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Deputies seeking suspected, truck in Pace robbery

Deputies seeking suspected, truck in Pace robbery

UPDATE: Santa Rosa County Sheriff deputies are looking to identify a truck of interest in a robbery investigation in Pace. The vehicle of interest is a dark gray or dark tan Dodge Ram with a quad cab.  The vehicle may be connected to a robbery at United Bank on Highway 90 and Diamond Street in […]

Three men arrested in Milton shooting

Three men arrested in Milton shooting

Three men were arrested last week in connection with an attempted homicide and robbery in a trailer in Milton. Joshua Jaquan Shields, 21, of Milton, Deontrace Levell Bonner, 22, of Pensacola and Kristopher Talacy Brown, 19, of Pensacola have been charged with attempted homicide and other felony charges. At roughly 9 p.m. July 19, deputies […]

Man allegedly beats, handcuffs 90 year old

Man allegedly beats, handcuffs 90 year old

Elder abuse, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a felon are just a few charges facing a  man who allegedly beat a 90-year-old man of Navarre while trying to rob him then handcuffed him. Dennis Shibler, 37, faces multiple felony charges from the incident after he drove himself to the Santa Rosa County […]

Police searching for Gulf Breeze bank robber

Police searching for Gulf Breeze bank robber

The Gulf Breeze Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at Beach Community Bank located at 60 Northcliffe Drive in Gulf Breeze. According to a report, around 11 a.m. Aug. 28 the suspect entered the bank holding a nickel plated semi-automatic pistol demanding money. He then left […]

Man attempts robbery at Family Dollar

Man attempts robbery at Family Dollar

Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies responded Thursday evening to an attempted robbery at the Family Dollar store in Navarre. At approximately 8 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a 911 call in reference to a robbery at Family Dollar located at 6899 Navarre Parkway. According to a sheriff’s office press release, the caller stated a black male […]

Man arrested for coercing boys to steal

Man arrested for coercing boys to steal

A Milton man has been charged with armed robbery, stealing a firearm and coercing two 14-year-old boys to burglarize vehicles. Jason Silvia was arrested May 3 on charges of third-degree felony burglary solicitation of an unoccupied conveyance and second-degree misdemeanor solicitation of petit theft in connection with the arrest of the two juveniles. Read the […]

Two men arrested in RV robbery

Two men arrested in RV robbery

Two men were allegedly caught in the act of robbing an RV in Navarre of thousands of dollars of property. Matthew Aaron Crawford Lynch and Walter William Blakeman face charges related to an attempted robbery Tuesday morning. According to the arrest report for Lynch, the victim returned home to discover the door of his RV at […]

Violent crime on the rise

Violent crime on the rise

While the overall crime rate for Santa Rosa County was down 0.3 percent, violent crime skyrocketed 12.7 percent during the same period, according to the most recent data available. Of the 6,015 arrests made in the county, 267 were for violent offenses, according to the 2015 Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s County Profile. Read the […]

Robbery spree ends with teen in prison

Robbery spree ends with teen in prison

A month-long robbery spree that began in Navarre and ran through Santa Rosa and Escambia counties ended in a sentence of 25 years in state prison for Lonnie Locks, 19, after he pleaded guilty March 2 and 3. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]

Woman knocked down, robbed at Gulf Breeze CVS

Woman knocked down, robbed at Gulf Breeze CVS

An elderly female was distracted and knocked to the ground during a strong-arm robbery in Gulf Breeze Wednesday, Dec. 7, according to police. A Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers alert shows the same female with the same vehicle committing a similar crime in Gulf Port, Tuesday, Dec.6. Gulf Breeze Police Chief Rick Hawthorne said the two […]

Family sentenced in pharmacy robberies

Family sentenced in pharmacy robberies

Several agencies came together to find the men who held up a Milton CVS at gunpoint, tied up the employees and took prescription drugs from the business in 2014. It was suspected the same men were responsible in four Escambia County robbery cases, two of which were at the same CVS Pharmacy on 9th Avenue, […]

Camera aids in robbers’ arrest

Camera aids in robbers’ arrest

A security camera inside a Milton home was instrumental in putting three men into the Santa Rosa County jail early Monday morning, according to Milton Police. Officials report that a call which started out as two suspicious men in the back yard of a home on Oak Street turned into an armed home invasion when […]

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. […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 20

GEORGIA TAKING PRECAUTIONS AGAINST FLORIDA KEYS SCREWWORMS A Florida Department of Agriculture news release said Wednesday that new restrictions are being placed on livestock and pets being moved from Florida to Georgia. The release says animals should be carefully examined for signs of screwworm and treated appropriately. Animals coming from the quarantined area in the […]

Navarre man sentenced to 20 years

Navarre man sentenced to 20 years

A Navarre man who plead guilty to charges of breaking into a neighbor’s home and assaulting them at gunpoint has been sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in state prison Friday, Sept. 15. According to State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office, Francisco Aponte Carrasquillo, 51, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Ross Goodman to a minimum […]

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 […]

Suspects arrested in pharmacy robbery

Suspects arrested in pharmacy robbery

              Two Milton residents suspected in an attempted armed robbery were arrested Wednesday, Aug. 24, on unrelated charges in Santa Rosa County. According to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reports, Shana Martin, 31,  and Erik Johnson, 34, are suspected of attempting to rob the Health Smart Pharmacy on North State […]

Robber sentenced to 15 years as reoffender

Robber sentenced to 15 years as reoffender

Lee robbed the Navarre Underwood Food Mart in November 2015 State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Daniel Ferry Lee, III, 31 of Cantonment, entered a plea of Guilty to Robbery and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement at High Speed. He was sentenced to 15 years in state prison as a Prison Releasee […]

Man stabbed in chest during robbery

Man stabbed in chest during robbery

An attempted robbery ended with one man being stabbed in the chest Saturday, July 9, at the Queen Mary Inn in Escambia County. Gulf Breeze resident Alexander Thurkettle is charged with second degree felony battery with a deadly weapon, first degree felony robbery with a deadly weapon and first degree misdemeanor petit theft. According to […]

Navarre caught up in the Pokemon Go craze

Navarre caught up in the Pokemon Go craze

Zachary Hamm is sitting in the grass with his back resting against the outside wall of the restrooms at Navarre Park on a sun-splashed Monday afternoon, his eyes locked on his phone, his mind caught up in the world of the latest phenomenon. Hamm is asked if he is playing Pokemon Go and his answer […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 20

Five Things to Know in Florida for April 20

SLAIN FLORIDA PRIEST WORKED WITH PEOPLE WHO WERE ‘DANGEROUS’ The Rev. Rene Wayne Robert is believed to have been helping a troubled Jacksonville man recently released from jail when he was killed, authorities say. They believe the suspect kidnapped the priest, took him to Georgia in his own car and killed him there, but the […]

Sheriff’s Office looking for Tom Thumb robber

Sheriff’s Office looking for Tom Thumb robber

Just after midnight on Jan. 21 Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call regarding a robbery that occurred at Tom Thumb located on the corner of State Road 87 and East Bay Boulevard. When deputies arrived the clerk described the robber as a tall male approximately 6’3” with brown eyes and a […]

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

High court: Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional

Florida’s unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not enough to juries — to decide capital sentences, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 8-1 ruling said that the state’s sentencing procedure is flawed because juries play only an advisory role in recommending death […]

Charges dropped against Ty Jenkins in Navarre shooting

Charges dropped against Ty Jenkins in Navarre shooting

According to State Attorney Bill Eddin’s office, aggravated assault charges with attempt to kill and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon have been dropped against 17-year-old Ty Jenkins for the Dec. 11 shooting at Tom Thumb located on Laredo Street. The charges were dropped because the victim indicated that Jenkins was not the shooter. Read […]