investigation

Breaking: United Way acting chair arrested for theft

Breaking: United Way acting chair arrested for theft

Santa Rosa United Way’s acting chairman was arrested Monday night for allegedly stealing from the nonprofit. David “Davey” Willhoit, 41, of Milton was taken into custody by the Milton Police Department after he allegedly made two unauthorized withdrawals from one of United Way’s bank accounts. According to United Way acting administrator Kyle Holley, Willhoit withdrew […]

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 […]

BREAKING: United Way of Santa Rosa expelled

BREAKING: United Way of Santa Rosa expelled

The embattled United Way of Santa Rosa County has been ousted from the charity’s parent organization, United Way Worldwide. Concerns about financial irregularities in the Milton based local United Way prompted trustees of United Way’s umbrella group in Alexandra, Virginia, to act Wednesday. “Effective March 6, 2019, United Way of Santa Rosa County (Milton, Florida) […]

United Way regroups during FBI probe

United Way regroups during FBI probe

The federal probe of finances at the United Way of Santa Rosa County may be delving into matters of donations, spending and the charity’s payroll that few if any of its 27 directors understand. That’s because the nonprofit had a “separate budget” in addition to its regular ledger in 2015 and 2016, according to Guy […]

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 […]

New details: FBI probes United Way’s finances

New details: FBI probes United Way’s finances

Board directors at United Way of Santa Rosa have told the charity’s outside auditor to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which began looking into the organization’s finances earlier this month. The nonprofit’s federal tax records examined by a reporter indicate that while its donations and grants had been dwindling between 2014 and 2016—the only […]

Man dies after allegedly ingesting cocaine

Man dies after allegedly ingesting cocaine

A Santa Rosa County Jail inmate died Tuesday after allegedly swallowing drugs during a traffic stop. His death is currently under investigation. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office press release, the unnamed man was stopped Monday night for a traffic related incident in Milton. During the traffic stop, the deputy observed the adult […]

Coach Bentley under investigation

Coach Bentley under investigation

Navarre High School boys basketball coach Taf Bentley is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct. Santa Rosa County Schools Assistant Superintendent Conni Carnley, who is in charge of human resources, could not provide details on what the investigation involves or how long it will take, but did say Bentley is on paid leave at the […]

Safety concern leads to investigation at NAS Whiting Field

Safety concern leads to investigation at NAS Whiting Field

Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is conducting an ongoing investigation at NAS Whiting Field in Milton, commencing this week, according to Navy public affairs officer Lt. Elizabeth Feaster. The investigation coincides with a maintenance inspection of all TH-57 Sea Ranger helicopters belonging to Training Air Wing FIVE, a unit that conducts advanced flight training to […]

Sheriff’s office: Stabbing suspect identified, not arrested

Sheriff’s office: Stabbing suspect identified, not arrested

Nearly three weeks have passed since the deadly stabbing of young Navarre teen Daniel Jebadiah Bubanas, 19. His family has laid him to rest. His friends have written tributes including a song. The holidays came and went. Yet in the loss of Bubanas, no arrests have been made and questions remain unanswered. The incident that […]

Prosecutor drops Broxson probe

Prosecutor drops Broxson probe

The state prosecutor in Tallahassee has closed his investigation into a complaint that State Sen.-elect Doug Broxson violated a campaign law involving special interest groups during his successful race against Mike Hill. “I don’t see this going anywhere,” said State Attorney Willie Meggs in a phone interview with the Navarre Press. “I don’t see that […]

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 […]

Okaloosa investigator spots fraud suspects in parking lot

Okaloosa investigator spots fraud suspects in parking lot

Two Georgia residents suspected of shopping with credit card numbers stolen from members of Eglin Federal Credit Union are behind bars after an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigator working the crimes spotted them in a parking lot. The compromised credit card and debit accounts were used at locations in Niceville, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and […]

FDLE arrests Pensacola man for online solicitation of a minor

FDLE arrests Pensacola man for online solicitation of a minor

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement yesterday arrested Robert Hardee, 24, 7219 Harding Drive, Pensacola, Florida for online solicitation of a child, transmitting harmful material to a minor and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.  Hardee was already serving probation on a 2015 child neglect conviction from Escambia County. Hardee began communicating […]

Charges dropped against Ty Jenkins in Navarre shooting

Charges dropped against Ty Jenkins in Navarre shooting

According to State Attorney Bill Eddin’s office, aggravated assault charges with attempt to kill and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon have been dropped against 17-year-old Ty Jenkins for the Dec. 11 shooting at Tom Thumb located on Laredo Street. The charges were dropped because the victim indicated that Jenkins was not the shooter. Read […]

Medina sentenced for DUI Manslaughter

Medina sentenced for DUI Manslaughter

Keanu Medina of Navarre was sentenced to 10.38 years in a Florida Department of Corrections prison facility. According to information provided by State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office, the first four years are a minimum-mandatory sentence. Following his release from prison, Medina was ordered to serve four years of probation. His driver’s license was suspended for […]

Home invasion suspect shot and killed

Home invasion suspect shot and killed

Just after 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 deputies responded to a home invasion call on Joyce Phillips Lane in the town of Jay. According to Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Rich Aloy, the suspect broke into the home through the front door and the resident shot the suspect. When deputies arrived, the suspect, […]

Pilot and student make emergency landing near Navarre Beach

Pilot and student make emergency landing near Navarre Beach

At approximately 10 a.m. on Oct. 30, a Cessna 172N registered to Hum’n Byrds, Inc. made an emergency landing just west of Navarre Beach in Escambia County. According to Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown, the call came in at 10:10 a.m. that a small Cessna had made an emergency landing near parking lot #1, […]

Navarre men arrested in car burglary, trespassing investigation

Navarre men arrested in car burglary, trespassing investigation

Marvin Eugene Darby Jr., 20, of Andorra Street in Navarre was arrested Oct. 15 for alleged obstruction of justice in connection with an upcoming burglary trial involving himself and Devin Michael Colonel, 21, of Parkridge Drive in Navarre. According to police reports, Darby tried to fight Colonel on Sept. 28. He called him a snitch, […]

Summit Drive arson investigation ongoing

Summit Drive arson investigation ongoing

In the early morning hours of June 7, firefighters responded to a fully involved fire at 7057 Summit Drive in Holley by the Sea. According to Holley-Navarre Fire District Chief Ron Norton, the 2,600 square-foot home was a total loss. Just days later, the state Fire Marshal’s Office had declared the fire was a result […]

Three found dead during Pensacola welfare check

Three found dead during Pensacola welfare check

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three deaths following a welfare check at around 9:30 a.m. July 31. Police responded to the the 4600 block of Deerfield Drive where they discovered three deceased people, according to a release from the department. Due to suspicious circumstances, the deaths are under investigation and more information will be […]

One dead in mobile home fire

One dead in mobile home fire

The explosion at Colonial Pines Mobile Estates that killed one man was a case of arson, according to the state Fire Marshal’s Office. Officials have not yet released the victim’s identity. According to Holley-Navarre Fire Chief Ron Norton, the department received multiple calls of an explosion and a fire at around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. He said one mobile […]

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 […]

House fire under investigation

House fire under investigation

The state fire marshal is investigating a house fire that took place Thursday morning. The Holley-Navarre Fire District was dispatched to 2324 Avenida De Sol at 6:21 a.m. The first unit arrived on scene at 6:27 a.m. Smoke was coming from the eaves of the one-story home, which is approximately 1,700 square feet, according to Battalion […]