Milton

Thrown infant case dubbed false report

Thrown infant case dubbed false report

The State Attorney’s office Aug. 13 cleared a Milton mother accused of throwing her 3-month-old to the tile floor. Heidi Nicole Burchinal, 26, was arrested July 21 after her boyfriend, Shawn McDonald, called law enforcement claiming she had thrown their crying infant after a night of drinking. She faced a charge of felony cruelty toward a […]

Victim identified in Milton murder investigation

Victim identified in Milton murder investigation

A welfare check in Milton Friday lead to the discovery of a body and murder charges. Santa Rosa County deputies arrested Jerry Geisler Odum, 61, at his residence on Vendom Court Aug. 7. He is charged with first degree murder   The victim has been identified as Vicky May Edge, 59, of Okaloosa County. According to […]

Two Milton men arrested for robbery, home invasion

Two Milton men arrested for robbery, home invasion

Two former Milton High School students are currently being held in Santa Rosa County Jail without bond. The two 20-year-old men are being held after an alleged home invasion and robbery that took place early Thursday afternoon at a Park Ave. home in Milton. Cameron Shelton is charged with battery, damaging property, burglary with assault […]

Milton woman allegedly throws infant to floor

Milton woman allegedly throws infant to floor

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alleged child abuse case in Milton July 21 in which a mother threw her 3-month-old to the floor. According to an arrest report, Heidi Nicole Burchinal, 26, had been allegedly drinking with her boyfriend before the two went to bed. In the night, the baby woke up […]

Local numbers of COVID-19

Local numbers of COVID-19

As of May 6, 2020; 2 p.m. Florida cases: 38,002 (1,539 deaths) Escambia County: 604 positive cases (15 deaths) Age range: 0 – 100 Of the 604 positive cases, 147 are long-term care facility residents and 11 have died. Area Positives Pensacola 462 Cantonment 41 Bellview 6 Gulf Breeze (Esc.) 1 Century  2 Perdido Key […]

Two dead in murder/suicide in Milton

Two dead in murder/suicide in Milton

The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is investigating what appears to be a murder/suicide which happened around 1 a.m. Saturday. A statement from the sheriff’s public information officer, Rich Aloy, said deputies responded to a 911 call at the 6000 block of Dingo Drive in Milton in reference to a verbal argument between a male and […]

Housing the homeless: Local pilot housing program sees success

Housing the homeless: Local pilot housing program sees success

Editor’s note: John’s name has been altered for privacy reasons. As a single father of three children going to school in Navarre, John was making it work despite falling below the poverty line.  The family was living doubled up in a house in Navarre, a situation that meets the federal definition of homelessness, and John […]

Blackwater outbreak spreads, questions unanswered

Blackwater outbreak spreads, questions unanswered

After days of adding less than 10 new cases, Santa Rosa County’s count of positive COVID-19 cases jumped by 30 in one report April 9. But these were not community-based spread. The increase was due to an outbreak of the deadly virus inside Blackwater Correctional Institute in Milton. The facility reported 33 inmates and six […]

Santa Rosa in-step with governor’s order

Santa Rosa in-step with governor’s order

After a meeting Thursday morning with Santa Rosa County officials, Dan Schebler, county administrator said the county and its incorporated cities are following the guidance of the governor’s executive order.  The order issued by Gov. DeSantis yesterday states that all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to […]

Middle schoolers receive rare award at competition

Middle schoolers receive rare award at competition

Sometimes failure is worth celebrating. Santa Rosa County schools saw many successes Feb. 22 at the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in Crestview. Odyssey of the Mind is a student competition in which teams are tasked with creatively solving a problem such as supporting heavy weights or remotely moving objects and then presenting their […]

Juvenile detention escapees captured in Milton

Juvenile detention escapees captured in Milton

A joy ride in an allegedly stolen truck Sunday ended with a trip to Santa Rosa County Jail for three teen escapees from Walton County Department of Juvenile Justice. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office press release, deputies were called to Causey Street in Milton for three juveniles allegedly driving a stolen gold/tan […]

Bank robbery ends in officer involved shooting

Bank robbery ends in officer involved shooting

Milton Police shot a suspected robber fleeing from a bank Monday morning, according to a Milton press release. At approximately 7:58 a.m., an armed suspect allegedly entered the Santa Rosa Federal Credit Union located at 5909 Stewart Street and demanded money. Milton Police Department was just outside engaged in radar detection at King Middle School […]

Burglary suspect chases children from home

Burglary suspect chases children from home

Milton children were chased from their home by an alleged burglar Feb. 21, according to a press release from Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. According to the release, two children were playing outside in a yard on School Street when they were approached by a man that did not live there. The children immediately went […]

Pace man arrested in DUI homicide

Pace man arrested in DUI homicide

Florida Highway Patrol arrested a Pace man Feb. 12 after he allegedly drove his car head on into another vehicle, killing the driver. According to a press release, an FHP traffic homicide investigator developed sufficient probable cause to obtain warrants for the arrest of Jack Christopher Tchorzewski, 36, of Pace. Read the full article in […]

Historic Imogene Theatre for sale

Historic Imogene Theatre for sale

The historic Imogene Theatre in downtown Milton is for sale at a price tag just under $1 million.  The listing for the 1912 double story theater in the heart of Milton’s historic district went public Feb. 12, and already the building has had its first viewing.  But lovers of the theaters classic architecture and ties […]

TDC setting rules for project funding

TDC setting rules for project funding

After years of funding a variety of tourism amenities as they came up, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) made a move Feb. 6 toward limiting those big ticket spends to the budget cycle and creating a matrix to better measure their potential. Up to this point, infrastructure and amenity projects requesting funding through the TDC […]

Second student dragged by school bus

Second student dragged by school bus

A 6-year-old girl caught in the door of her school bus was dragged past multiple houses along Sewell Road in Milton Jan. 31, according to an incident report from Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. This is the second time within a year that a student has been reportedly caught in the door of a Santa […]

$4.50 toll pushed for Garcon Point Bridge

$4.50 toll pushed for Garcon Point Bridge

Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida  Representatives of bondholders for Garcon Point Bridge have asked a judge to order the Florida Department of Transportation to increase tolls to $4.50 for the financially troubled bridge. The request last week from attorneys for UMB Bank came after Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper in December directed the […]

Milton car chase ends in arrest

Milton car chase ends in arrest

A standoff with Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies ended without gunfire Dec. 24 on Highway 87 in Milton after a man fled police in a stolen vehicle. According to the arrest report, deputies on routine patrol in Milton spotted a black truck that had been reported as stolen in Escambia County. The vehicle’s hazard lights […]

Suspect leads deputies on multiple high-speed chases

Suspect leads deputies on multiple high-speed chases

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies were led on a series of high-speed pursuits through before finally bringing an alleged car thief into custody Jan. 3. Coty James Anderson, 23, of Milton is facing 19 felony charges and five misdemeanors for the incidents that occurred over the course of two days. According to multiple arrest reports, the […]

Panhandle Butterfly House moving to Milton

Panhandle Butterfly House moving to Milton

A staple of Navarre Park for more than two decades, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) has cleared a major hurdle in relocating to a historic home in Milton. PBH representative Jenny Weber updated County Commissioners on the project’s future Dec. 12. “Milton is going to be a great location because it’s in the heart of […]

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