Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

Unassuming hero helps deputy escape overturned car

Unassuming hero helps deputy escape overturned car

It was a Friday to remember for Santa Rosa County Deputy Stephen Clark. He was headed west on Highway 98 in his cruiser, a Dodge Charger, Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. A car driven by Richard Mihailovic of Navarre had pulled into an eastbound turn lane and was approaching the median break. Read the full […]

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

In the wake of the arrest of a Santa Rosa County school bus driver last week on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is launching an internal Supervisory Inquiry into why it took so long to secure an arrest warrant for the man. Kenneth Dean Webb Jr., age 60, […]

Raiders proactive in approach to safety at football games

Raiders proactive in approach to safety at football games

Last weekend was one of the most violent on a football Friday night. There were three shootings outside stadiums in three different states, including Florida, and that has prompted a more proactive approach to preventing future incidents. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Scott calls for reallocation of safe school funds

Scott calls for reallocation of safe school funds

Gov. Rick Scott is urging Florida lawmakers to redirect the roughly $58 million remaining from the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program and send it instead to the state’s school districts for additional school safety funding. “When I signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, I made it clear that any unused funding […]

Parking dispute highlights county right of way dilemma

Parking dispute highlights county right of way dilemma

Tensions regarding the use of parking facilities at the Soundview Plaza shopping center flared again Aug. 23 as patrons of TC’s Front Porch parked in spaces marked for plaza customers only. But due to a longstanding “grandfathering” arrangement, towing of these vehicles may not have been allowed. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 […]

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Larry Hoffman was hit by a car while jogging along Whitesands Boulevard on Navarre Beach. Now he is working to make sure it does not happen to anyone else. Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, part of his daily routine, when a vehicle hit him from behind on March […]

Nextdoor social network doubles as crime-fighter

Nextdoor social network doubles as crime-fighter

In the age of smart phones, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is pushing for residents to embrace an app to connect them directly to their neighbors and law enforcement. The app is called Nextdoor, and Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy said it has crime-fighting capabilities. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 […]

Navarre pet killings under investigation

Navarre pet killings under investigation

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating two cases of pets being killed in the Navarre area. The killings appear to have been done by a person on or around Aug. 15. One of the victims was Zoey, a 9-year-old rescue dog belonging to Jessica Brown of Navarre. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

15-year-old charged with attempted homicide

15-year-old charged with attempted homicide

A 15-year-old from Jay has been arrested Sunday on attempted homicide charges after he allegedly shot his father and attempted to build a fire bomb. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office reports, Jackson Shane Baxley, 15, was arrested at his home on Highway 89 after deputies responded to a shooting call at approximately 7 […]

Nosy new deputies join sheriff’s office

Nosy new deputies join sheriff’s office

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office welcomed two new deputies to the force last week, and those deputies will be trained for a special mission. Standing at only about a foot tall, with four paws and a nose 40 times more powerful than a human’s, these recruits will be part of an all-new department within the […]

TC’s Front Porch customers get unwelcome surprise

TC’s Front Porch customers get unwelcome surprise

Patrons to TC’s Front Porch in Navarre got a shock last week when they left the restaurant and walked across the street to the neighboring Soundview Plaza shopping center to find that their cars were no longer there. Owner Bob Benaquis said he became aware of the incident after customers began returning to the restaurant […]

Navarre man arrested for child sexual assault

Navarre man arrested for child sexual assault

A Navarre man was arrested Aug. 6 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 6-year-old on three separate occasions according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. John Benjamin Carper, 36, faces three counts of capital felony sexual assault of a minor under 12 years old. According to a sheriff’s office arrest report, the incidents occurred between November […]

Shoplifter ignores chance to make amends

Shoplifter ignores chance to make amends

Retailers lose tens of billions of dollars to shoplifting each year, according to the National Retail Federation, and small businesses are victims just as often as larger retailers. Pet Nation owner Holly Elassadd said she is all too familiar with shoplifting losses. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

National Night Out to unite community

National Night Out to unite community

Back to school is rapidly approaching, and the 35th Annual National Night Out, Aug. 7, aims to help Santa Rosa County’s youngest residents prepare for the coming school year. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and Target stores each year in partnership with local organizations to offer entertainment, information, […]

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Nest numbers down, beach items may be to blame

Since sea turtle nesting season began May 1, Navarre Beach has only seen three turtle nests, a far cry from the nearly record-breaking 19 nests that were found last year. The nesting number is also lower than the average for the past decade. Read the full article in the Aug. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Four vehicles stolen in south Santa Rosa

Four vehicles stolen in south Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies are actively investigating the theft of four vehicles in the Navarre and Gulf Breeze area. The vehicles were reported stolen last night. According to a press release, a tow truck was reported stolen from Tiger Point Paint and Body in Gulf Breeze. Three private vehicles were also reported stolen in the […]

Sheriff’s office investigating Milton shooting

Sheriff’s office investigating Milton shooting

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a shooting in Milton last night. At roughly 9 p.m., deputies arrived at 6461 Sunny Acres Court in Milton after being advised that an adult male at the residence had been shot according to a sheriff’s office press release. After arrival, a responsive and alert victim was transported […]

Crime down, sheriff’s budget up

Crime down, sheriff’s budget up

In the past six months, crime in Santa Rosa County has dropped 23 percent according to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Rich Aloy. Accompanying the dropping crime rate has been an increase in clearing of cases by the department, meaning the cases were resolved. Read the full article in the July 5 […]

Navarre woman arrested for kidnapping fake

Navarre woman arrested for kidnapping fake

After reporting an alleged attempted kidnapping on Navarre Beach, Navarre resident Naomi Herrera was arrested June 25 for providing a false statement to law enforcement. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Herrera, 33, called 911 April 23 and told dispatchers that two men had attempted to force her into a van. […]

Husfelt found guilty in Milton stabbing

Husfelt found guilty in Milton stabbing

A Santa Rosa County Jury found Jevon Marquise Lamar Husfelt, 22, guilty of two counts of attempted first degree premeditated murder with a weapon. According to a press release from State Attorney Bill Eddins office, on November 9, 2017, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Kabel Drive in Milton […]

Man arrested in Navarre for threatening officer

Man arrested in Navarre for threatening officer

A man was arrested in Navarre for aggravated stalking Monday after sending multiple threats of violence to a law enforcement officer and his family. According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, Donald Leon Heitz Jr., 33, sent multiple text messages and a voicemail to a Florida Highway Patrol officer. Starting June 11, Heitz allegedly sent […]

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

County considering new tax for sheriff’s office

While trying to reconcile the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office’s budget request to revenue realities, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) discussed the possibility Thursday of implementing a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) for law enforcement services during the first of their annual budget workshops. Sheriff Bob Johnson told commissioners that he needs nearly every penny […]

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

Navarre Beach fire study calls for higher rates

The numbers are in, and Navarre Beach Fire Department annual funding needs far exceed their initial increase request by $313,687, according to a study by Government Services Group Inc (GSG). The department in February had requested that the Board of County Commissioners approve a $109,000 increase, split between the Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) rates […]

Santa Rosa crime figures are a mixed bag

Santa Rosa crime figures are a mixed bag

At first glance, some of the annual crime statistics released last week by state officials make Santa Rosa appear to be trending worse than Florida overall and neighboring counties. What’s more, Santa Rosa’s violent crime rate rose by 10.4 percent, while it fell by double digits in both Escambia and Okaloosa. Read the full article […]

Beach rental burglarized, drugs found

Beach rental burglarized, drugs found

Two women were arrested for burglary May 25 after a Navarre Beach property owner noticed a vehicle in his rental’s driveway when the property should have been vacant. At roughly 7:30 a.m. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the home along Gulf Boulevard after a gold Honda Accord was spotted by the […]

Sheriff: ‘Dirtbag’ arrested for child porn

Sheriff: ‘Dirtbag’ arrested for child porn

A registered sexual predator was arrested in Milton May 10 on multiple counts of possession of child pornography on his cell phone. Richard Andrew Jackson allegedly had 20 images of confirmed child pornography on his phone when it was seized by deputies, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said. Read the full article in the […]

Naked man arrested in Gulf Breeze

Naked man arrested in Gulf Breeze

Residents of Woodlawn Way in Gulf Breeze had an unexpected and naked visitor May 17. Joseph John Musso, 63, of Gulf Breeze was arrested after he allegedly walked the neighborhood for more than an hour completely nude. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, the sheriff’s office was called after a security camera […]

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

County seeks short-term fix for big jail problems

Santa Rosa County Jail has hit its limit. The 682-bed facility has been full or nearly full for years, and Sheriff Bob Johnson said it has affected how his deputies enforce the law. Read the full article in the May 10 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the […]

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 […]

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