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Manslaughter arrest in Gulf Breeze crash

Manslaughter arrest in Gulf Breeze crash

A Louisiana woman arrested Sept. 29 was charged with vehicular manslaughter and jailed on $1 million bond in connection with a fatal crash in Gulf Breeze. According to a press release from Gulf Breeze Police Department, a silver BMW sedan was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 98 at a high rate of speed just after […]

Crashes close Pensacola Bay Bridge, Garcon Point for hours

Crashes close Pensacola Bay Bridge, Garcon Point for hours

A series of accidents kept law enforcement busy and brought traffic to a halt Sunday in Gulf Breeze after a collision stopped Pensacola Bay Bridge traffic in both directions. According Gulf Breeze Police Chief Rick Hawthorne, the initial collision about 3 p.m. was caused by a vehicle headed northbound on the bridge toward Pensacola. He […]

Officer draws gun during traffic stop

Officer draws gun during traffic stop

A man arrested in Gulf Breeze on March 1 faces charges of drug possession and driving with an expired license. Douglas Leon Craig, 64, of Fort Walton Beach, was stopped by Gulf Breeze police while traveling west on Hwy 98 on the morning of March 1. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

In the wake of the arrest of a Santa Rosa County school bus driver last week on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is launching an internal Supervisory Inquiry into why it took so long to secure an arrest warrant for the man. Kenneth Dean Webb Jr., age 60, […]

Santa Rosa crime figures are a mixed bag

Santa Rosa crime figures are a mixed bag

At first glance, some of the annual crime statistics released last week by state officials make Santa Rosa appear to be trending worse than Florida overall and neighboring counties. What’s more, Santa Rosa’s violent crime rate rose by 10.4 percent, while it fell by double digits in both Escambia and Okaloosa. Read the full article […]

Parkland school shooting prompts local safety push

Parkland school shooting prompts local safety push

In September 2017, a Navarre High School student, acting under a fake user name, allegedly threatened fellow students with violence via Instagram. No one was injured. Less than a month later NHS students were threatened again, this time via social media platform Snapchat. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Teachers union wants review of substitute hiring

Teachers union wants review of substitute hiring

Questions are being raised about the background checking practices of an outside vendor in the hiring of the 1,000 or so substitute teachers needed weekly to plug absences in the Santa Rosa School District. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 […]

Woman knocked down, robbed at Gulf Breeze CVS

Woman knocked down, robbed at Gulf Breeze CVS

An elderly female was distracted and knocked to the ground during a strong-arm robbery in Gulf Breeze Wednesday, Dec. 7, according to police. A Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers alert shows the same female with the same vehicle committing a similar crime in Gulf Port, Tuesday, Dec.6. Gulf Breeze Police Chief Rick Hawthorne said the two […]

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 […]