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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 […]

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, […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 15

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 15

DONALD TRUMP DROPS LAWSUIT ABOUT FLIGHTS ABOVE FLORIDA CLUB County Attorney Denise Nieman emailed commissioners about the lawsuit Monday afternoon. Nieman says Trump’s attorneys contacted her to say they are dropping the lawsuit, which claimed the historic Mar-A-Lago was being irreparably harmed by air traffic from Palm Beach International Airport. MORE PULSE 911 CALLS RELEASED […]

Mill fire still burning more than a century later

Mill fire still burning more than a century later

In the 1990s the University of West Florida unearthed structures dating back to the very beginning of North Santa Rosa County industry, the Arcadia Mill. Among these historic monuments of yesteryear, the archaeologist uncovered something strange. Left to rot by the residents of the area, the charred remains of the once massive textile mill, Arcadia […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 16

FORMER INMATE: MAN ACCUSED OF ARSON WAS BULLIED Ralph Alfonso said Thursday that he thinks someone must have put Joseph Schreiber up to setting fire Sunday to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce because he isn’t capable of planning such a crime himself. Alfonso said the 32-year-old Schreiber joined the Messianic Jewish congregation he led […]

Hurlburt airman arrested for arson

Hurlburt airman arrested for arson

Thomas Ross Kindinger, age 25, of The Reserve Apartments in Gulf Breeze has been arrested on charges of arson from the State Fire Marshal’s Office relating to a fire at the apartment community in the early morning hours of Aug. 5.  Jon Moore, spokesperson for the State Fire Marshal’s office also confirmed that Kindinger is […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 22

MAN SHOT BY OFFICER ABDUCTED EX-WIFE AT STORE Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said in a statement Thursday that the man reached the 38-year-old woman at a Homestead grocery store Wednesday evening and forced her into the vehicle at gunpoint. Police initially said she had been in the vehicle’s trunk but Zabaleta said she was forced into […]

1996 Holley-Navarre Water System arson unsolved

1996 Holley-Navarre Water System arson unsolved

Twenty years ago this week the Holley-Navarre Water System building burned including the financial records that were inside. There was an ensuing investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Internal Revenue Service. Two main suspects were named, but never charged because […]

Fight leads to arson arrest

Fight leads to arson arrest

A fight between two men at the Navarre Park restrooms on Saturday morning Jan. 23 led to one of them being arrested for an arson that had just occurred. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the park in response to the altercation. One of the subjects, Philip Apelquist, told the deputy that […]

Summit Drive arson investigation ongoing

Summit Drive arson investigation ongoing

In the early morning hours of June 7, firefighters responded to a fully involved fire at 7057 Summit Drive in Holley by the Sea. According to Holley-Navarre Fire District Chief Ron Norton, the 2,600 square-foot home was a total loss. Just days later, the state Fire Marshal’s Office had declared the fire was a result […]

Official: Summit fire result of arson

Official: Summit fire result of arson

The fire that destroyed a Summit Drive home early Sunday morning was a result of arson, Kayla Anderson, spokesman with the state’s Fire Marshal’s Office, said Thursday morning. She said the department is investigating a “person of interest.” Firefighters responded to the fully involved fire at 7057 Summit Drive at about 3:45 Sunday morning. Holley-Navarre Fire […]

One dead in mobile home fire

One dead in mobile home fire

The explosion at Colonial Pines Mobile Estates that killed one man was a case of arson, according to the state Fire Marshal’s Office. Officials have not yet released the victim’s identity. According to Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton, the department received multiple calls of an explosion and a fire at around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. He said one mobile […]

Sheriff’s Office seeks help with arson investigation

Sheriff’s Office seeks help with arson investigation

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office announced March 14 that they are seeking assistance from the public in solving an arson investigation. The sheriff’s office is working with the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Office on the case. The property at 5999 Curtis Road in Pace has twice suffered fire damage; the first time in […]