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Donations in limbo amid financial probe

Donations in limbo amid financial probe

In the wake of being expelled from its certifying parent group in Virginia, the embattled Milton-based United Way of Santa Rosa is trying to regroup while contributors look for answers and consider alternatives for charitable deductions from employee paychecks. “The board will have to decide whether we appeal the decertification, or try to continue operations […]

Federal probe of United Way nears conclusion

Federal probe of United Way nears conclusion

The federal investigation into the United Way of Santa Rosa County’s finances that began last October is expected to conclude in March with the release of information about its findings. Davey Willhoit, the charity’s new chairman, told the Navarre Press earlier this week that he participated in a phone call by some volunteer board members […]

United Way seeks relevancy during holidays

United Way seeks relevancy during holidays

The embattled United Way of Santa Rosa is open for business, though not quite as usual. But the charity isn’t open to questions about the month-old federal probe into its finances or the circumstances that prompted the seizure of documents by investigators and the firing of three paid officials at the Milton office. Read the […]

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 […]

Holley-Navarre event alerts parents to online perils

Holley-Navarre event alerts parents to online perils

Amid the fun of Bring Your Parent to School Day at Holley-Navarre Middle School, parents also received a more somber message last week as part of an online safety presentation. Kimberly Zarnesky, an intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, came to the school to share tips for parents to protect their children online. […]

Two Romanians arrested for ATM skimmers

Two Romanians arrested for ATM skimmers

Two Romanians were arrested May 5 in Okaloosa County for allegedly installing ATM skimming devices according to a press release from Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OSCO). Viorel Naboiu, 43, and Florin Bersanu, 31, were believed to be traveling state to state installing the devices on ATM machines.   Read the full article in the May […]

Legal moves shut down Backpage.com

Legal moves shut down Backpage.com

What do Reddit, Craigslist, Backpage and Erotic Review all have in common? Two things: First, they have allegedly allowed sex trafficking to occur or be advertised on their websites; Second, they have all been taken down, fully or partially, because of it. Read the full article in the April 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Parkland shooting full of flags and failures

Parkland shooting full of flags and failures

A supposedly disturbed man walks into a school, pulls a fire alarm to lure students out of their classroom and begins shooting. They are easy targets for him. He leaves 17 dead on the school campus. Society begins to dissect what happened…who was he…who were the people he killed…they call for stronger gun control…they call […]

Police searching for Gulf Breeze bank robber

Police searching for Gulf Breeze bank robber

The Gulf Breeze Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at Beach Community Bank located at 60 Northcliffe Drive in Gulf Breeze. According to a report, around 11 a.m. Aug. 28 the suspect entered the bank holding a nickel plated semi-automatic pistol demanding money. He then left […]

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 […]

Gulf Breeze City Hall targeted online

Gulf Breeze City Hall targeted online

As revelations from hacked emails roil the presidential race and Washington pursues an international probe into whether the Russians are behind it, the City of Gulf Breeze is also being challenged with a cyber-security mystery. City officials recently asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to uncover the source of repeated, anonymous emails seeking personal financial […]

Okaloosa County man indicted for locally producing child pornography

Okaloosa County man indicted for locally producing child pornography

Jack D. Messerschmidt, 36, of Laurel Hill, Florida, was arraigned today in the U.S. District Court in Pensacola after a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging him with the production and possession of child pornography. The indictment was announced by Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The indictment […]

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 […]