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How Thompson looted United Way

How Thompson looted United Way

Hubris and a lack of financial oversight are at the center of how junior college dropout Guy Thompson fooled dozens of high-profile community leaders in stealing $652,000 over seven years from the United Way of Santa Rosa County. Thompson, who pleaded guilty to federal charges of embezzlement and tax evasion last week, conducted “hundreds of […]

Breaking: United Way acting chair arrested for theft

Breaking: United Way acting chair arrested for theft

Santa Rosa United Way’s acting chairman was arrested Monday night for allegedly stealing from the nonprofit. David “Davey” Willhoit, 41, of Milton was taken into custody by the Milton Police Department after he allegedly made two unauthorized withdrawals from one of United Way’s bank accounts. According to United Way acting administrator Kyle Holley, Willhoit withdrew […]

BREAKING: United Way of Santa Rosa expelled

BREAKING: United Way of Santa Rosa expelled

The embattled United Way of Santa Rosa County has been ousted from the charity’s parent organization, United Way Worldwide. Concerns about financial irregularities in the Milton based local United Way prompted trustees of United Way’s umbrella group in Alexandra, Virginia, to act Wednesday. “Effective March 6, 2019, United Way of Santa Rosa County (Milton, Florida) […]

United Way regroups during FBI probe

United Way regroups during FBI probe

The federal probe of finances at the United Way of Santa Rosa County may be delving into matters of donations, spending and the charity’s payroll that few if any of its 27 directors understand. That’s because the nonprofit had a “separate budget” in addition to its regular ledger in 2015 and 2016, according to Guy […]

New details: FBI probes United Way’s finances

New details: FBI probes United Way’s finances

Board directors at United Way of Santa Rosa have told the charity’s outside auditor to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which began looking into the organization’s finances earlier this month. The nonprofit’s federal tax records examined by a reporter indicate that while its donations and grants had been dwindling between 2014 and 2016—the only […]

FBI probes United Way of Santa Rosa

FBI probes United Way of Santa Rosa

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is researching documents an agent took from the Milton office of United Way of Santa Rosa County on Thursday, and the charity put three officials on paid administrative leave. The federal probe coincides with an audit that United Way officials have hired the Pensacola accounting firm of Warren Averett to […]

Inmate guilty of sending bomb threat

Inmate guilty of sending bomb threat

Santa Rosa Correctional Institution inmate Craig T. Pope, 29, faces life in prison after he allegedly threatened to blow up a county courthouse. Pope pleaded guilty Friday in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola to mailing threatening communications and threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction. The guilty plea was announced by Christopher P. […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. FLYING TOMATO REIGNS SUPREME — AGAIN Shaun White executes a combination of tricks he had never landed until he did it with the halfpipe title on the line to capture his third Olympic gold medal. 2. SHAUN WHITE REFERS TO SEXUAL MISCONDUCT LAWSUIT AS ‘GOSSIP’ The American gold medalist snowboarder dismisses allegations made against […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. WHERE A SNOWBLOWER WOULD HAVE BEEN A USEFUL CHRISTMAS GIFT Parts of the northern U.S. are still digging out from heavy snowfall since Christmas, and many others are facing freezing temperatures for the rest of the week. 2. HOW CHINA PUNISHES EVEN MILD CRITICISM OF CRACKDOWN ON UIGHUR MINORITY The wife of a member […]

Suspect in child porn case previously charged with sexual battery

Suspect in child porn case previously charged with sexual battery

A Gulf Breeze man accused of possessing child pornography was indicted by a federal grand jury March 10. Thomas E. Matassa, 23, of Gulf Breeze was indicted by a federal grand jury March 10 on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. Read the full article in the March 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe […]

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 26

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 26

TRAINER CLAWED ON LEGS BY TIGER AT FAIR AS CHILDREN LOOK ON Pensacola Interstate Fair publicist Katie King says trainer Vicenta Pages suffered several cuts Tuesday when a 2-year-old Bengal tiger named Gandhi clawed her legs. The publicist says Pages’ husband rushed to help the trainer. Pages stood up unassisted and talked to the children […]

Sophia safely reunited with family

Sophia safely reunited with family

Missing Gulf Breeze teen Sophia Best, 16, was  safely reunited with her parents Thursday. Sophia went missing from Gulf Breeze on Aug. 12. The case remains under investigation, and details will be released at a later time. The search for Sophia was a joint effort by the Gulf Breeze Police Department, FBI and KlaasKids Foundation. Past […]

The raising of America

The raising of America

The United States of America has been in precarious positions before, but it seems lately things are not turning as they should.  Something is out of balance, or as we would say in the south, out of whack.  The list of what is out of whack is long and disturbing.  To name a few, a […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 14

FBI: ORLANDO KILLER APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN ‘HOMEGROWN EXTREMIST’ As Orlando mourned its dead with flowers, candles and vigils, counterterrorism investigators dug into the background of 29-year-old Omar Mateen for clues to why the American-born Muslim carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. FBI Director James Comey says there’s no indication that […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 3

HULK HOGAN SEEKS REMATCH WITH GAWKER, SUES OVER TRANSCRIPT Hogan’s new lawsuit Monday comes on the heels of winning a $140 million verdict against Gawker after it posted a video of him having sex with his then-best friend’s wife. The three-week trial was a lurid inside look at the business of celebrity gossip and a […]

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 20

SLAIN FLORIDA PRIEST WORKED WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE ‘DANGEROUS’ The Rev. Rene Wayne Robert is believed to have been helping a troubled Jacksonville man recently released from jail when he was killed, authorities say. They believe the suspect kidnapped the priest, took him to Georgia in his own car and killed him there, but the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 12

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 12

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. FBI MARKS 30 YEARS SINCE BLOODY SOUTH FLORIDA SHOOTOUT FBI Director James Comey said at a ceremony Monday that the April 11, 1986 gun battle with bank robbers in a Miami suburb showed law enforcement needed to update equipment […]

Protecting president provided perspective

Protecting president provided perspective

Dan Bongino, former Secret Service member of President Obama’s Personal Protection Detail was in Northwest Florida this past weekend to speak. Bongino, 41, is a former New York City police officer, a federal agent who worked financial crimes for the Secret Service and then became assigned to the Personal Protection Detail for presidents Bush and […]

Is new Executive Order cause for gun owners to worry?

Is new Executive Order cause for gun owners to worry?

On Jan. 5, a tearful-eyed President Obama set out a call to action for the American people in  public speech outlining his new executive order on limiting gun violence. Gun violence has taken a heartbreaking toll on too many communities across the country. Over the past decade in America, more than 100,000 people have been […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 22

5 Things to Know in Florida for June 22

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today. Gov. Rick Scott kicks off 7-city tax cut tour Florida Gov. Rick Scott is hitting the road on a seven-city tour Monday to celebrate a tax cut package he signed into law. The Florida Legislature passed the […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 11

5 Things to Know in Florida for April 11

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. Deputy fatally shoots sword-wielding man near Pensacola A samurai sword-wielding man was fatally shot by police after threatening family members with knives and attacking a sheriff’s deputy with the sword, authorities said. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s […]