DUI

Hit-and-run spree results in 35 charges

Hit-and-run spree results in 35 charges

The Navarre man accused of ramming 11 cars along U.S. Highway 98 has been taken into custody by law enforcement, facing 35 different charges. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) arrested Daniel Weidman, 38, of Navarre Thursday for 11 counts of hit and run and other charges. According to an FHP press release, Weidman is charged […]

Two children dead after Pace DUI crash

Two children dead after Pace DUI crash

Two children were killed in an alleged drunk driving accident in Pace May 6. Kailen Alan Kelly, 35, of Pace is facing felony charges in the deaths. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Kelly was driving southbound along Woodbine Road at approximately 5:35 p.m. The report said he was driving at a high rate […]

Attorney faces 15 years for high speed chase

Attorney faces 15 years for high speed chase

After leading police on a high speed chase through Navarre and Gulf Breeze, a south Florida defense attorney was convicted of multiple charges Jan. 9. State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Terra Neshonda Carroll was convicted by a Santa Rosa County jury of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer in agency vehicle […]

Drunk driver punches cop

Drunk driver punches cop

A Navarre woman was arrested for drunk driving and punching a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputy Saturday, Sept. 10, during a traffic stop on Navarre Parkway. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, Jennifer Mattiza was pulled over after leaving Helen Back restaurant in her Mitsubishi while highly intoxicated. A complaint was called in […]

DUI charges dismissed against attorney Maloney

DUI charges dismissed against attorney Maloney

In a statement released by the State Attorney’s office today, the charge of Driving under the Influence has been dropped against attorney David J. Maloney. The Amended Nolle Prosequi documents states “while the defendant was speeding, had an odor of alcohol and had bloodshot watery eyes, these factors alone do not reach the level necessary […]

Medina sentenced for DUI Manslaughter

Medina sentenced for DUI Manslaughter

Keanu Medina of Navarre was sentenced to 10.38 years in a Florida Department of Corrections prison facility. According to information provided by State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office, the first four years are a minimum-mandatory sentence. Following his release from prison, Medina was ordered to serve four years of probation. His driver’s license was suspended for […]

Report: Woman tries to flee during traffic stop

Report: Woman tries to flee during traffic stop

Becky Lee Steinlicht was arrested Aug. 18 on charges of DUI; fleeing/eluding police; marijuana possession, not more than 20 grams; and narcotic equipment possession. According to the report, Gulf Breeze police officers were alerted to a possible drunk driver on U.S. 98. An officer located the vehicle, a white Pontiac Grand Am, on the 100 […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 16

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 16

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. 1 more arrest in videotaped attack on woman on Florida beach Authorities say a third man has been charged with participating in a sexual assault on a woman on a Florida Panhandle beach in an incident captured […]

Former teacher gets probation on DUI charge

Former teacher gets probation on DUI charge

A former Santa Rosa County teacher arrested April 18 on a DUI charge made an early plea deal, receiving one year’s probation. Additionally, a third-degree felony count for cruelty against a child was dropped by prosecutors. Laura Vaughn Sullivan, 36, was temporarily reassigned from a teaching position at Hobbs Middle School to the district’s Professional […]

County contractor arrested

County contractor arrested

Robert Benaquis, 62, owner of TC’s Front Porch and managing partner of Benaq Shaq Café at the county owned Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, was arrested Sept. 6 for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Benaquis is one of several partners who were awarded a multiyear contract by the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners to operate the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Read more in the Sept. 11 issue […]

Middle school teacher charged with DUI

Middle school teacher charged with DUI

A Pensacola woman identified on an arrest report as being employed as a teacher at Hobbs Middle School was arrested April 18 and charged with a first-degree misdemeanor DUI and a related third-degree felony count of Cruelty Toward a Child. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, 35-year-old Laura Vaughn Sullivan was […]

Sheriff’s office debuts ‘Choose Your Ride’ vehicle

Sheriff’s office debuts ‘Choose Your Ride’ vehicle

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is hoping a new vehicle will show clearly the better choice between getting a taxi or driving impaired. The new “Choose Your Ride” vehicle has its front painted like a taxi, while the back of the out-of-service Ford patrol car retained its sheriff’s office vehicle markings. The side windows […]

Milton woman sentenced in fatal hit-and-run

Milton woman sentenced in fatal hit-and-run

The Florida Highway Patrol reported 26-year-old Brianna Strum of Milton was sentenced Feb. 20 to more than 11 years in prison on a charge of DUI manslaughter stemming from a fatal crash April 2013 on I-10 in Escambia County. Robert Michael Roy, 33, of Pace died from injuries sustained in the crash. Roy was a Chief […]