Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

Minor traffic stop leads to drug bust

Minor traffic stop leads to drug bust

A minor traffic stop for a broken brake light in Milton led to the arrest of a Pensacola man on felony drug trafficking charges. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office reports, a deputy pulled over a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Tuesday at around 11 p.m. after observing that the vehicle’s brake light was not working. […]

Man dies after allegedly ingesting cocaine

Man dies after allegedly ingesting cocaine

A Santa Rosa County Jail inmate died Tuesday after allegedly swallowing drugs during a traffic stop. His death is currently under investigation. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office press release, the unnamed man was stopped Monday night for a traffic related incident in Milton. During the traffic stop, the deputy observed the adult […]

Lucky chain of events saves life of Navarre shopper

Lucky chain of events saves life of Navarre shopper

Randal Leonard of Navarre is a lucky man, in that his wife Janette St. John had him running errands Feb. 22. The 59-year-old was also lucky that he chose to pick up groceries at the Walmart Supercenter in Navarre, where he went into cardiac arrest. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue of […]

Santa Rosa K-9 Unit top notch

Santa Rosa K-9 Unit top notch

  The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit brought home six awards this month from the 2018 USPCA Region 1 Field Trials in Escambia County. Among the awards was first place for agility with canine Orkon, handled by deputy Danny Miller, and first in obedience with canine Dozer, handled by Sgt. Clay Smith. Read the […]

Sheriff’s office to receive Narcan to fight overdose

Sheriff’s office to receive Narcan to fight overdose

Overdoses on opioids in Santa Rosa County are on the rise year over year, and nationwide deaths from opioid overdose in the U.S. have risen 22 percent according to Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson. Johnson gave an update on the opioid crisis in Santa Rosa County Tuesday during the monthly meeting of the Santa Rosa […]

Phone scam thwarted by local deputies

Phone scam thwarted by local deputies

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Deputies responding to an unpaid taxi fare thwarted a scam March 26 in Milton. At approximately 11 a.m., dispatchers at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to an individual who was refusing to pay for a taxi cab fare according to a sheriff’s office press release. […]

Jay 13-year old arrested for attempted murder, arson

Jay 13-year old arrested for attempted murder, arson

A 13-year old boy, Ethan Marsh-Hual, of Jay has been arrested and charged with Attempted Premeditated Murder (felony), Arson (felony), Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling with $1,000 worth of damages (felony) and Burglary of a Vehicle (felony). Saturday deputies with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Stafford Farm Boulevard in Jay […]

Sheriff makes drug arrest

Sheriff makes drug arrest

It’s rarely good news when you get pulled over by a deputy, but getting pulled over by the Sheriff himself is surely worse. And that is what happened March 2 at approximately 9 p.m. in Navarre. Read the full article in the Mar. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]

Holley Navarre Middle welcomes resource officer Chau

Holley Navarre Middle welcomes resource officer Chau

With a gun on his hip, a badge on his chest and a smile on his face Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputy Liem Chau started his first day at his new job Monday: Holley Navarre Middle School Resource Officer. The announcement that HNMS would be one of the first middle schools to receive a new resource […]

Navarre High student arrested for bomb threat

Navarre High student arrested for bomb threat

Two Santa Rosa County students are facing bomb threat charges for two separate threats at Navarre High School and King Middle School. Thursday, school resource officers with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office investigated an allegation involving a student at Navarre High School according to a sheriff’s office press release. This student utilized Instagram to […]

‘Whatcha gonna do bad boys’ of Santa Rosa?

‘Whatcha gonna do bad boys’ of Santa Rosa?

After relations went sour with the TV show “Live PD,” Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies will be in the lime light and in television viewers’ living rooms once again. Film crews for the television series “COPS” will be following and filming Santa Rosa’s officers as they perform their tasks. Read the full article in the […]

Spray paint vandals identified, sought by police

Spray paint vandals identified, sought by police

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for two individuals suspected of vandalizing private property in the Navarre area. Tyree Travon Hawkins, 21, and Kaitlin Elizabeth Skrivanie, 19, are facing six counts of criminal mischief and one felony in connection to an incident that occurred Dec. 2, 2017. During the overnight hours, the Santa Rosa County […]

Santa Rosa Detention deputy arrested for theft of intellectual property

Santa Rosa Detention deputy arrested for theft of intellectual property

Russel Edmund Scott, a 49 year old detention deputy with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Jan. 9 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for theft of intellectual property. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Rich Aloy says the Sheriff’s office initiated the investigation of Scott. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

Body found in car identified

Body found in car identified

At around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, dispatchers received a call regarding a possible shooting in the Juana’s parking lot. When deputies arrived, a man was found dead in a car at the location. Major Crimes Division and a crime scene technician processed the scene and began the investigation. While detectives have not discovered any indications of […]

Burglary, battery of police dog result in 10-year sentence

Burglary, battery of police dog result in 10-year sentence

Following his conviction for battery of a police dog and other charges, a Pace man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Santa Rosa County Circuit Judge John Simon on Dec. 12 sentenced David Lecannon Smith, 36, to 10 years in state prison as a Habitual Felony Offender. Read the full article in the […]

Wells aims to spark scientific passion

Wells aims to spark scientific passion

  More than a decade ago, Tina Wells could be found at Eglin Air Force Base working with a variety of dead pathogens. She was an epidemiologist doing secret work for the U.S. Department of Defense, studying how certain strains of illnesses traveled and spread when released into the air. When that work wrapped up, […]

NHS collects teddies for sick children

NHS collects teddies for sick children

Children spending the holiday season at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital will receive some fuzzy friends thanks to the students of Navarre High School. The NHS Student Government Association is hosting a Teddy Bear Drive next week during school. Students will be able to share the love with sick children by donating stuffed animals to the […]

Santa Rosa County budget employs mix of revenue

Santa Rosa County budget employs mix of revenue

For 10 years, Santa Rosa County’s ad valorem property tax rate has not budged from 6.0953 mills, but the revenue from property taxes continues to grow year over year, largely because of an explosion in population and construction. Last year alone 1,396 new residential and 673 new commercial properties were developed. That can expand the […]

Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

Facebook busts alleged Club II burglar

The Club II in Gulf Breeze had unwelcome visitors Oct. 23, and Facebook has allegedly landed at least one of those visitors behind bars. Brittny Still, 28, of Gulf Breeze is facing third degree felony unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure and first degree misdemeanor larceny petty theft for the theft of keys to the […]

Senior Center aims to boost membership

Senior Center aims to boost membership

As the year winds down, the push to attract members for the Holley-Navarre Senior Center picks up. The membership drive is underway and will run through the end of the year. “Our membership is at 271 right now. We have set a goal to try to get to 300 for the year,” said Jim Russell, […]

A failure to plan

A failure to plan

Looking back over history in Navarre, since 2010 our population has grown by more than 69 percent. The rule of thumb around here has been to select a piece of vacant property, buy it, clear it, build on it and sell it. Wait…we forgot to mention the very important step of building up the dirt […]

Resource officer coming back to Holley-Navarre Middle

Resource officer coming back to Holley-Navarre Middle

Though hiring is still months away, Holley-Navarre Middle School Principal Joie DeStefano has already cleaned out an office in preparation for her school’s new Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office resource officer. It has been eight years since a uniformed officer regularly walked the halls of Santa Rosa middle schools, and DeStefano said she is ecstatic that […]

Pounds of drugs, guns seized in Milton bust

Pounds of drugs, guns seized in Milton bust

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies seized more than $87,000 worth of drugs, cash and weapons Friday morning from a home in Milton and arrested a man according to a sheriff’s office press release. Antonio Dewayne Davis was taken into custody following a more than 8 months long investigation into the alleged sale of illicit drugs from […]

Annual fish fry at the senior center a success

Annual fish fry at the senior center a success

The Holley Navarre Senior Center held its annual fish fry on Friday, Sept. 15 and was well-attended. The fish fry is one of the senior center’s biggest fundraiser each year. Featured in the Sept. 21 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year. P.S. Receive a digital subscription […]

Scam alert from sheriff’s office

Scam alert from sheriff’s office

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports in reference to a telephone scam. This is how this scam works: A telephone call is made stating the victim was missing from court and there was a warrant for his/her arrest. The caller stated he was a deputy with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s […]

Vandal tags home, car with hate

Vandal tags home, car with hate

“Kill yourself.” Those harsh words in big, black spray painted letters greeted the neighbors along Bahama Street Monday morning in Holley by the Sea. It was sprayed across the garage door of the home of Dylan Bruce, 19. His car parked in the driveway was worse off with white spray painted profanities on all sides. […]

Third teen arrested in vehicle burglaries

Third teen arrested in vehicle burglaries

Trent Dumas, age 19, of 7743 Navarre Parkway, was arrested Aug. 31 in connection to the string of vehicle burglaries on unlocked cars in and around Navarre. Following the arrest of Sean “Alex” Banks and Parker Ragsdale, a search warrant was issued for the Cayo Grande location where the three shared an apartment. Read the […]

Security systems donated to sheriff’s deputies

Security systems donated to sheriff’s deputies

State Farm donated 200 free home security systems to law enforcement officers of Santa Rosa County Aug. 23 as part of the insurance company’s Protect the Protectors program. Mike Hill, speaking as representative for State Farm, said it was the least they could do. “The Protect the Protectors program from State Farm is our way […]

Warrant issued for suspect at large

Warrant issued for suspect at large

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for suspect Michael Dakota Austin, 27, of Mary Esther. An arrest warrant has been issued for Austin for resisting arrest without violence, fleeing/eluding and child neglect. Austin is a 5-foot-6, 135-pound white male with brown hair and blue eyes. According to a police report, Sheriff Bob Johnson […]

UPDATE: Missing Pace man located by deputy

UPDATE: Missing Pace man located by deputy

UPDATE: The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has located Ronnie Joe Bishop. Bishop was spotted by a Santa Rosa deputy on routine patrol. He was transported to a local hospital to be checked out and appears to be OK, according to a press release. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Original story The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is seeking […]

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