Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

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 […]

Navarre man arrested for alleged child molestation

Navarre man arrested for alleged child molestation

After he allegedly fled to Alabama, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Navarre man accused of molesting a child younger than 12 years old. Loyd Robert Walker, 63, faces a felony molestation charge for allegedly sticking his hands inside the pants of the child. The allegations were reported in late July. According to […]

Hubbard finding new normal after cancer journey

Hubbard finding new normal after cancer journey

Nic Hubbard had gotten used to being sick. The Navarre resident and Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputy has been fighting chemo-resistant Hodgkin’s lymphoma since February 2018. After he, wife Lauren and their infant son uprooted their family to Maryland for specialized treatment, Hubbard was in and out of the hospital …   Read the full […]

Midway firefighter arrested in 2018 hit-and-run

Midway firefighter arrested in 2018 hit-and-run

A year after a vehicle fatally struck a woman on the Navarre Beach bridge, a Midway firefighter turned himself in to Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies Aug. 22 after being charged with hit and run. Brayton Cale Secondine, 26, of Milton was identified as the driver of a red Chevrolet Camaro that left the scene […]

Newman sentenced to life for child molestation

Newman sentenced to life for child molestation

Santa Rosa County Circuit Court Judge Darlene Dickey sentenced Michael Paul Newman, 43, of Arkansas, to life in prison for molesting an 8-year-old in Milton according to a State Attorney’s office press release. Newman was also designated as a Sexual Predator.   Read the full article in the Aug. 22 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Five arrested in Navarre for smash and grabs

Five arrested in Navarre for smash and grabs

Five suspects were arrested Monday at a Navarre residence on allegations of more than 60 “smash and grab” style burglaries in Okaloosa County. Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson held a joint press conference with Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Walton Police Department Tuesday afternoon to discuss the collaborative investigation.   Read the full […]

Man arrested for filming child changing clothes

Man arrested for filming child changing clothes

A Milton man faces felony sex offense charges after he allegedly video taped a 9 year old girl changing clothes during a pool party. Kevin Shavar Ford, 38, was arrested Aug. 19 and charged with second degree felony video voyeurism of a child less than 16 years old. According to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office […]

Man arrested for alleged sexual assault of 3 year old

Man arrested for alleged sexual assault of 3 year old

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man in Milton Aug. 17 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 3 year old girl. According to the sheriff’s office arrest report, the child told an adult that James Michael Dunsford, 22, had taken off her panties and touched her genitals. The child also indicated that Dunsford had shown […]

Navarre man arrested for meth trafficking

Navarre man arrested for meth trafficking

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man for approximately 59 grams of methamphetamine Aug. 8 in a traffic stop on Highway 87. According to the arrest report, deputies stopped a truck after the driver allegedly ran the stop sign at the intersection of 87 and Bay River Road. Marcus David Singleterry, 34, was […]

Navarre couple arrested for beating 23-month-old

Navarre couple arrested for beating 23-month-old

A 23-month-old suffered lacerations to the face and a ruptured eyeball, requiring surgery, after the mother’s live-in-boyfriend allegedly struck the child in the face in Navarre April 6. Ezell Dwayne Allen, 20, was arrested Aug. 5 and charged with first degree felony aggravated child abuse in connection with the incident. The mother, Dominique Spears, is […]

Bears close Navarre Park for a nap

Bears close Navarre Park for a nap

Friday two bears were caught napping in a pine tree in Navarre Park. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC), along with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, closed Navarre Park for the safety of visitors. According to FWC’s website, the black bear is the only species of bear in Florida. Bears are solitary by nature […]

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. […]

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