Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

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. […]

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 […]

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