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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 […]

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 […]

Breaking: United Way acting chair arrested for theft

Breaking: United Way acting chair arrested for theft

Santa Rosa United Way’s acting chairman was arrested Monday night for allegedly stealing from the nonprofit. David “Davey” Willhoit, 41, of Milton was taken into custody by the Milton Police Department after he allegedly made two unauthorized withdrawals from one of United Way’s bank accounts. According to United Way acting administrator Kyle Holley, Willhoit withdrew […]

Gulf Breeze man arrested for 35 counts of child porn

Gulf Breeze man arrested for 35 counts of child porn

A Gulf Breeze man is facing 35 felony charges for possession of child pornography. Joseph Brooks Salter, 19, was arrested March 13 after investigators found dozens of videos and photographs of children involved in sex acts in his possession according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office arrest report. The investigation started in October 2018, […]

Ex-deputy arrested for child molestation

Ex-deputy arrested for child molestation

An ex-Santa Rosa County sergeant was arrested Friday on child molestation charges. Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Jeffery Perkins, 33, for two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation by offender over the age of 18 of a victim less than 12 years of age according to a press release.  An arrest […]

Navarre traffic stop leads to drugs, deportation

Navarre traffic stop leads to drugs, deportation

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies made a busted three individuals accused of drug trafficking in a stolen vehicle in Navarre early Tuesday morning. The arrest occurred around 2 a.m. on Reagan Street. Deputies were called to the area on reports of loud music and noise Sheriff Bob Johnson said in press conference. They observed a […]

Navarre man charged with child sexual assault

Navarre man charged with child sexual assault

A Navarre man was arrested Feb. 25 for an alleged sexual assault of an 11 year old in 2017. Dawson Jeremy Santos, 20, was arrested for the August 2017 incident after the child’s mother reported her older daughter had told her what had occurred. The location of the incident has been redacted. According to a […]

Gulf Breeze man accused of serial sexual abuse

Gulf Breeze man accused of serial sexual abuse

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a sex offender living in Gulf Breeze after multiple victims that had been in his custody as children accused him of sexual abuse. Thomas Lawlis, 55, was previously registered as a sex offender. According to the arrest report, Lawlis had been convicted of sexual battery in 1998 in Escambia […]

Teen arrested in Panhandle Trail shooting

Teen arrested in Panhandle Trail shooting

A Navarre teen is facing multiple felony charges after a Feb. 21 shooting on Panhandle Trail. Santa Rosa Sheriff Deputies arrested Antwan Antonio Nelson, 18, after he allegedly fired multiple rounds in a residential home, striking one person in the foot. According to a press release, deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded […]

Lucas charged with premeditated murder

Lucas charged with premeditated murder

                The hunt for a Navarre man accused of killing his mother-in-law came to an end in a high-speed chase through multiple Gulf Breeze neighborhoods Feb. 6. Robert Shane Lucas, 51, was taken into custody about 3:30 p.m., less than 24 hours after the body of missing woman […]

Milton shooting, burglary suspect arrested

Milton shooting, burglary suspect arrested

Drugs may have been involved in an attempted homicide and burglary incident in Milton according a Santa Rosa County arrest report. Suspect Kristopher Telacy Brown, 20, of Pensacola was arrested Dec. 11 for allegedly shooting a man in the head with a sawed-off shotgun. Deputies arrived at 6461 Sunny Acres Court in Mil­ton about 9 […]

Navarre teen accused of stealing donation jar

Navarre teen accused of stealing donation jar

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a teen in Navarre Tuesday for allegedly stealing a donation jar meant to offer support after a recent death. According to an arrest report, a manager at El Patron restaurant in Navarre reviewed security footage and spotted a male take a clear glass jar from atop the hostess stand Nov. […]

Navarre man arrested for stabbing pet pig

Navarre man arrested for stabbing pet pig

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man Nov. 8 after he allegedly stabbed a pet pig. Logan Ingram, 24, faces a felony animal abuse charge for allegedly stabbing the pig in his backyard along Waynell Court. According to the arrest report, a neighbor called the law enforcement after she said she witnessed the suspect beating […]

Jay man shot in officer involved shooting

Jay man shot in officer involved shooting

A suspect in Jay was sent to the hospital Saturday after an officer involved shooting with Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies at his home. Just after 6 a.m., deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance on the 7700 block of Highway 4 in Jay according to a sheriff’s office press […]

15-year-old charged with attempted homicide

15-year-old charged with attempted homicide

A 15-year-old from Jay has been arrested Sunday on attempted homicide charges after he allegedly shot his father and attempted to build a fire bomb. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office reports, Jackson Shane Baxley, 15, was arrested at his home on Highway 89 after deputies responded to a shooting call at approximately 7 […]

Navarre man arrested for child sexual assault

Navarre man arrested for child sexual assault

A Navarre man was arrested Aug. 6 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 6-year-old on three separate occasions according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. John Benjamin Carper, 36, faces three counts of capital felony sexual assault of a minor under 12 years old. According to a sheriff’s office arrest report, the incidents occurred between November […]

Ring of fraud crimes ends in Navarre arrests

Ring of fraud crimes ends in Navarre arrests

The arrest of two Mobile residents in a Navarre fraud case may lead to more charges after the pair allegedly stole four credit cards from a local small business. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a fraud complaint Aug. 2 after the victim discovered several charges on her card that she did not […]

Three men arrested in Milton shooting

Three men arrested in Milton shooting

Three men were arrested last week in connection with an attempted homicide and robbery in a trailer in Milton. Joshua Jaquan Shields, 21, of Milton, Deontrace Levell Bonner, 22, of Pensacola and Kristopher Talacy Brown, 19, of Pensacola have been charged with attempted homicide and other felony charges. At roughly 9 p.m. July 19, deputies […]

Navarre burglar flees police, wrecks at school

Navarre burglar flees police, wrecks at school

Following a chase with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies, a man was taken into custody for suspected burglary Friday morning after crashing his vehicle into a fence at West Navarre Intermediate School. The suspected burglary was called into the sheriff’s office Friday morning from the neighborhoods near the school according to Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich […]

Man arrested in Navarre for threatening officer

Man arrested in Navarre for threatening officer

A man was arrested in Navarre for aggravated stalking Monday after sending multiple threats of violence to a law enforcement officer and his family. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, Donald Leon Heitz Jr., 33, sent multiple text messages and a voicemail to a Florida Highway Patrol officer. Starting June 11, Heitz allegedly sent […]

Beach rental burglarized, drugs found

Beach rental burglarized, drugs found

Two women were arrested for burglary May 25 after a Navarre Beach property owner noticed a vehicle in his rental’s driveway when the property should have been vacant. At roughly 7:30 a.m. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the home along Gulf Boulevard after a gold Honda Accord was spotted by the […]

Naked man arrested in Gulf Breeze

Naked man arrested in Gulf Breeze

Residents of Woodlawn Way in Gulf Breeze had an unexpected and naked visitor May 17. Joseph John Musso, 63, of Gulf Breeze was arrested after he allegedly walked the neighborhood for more than an hour completely nude. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, the sheriff’s office was called after a security camera […]

Dog rescued from hot car on beach

Dog rescued from hot car on beach

A Santa Rosa Sheriff deputy rescued a distressed dog from a hot car on Navarre Beach and arrested the dog’s owner Saturday. Brian Scott Hickey is charged with first degree misdemeanor of animal cruelty for the incident. According to the arrest report, a call was made advising that a dog had been left in a […]

Minor traffic stop leads to drug bust

Minor traffic stop leads to drug bust

A minor traffic stop for a broken brake light in Milton led to the arrest of a Pensacola man on felony drug trafficking charges. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office reports, a deputy pulled over a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Tuesday at around 11 p.m. after observing that the vehicle’s brake light was not working. […]

Man dies after allegedly ingesting cocaine

Man dies after allegedly ingesting cocaine

A Santa Rosa County Jail inmate died Tuesday after allegedly swallowing drugs during a traffic stop. His death is currently under investigation. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office press release, the unnamed man was stopped Monday night for a traffic related incident in Milton. During the traffic stop, the deputy observed the adult […]

Navarre High student arrested for bomb threat

Navarre High student arrested for bomb threat

Two Santa Rosa County students are facing bomb threat charges for two separate threats at Navarre High School and King Middle School. Thursday, school resource officers with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office investigated an allegation involving a student at Navarre High School according to a sheriff’s office press release. This student utilized Instagram to […]

Local student arrested for shouting “school shooter”

Local student arrested for shouting “school shooter”

After allegedly shouting “school shooter” a Milton High School student was arrested Wednesday for disturbing the peace. At approximately 11:48 a.m., a school resource officer with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was on duty at Milton High School when he was informed of an incident involving a juvenile student according to a sheriff’s office […]

Gulf Breeze man receives 75 years for child molestation

Gulf Breeze man receives 75 years for child molestation

Christopher Jason Traffanstead, age 41 of Gulf Breeze, was sentenced to the maximum sentence possible Tuesday by Circuit Judge John Simon for sexual acts performed on a child. Traffanstead was convicted by a Santa Rosa Jury Jan. 22, 2018, to two counts of engaging in an act which constitutes sexual battery upon or with a […]

Man allegedly beats, handcuffs 90 year old

Man allegedly beats, handcuffs 90 year old

Elder abuse, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a felon are just a few charges facing a  man who allegedly beat a 90-year-old man of Navarre while trying to rob him then handcuffed him. Dennis Shibler, 37, faces multiple felony charges from the incident after he drove himself to the Santa Rosa County […]

Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

The Club II in Gulf Breeze had unwelcome visitors Oct. 23, and Facebook has allegedly landed at least one of those visitors behind bars. Brittny Still, 28, of Gulf Breeze is facing third degree felony unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure and first degree misdemeanor larceny petty theft for the theft of keys to the […]

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