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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 […]

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 […]

Deputies seeking suspected, truck in Pace robbery

Deputies seeking suspected, truck in Pace robbery

UPDATE: Santa Rosa County Sheriff deputies are looking to identify a truck of interest in a robbery investigation in Pace. The vehicle of interest is a dark gray or dark tan Dodge Ram with a quad cab.  The vehicle may be connected to a robbery at United Bank on Highway 90 and Diamond Street in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Memorial Ruck honors fallen officers

Memorial Ruck honors fallen officers

Last year, 134 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. Each one of them symbolically walked through Navarre last weekend, carried by a member of the community. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!

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 […]

Training prepares first responders for the worst

Training prepares first responders for the worst

The hallway is quiet and dark except for the rasping breath and hushed whimpers of the shooting victims inside. They are waiting for rescue in the wake of the unthinkable. Suddenly flashlights illuminate the hallway as Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies, tailed by a team of Midway Fire District firefighters, rush to their aid. The team […]

Navarre man arrested for counterfeit money and drugs

Navarre man arrested for counterfeit money and drugs

Christopher Lance Kelley, 20, of Deena Lane in Navarre was arrested April 10 and charged with possession of counterfeit bills, possession of marijuana over 20 grams and possession of drug equipment. According to his arrest report, Kelley was pulled over by Santa Rosa deputies for a traffic violation. The deputy reportedly smelled marijuana coming from […]

Johnson swears in as new county sheriff

Johnson swears in as new county sheriff

For the first time in 16 years there is a new sheriff in town, or at least in Santa Rosa County. At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Bob Johnson officially took the reins from long time sheriff Wendell Hall who retired. During his official swearing-in ceremony later that day, Johnson said he was lying awake all night […]

Destin visitors robbed at gunpoint

Destin visitors robbed at gunpoint

Visitors trying to buy marijuana robbed A Cincinnati Ohio couple vacationing in Destin was robbed at gunpoint Thursday night after they tried to buy drugs from a man near Fort Walton Beach. The 30-year old male says his girlfriend was driving him around as he tried to find $80 worth of marijuana to purchase. An […]

Sheriff’s Office eyes Santa Rosa crime increase

Sheriff’s Office eyes Santa Rosa crime increase

The number of crimes reported in Santa Rosa County last year rose 3.8 percent to 1,717, with non-residents accounting for nearly one in every five arrests. “A lot of our crime comes from people who don’t live here,” Chief Deputy Bob Johnson said. Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Office force of 256 deputies is stretched more than […]

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Dep. Kevin Horn, Navarre district, Dep. Brian Cribb, Pace district and Dep. Edgar Bennett, Gulf Breeze district were selected as the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies of the quarter as they represent the agency with the highest of work ethic and integrity. Click HERE to view photos featured in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre […]

BREAKING: ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ suspects shot in Milton

BREAKING:  ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ suspects shot in Milton

The so-called modern day ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ suspects were shot during a standoff with police early Friday morning in Milton.  Blake Edward Fitzgerald, 30, was killed and his girlfriend, Brittany Nicole Harper, 30, was shot multiple times and was transported to a local hospital. The Missouri couple, wanted for kidnapping, burglary and theft are the […]

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 […]

Deputies’ good deed leads to arrest

Deputies’ good deed leads to arrest

On Nov. 16 two deputies stopped to help a truck disabled in the front of Circle K on Navarre Parkway. But according to an arrest report, that’s when the truck owner’s luck went from bad to worse. Klaus Hofmann produced his driver’s license to deputies upon request told them his privileges were suspended. He consented […]

Shooting reported Sunday near Panhandle Trail

Shooting reported Sunday near Panhandle Trail

Santa Rosa County deputies were dispatched to a reported shooting at around 2:50 a.m. Sunday in the area of Panhandle Trail and Deer Lane. An adult male on the side of the road told police he was walking along the roadway when an unknown vehicle with an unknown driver shot at him, striking him in […]

Sheriff’s office used in scam

Sheriff’s office used in scam

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam in which the perpetrator pretends to be a law enforcement officer. Deputy Rich Aloy, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the department received “numerous calls” today asking about the scam, which he said has been occurring for several months. Aloy said the scammer […]

Dead hamster, ‘deplorable conditions’ lead to animal cruelty charge

Dead hamster, ‘deplorable conditions’ lead to animal cruelty charge

A Navarre woman was arrested March 27 on a charge of animal cruelty after police found one dead hamster and a number of animals living in squalor at a mobile home on the 8200 block of Lucena Street. Police charged Carolyn Jane Fowler, 45, with a first-degree misdemeanor after they discovered nine cats, a bird and […]