Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Human trafficking ring allegations reach Gulf Breeze, Pensacola

Human trafficking ring allegations reach Gulf Breeze, Pensacola

A Pensacola business owner arrested Aug. 16 faces allegations of operating a human trafficking ring under the guise of Asian massage parlors in multiple states, including locations in Gulf Breeze and Pensacola. David C. Williams, 41, has been was arrested for using interstate facilities for purposes of racketeering, money laundering conspiracy and the harboring of […]

Blackwater inmate charged with terrorist threats

Blackwater inmate charged with terrorist threats

An inmate at Blackwater Correctional Facility could face additional prison time for terrorist threats he allegedly made during his incarceration. According to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) press release, agents arrested Norberto Iglesias, 53, on charges of terrorism; threat to throw, project, place or discharge any destructive device; and written threats to kill, […]

Jay man arrested for alleged child sexual abuse

Jay man arrested for alleged child sexual abuse

A registered sexual offender in Jay arrested June 19 is accused of sexually abusing children as young as 3 years old. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Gleaion Lee Wood, 71, (also known as Jimmy Wood) sexually assaulted and molested three children ages 3, 7 and 8 at his home on […]

Silver Alert remains valuable tool in locating vulnerable elders

Silver Alert remains valuable tool in locating vulnerable elders

Nearly 2,100 alerts have been issued by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement since the Florida Silver Alert program went into place in 2008. In that time, it has been directly responsible for the recovery of 219 people. Silver Alert has been critical in a state like Florida where more than 4.3 million people ages […]

Fake handyman arrested for sexual assault

Fake handyman arrested for sexual assault

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Milton man Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in her home after pretending to be a handyman. Dean Allen Matthews is charged with felony sexual assault based on DNA evidence recovered off the victim’s person. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Ex-deputy arrested for child molestation

Ex-deputy arrested for child molestation

An ex-Santa Rosa County sergeant was arrested Friday on child molestation charges. Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Jeffery Perkins, 33, for two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation by offender over the age of 18 of a victim less than 12 years of age according to a press release.  An arrest […]

Foster parent arrested for child pornography

Foster parent arrested for child pornography

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents took a Fort Walton foster parent into custody March 7 for having alleged videos of child pornography on his computer. Dieter Claus Bucher, 76, of 990 Lukes Way was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre […]

Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Couple operating illegal bingo operation ordered to return $5.8 million

Two individuals in a Fort Walton Beach illegal gambling operation were ordered by a U.S. attorney to forfeit $5.8 million Monday. Larry L. Masino, 68, of Gulf Breeze and Dixie L. Masino, 66, of Pensacola were convicted in February 2018 by a federal jury of operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering charges. Read […]

DeSantis makes waves going into legislative session

DeSantis makes waves going into legislative session

Agree or disagree with his actions, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been making decisions–and lots of them–since taking office Jan. 8. Government is often accused of moving slowly, but the governor has made a point of taking some type of action on a variety of fronts discussed during his heated campaign for the office. Read […]

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

A Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office sergeant from Navarre has been arrested on multiple counts of child pornography after a search of his phone. Jeffrey Perkins was arrested Monday and charged with eight counts of child pornography following an investigation by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue […]

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

Ballot Breakdown: Florida voters to decide 12 amendments

When Florida voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be greeted by a dozen potential amendments to the state’s constitution. From dog racing to taxes to vaping at work, the amendments hit a variety of issues. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre Press for brief guide on what […]

Crime down, sheriff’s budget up

Crime down, sheriff’s budget up

In the past six months, crime in Santa Rosa County has dropped 23 percent according to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Rich Aloy. Accompanying the dropping crime rate has been an increase in clearing of cases by the department, meaning the cases were resolved. Read the full article in the July 5 […]

Sheriff: ‘Dirtbag’ arrested for child porn

Sheriff: ‘Dirtbag’ arrested for child porn

A registered sexual predator was arrested in Milton May 10 on multiple counts of possession of child pornography on his cell phone. Richard Andrew Jackson allegedly had 20 images of confirmed child pornography on his phone when it was seized by deputies, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said. Read the full article in the […]

Navarre missing girl returned to family

Navarre missing girl returned to family

Emily Navarro, age 12, who was reported missing May 14 was safely returned to her family May 15 after disappearing from Flintwood Street the day before. A Missing Child Alert was issued for Navarro by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement May 14 after she allegedly left her home in the company of Jeremy Acevedio […]

12-year-old girl missing from Navarre

12-year-old girl missing from Navarre

A Missing Child Alert has been issued for 12-year-old Emily Navarro of Navarre by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Emily has been missing since Monday.  She is described as white, Hispanic at 4’, 6” tall and weighs 130 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. Emily was last seen in the area of the […]

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

Santa Rosa County Jail has hit its limit. The 682-bed facility has been full or nearly full for years, and Sheriff Bob Johnson said it has affected how his deputies enforce the law. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the […]

UPDATE: Suspect identified in officer involved shooting

UPDATE: Suspect identified in officer involved shooting

UPDATE: 3/29/2018 The suspect who was shot and killed by a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputy Tuesday has been identified as 24-year old Isaac Michael Scroggie of Pensacola. In a press release issued by the Sheriff’s office, Scroggie is described as a 6 foot tall white male with brown hair and brown eyes. Tuesday, at approximately 12:50 […]

Pace children safe after kidnapping

Pace children safe after kidnapping

Two children were reunited with their mother last week after being kidnapped by their father from Pea Ridge Elementary School, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said. Officers arrested the children’s father, Emanuel Martinez Pose, 35, after he violated a domestic violence injunction that prohibited him from making any contact with the children. Read the […]

Constitution Revision Commission: Proposals to watch

Constitution Revision Commission: Proposals to watch

Proposals currently under consideration by the Constitution Revision Commission have been whittled down from hundreds to 37. If approved by the CRC, the proposed changes will go before Florida voters in November. Here are some of the key proposals: Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Santa Rosa Detention deputy arrested for theft of intellectual property

Santa Rosa Detention deputy arrested for theft of intellectual property

Russel Edmund Scott, a 49 year old detention deputy with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Jan. 9 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for theft of intellectual property. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Rich Aloy says the Sheriff’s office initiated the investigation of Scott. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

Navarre man arrested on child porn charges

Navarre man arrested on child porn charges

A Navarre resident was arrested Friday on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) report. On Aug. 18, FDLE agents executed a search warrant at the home of Zachary Michael Morales, 31, after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). […]

Milton man arrested on child porn charges

Milton man arrested on child porn charges

A Milton resident was arrested Wednesday for 28 counts of child pornography possession. According to a press release, Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents searched the home of 31-year-old Aaron William Timm July 26. The investigation determined Timm had uploaded multiple child pornography images. The search warrant stemmed from two cyber tips received from the […]

Hurricane training prepares county nerve center for the worst

Hurricane training prepares county nerve center for the worst

Hurricane season is here, and in preparation the Santa Rosa County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Milton ran their annual hurricane exercises for 2017. Representatives from every agency from city governments to federal relief programs gathered at the EOC to participate in mock scenarios that would familiarize them with the system county Emergency Management Director […]

If governor signs, 2.7 million criminal records vanish from public view

If governor signs, 2.7 million criminal records vanish from public view

More than 2.7 million criminal records will be sealed and the arrest records of hundreds of thousands of people will be concealed under a bill heading to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk. An open records advocacy group is sounding the alarm and calling for Scott to veto the bill, warning it could hide the backgrounds of […]

Violent crime on the rise

Violent crime on the rise

While the overall crime rate for Santa Rosa County was down 0.3 percent, violent crime skyrocketed 12.7 percent during the same period, according to the most recent data available. Of the 6,015 arrests made in the county, 267 were for violent offenses, according to the 2015 Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s County Profile. Read the […]

Family sentenced in pharmacy robberies

Family sentenced in pharmacy robberies

Several agencies came together to find the men who held up a Milton CVS at gunpoint, tied up the employees and took prescription drugs from the business in 2014. It was suspected the same men were responsible in four Escambia County robbery cases, two of which were at the same CVS Pharmacy on 9th Avenue, […]

Silver Alert program vital to locating missing seniors

Silver Alert program vital to locating missing seniors

Driving along a highway on any given day, the signs above the road may flash the words Silver Alert followed by a vehicle description and the license tag number. The Florida Silver Alert Plan was established in 2008 and made into a law by the Florida Legislature in 2011. Its purpose is to help law […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 3

Five Things to Know in Florida for Nov. 3

POLICE SHOOT, WOUND MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING WIFE, SON, WOUNDING ATTORNEY Miami-Dade police say Fadel Jabado was shot Wednesday afternoon following a nearly three-hour standoff. Police said they believe Jabado killed his wife Bessima and their oldest son at their southwest Miami-Dade home and wounded real estate attorney Larry Harshman at his Kendall office. VANDAL […]

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 […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 28

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 28

COAST GUARD SEARCHES FOR CUBAN MIGRANTS FROM CAPSIZED BOAT In a news release, the agency said investigators are still trying to determine whether a fifth body found Saturday was part of the group that left Cuba on Sept. 21, which was also the day the vessel capsized. The Coast Guard found three survivors on Monday […]