ford, 38, was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with second degree felony video voyeurism of a child less than 16 years old. According to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office […]

Man arrested for alleged sexual assault of 3 year old

Man arrested for alleged sexual assault of 3 year old

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in Milton Aug. 17 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 3 year old girl. According to the sheriff’s office arrest report, the child told an adult that James Michael Dunsford, 22, had taken off her panties and touched her genitals. The child also indicated that Dunsford had shown […]

Former sex offender arrested for sex with 16yo

Former sex offender arrested for sex with 16yo

A former sex offender claiming a Navarre address was arrested Aug. 8 by Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) for having sex with a 16-year-old. In July, WCSO took a report regarding a 35-year-old man who had sexual encounters with a 16-year-old subordinate on three separate occasions according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. An […]

Navarre man arrested for meth trafficking

Navarre man arrested for meth trafficking

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man for approximately 59 grams of methamphetamine Aug. 8 in a traffic stop on Highway 87. According to the arrest report, deputies stopped a truck after the driver allegedly ran the stop sign at the intersection of 87 and Bay River Road. Marcus David Singleterry, 34, was […]

Navarre couple arrested for beating 23-month-old

Navarre couple arrested for beating 23-month-old

A 23-month-old suffered lacerations to the face and a ruptured eyeball, requiring surgery, after the mother’s live-in-boyfriend allegedly struck the child in the face in Navarre April 6. Ezell Dwayne Allen, 20, was arrested Aug. 5 and charged with first degree felony aggravated child abuse in connection with the incident. The mother, Dominique Spears, is […]

Jay man arrested for alleged child sexual abuse

Jay man arrested for alleged child sexual abuse

A registered sexual offender in Jay arrested June 19 is accused of sexually abusing children as young as 3 years old. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Gleaion Lee Wood, 71, (also known as Jimmy Wood) sexually assaulted and molested three children ages 3, 7 and 8 at his home on […]

Milton man allegedly sexually assaults child

Milton man allegedly sexually assaults child

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Mexican immigrant living in Milton on charges of child sexual assault June 13. Jose Brandon Prado Garnica, 21, of Milton allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl for a year and a half after coming to the U.S. in 2017. A witness whose name was redacted from the Santa Rosa […]

Probation officer arrested for child porn

Probation officer arrested for child porn

Updated June 13 at 4:46 p.m. A cyber tip led to the June 12 arrest of a Milton man for allegedly acquiring child porn via Skype. Investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office traced the account back to an IP address tied to Justin Robert Vargo, 23. He was in a temporary residence in Baker […]

Man holds women at gunpoint in Cayo Grande

Man holds women at gunpoint in Cayo Grande

A Navarre man threatened women at gunpoint and said he was “only leaving in a body bag” June 5 at Cayo Grande Apartments. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Payne got into an argument with his girlfriend earlier that day after she asked him to move out of her apartment in […]

Milton offers $3,000 for identity of vandal(s)

Milton offers $3,000 for identity of vandal(s)

The city of Milton announced June 5 a reward of up to $3,000 for the identity of those that vandalized the Riverwalk South. A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s) after newly installed lighting was broken and wiring stolen. According to a press release, $3,500 worth of […]

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested Navarre resident Brandon James Barnes, 34, June 3 for allegedly choking and attempting to sexually assault a woman. Barnes allegedly choked the victim while striking her on the face and body, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office arrest report. He pulled the victim’s hair and pushed her against […]

Burglars celebrate wedding in county jail

Burglars celebrate wedding in county jail

A pair of newlyweds spent their wedding day in separate blocks of Santa Rosa County Jail Sunday after breaking into an abandoned school in Milton. Zachary Fuit, 26, and Abigail Carlson, 21, went to the closed Munson school buildings at 11550 Munson Highway after their wedding ceremony earlier in the day. They were joined in […]

Teacher allegedly solicits sex from student

Teacher allegedly solicits sex from student

A Sims Middle School teacher has been arrested for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a 14-year-old student to solicit sex. Pensacola resident Christopher Alan Johnson, 30, is a science teacher at the middle school located in Pace. Following report of the texts May 28, Johnson has been placed on administrative leave according to Santa Rosa […]

‘Filthy’ home leads to Milton child neglect arrest

‘Filthy’ home leads to Milton child neglect arrest

A Milton woman was arrested for child neglect after deputies found her children living in filthy, roach-infested conditions. Jessica Nicole Stevenson, 33, was arrested April 18 on charges of child neglect for allegedly allowing her children to live in “extremely filthy” conditions and failing to provide clean clothes and food. One of the children’s teachers […]

Narcotics Unit busts meth, heroin in Milton

Narcotics Unit busts meth, heroin in Milton

Narcotics officers with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office recovered heroin, meth and oxycodone at a home in Milton April 23 during a search on Cherub Circle. One of the residences of the home, Jennifer Holly Campbell, was arrested on drug trafficking charges. According to arrest reports, the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at Campbell’s […]

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 […]