Rich Aloy

NHS collects teddies for sick children

NHS collects teddies for sick children

Children spending the holiday season at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital will receive some fuzzy friends thanks to the students of Navarre High School. The NHS Student Government Association is hosting a Teddy Bear Drive next week during school. Students will be able to share the love with sick children by donating stuffed animals to the […]

Attempted murder suspect from New York arrested in Holley by the Sea

Attempted murder suspect from New York arrested in Holley by the Sea

In an unexpected turn of events, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man wanted for attempted murder in New York. September 12, deputies received a call about a stolen iPhone in Gulf Breeze. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the deputies walked the victim through locating the phone through an app, which […]

89 year old Navarre man arrested from nursing home

89 year old Navarre man arrested from nursing home

An 89-year-old Navarre man, Karl Trugenberger, was arrested from his nursing home in Gulf Breeze Thursday at 10:30 p.m. on charges stemming from a motor vehicle accident May 3. According to the Florida Highway Patrol warrant affidavit and accident report, May 3 Trugenberger was driving a red Suzuki sedan westbound on U.S. Highway 98 in […]

Text 911 for emergencies

Text 911 for emergencies

Santa Rosa County has introduced Text-to-9-1-1 enabling county residents to text for assistance in an emergency. The system allows residents to text directly back and forth with 911 dispatchers to share vital information in an emergency. County Emergency Services Coordinator Brad Baker said the system will be useful in a variety of scenarios. “The majority […]

Murder-suicide in Jay

Murder-suicide in Jay

Friday night around 10:15 p.m., Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 12000 block of Chumuckla Highway in Jay for what began as a disturbance.  While in route to the scene, dispatch notified the deputies the incident was quickly escalating. According to a sheriff’s office press release, when they arrived, Brandon Hayes Hammett, […]

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 […]

Armed robbery suspect in custody

Armed robbery suspect in custody

Handgun recovered This afternoon, Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call about an armed robbery at Dollar General located at 9576 Navarre Parkway, near Whispering Pines Boulevard. A deputy in the area saw a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle at the Winn Dixie parking lot in Navarre.  The deputy conducted […]

Additional drug-enforcement funding for county

Additional drug-enforcement funding for county

The I-10 corridor flows through Santa Rosa County, and unfortunately, that means illegal drugs may as well. The proximity of the corridor and other criteria led to Santa Rosa County being added to the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. There are 32 such programs across the United States, including Hawaii, and in […]

Garden Club enhances Sheriff’s Office substation

Garden Club enhances Sheriff’s Office substation

On Jan. 15, despite the cold temperatures, the Navarre Garden Club donated several trees to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office District 2, Navarre substation on High School Boulevard in honor of Arbor Day. The trees were donated and planted to show appreciation to the Sheriff’s Office. Read the full article in the Jan. 21 […]

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 […]

Home invasion suspect shot and killed

Home invasion suspect shot and killed

Just after 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 deputies responded to a home invasion call on Joyce Phillips Lane in the town of Jay. According to Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Rich Aloy, the suspect broke into the home through the front door and the resident shot the suspect. When deputies arrived, the suspect, […]

Tusa leaves hospital before deputies make arrest

Tusa leaves hospital before deputies make arrest

The man who led police on a high-speed chase and crashed his vehicle on East Bay Boulevard, Mark Anthony Tusa, has left the hospital where he was airlifted before deputies could arrest him. On Nov. 2, Tusa was stopped by the Florida Highway Patrol for a traffic violation on Interstate 10 near Highway 87 South. […]

School rivalry leads to criminal mischief

School rivalry leads to criminal mischief

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for criminal mischief and graffiti to the facilities of both Gulf Breeze and Navarre High Schools. According to a police report, an officer working an off-duty detail at Navarre High School on Oct. 29 located a number of spots […]

Update: Murder suspect being held without bond

Update: Murder suspect being held without bond

A man suspected in three homicides, including two in Santa Rosa County, is being held without bond in the Bay County Jail. According to court records, 41-year-old Derrick Ray Thompson was in court July 23 for his initial appearance before Judge Joe Grammer. Thompson is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 19 in Bay County on first […]

Update: Drowning victims identified

Update: Drowning victims identified

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the two men who drowned in the Blackwater River. The sheriff’s office identifies the victims as 26-year-old David Peter Florian and 21-year-old Greg David Florian. According to the incident report, the two men were walking with two other people on a sandbar and were swept into […]