law enforcement

Are we privatizing part of our law enforcement?

Are we privatizing part of our law enforcement?

We learned in the last two weeks about a couple of instances where it has become necessary to hire off duty deputies to slow down speeders in Holley by the Sea and to direct the flow of weekend traffic on Gulf Boulevard at the Navarre Beach Causeway. This presents an interesting scenario. On one hand, […]

Sheriff’s Open House provides a look behind the scenes

Sheriff’s Open House provides a look behind the scenes

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office invited the public in for a look behind the curtain of its work Saturday during the agency’s first Open House, held on the lawn outside its East Milton headquarters. Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy said the purpose of the event was threefold. Read the full article in the […]

End of Watch leads ruck through county

End of Watch leads ruck through county

In 2018, 150 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. To honor their sacrifice, teams of volunteers carried 150 pounds of weights for 150 miles across Santa Rosa County last week as part of the second annual End of Watch Memorial Ruck.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue […]

Robert Lucas indicted in Navarre murder

Robert Lucas indicted in Navarre murder

A jury indicted Robert Shane Lucas of Navarre Wednesday for the murder of Carrie Lynn Brewer. State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Lucas was indicted by the Grand Jury in Santa Rosa County for the first degree premeditated murder of Brewer at 2212 Fulva Drive in Navarre on or about Feb. 3. In addition to the […]

Health care providers take on human trafficking

Health care providers take on human trafficking

In the fight against human trafficking, health care providers are uniquely positioned to notice red flags. With this in mind, Baptist Health Care hosted a training course Nov. 29 to help them identify and assist victims. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – […]

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 […]

Inmates found guilty in attack on officer

Inmates found guilty in attack on officer

Four inmates were found guilty Oct. 11 of attacking three Santa Rosa Correctional Institute officer on New Year’s Day, meaning potential prison sentences exceeding 100 years for two of the perpetrators. A Santa Rosa County Jury found Dukene Myrtil, Andre Williams, Markus Vincent and Johnslow Sauveur guilty of charges stemming from an attack on correctional […]

Details unclear for new hires in school safety push

Details unclear for new hires in school safety push

Under a state mandate adopted in the aftermath of school shootings, the Santa Rosa School District hired two new administrators to aid in student safety and mental health. In February, a gunman entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and fatally shot 17 students and teachers. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Memorial Ruck honors fallen officers

Memorial Ruck honors fallen officers

Last year, 134 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty. Each one of them symbolically walked through Navarre last weekend, carried by a member of the community. Read the full article in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

Santa Rosa County Jail has hit its limit. The 682-bed facility has been full or nearly full for years, and Sheriff Bob Johnson said it has affected how his deputies enforce the law. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the […]

Holley Navarre Middle welcomes resource officer Chau

Holley Navarre Middle welcomes resource officer Chau

With a gun on his hip, a badge on his chest and a smile on his face Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputy Liem Chau started his first day at his new job Monday: Holley Navarre Middle School Resource Officer. The announcement that HNMS would be one of the first middle schools to receive a new resource […]

Resource officer coming back to Holley-Navarre Middle

Resource officer coming back to Holley-Navarre Middle

Though hiring is still months away, Holley-Navarre Middle School Principal Joie DeStefano has already cleaned out an office in preparation for her school’s new Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office resource officer. It has been eight years since a uniformed officer regularly walked the halls of Santa Rosa middle schools, and DeStefano said she is ecstatic that […]

FWC officer honored for efforts to protect sea turtles

FWC officer honored for efforts to protect sea turtles

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer Phil Stone grew up in North Dakota, where summers are beautiful but winters are a downright brutal mixture of bone-chilling wind, air that makes your face hurt and up to 50 inches of snow a year. A friend of his who already lived in Florida inspired him to […]

Versatility of FWC officers on display in Texas

Versatility of FWC officers on display in Texas

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers are as versatile as any law enforcement agents out there. Officers do everything from patrolling the water and woods, on the lookout for fishing and hunting violations, to assisting in chasing down criminals on the run. They also jump into action when a hurricane cripples an area, such […]

Sheriff: Current crime statistics reflect population growth

Sheriff: Current crime statistics reflect population growth

Population growth has caused the number of reported crimes in Santa Rosa County since Jan. 1 to be slightly higher when compared to the same period last year, Sheriff Bob Johnson told an audience at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Aug. 11. “As population goes up, crime goes up,” Johnson said. “It’s part […]

Deputy teaches students about police interactions

Deputy teaches students about police interactions

When can a police officer seize your phone? How long can he keep your property?  Under what circumstances can an officer ask you to step out of your car or search you? While these legal issues can be complicated, and the answers may vary from state to state, students of Lighthouse Christian Academy are more […]

First responders rally to help wounded officer

First responders rally to help wounded officer

The law enforcement and first responders community is coming together to support one of their own by building a wheelchair ramp on a Navarre home. Patricia Cocciolone is a former Atlanta police officer. She was forced to retire and relegated to life in a wheelchair after being shot multiple times while on duty. Read the […]

Showcase puts spotlight on importance of K-9 units

Showcase puts spotlight on importance of K-9 units

Roman Jackson picked up a microphone at Bennett C. Russell Stadium Thursday night and told the crowd that Santa Rosa County Sherriff Bob Johnson was going to take part in one of the many drills K-9 units from across the Southeast practiced during the field trials in Gulf Breeze last week. Read the full article […]

Deputy raises approved

Deputy raises approved

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies could expect raises as early as Aug. 1 thanks to a reallocation of up to $290,000. Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted to allocate the sum for 2017 as well as up to $1.6 million from the 2018 budget toward one time raises for the sheriff’s deputies. The $290,000 is part of […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Dec. 2

MAN GETS 40 YEARS IN MURDER-SUICIDE PLOT THAT LEFT 3 DEAD Patrick Carlopoli was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to six counts, including second-degree murder. Authorities say Carlopoli and his girlfriend, 37-year-old Tammy Modlin, on Jan. 24 first killed the family’s dog at their Fort Myers apartment. Modlin then stabbed 16-year-old Montana Modlin, her daughter […]

‘Thank You’ first responders

‘Thank You’ first responders

Maliyah Forgione, 4, waves a sign in support of first responders Saturday, Sept. 15, at Navarre Park during Navarre’s Second Annual First Responders Appreciation Rally. Participants waved signs supporting police, EMS, firefighters and all first responders as they marched down U.S. Highway 98 from Helen Back Again to Navarre Park. Passing vehicles honked their horns […]

New sales tax boosts 2017 county budget

New sales tax boosts 2017 county budget

Santa Rosa County will be $5.1 million richer in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, but not at the expense of property owners. That’s because of the half-penny sales tax to pay for various infrastructure improvements that was approved by county voters on Aug. 30. Although the new tax is expected to bring in about […]

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 […]

Church initiates positive rapport with law enforcement

Church initiates positive rapport with law enforcement

Awareness. Mutual respect. Communication. These are elements key to the balance between a community and law enforcement on the heels of recent scenes in Ferguson and Milwaukee. “Our nation is experiencing controversy, outrage, anger, fear, protests, and retaliation over the deaths and murders of African-Americans and law enforcement officers in cities throughout the country,” said […]

Coalition forming to help battle retail theft

Coalition forming to help battle retail theft

Sergeant Rich Aloy of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said the Loss Prevention Coalition of Santa Rosa County provides a new way for stores to fight the battle against shoplifters. “We’ve have some shoplifting issues throughout our county and it is impacting retailers,” said Aloy, the public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office. “We […]

In the line of duty

In the line of duty

The past two weeks have been truly tragic for police officers, the protectors of our communities.  In the most recent highly publicized cases, the force as a whole lost five officers in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge.  But the total loss for the month of July nationwide so far is 17.  We know about […]

Sales-tax allies distance themselves from courthouse

Sales-tax allies distance themselves from courthouse

Sensing voter resistance to a new county courthouse in Milton, the business community group that supports an additional Santa Rosa sales-tax plans to promote only the Aug. 30 ballot measure about paying for other infrastructure. That’s because the volunteer Moving Santa Rosa Forward organization, which plans to use mailers and yard signs, fears that tying […]

The raising of America

The raising of America

The United States of America has been in precarious positions before, but it seems lately things are not turning as they should.  Something is out of balance, or as we would say in the south, out of whack.  The list of what is out of whack is long and disturbing.  To name a few, a […]

Santa Rosa’s Thin Blue Line

Santa Rosa’s Thin Blue Line

State and federal data show, Santa Rosa County law enforcement are understaffed and underpaid. Compared with neighboring Escambia and Okaloosa counties, there are fewer deputy sheriffs in the field getting paid less, but Santa Rosa is not exactly like its neighbors. Escambia and Okaloosa both have significantly higher populations, and those populations have different make […]

Abandoned boats are statewide headache, hazard

Abandoned boats are statewide headache, hazard

The 23-foot sailboat gone belly up in Santa Rosa Sound near the designated swimming area of Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze is one of 377 “derelict vessel” cases currently under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Such boats, besides being eyesores and potential hazards to navigation, frustrate local law enforcement agencies that […]