Judge Ross Goodman

Program aims to keep young offenders in school

Program aims to keep young offenders in school

Sentencing to a juvenile detention center can throw a student’s academic progress into jeopardy. There are 315 students currently attending public school in Santa Rosa County who have had some type of involvement with the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Many of those students have multiple offenses and some have been to jail. Read the […]

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

For the hundreds of inmates struggling with opioid addiction, Santa Rosa County Jail is offering a solution, free of charge. The jail will cover medication-assisted treatment for a full year, even if the person doesn’t remain incarcerated for the entire 12 months. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Drug offending teens get second chance

Drug offending teens get second chance

Roughly 11 percent of Santa Rosa County high schoolers have abused at least one type of prescription drug. Some have tried opioids, and others have combined pills. As the U.S. faces a mounting opioid epidemic, Santa Rosa schools, courts and treatment centers are seeing the problem strike the younger generation. Read the full article in […]

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Victim drops charges against Seevers

Kimberly Ann Seevers, age 46, of Jay will not face charges for Unlawful Sexual Activity, according to State Attorney Bill Eddins. He announced Tuesday, April 4, that charges have been dismissed by the State. Seevers was charged on April 12, 2016 for the pending case.  The case was scheduled for judge trial before Circuit Judge […]

Capital punishment back on solid ground

Capital punishment back on solid ground

As the Florida Legislature inches closer to correcting the state’s death-penalty law, the Florida Supreme Court has voted to allow capital-punishment cases to proceed in a reversal of an earlier ruling. Read the full article in the March 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

Legislation could reinstate Florida death penalty

State Attorney Bill Eddins voiced confidence that the death penalty will be back in working order in Florida by the end of March. Read the full article in the Feb. 16 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

Florida’s death penalty in muddy waters

Florida’s death penalty in muddy waters

The death penalty is now off the table for the man accused of shooting two Milton residents to death in their home July 2014 not because of the nature of the crime, but because of chaos in the court system. Read the full article in the Jan. 26 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at […]

Beauchemin enters plea for 15 years

Beauchemin enters plea for 15 years

According to the State Attorney’s office, on Sept. 5 Joel Anthony Beauchemin entered a plea to Robbery without a Weapon for 15 years in state prison before Judge Ross Goodman in Santa Rosa County. On April 17, 2015, Beauchemin entered Centennial Bank in Navarre wearing heavy clothing, sunglasses, a mask and latex gloves.  He handed […]