Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

Body found in Pace identified as missing boy

Body found in Pace identified as missing boy

A body found in Pace Tuesday has been tentatively identified as a missing 11-year-old boy from Colorado according to a sheriff’s office press release.  Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office found the body and contacted the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office March 18 in an attempt to make an identification.  An autopsy was performed by the […]

Officers cleared in shooting of Milton suspect

Officers cleared in shooting of Milton suspect

The State Attorney’s Office ruled March 4 law enforcement officers were reasonable and justified in firing 65 rounds, fatally shooting a suspect at Pensacola State College’s Milton campus (PSC) in September 2019. According to a City of Milton press release, Milton Police Department officers and a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputy were in pursuit of […]

Suspect named in 2017 Jay murder cold case

Suspect named in 2017 Jay murder cold case

A suspect has been named in the 2017 killing of a Jay woman, but his arrest may be delayed until 2021 according Sheriff Bob Johnson. Felecia Kuswandy, 38, was reported missing in May 2018, but investigators believe she died in November 2017 after her decomposing body was found in a shallow grave on her half-brother’s […]

Sheriff’s office captain demoted for sexual harassment

Sheriff’s office captain demoted for sexual harassment

Sexual harassment allegations involving a sex toy at work led to the demotion of a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office captain in January. After an internal investigation, Capt. Scott Haines was demoted to lieutenant effective Jan. 31. The Notice of Action obtained from the sheriff’s office cited Improper Conduct Offenses including sexual harassment and standard […]

Navarre woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

Navarre woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

Deputies arrested a Navarre woman Thursday morning for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend with a kitchen knife.  According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office press release, deputies were called about a stabbing on the 7500 block of Blackjack Circle in Navarre. The male victim had been stabbed in the abdomen and also cut on his […]

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 […]

Law enforcement grads factor cameras into employment decision

Law enforcement grads factor cameras into employment decision

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies currently do not wear body cameras, and that fact could be hurting their recruitment efforts. Demand for trained professionals to fill law enforcement officer positions remains high throughout the U.S., and for soon-to-be graduates like Falicia Bender having the extra protection of her integrity.           […]

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 […]

Navarre man charged with child molestation

Navarre man charged with child molestation

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man for allegedly exposing himself to and molesting a 4-year-old girl. Jefferson Tupas Ngeskebei, 25, was arrested Dec. 2 and charged with felony lewd and lascivious molestation of a child younger than 12 and felony lewd and lascivious exhibition in the presence of a child. According to […]

County eyes second try on sales tax

County eyes second try on sales tax

Santa Rosa County will likely be trying to pass a new local option sales tax on the November 2020 general election ballot based on discussion from the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) oversight committee’s Dec. 3 meeting. In an October special election, county commissioners asked voters to approve increasing the current LOST from a half […]

Pace man arrested in homicide

Pace man arrested in homicide

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an deadly stabbing in Pace that occurred in the early evening Dec. 8. Thomas Joseph Lazio, 25, of Pace is charged with homicide in the incident. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, deputies were dispatched to the 5300 block of Avenida De Golf in Pace […]

Five things to know: Internet safety for students

Five things to know: Internet safety for students

It’s no secret that dangers lurk online for children. Cases of sexual predators abusing social media to gain access to children are reported with disturbing regularity. But parents in Santa Rosa County took a step to protect their students Nov. 19 during an internet safety presentation in the cafeteria of Holley Navarre Middle School.

Navarre man allegedly kissed, groped child

Navarre man allegedly kissed, groped child

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man Nov. 11 for allegedly kissing and groping a minor. Oscar Camacho, 62, is charged with misdemeanor battery and felony child abuse in connection with the incident. According to the arrest report, the victim was crying and appeared scared and distraught when giving her statement. She told […]

Be as loud as you want on the beach

Be as loud as you want on the beach

Questions about noise control resurfaced during the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association meeting Oct. 19. The questions about the county’s noise ordinance centered around a simple fact: the beach doesn’t have one. At least not one that covers most of the population on the coast, said Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Major Doug Bringmans. […]

Milton man allegedly beat, strangled 17-year-old

Milton man allegedly beat, strangled 17-year-old

Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Milton man Oct. 28 on charges of kidnapping, beating and strangling a 17-year-old girl at his residence on Windswept Lane. Joseph Brandon Mack, 20, was out on probation when he allegedly committed the offense July 5, according to Santa Rosa County Jail records. The incident began with an […]

Sheriff: Car burglars were looking for guns

Sheriff: Car burglars were looking for guns

A rash of vehicle burglaries spanning Escambia, Santa Rosa and Baldwin counties came to an end last week. During a news conference Oct. 30, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said investigators have identified the individuals responsible for at least 10 burglaries and an armed robbery in Santa Rosa County. Read the full article in […]

Man gets 14 years for ramming deputy with car

Man gets 14 years for ramming deputy with car

A Milton man was sentenced to 14 years in state prison Oct. 23 after pleading guilty to hitting a school resource officer with his car, among other charges, according to a State Attorney’s Office press release. On March 14, Arthur Buckhault, 27, struck a school resource deputy with his vehicle at T.R. Jackson Elementary School […]

Repeat offender arrested for meth, heroin in Gulf Breeze

Repeat offender arrested for meth, heroin in Gulf Breeze

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre woman for alleged drug trafficking Oct. 23 after spotting her truck in Gulf Breeze. Joanie Rager has a history of drug arrests with Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office according to jail records. She was arrested on charges of drug trafficking after deputies say they got a confidential tip that she was […]

Deputies pull over 12 year old, arrest mother

Deputies pull over 12 year old, arrest mother

Upon pulling over a vehicle swerving along U.S. Highway 98 Oct. 13 in Gulf Breeze, a sheriff’s deputy discovered the driver was not only unlicensed but also 12 years old. The child’s mother, Francisco Darla Saria of Milton, was sitting in the passenger seat, and two more minors were sitting in the back seat according to […]

Four legged deputies receive Back the Blue award

Four legged deputies receive Back the Blue award

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office K-9s Zinc and Copper became the first four legged recipients of the Back the Blue award Oct. 9 for their successful recovery of a lost 3-year-old boy with autism. Attorney General Ashley Moody presented the K-9s and their handlers with the awards at Santa Rosa County Jail during a news conference. […]

Dog deputies rescue lost child

Dog deputies rescue lost child

On the morning of Sept. 15, Audra Hughes of Pace got the call no mother wants to receive. Her son, Aedric, 3, was missing. The child has autism and is nonverbal, except for the word “bye.” About 10:30 a.m., he had unlocked the front door deadbolt and wandered off while at his grandmother’s house, she […]

Employee charged with elder abuse at senior facility

Employee charged with elder abuse at senior facility

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Bay Breeze Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center for allegedly physically abusing one of the residents, causing him to bleed. Kayla Marie Oeth, 26, was arrested Sept. 16 in connection with an incident that occurred Aug. 10. According to the arrest report, a deputy […]

UPDATE: Suspect name released in officer involved shooting

UPDATE: Suspect name released in officer involved shooting

UPDATE- Sept. 20, 10 a.m.: City of Milton officials have released the name of a suspect killed in an officer involved shooting in Milton earlier this week. Edward Matthew Guerrero-Cruz, 34, allegedly stole a dump truck at approximately 5:10 a.m. at a gas station in Milton. Law enforcement located him on Pensacola State College Milton […]

Drugs discovered in rectum of Gulf Breeze man

Drugs discovered in rectum of Gulf Breeze man

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered more than 131 pills, meth and a baggie of marijuana Sept. 4 from a hotel room in Navarre. Gulf Breeze resident Dylan Brady Nobrega, 20, was arrested in connection with the incident after deputies allegedly found some of the drugs in his rectum. According to the arrest report, deputies […]

Puppy theft ends in safe recovery

Puppy theft ends in safe recovery

Thanks to the quick work of Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies in Navarre, a stolen puppy was recovered safely Aug. 31, just in time to get adopted. The incident occurred during an adoption event at Pet Nation. Store owner Holly Elassaad hosts Road Dogg Rescue at least once a month, allowing the group to hold adoption […]

Know what’s on your child’s phone

Know what’s on your child’s phone

When Jarred Durant, 25, arrived at a residence in Sarasota County over the summer, he was met with an unpleasant surprise. Durant had allegedly been messaging someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl on the social media app Skout, a dating app that uses location information to connect users. Durant had allegedly gone to the […]

One cent local option sales tax election

One cent local option sales tax election

Santa Rosa County Commissioners are pushing hard for an additional half cent sales tax to be added to purchases within Santa Rosa County, but that will be up to the voters to decide Oct. 8. Sample ballots have been mailed and registration books closed for a countywide special election on the issue.   Read the […]

Murder suspect arrested in Milton cold case

Murder suspect arrested in Milton cold case

After more than four years, witness statements about a homicide in Milton have led Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies to arrest the victim’s previous roommate Monday. John Travis Palmer has been charged with first-degree felony homicide for allegedly shooting the victim in the head according the arrest report provided by the State Attorney’s Office. Santa Rosa […]

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