Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

Divvying up the LOST: Improved animal services a top priority

Divvying up the LOST: Improved animal services a top priority

While Santa Rosa County commissioners pursue a one-cent sales tax for an Oct. 8 ballot referendum, determinations still must be made for spending of the county’s existing half-cent sales tax for fiscal year 2020. The local option sales tax (LOST) that took effect in 2017 has paid for millions of dollars in completed projects across […]

UPDATE: Missing juvenile found safe

UPDATE: Missing juvenile found safe

Update 7/17 2:28 p.m.: 16-year-old juvenile Kyla Jade Shannon has been found safe according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. She was reported missing yesterday.   Original: The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Division is currently looking for a missing and endangered 16 year old female. Kyla Jade Shannon – 16 years […]

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 […]

Thousands of LSD hits seized in Gulf Breeze

Thousands of LSD hits seized in Gulf Breeze

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies made a major drug bust in Gulf Breeze Monday evening after a K-9 alerted on a car in a traffic stop. Pensacola residents Tomas Mateo Martinez, 18, and Nathaniel Drew Allemang, 20, were arrested for felony drug trafficking charges after deputies seized thousands of doses of LSD from their vehicle. […]

Navarre Beach first responders ready for the worst

Navarre Beach first responders ready for the worst

If the worst happens on Navarre Beach during the busy summer season, first responders at all stages of the process want to be prepared. With that in mind, agencies came together early June 26 for joint training exercises.   Read the full article in the July 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Sheriff’s Office seeking accreditation renewal

Sheriff’s Office seeking accreditation renewal

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive July 23 to examine all aspects of the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office must comply with approximately 250 standards in order to receive accredited status.   Read the […]

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 […]

Jay man arrested for alleged child sexual abuse

Jay man arrested for alleged child sexual abuse

A registered sexual offender in Jay arrested June 19 is accused of sexually abusing children as young as 3 years old. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Gleaion Lee Wood, 71, (also known as Jimmy Wood) sexually assaulted and molested three children ages 3, 7 and 8 at his home on […]

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 […]

Are we privatizing part of our law enforcement?

Are we privatizing part of our law enforcement?

We learned in the last two weeks about a couple of instances where it has become necessary to hire off duty deputies to slow down speeders in Holley by the Sea and to direct the flow of weekend traffic on Gulf Boulevard at the Navarre Beach Causeway. This presents an interesting scenario. On one hand, […]

Holley by the Sea hires traffic enforcement

Holley by the Sea hires traffic enforcement

The Holley by the Sea Homeowners’ Association (HBTS) board voted June 11 to pay $2,000 for off duty sheriff’s deputies to monitor traffic and write tickets. Board North Vice President Mike McKinney proposed the plan as a way to tackle ongoing complaints of speeding along the subdivision’s major roads such as Edgewood Drive and Sunrise […]

Milton man allegedly sexually assaults child

Milton man allegedly sexually assaults child

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Mexican immigrant living in Milton on charges of child sexual assault June 13. Jose Brandon Prado Garnica, 21, of Milton allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl for a year and a half after coming to the U.S. in 2017. A witness whose name was redacted from the Santa Rosa […]

Man holds women at gunpoint in Cayo Grande

Man holds women at gunpoint in Cayo Grande

A Navarre man threatened women at gunpoint and said he was “only leaving in a body bag” June 5 at Cayo Grande Apartments. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Payne got into an argument with his girlfriend earlier that day after she asked him to move out of her apartment in […]

Milton man impersonates firefighter

Milton man impersonates firefighter

A Milton man is accused of pretending to be an East Milton firefighter to solicit money door to door. Ernest James Holley, 39, was arrested May 23 for allegedly pretending to be a firefighter. According to county arrest records from 2016, Holley is a register sexual predator. Read the full article in the June 6 […]

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 […]

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Navarre man arrested for choking, sexual assault

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested Navarre resident Brandon James Barnes, 34, June 3 for allegedly choking and attempting to sexually assault a woman. Barnes allegedly choked the victim while striking her on the face and body, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office arrest report. He pulled the victim’s hair and pushed her against […]

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 […]

Off-base bomb training valuable to military

Off-base bomb training valuable to military

A robot maneuvers its way through a hallway in the Pregnancy Resource Center in Navarre last week. It’s objective: obtain the pipe bomb that has been thrown into a room in the center.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click […]

What is the threshold?

What is the threshold?

A Milton mother of five has been charged with felony child neglect – five counts. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office investigated and entered the home to find the children living in squalor. What they found was disgusting. Children living in a roach-infested house. No furniture except a dining room table. A room with three mattresses on […]

Milton mother retains custody in neglect case

Milton mother retains custody in neglect case

A Milton woman accused of felony neglect of her five children, ages 5, 7, 11, 12 and 14, will not lose custody of her children according to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF closed their investigation April 30 said representative David Fierro. Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre […]

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 […]

Parents attacked by son expected to make full recovery

Parents attacked by son expected to make full recovery

A Midway couple stabbed multiple times inside their home last week are doing well and expected to make a full recovery after being hospitalized said Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy in a phone call Tuesday. The April 30 altercation ended with a father shooting his adult son, Erich Reitz, 29, to death […]

Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A-Truck

Demolition trucks, fire engines, school buses, Hurlburt Special Tactics vehicles and more were on hand at the Navarre High School Touch-A-Truck event last Saturday. Click here to view photos from this event.                                             As […]

K-9 Viber relieves stress in dispatch

K-9 Viber relieves stress in dispatch

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office announced a new deputy dedicated to relieving stress has joined the force. Sheriff Bob Johnson took possession of a K-9 named Viber April 22. She is a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options […]

Body cams aren’t yet on sheriff’s screen

Body cams aren’t yet on sheriff’s screen

Most of Florida’s local law enforcement agencies aren’t equipping their patrol officers with body cameras and Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson is among them. Thus the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is part of a shrinking majority. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

‘COPS’ to air episode featuring Santa Rosa deputies this weekend

‘COPS’ to air episode featuring Santa Rosa deputies this weekend

‘Bad boys’ be wary when the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office comes for you. The popular television show “COPS” will be featuring Santa Rosa County deputies in an episode airing this weekend. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to […]

Narcotics Unit busts meth, heroin in Milton

Narcotics Unit busts meth, heroin in Milton

Narcotics officers with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office recovered heroin, meth and oxycodone at a home in Milton April 23 during a search on Cherub Circle. One of the residences of the home, Jennifer Holly Campbell, was arrested on drug trafficking charges. According to arrest reports, the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at Campbell’s […]

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 […]

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