Crime

Sheriff’s office: Stabbing suspect identified, not arrested

Sheriff’s office: Stabbing suspect identified, not arrested

Nearly three weeks have passed since the deadly stabbing of young Navarre teen Daniel Jebadiah Bubanas, 19. His family has laid him to rest. His friends have written tributes including a song. The holidays came and went. Yet in the loss of Bubanas, no arrests have been made and questions remain unanswered. The incident that […]

Woman stabs mother over collard greens

Woman stabs mother over collard greens

Kendra Sue Cohens, 41, of Nina Street in Navarre was arrested Dec. 27, and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Deputies responded to a home in the 2100 block of Nina Street for reports of a cutting. And according to the arrest report, when the deputy entered the home she found Cohens’ mother, […]

Jones sentenced to 33 years

Jones sentenced to 33 years

Monica Nicole-Gonzalez Jones was sentenced by Circuit Judge Ross Goodman to a total of 33 years in state prison.  Twenty-eight years of that sentence must be served as a minimum mandatory sentence.  Jones will be required to serve 28 years day for day with no gain time. Judge Goodman also ordered Jones to pay a […]

Gulf Breeze attorney faces 210 year sentence

Gulf Breeze attorney faces 210 year sentence

A Gulf Breeze attorney faces a potential 210 years in prison pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts of bank fraud, embezzlement and money laundering last week according to a press release by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Richard Michael Colbert, 55, of Pensacola Beach, is charged with one count of […]

Would-be thief held at gunpoint

Would-be thief held at gunpoint

A Navarre man found himself staring down the barrel of a 12 gage shotgun after he tried to steal another man’s truck, according to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputy. Jakob Daniel Russell, 24, Navarre, was arrested last weekend on Bob Tolbert Rd. when a man was alerted by his dog that something was going on […]

Meth, heroin the drug of choice for Santa Rosa

Meth, heroin the drug of choice for Santa Rosa

In Santa Rosa County, the flavor of the month is crystal methamphetamine. Narcotics officers here face an ever-changing industry of illegally trafficked drugs; shifting preferences by the addicts who use it; and a litany of other crimes all revolving around those controlled substances. The Dec. 8 issue of Navarre Press has a compilation of articles […]

Family sentenced in pharmacy robberies

Family sentenced in pharmacy robberies

Several agencies came together to find the men who held up a Milton CVS at gunpoint, tied up the employees and took prescription drugs from the business in 2014. It was suspected the same men were responsible in four Escambia County robbery cases, two of which were at the same CVS Pharmacy on 9th Avenue, […]

Camera aids in robbers’ arrest

Camera aids in robbers’ arrest

A security camera inside a Milton home was instrumental in putting three men into the Santa Rosa County jail early Monday morning, according to Milton Police. Officials report that a call which started out as two suspicious men in the back yard of a home on Oak Street turned into an armed home invasion when […]

Car burglaries up in Navarre

Car burglaries up in Navarre

Several cars were burglarized in the past week in the Navarre area, according to Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Rich Aloy. Five vehicles were involved in the crimes, in the neighborhood behind Publix at Shoppes of Navarre, and in the Days Inn Area and Ortega St. Aloy said this represents a slight increase. Additional thefts […]

Man gets 15 years for slipping cuffs

Man gets 15 years for slipping cuffs

A Michigan man was sentenced in Santa Rosa County court Tuesday, Nov. 8 for escaping from police custody using a handcuff key according to the State Attorney’s office. John Saatio, 36, was sentenced by Circuit Judge John Simon to 15 years in state prison after Saatio had entered a plea straight to the court Nov. […]

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 […]

Life sentence for Milton man

Life sentence for Milton man

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Sonny Lee Scallion was sentenced by Circuit Judge John F. Simon, Jr. to life sentences on all three counts of which he was convicted. The judge ran the sentences concurrent and the defendant was also designated as Sexual Predator. Scallion was convicted on October 6, 2015 by a […]

Nursing assistant arrested for stealing meds

Nursing assistant arrested for stealing meds

Allison Hagen of Jasper Street in Navarre was arrested Thursday, Oct. 27and charged with grand theft of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.  According to her arrest report, the 36-year-old certified nursing assistant was one of a team of home health care workers taking care of the victim in […]

Gulf Breeze Black Widow’s tangled web

Gulf Breeze Black Widow’s tangled web

Judias (Judy) V. Goodyear was anything but good. She was a walking paradox. She would go one step further than a true black widow, however. She would also be the first woman executed in Florida in 150 years. And the first woman to die in an electric chair. In 1978, she would change her last […]

Rotary breakfast spotlights respect, competition in Raiders’-Dolphins’ rivalry

Rotary breakfast spotlights respect, competition in Raiders’-Dolphins’ rivalry

Intensity rises to another level in a game between two rivals, setting the stage for a showdown that can either bring out the best in athletic competition or shine a light on the worst of it. In the wake of what has happened in recent years during the Navarre-Gulf Breeze rivalry week — property has […]

Holley man sentenced to 15 years for downloading child pornography

Holley man sentenced to 15 years for downloading child pornography

According to State Attorney Bill Eddins, Andrew Allan Barlow of Ginger Street in Holley was sentenced on Oct. 20 to 15 years in state prison followed by 30 years of sexual offender probation and also designated as a sexual offender.  Barlow entered a plea on Aug. 26 to 10 counts of possession of certain images […]

Crime Stoppers effective tool in fighting crime

Crime Stoppers effective tool in fighting crime

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Rich Aloy paints a perfect picture of the effectiveness of Crime Stoppers. About a year ago, a tip was received about a hit and run fatality case the Florida Highway Patrol was handling. “Within 24 hours, we put the information on Crime Stoppers and someone called and […]

Local Woman Sentenced to Prison for Social Security Fraud

Local Woman Sentenced to Prison for Social Security Fraud

Tanga J. Tarnower, 73, of Navarre, Florida, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison and ordered to pay $132,957.70 in restitution to the Social Security Administration after pleading guilty in April 2016 to theft of government money.  The sentence was announced today by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern […]

Man stabbed in chest during robbery

Man stabbed in chest during robbery

An attempted robbery ended with one man being stabbed in the chest Saturday, July 9, at the Queen Mary Inn in Escambia County. Gulf Breeze resident Alexander Thurkettle is charged with second degree felony battery with a deadly weapon, first degree felony robbery with a deadly weapon and first degree misdemeanor petit theft. According to […]

Santa Rosa’s Thin Blue Line

Santa Rosa’s Thin Blue Line

State and federal data show, Santa Rosa County law enforcement are understaffed and underpaid. Compared with neighboring Escambia and Okaloosa counties, there are fewer deputy sheriffs in the field getting paid less, but Santa Rosa is not exactly like its neighbors. Escambia and Okaloosa both have significantly higher populations, and those populations have different make […]

Taxi driver hailed for helping police

Taxi driver hailed for helping police

Police video cameras are getting considerable credit of late for recording accounts of crimes and clashes with civilians, and now a Yellow Cab driver and his recording acumen are being applauded for helping apprehend two hit-and-run suspects in Gulf Breeze. Eric Holmes videoed the hit-and-run of a pedestrian at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 29 […]

Cyberstalker arrested after year passes

Cyberstalker arrested after year passes

A Navarre woman was arrested Wednesday, June 22 on felony cyberstalking charges after more than a year after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Michelle Powell stalked and sent threatening messages via Facebook to the female victim during four months in 2014 according to the police report. In the messages, Powell threatened the victim’s […]

Man chokes wife

Man chokes wife

A Navarre man was arrested on third-degree felony battery charges Wednesday, June 22 after he allegedly attempted to strangle his wife. According to a police report, Antonio Antunez and his wife got into a physical altercation that evening. In her statement, the wife said Antunez grabbed her by her hair and dragged her around the […]

Second expert to determine Aydelott compentency

Second expert to determine Aydelott compentency

A court hearing with a second expert set for July 19 could decide whether Gulf Breeze native William Brandon Aydelott will finally be found competent to stand trial for murder after a nearly two-and-half-year delay. He was charged with the Christmas Eve murder of his mother, Holley-Navarre Middle school teacher Sharon Lynn Aydelott, back in […]

Teen charged with attempted murder

Teen charged with attempted murder

An Okaloosa County teen, 17-year old Michael Tylor Sharon, is accused of attacking his stepfather with a knife after a fight over an X-box Friday night. Jesus Jimenez suffered eight stab wounds, including four in the back and one in the head.  The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged Sharon with domestic violence-related attempted murder. […]

Woman gets 3 years for fatally shooting stepfather

Woman gets 3 years for fatally shooting stepfather

Taylor Lynn Crongeyer was sentenced Monday. She pleaded no contest in April to manslaughter with a weapon. Authorities say 40-year-old Aubrey Dewayne Cooley was found shot in the head behind the Milton home where he and Crongeyer lived in December 2014. A Santa Rosa County judge agreed to a lower-than-normal sentence because of the circumstances […]

Woman in coma after attack

Woman in coma after attack

A Milton woman was described as being in a coma and unresponsive at a local hospital early Friday morning following an attack by her former boyfriend.  At press time, Navarre Press was unable to update her current condition. The details outlined in the arrest report say the battery complaint came from a friend of the […]

Our newspaper, our commUNITY

Our newspaper, our commUNITY

Some readers may be surprised to learn that Navarre Press, while owned by Sandi Kemp belongs to the community.  We cover issues important to you: the actions of your government and its individual members, crime and public safety, the latest on beach renourishment, the local high-school athletes who are going places, the Navarre High School […]

Teenager arrested for stalking

Teenager arrested for stalking

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, Jay Ellis Moore, 19, of Deer Lane in Navarre was arrested for stalking by willfully and repeatedly following and harassing two women while they were driving. A police-assist call came through dispatch in which two women said they were being followed by a blue car. Read the full article in the […]

Sheriff’s Office investigates two armed robberies

Sheriff’s Office investigates two armed robberies

The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating two armed robberies, one occurred in Navarre and the other in Milton, both along State Road 87. As of press time, investigators were still investigating with no new updates. The first robbery occurred just after midnight on Jan. 21 at Tom Thumb on the corner of State […]