Crime

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 […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 21

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 21

UNION PRESIDENT SAYS MIAMI OFFICER STABBED IN FACE The incident occurred early Thursday at the Magic City Casino. The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment. There was no word on what led to the stabbing. ARRESTS MADE IN 2 COLD CASE HOMICIDES IN LAKELAND Two years ago, Lakeland police had 38 unsolved homicides […]

Santa Rosa County is getting more

Santa Rosa County is getting more

All of Santa Rosa County is growing, but south Santa Rosa is experiencing a real boom. We have two new apartment complexes coming on line soon, and down every road a lot is being cleared for one or two homes to be built. It’s a reconstruction surge and great economic recovery following the 2008 Great […]

Okaloosa investigator spots fraud suspects in parking lot

Okaloosa investigator spots fraud suspects in parking lot

Two Georgia residents suspected of shopping with credit card numbers stolen from members of Eglin Federal Credit Union are behind bars after an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigator working the crimes spotted them in a parking lot. The compromised credit card and debit accounts were used at locations in Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and […]

Gulf Breeze man sentenced to 20 years

Gulf Breeze man sentenced to 20 years

According to State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office, Shawn Thomas Stuller, 27, of Gulf Breeze was sentenced to 20 years in state prison as a habitual felony offender. His charges stem from crimes that occurred on the morning of Aug. 17, 2014, when a Navarre homeowner awoke to find a stranger who was Stuller in his […]

Sheriff’s Office says report suspicious activity

Sheriff’s Office says report suspicious activity

An unfamiliar truck passes slowly by your house, looking around your yard and house as he drives by. A solicitor comes to your house and attempts to talk their way into your home. A distraught person rings your doorbell in the middle of the night asking to use your phone. A burglar breaks in and […]

Home invasion suspect shot and killed

Home invasion suspect shot and killed

Just after 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 deputies responded to a home invasion call on Joyce Phillips Lane in the town of Jay. According to Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Rich Aloy, the suspect broke into the home through the front door and the resident shot the suspect. When deputies arrived, the suspect, […]

Woman accused of battery on elderly woman

Woman accused of battery on elderly woman

A 19-year-old Gulf Breeze woman, Cori Luster, has been arrested for aggravated battery on a person 65 years or older. According to the Gulf Breeze Police report, the incident occurred over a two-day period on Oct. 12 and 13. An officer met the victim at the Gulf Breeze Hospital emergency room. Her neighbor reported that […]

DNA evidence leads deputies to burglar

DNA evidence leads deputies to burglar

A Navarre man with a 10-year criminal history was arrested for burglary after DNA left at the scene led Okaloosa County deputies to him. Alonzo Borum of Chaparral Street in Navarre is accused of committing a burglary at a Fort Walton Beach residence on Aug. 26, 2014, more than a year ago. The arrest report […]

Navarre teen arrested on drugs and weapon charges

Navarre teen arrested on drugs and weapon charges

A Navarre teen, James Taylor, 18, and his accomplice Tristan Turner, 17, were arrested Nov. 30 in Milton on various felony charges including using a weapon in the commission of a felony, intent to sell marijuana and larceny. According to the arrest reports, a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputy was transporting two people to jail […]