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Woman dies of suspected overdose in custody

Woman dies of suspected overdose in custody

Accidental overdose may be to blame in the July 5 death of a 25-year-old Navarre woman in Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office custody. Lynsey Taylor died after being arrested for grand theft, criminal mischief and burglary, Sheriff Bob Johnson said Tuesday in a press conference regarding the incident. Read the full article in the July […]

Commissioners weigh options for $9 million shortfall

Commissioners weigh options for $9 million shortfall

Santa Rosa County’s planned expenditures for 2020 are about $9.08 million above the $91.7 million budget reality, according to data presented to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) June 11. That shortfall will be the topic of debate over the next several months as the county grapples to reach a balanced budget.   Read the […]

Juveniles injured in drug deal gone bad

Juveniles injured in drug deal gone bad

Several juveniles, ranging in age from 12 -17, were injured when their plan to steal drugs from drug dealers went wrong, and they ended up being taken to the hospital. According to a press release by the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, the youths planned the drug robbery over the popular social media app, Snapchat. The […]

Sheriff’s Open House provides a look behind the scenes

Sheriff’s Open House provides a look behind the scenes

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office invited the public in for a look behind the curtain of its work Saturday during the agency’s first Open House, held on the lawn outside its East Milton headquarters. Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy said the purpose of the event was threefold. Read the full article in the […]

Mailing drugs and cell phones to jail

Mailing drugs and cell phones to jail

A Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputy busted an alleged attempt to smuggle drugs and contraband into Century Correctional Institute in April. Sheriff Bob Johnson explained an officer made a traffic stop in Jay, April 30, after seeing a vehicle drive behind the post office and shut off its lights at about 10 p.m. Read the […]

Burglars celebrate wedding in county jail

Burglars celebrate wedding in county jail

A pair of newlyweds spent their wedding day in separate blocks of Santa Rosa County Jail Sunday after breaking into an abandoned school in Milton. Zachary Fuit, 26, and Abigail Carlson, 21, went to the closed Munson school buildings at 11550 Munson Highway after their wedding ceremony earlier in the day. They were joined in […]

Man allegedly lures Pace teen via social media

Man allegedly lures Pace teen via social media

A Virginia truck driver arrested in Santa Rosa County May 15 is charged with having sex with a 15-year-old in Pace after exchanging lewd messages with her on social media. Gerald Edward Filkins, 38, is charged with committing sex acts with a 15-year-old as well as using electronic communications to seduce the child. Read the […]

Navarre football coach arrested for battery

Navarre football coach arrested for battery

Navarre High School offensive line coach and teacher Greg Greenhaw was arrested April 28 for domestic violence related battery. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor. The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. the previous day and was reported by his wife, Stacey, upon her arrival at the District I Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office shortly after […]

Navarre woman arrested for child sexual assault

Navarre woman arrested for child sexual assault

A Navarre woman is being held on a bond of $1 million for allegedly sexually assaulting a child on video. Brandy Howard, 33, of Raider Lane in Navarre was arrested April 18 after video and images involving children were recovered by law enforcement. An investigation was prompted by information sent by the National Center for […]

No prosecution against local attorney

No prosecution against local attorney

The Office of State Attorney announced a No Prosecution in the battery case against Holley Navarre Water System attorney Keith Kilpatrick. According to Santa Rosa Clerk of Court records, the case was closed April 3. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or […]

Fight at Navarre party leads to battery arrest

Fight at Navarre party leads to battery arrest

A Navarre man is facing felony battery charges for allegedly choking and beating a man during a party on Calle De Castelar. Cody Bijarro, 22, was arrested March 3. The victim was at a party at Bijarro’s house when a verbal confrontation occurred, according to the arrest report. Read the full article in the March […]

Child hospitalized in Milton abuse case

Child hospitalized in Milton abuse case

Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies arrested Milton resident Benjamin Donahue, 29, March 1 after a 9-year-old was hospitalized after being beaten with a bamboo stick. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, deputies were called to the Creative Learning Academy in Pensacola after school staff observed bruises on the child. Read the full […]

Milton woman arrested for armed robbery

Milton woman arrested for armed robbery

A Milton woman has been arrested for orchestrating armed robbery of a man in Milton Feb. 9. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office report, Samantha Scarcella, 18, allegedly asked the victim to bring her money for narcotics and he was then shot by one of her accomplices. Read the full article in the […]

86-year-old woman charged with killing husband

86-year-old woman charged with killing husband

An elderly Pace woman allegedly killed her 89-year-old husband with a cane Saturday, but prosecutors are not sure she is competent to stand trial. Sheriff Bob Johnson said the case is complicated by the age of the individuals and apparent confusion of the suspect involved. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of […]

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

A Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office sergeant from Navarre has been arrested on multiple counts of child pornography after a search of his phone. Jeffrey Perkins was arrested Monday and charged with eight counts of child pornography following an investigation by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue […]

Milton shooting, burglary suspect arrested

Milton shooting, burglary suspect arrested

Drugs may have been involved in an attempted homicide and burglary incident in Milton according a Santa Rosa County arrest report. Suspect Kristopher Telacy Brown, 20, of Pensacola was arrested Dec. 11 for allegedly shooting a man in the head with a sawed-off shotgun. Deputies arrived at 6461 Sunny Acres Court in Mil­ton about 9 […]

Navarre man arrested for stabbing pet pig

Navarre man arrested for stabbing pet pig

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man Nov. 8 after he allegedly stabbed a pet pig. Logan Ingram, 24, faces a felony animal abuse charge for allegedly stabbing the pig in his backyard along Waynell Court. According to the arrest report, a neighbor called the law enforcement after she said she witnessed the suspect beating […]

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson has long had the Midas touch when asking county commissioners to boost his budget, but soon they intend to have him send much of his ever-increasing annual bill straight to taxpayers. “The idea is for the sheriff to become a taxing authority all his own, similar to the school district,” […]

Navarre teen assaulted at community pool

Navarre teen assaulted at community pool

Arias Yamil Halston, 46, was arrested July 27 for alleged sexually battery on a 13-year-old at a pool in Navarre. According to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Halston allegedly restrained and fondled a 13-year-old girl while swimming in the pool. The address of the incident has been redacted, but the report said it […]

Crime down, sheriff’s budget up

Crime down, sheriff’s budget up

In the past six months, crime in Santa Rosa County has dropped 23 percent according to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Rich Aloy. Accompanying the dropping crime rate has been an increase in clearing of cases by the department, meaning the cases were resolved. Read the full article in the July 5 […]

Sheriff: ‘Dirtbag’ arrested for child porn

Sheriff: ‘Dirtbag’ arrested for child porn

A registered sexual predator was arrested in Milton May 10 on multiple counts of possession of child pornography on his cell phone. Richard Andrew Jackson allegedly had 20 images of confirmed child pornography on his phone when it was seized by deputies, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said. Read the full article in the […]

Naked man arrested in Gulf Breeze

Naked man arrested in Gulf Breeze

Residents of Woodlawn Way in Gulf Breeze had an unexpected and naked visitor May 17. Joseph John Musso, 63, of Gulf Breeze was arrested after he allegedly walked the neighborhood for more than an hour completely nude. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, the sheriff’s office was called after a security camera […]

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

Santa Rosa County Jail has hit its limit. The 682-bed facility has been full or nearly full for years, and Sheriff Bob Johnson said it has affected how his deputies enforce the law. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the […]

Two children dead after Pace DUI crash

Two children dead after Pace DUI crash

Two children were killed in an alleged drunk driving accident in Pace May 6. Kailen Alan Kelly, 35, of Pace is facing felony charges in the deaths. According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Kelly was driving southbound along Woodbine Road at approximately 5:35 p.m. The report said he was driving at a high rate […]

Minor traffic stop leads to drug bust

Minor traffic stop leads to drug bust

A minor traffic stop for a broken brake light in Milton led to the arrest of a Pensacola man on felony drug trafficking charges. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office reports, a deputy pulled over a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Tuesday at around 11 p.m. after observing that the vehicle’s brake light was not working. […]

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

For the hundreds of inmates struggling with opioid addiction, Santa Rosa County Jail is offering a solution, free of charge. The jail will cover medication-assisted treatment for a full year, even if the person doesn’t remain incarcerated for the entire 12 months. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Man dies after allegedly ingesting cocaine

Man dies after allegedly ingesting cocaine

A Santa Rosa County Jail inmate died Tuesday after allegedly swallowing drugs during a traffic stop. His death is currently under investigation. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office press release, the unnamed man was stopped Monday night for a traffic related incident in Milton. During the traffic stop, the deputy observed the adult […]

Sheriff makes drug arrest

Sheriff makes drug arrest

It’s rarely good news when you get pulled over by a deputy, but getting pulled over by the Sheriff himself is surely worse. And that is what happened March 2 at approximately 9 p.m. in Navarre. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

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 […]

Access road could clash with neighborhood needs

Access road could clash with neighborhood needs

Fueled by continued frustration over congestion on U.S. Highway 98, the Santa Rosa County Commission took a step forward Monday toward creating an alternative route. The board approved a feasibility study on the possible construction of a Navarre Community Access Road north of U.S. Highway 98 between Edgewood Drive and Whispering Pines Boulevard. A joint […]