homicide

Murder suspect arrested in Milton cold case

Murder suspect arrested in Milton cold case

After more than four years, witness statements about a homicide in Milton have led Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies to arrest the victim’s previous roommate Monday. John Travis Palmer has been charged with first-degree felony homicide for allegedly shooting the victim in the head according the arrest report provided by the State Attorney’s Office. Santa Rosa […]

BREAKING: Lucas found dead in cell

BREAKING: Lucas found dead in cell

A Navarre murder suspect in custody hung himself in his cell Friday morning according to the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bob Johnson confirmed to Navarre Press that Robert Shane Lucas, 51, took his own life at approximately 5 a.m. Friday. According to Johnson, Lucas was not on suicide watch at the time of the […]

Gulf Breeze man charged in stabbing

Gulf Breeze man charged in stabbing

A Gulf Breeze man was arrested May 25 for attempted homicide after allegedly stabbing a man multiple times in the chest. Ralph Waldo Emerson, 24, allegedly drove to Pensacola on the evening of April 10 under the pretense of selling drugs to the victim. Read the full article in the June 6 issue of Navarre […]

Lucas charged with premeditated murder

Lucas charged with premeditated murder

                The hunt for a Navarre man accused of killing his mother-in-law came to an end in a high-speed chase through multiple Gulf Breeze neighborhoods Feb. 6. Robert Shane Lucas, 51, was taken into custody about 3:30 p.m., less than 24 hours after the body of missing woman […]

86-year-old woman charged with killing husband

86-year-old woman charged with killing husband

An elderly Pace woman allegedly killed her 89-year-old husband with a cane Saturday, but prosecutors are not sure she is competent to stand trial. Sheriff Bob Johnson said the case is complicated by the age of the individuals and apparent confusion of the suspect involved. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of […]

Update: Deputies looking for suspect in Milton homicide

Update: Deputies looking for suspect in Milton homicide

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies are seeking any information regarding a suspect in the Milton homicide of Tyler Lee Howell Sunday evening near Highway 87. According to sheriff’s office press releases, deputies have identified a black male through video that is a suspect in the case. There are three individuals suspected in the shooting, and it […]

Mary Rice files to restrict trial publicitiy

Mary Rice files to restrict trial publicitiy

Mary Rice, suspected accomplice to four homicides committed by William “Billy” Boyette, Jr., filed a motion to restrict publicity of pre-trail hearings. The motion will be heard by Judge John Simon Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. The motion lists the reasons for the restriction to include the level of media coverage that has already been […]

Rice held on $750,000 bond

Rice held on $750,000 bond

Questions remain as to the extent of Mary Craig Rice’s involvement in the homicide spree across two states committed by William “Billy” Boyette, Jr. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Triple shooting suspect sought by Milton police

Triple shooting suspect sought by Milton police

The Milton Police Department is still searching for shooting suspect Walter Ford, 18. Ford was allegedly involved in a triple shooting that occurred Feb. 4 in Milton.  He is wanted for one count of homicide and two counts of attempted homicide. Anyone with information regarding this incident or knowledge of Ford’s whereabouts should contact Milton […]

Triple homicide suspect Boyette commits suicide

Triple homicide suspect Boyette commits suicide

Triple homicide suspect William “Billy” Boyette, Jr. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday evening after officers surrounded him in a West Point, Georgia motel room said Escambia County Sheriff  David Morgan. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 6

Five Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 6

FLORIDA OFFICIALS SAY BOY KILLED HIMSELF Police spokesman Rob Shaw said Thursday afternoon that Ian Sevostjanov’s mother sent him to his room Thursday morning. According to a news release, the boy was sent to a room in his family’s apartment, where he obtained the gun. Ian, who was in fifth grade, died from a single […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 18

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 18

NICKELED (BUT NOT DIMED): MINIMUM WAGE UP 5 CENTS IN FLORIDA State officials have announced that the wage will rise Jan. 1 in Florida from $8.05 to $8.10 an hour. Florida law requires the state to annually calculate the rate based on increases in the federal Consumer Price Index. Groups representing workers have decried the […]

Milton mom dies in daughter’s care

Milton mom dies in daughter’s care

Daughter charged with homicide WARNING:  Details are graphic Jackie Ellen Passmore, age 22 of Milton was arrested on May 6 for homicide – negligent manslaughter when her mother, Karen passed away.  Deputies say the death was caused by the culpable negligence of her daughter. According to the report, during Jackie’s birth, Karen suffered a massive […]

Deputies investigating Milton murder

Deputies investigating Milton murder

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a Palomino Street address in Milton at around 7 a.m. in reference to a medical emergency on Wednesday, Jan. 20. When they arrived, deputies discovered Brandy Christine Maples, 29, of Milton was deceased. Maples had suffered trauma to the head that was indicative of foul play. The […]

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 13

5 Things to Know in Florida for Jan. 13

NEW TRIAL FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF LURING EX TO HIS DEATH IS UNDERWAY IN OCALA Nineteen-year-old Amber Wright is among a group charged in the killing of 15-year-old Seath Jackson in 2011. Prosecutors say Wright lured Jackson to a house where he was beaten and shot multiple times. His body was then burned in backyard […]

Lindsay held on murder charges

Lindsay held on murder charges

Just days after his release on drug charges from a traffic stop, Christopher Alexander Lindsay is being held on a $3million bond and is charged with murder. On Nov. 15, Lindsay was pulled over on a traffic stop for an expired tag during which a Gulf Breeze police officer discovered a variety of drugs and […]

Police seek help in homicide investigation

Police seek help in homicide investigation

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in investigating the March 26 homicide of a Milton man. Stephen Richmond Rice, 43, was found dead inside his home on Persimmon Hollow Road. He was white with gray hair and hazel eyes and he weighed […]

Sheriff’s dept. investigating Milton homicide

Sheriff’s dept. investigating Milton homicide

Police are investigating a homicide after deputies discovered the body of a Milton man during a welfare check Thursday night. Deputies arrived at 4855 Persimmon Hollow Road at around 6 p.m. where they found Stephen Richmond Rice Jr., 43, dead inside the home. Rice was transported by the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. The […]

Arrest made in homicide

Arrest made in homicide

The Milton teen charged in the shooting a 40-year-old man on Dec. 26 was the victim’s stepdaughter, according to a report provided by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. Taylor Lynn Crongeyer, 18, was arrested on a charge of homicide in the murder of Aubrey Cooley, 40. Deputies found Cooley with his ankles tied to the trailer hitch […]

Milton shooting results in death

Milton shooting results in death

At approximately 12:30 am, on Dec. 26, deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a welfare check at 2305 Dale Hall Road in Milton. While deputies were in route, it was determined the call was in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, deputies confirmed that there was a shooting and one adult […]

Alcohol-involved shooting kills victim

Alcohol-involved shooting kills victim

20-year-old James “Hunter” Gates of Pace, Fl has been charged with homicide-negligent manslaughter after firing a shotgun while under the influence of alcohol. According to the arrest report, Gates was drinking rum and beer at his residence with the unnamed victim when they began handling a 12 gauge pump action shotgun. According to the report, […]