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UDPATE: Name released of woman killed in crash

UDPATE: Name released of woman killed in crash

UPDATE: Florida Highway Patrol has released the name of a Navarre woman struck by a car along Highway 87 Wednesday. Valerie Kay Skibo, 49, was walking north along the shoulder of the roadway when a truck struck her from behind. Original March 13, 1:35 p.m.: A Navarre woman was struck and killed by a car […]

State Farm sponsoring Road Ranger program in Northwest Florida

State Farm sponsoring Road Ranger program in Northwest Florida

Northwest Florida will now benefit from the Road Ranger program. The Florida Department of Transportation announced State Farm will sponsor the service patrol in this part of the Sunshine State. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Gulf Breeze man killed in roll-over on I-10

Gulf Breeze man killed in roll-over on I-10

A Gulf Breeze man was killed in an accident along Interstate 10 near mile marker 39 Friday morning when he was thrown from the vehicle. According to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report, passenger Nykolas Parodi, 21, was killed after a GMC C4 lost control and flipped. The driver of the vehicle over-corrected after passing […]

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 […]

Update: Navarre man arrested for 11 hit and runs

Update: Navarre man arrested for 11 hit and runs

Update: Florida Highway Patrol arrested Daniel Weidman, 38, of Navarre Thursday for 11 counts of hit and run after he allegedly rammed 11 cars on U.S. Highway 98. According to a FHP press release, Weidman has been charged with 12 counts of misdemeanor driving under the influence, 12 counts of misdemeanor reckless driving and 11 […]

Bear struck by cars on 98

Bear struck by cars on 98

Two vehicles struck a black bear on westbound U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The bear was killed by the impacts, but the vehicles involved in the incident late Nov. 14 were undamaged, said Public Affairs Officer Lt. Eddie Elmore. Read the full article in the Nov. 22 issue of […]

Man thrown from vehicle dies on 87

Man thrown from vehicle dies on 87

A Fort Walton man was fatally struck by a car Sunday morning after being thrown from his own vehicle on Highway 87. Zachary McMahan, 33, was pronounced dead on the scene according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. McMahan was driving a 2000 Lexus along Highway 87 north of the NOLF Choctaw Airfield entrance at […]

Early morning I-10 crash kills driver

Early morning I-10 crash kills driver

An accident along I-10 near Avalon Boulevard claimed the life of one driver in the early morning hours Friday. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a freightliner tractor trailer traveling eastbound at roughly 2:05 a.m. along I-10 toward mile marker 20, near the exit for Avalon Boulevard in Milton. Traffic along the road had […]

Unassuming hero helps deputy escape overturned car

Unassuming hero helps deputy escape overturned car

It was a Friday to remember for Santa Rosa County Deputy Stephen Clark. He was headed west on Highway 98 in his cruiser, a Dodge Charger, Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. A car driven by Richard Mihailovic of Navarre had pulled into an eastbound turn lane and was approaching the median break. Read the full […]

School bus involved in East Bay accident

School bus involved in East Bay accident

No major injuries were reported following a Santa Rosa County school bus involved accident along East Bay Boulevard Friday morning. According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, the school bus was traveling west along East Bay in Midway past Bergen Road. A Chevy Silverado driven by Pensacola resident Brian Neal Day Jr. was traveling east past […]

Tipped truck blocks westbound morning commuters

Tipped truck blocks westbound morning commuters

Traffic heading westbound along U.S. Highway 98 near Sioux Trail had to be rerouted Tuesday morning after a dump truck flipped onto its side in Gulf Breeze. The sluggish detour through neighborhood streets had cars backing up for a distance while the roadway was cleared of the tipped truck and spilled a load of clay […]

Gulf Breeze cyclist critical after hit and run

Gulf Breeze cyclist critical after hit and run

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Jason Linwood Floyd, Jr., age 20 of Milton, was driving his Ford F-150 south in the outside lane of Pensacola Beach Road (SR 399) around 7:15 p.m. Saturday and was approaching Quietwater Beach Road. James Lowell Rockett, age 67 of Gulf Breeze was on his bicycle stopped facing […]

Man arrested in Navarre for threatening officer

Man arrested in Navarre for threatening officer

A man was arrested in Navarre for aggravated stalking Monday after sending multiple threats of violence to a law enforcement officer and his family. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, Donald Leon Heitz Jr., 33, sent multiple text messages and a voicemail to a Florida Highway Patrol officer. Starting June 11, Heitz allegedly sent […]

Navarre man killed in 98 crash

Navarre man killed in 98 crash

A fatal crash at the intersection of Panhandle Trail and U.S. Highway 98 Monday claimed the life of Navarre resident Everett Franklin Ruzowski, 82. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ruzowski had stopped his Dodge Caravan in the southbound lane of Panhandle Trail at the traffic light at the road’s intersection with 98 at approximately […]

Pedestrian fatality on U.S. Highway 98

Pedestrian fatality on U.S. Highway 98

Friends and loved ones are grieving the death of Troy Edward Walter, a 46 year old from Navarre, who died after stepping into the path of a car while trying to cross U.S. Highway 98. The Florida Highway Patrol says it happened just after midnight Sunday morning. Jamaal Brewer, age 20 of Pensacola, and his […]

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Navarre Beach resident Larry Hoffman did not know what hit him. He went for his daily run on the morning of March 3 along White Sands Boulevard. Less than a block from his home, while Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, a sport utility (SUV) vehicle hit him from […]

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 […]

Update: Murder-suicide at I-10 rest area in Milton

Update: Murder-suicide at I-10 rest area in Milton

UPDATE: The names of the victims and shooter from a murder-suicide that occured at a Milton rest area have been released. According to the update, victims Jessica Ileen Quinones, 35, and her daughter Destiny Salia Snider, 18, while they were resting in their vehicle at the rest stop during a trip to visit family in […]

Man killed in car crash on 98

Man killed in car crash on 98

An accident on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre claimed the life of a Fort Walton Beach man Wednesday evening. David Miles Weichman was driving a Toyota Tundra eastbound on 98 near Snapdragon Drive in Navarre when the incident occurred according to the Florida Highway Patrol accident report. According to the report, Weichman lost control of […]

Highway Patrol seeks information on incident

Highway Patrol seeks information on incident

In a statement issued by the Florida Highway Patrol, the department is seeking information on an incident that happened in Escambia County, Jan. 16. According to the release, FHP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers were monitoring commercial traffic on I-10 at Mile Marker 3 in the median at the weigh stations to ensure commercial vehicles were […]

Single car wreck leaves one dead

Single car wreck leaves one dead

Edward Joe Meno Santos, age 36, of Milton, was killed Wednesday morning when he lost control of his car and crashed into a roadway milling machine. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Santos was traveling north on State Road 87 near OLF Choctaw Road when he encountered ice on the roadway. According to the accident […]

Fatal wreck at Edgewood intersection

Fatal wreck at Edgewood intersection

A two car wreck at the intersection of Edgewood Drive and U.S. Highway 98 claimed the life of 26 year old Richard G. Litterst of Navarre. The Florida Highway Patrol report says that Litterst was driving his 2008 Chevy Cobalt south on Edgewood Drive and approached the red traffic light at the intersection. At the […]

Pedestrian struck while crossing Highway 98 in Navarre

Pedestrian struck while crossing Highway 98 in Navarre

Bilal Amin, age 30 of Navarre, was driving east on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre just east of Pullum Street when a pedestrian, Joseph Newborn of Niceville, stepped in front of Amin’s Hyundai Tiburon. The accident happened early Saturday morning according to the Florida Highway Patrol report. The 18 year old victim was crossing the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 6

ROAD TOLLS SUSPENDED AS HURRICANE IRMA APPROACHES Gov. Rick Scott says tolls will be suspended to keep traffic flowing as residents begin to evacuate coastal areas in the potential path of the dangerous Category 5 storm. The governor adds that tolls will remain suspended “for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida.” Several important […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 31

POLICE CHIEF FIRED OVER FATAL CITIZENS ACADEMY EXERCISE Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik announced Tom Lewis’ termination on the city’s website Wednesday after an internal investigation. Authorities say former Officer Lee Coel mistakenly shot and killed 73-year-old Mary Knowlton during a role-playing scenario last August. Lewis, as Coel’s boss, had been charged with misdemeanor […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 29

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 29

MAN WITH MISSING WIFE CHARGED WITH TAKING $100,000 IN COINS The federal theft complaint against Lewis Bennett was made public Monday. Bennett abandoned his sinking 37-foot catamaran near the Bahamas in May. He told the Coast Guard he didn’t know where his wife, Isabella Hellman, was. Rescue crews found Bennett in a life raft. Among […]

School buses collide in Navarre

School buses collide in Navarre

A collision between two Santa Rosa County School District buses Wednesday afternoon resulted in minor injuries to several students on board, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. According to the report, the buses were traveling north on Williams Creek Drive around 2 p.m. with one bus following the other. The driver of the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 22

FLORIDA DEPUTIES SHOOT, INJURE WOMAN WHO POINTED GUN AT THEM Hernando County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release the shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Brooksville. They say the woman was reported to be suicidal and was armed with a shotgun and had access to other weapons inside the home. The woman walked out of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 27

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 27

PROSECUTORS WEIGH CHARGES FOR TEENS WHO MOCKED DROWNING MAN Florida prosecutors will decide whether to file charges against five teenagers who laughed and recorded video as a disabled man drowned. Cocoa police have recommended filing a misdemeanor charge of failure to report a death since it’s not a crime to fail to rescue someone. GOV. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 20

UBER DRIVER CITED $250 IN MIAMI FOR NOT SPEAKING ENGLISH Miami-Dade officials say Carmen Hechavarria received a ticket after dropping off passengers at the Miami International Airport. A county ordinance says drivers of ride-hailing apps must be able to communicate in English. Uber spokesman Javi Correoso said Monday the app allows people to communicate even […]

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