mental illness

Crowding complicates mental health in jail

Crowding complicates mental health in jail

Santa Rosa County Jail is crowded. Among the hundreds of inmates either awaiting court dates or serving sentences of less than 365 days is a population in need: those with mental illnesses. Jail Administrator Maj. Randy Tifft said this poses a significant problem. “This is an issue that is facing jails and prisons across the […]

Mom’s killer seeks life insurance payout

Mom’s killer seeks life insurance payout

On Christmas Eve of 2013, Brandon Aydelott, a 17-year-old boy suffering from schizophrenia-induced hallucinations, beat and stabbed his mother to death in the doorway of her Gulf Breeze home. Now his lawyers are seeking a portion of her life insurance policy for him. After a lengthy back and forth between attorneys as to Aydelott’s competency […]

Second expert to determine Aydelott compentency

Second expert to determine Aydelott compentency

A court hearing with a second expert set for July 19 could decide whether Gulf Breeze native William Brandon Aydelott will finally be found competent to stand trial for murder after a nearly two-and-half-year delay. He was charged with the Christmas Eve murder of his mother, Holley-Navarre Middle school teacher Sharon Lynn Aydelott, back in […]

22 veterans committing suicide every day

22 veterans committing suicide every day

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs in 2013 released a study addressing suicides from 1999-2010 which reflected that roughly 22 veterans were committing suicide per day, or one every 65 minutes. Thirty-one percent of these suicides were by veterans 49 and younger while 69 percent were by veterans age 50 and older. Read the […]