Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

Man allegedly attempts ‘suicide by cop’

Man allegedly attempts ‘suicide by cop’

Santa Rosa deputies arrested a man in Milton Thursday, who is accused of trying to run over officers in an alleged suicide attempt.   Text messages sent Oct. 8 by Pace resident Daniel Paul Sunday, 33, led officers to believe he might be a danger. According to the arrest report, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office issued a […]

Gulf Breeze child sex arrest started on Snapchat

Gulf Breeze child sex arrest started on Snapchat

A Gulf Breeze man allegedly snuck into the home of a child he met on Snapchat to have sex. Now, he’s in Santa Rosa County Jail. Austin Davis, 19, is accused of felony lewd and lascivious battery after allegedly sneaking into the 14-year-old’s home and having sex with her.  According to the Santa Rosa County […]

Pace man arrested on 27 counts of child porn

Pace man arrested on 27 counts of child porn

Law enforcement arrested a Pace man Sept. 29 on 27 counts of allegedly downloading and sharing child pornography depicting children younger than 10.   Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Jeffery Carl Swenson, 56, of 5765 Quintette Road, Pace, on charges of obscene material possession depicting […]

Naked man allegedly runs through school grounds

Naked man allegedly runs through school grounds

Approximately 200 students of Gulf Pointe Latin School in Navarre watched Sept. 23 as a naked man ran through the school grounds. The man fled from first responders through the woods, then he ran through the school grounds, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. He has been identified as Jason Boucher, 32, […]

Sheriff: Children home during Navarre double murder

Sheriff: Children home during Navarre double murder

UPDATE, Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m.: Deputies responding to a homicide on Bobwhite Circle in Navarre Sept. 13 found their suspect covered in blood, waiting outside the home, Sheriff Bob Johnson announced Monday in a press conference. Courtney “Corry” Howell, 38, was arrested at 2607 Bobwhite Circle and charged with double homicide. His three children were […]

Accidental drowning under investigation

Accidental drowning under investigation

An accidental drowning is being investigated in Tiger Point. Deputies from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of Greenview Lane late Friday morning. They responded to a call for a missing child that walked away from a home. Despite deputies and citizens searching neighborhoods for several hours, they came up […]

Navarre man stalked 7-year-old’s window while naked

Navarre man stalked 7-year-old’s window while naked

While completely naked, a Navarre man knocked on a young girls window and allegedly removed her window screen.  During a press conference Tuesday, Sheriff Bob Johnson announced the arrest of Eric Straight, 50, on a felony charge of aggravated stalking of a child under the age of 12. Straight is accused of repeatedly showing up […]

Sheriff Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

Sheriff Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release issued Wednesday.  “Sheriff Johnson is doing extremely well and is currently quarantined at his residence,” Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy wrote.  Johnson is one of the more than 3,600 positive cases in the county and 510,000 in the state […]

Santa Rosa sees $7.7 million revenue shortfall

Santa Rosa sees $7.7 million revenue shortfall

While other local governments are discussing the politically charged idea of reducing funding to law enforcement for community efforts, Santa Rosa County is cutting back the sheriff’s budget for a very different reason. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy, shutting down entire sectors of the economy for months and leaving millions unemployed. […]

Pace woman arrested for abuse of adopted children

Pace woman arrested for abuse of adopted children

A Pace woman allegedly home schooled her four adopted children for two years to prevent discovery of the severe abuse and neglect she inflicted on them. Sheriff Bob Johnson told reporters Monday the allegations against Patricia Dianne Hyler, 48, were disturbing. She has been charged with one felony count of aggravated child abuse, but Johnson […]

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 […]

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