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Navarre residents weigh in at Coffee with a Cop

Navarre residents weigh in at Coffee with a Cop

Navarre residents got a chance to talk one-on-one with law enforcement Oct. 3 as part of Coffee with a Cop. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office leaders unplugged for a couple hours and set up in a public place to make themselves accessible for a chat. In Navarre, Alphy’s Catfish House hosted the event. Coffee with […]

Sheriff’s office promotes Coffee with a Cop

Sheriff’s office promotes Coffee with a Cop

In an effort to connect with the community, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office will be hosting Coffee with a Cop throughout the county Oct. 3. For a few hours, starting at 7 a.m., members of the public will have uninterrupted access to law enforcement including District Lieutenants and administrative staff. “One day, and a few […]

Man gets 15 years for slipping handcuffs

Man gets 15 years for slipping handcuffs

A Michigan man was sentenced in Santa Rosa County court Tuesday, Nov. 8, for escaping from police custody using a handcuff key according to the State Attorney’s office. John Saatio, 36, was sentenced by Circuit Judge John Simon to 15 years in state prison after Saatio had entered a plea straight to the court Nov. […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Gulf Breeze struggles to balance budget

Gulf Breeze struggles to balance budget

Find me the money. That’s what City of Gulf Breeze council members are saying to department heads and their accountant as they try to escape a pool of red ink welling up in the budget for next year. Although the municipality of about 6,000 residents boasts an affluent image with average housing values topping $240,000– […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taxi driver hailed for helping police

Taxi driver hailed for helping police

Police video cameras are getting considerable credit of late for recording accounts of crimes and clashes with civilians, and now a Yellow Cab driver and his recording acumen are being applauded for helping apprehend two hit-and-run suspects in Gulf Breeze. Eric Holmes videoed the hit-and-run of a pedestrian at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 29 […]

Sheriff’s Office eyes Santa Rosa crime increase

Sheriff’s Office eyes Santa Rosa crime increase

The number of crimes reported in Santa Rosa County last year rose 3.8 percent to 1,717, with non-residents accounting for nearly one in every five arrests. “A lot of our crime comes from people who don’t live here,” Chief Deputy Bob Johnson said. Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Office force of 256 deputies is stretched more than […]

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Dep. Kevin Horn, Navarre district, Dep. Brian Cribb, Pace district and Dep. Edgar Bennett, Gulf Breeze district were selected as the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies of the quarter as they represent the agency with the highest of work ethic and integrity. Click HERE to view photos featured in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre […]

Sheriff’s Office says report suspicious activity

Sheriff’s Office says report suspicious activity

An unfamiliar truck passes slowly by your house, looking around your yard and house as he drives by. A solicitor comes to your house and attempts to talk their way into your home. A distraught person rings your doorbell in the middle of the night asking to use your phone. A burglar breaks in and […]

DNA evidence leads deputies to burglar

DNA evidence leads deputies to burglar

A Navarre man with a 10-year criminal history was arrested for burglary after DNA left at the scene led Okaloosa County deputies to him. Alonzo Borum of Chaparral Street in Navarre is accused of committing a burglary at a Fort Walton Beach residence on Aug. 26, 2014, more than a year ago. The arrest report […]

Traffic stop leads to marijuana bust

Traffic stop leads to marijuana bust

On Tuesday, Nov. 10 a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 98 at the Santa Rosa County South Annex on a car with an expired tag and inoperable tail lights. According to the police report, when the deputy approached, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from […]

Daniel Lee held on robbery charges

Daniel Lee held on robbery charges

Daniel Ferry Lee of Cantonment has been transferred to the Santa Rosa County Jail and is being held without bond on charges stemming from a robbery at knife-point of the Underwood Food Store on Highway 87 South Tuesday, Nov. 10. He is currently facing multiple felony charges including fleeing without disregard of safety to persons […]

New Gulf Breeze K-9 named for super hero

New Gulf Breeze K-9 named for super hero

The newest patrol officer in Gulf Breeze won’t be asking for your license and registration, but if he does speak up it’s bound to get attention. That’s because Loki the German shepherd K-9 has a loud bark and big teeth. Officer Travis White will be listening to Loki and following the dog’s anti-crime hunches beginning […]

Gulf Breeze faces shortage of police applicants

Gulf Breeze faces shortage of police applicants

The challenges in recruiting uniformed police officers that have plagued some major metropolitan areas are new to Gulf Breeze. “This is the first time in 25 years that I have no (qualified) applicants” waiting for the next patrol officer opening on the city’s full-time staff of 18, said Gulf Breeze Police Chief Robert Randle. “We’ve […]

Gun stolen from Gulf Breeze car

Gun stolen from Gulf Breeze car

The Gulf Breeze Police Department reported a loaded Ruger handgun was taken from an unlocked car at a home on Florida Avenue on Dec. 17. According to Chief Deputy Rick Hawthorne, the case is under investigation. The department is reminding people to keep their car doors locked and to keep valuables out of sight following […]