Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

What is the threshold?

What is the threshold?

A Milton mother of five has been charged with felony child neglect – five counts. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office investigated and entered the home to find the children living in squalor. What they found was disgusting. Children living in a roach-infested house. No furniture except a dining room table. A room with three mattresses on […]

Milton mother retains custody in neglect case

Milton mother retains custody in neglect case

A Milton woman accused of felony neglect of her five children, ages 5, 7, 11, 12 and 14, will not lose custody of her children according to the Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF closed their investigation April 30 said representative David Fierro. Read the full article in the May 16 issue of Navarre […]

Navarre football coach arrested for battery

Navarre football coach arrested for battery

Navarre High School offensive line coach and teacher Greg Greenhaw was arrested April 28 for domestic violence related battery. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor. The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. the previous day and was reported by his wife, Stacey, upon her arrival at the District I Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office shortly after […]

Parents attacked by son expected to make full recovery

Parents attacked by son expected to make full recovery

A Midway couple stabbed multiple times inside their home last week are doing well and expected to make a full recovery after being hospitalized said Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy in a phone call Tuesday. The April 30 altercation ended with a father shooting his adult son, Erich Reitz, 29, to death […]

Touch-A-Truck

Touch-A-Truck

Demolition trucks, fire engines, school buses, Hurlburt Special Tactics vehicles and more were on hand at the Navarre High School Touch-A-Truck event last Saturday. Click here to view photos from this event.                                             As […]

K-9 Viber relieves stress in dispatch

K-9 Viber relieves stress in dispatch

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office announced a new deputy dedicated to relieving stress has joined the force. Sheriff Bob Johnson took possession of a K-9 named Viber April 22. She is a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois.   Read the full article in the May 2 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options […]

Body cams aren’t yet on sheriff’s screen

Body cams aren’t yet on sheriff’s screen

Most of Florida’s local law enforcement agencies aren’t equipping their patrol officers with body cameras and Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson is among them. Thus the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is part of a shrinking majority. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

‘COPS’ to air episode featuring Santa Rosa deputies this weekend

‘COPS’ to air episode featuring Santa Rosa deputies this weekend

‘Bad boys’ be wary when the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office comes for you. The popular television show “COPS” will be featuring Santa Rosa County deputies in an episode airing this weekend. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to […]

Narcotics Unit busts meth, heroin in Milton

Narcotics Unit busts meth, heroin in Milton

Narcotics officers with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office recovered heroin, meth and oxycodone at a home in Milton April 23 during a search on Cherub Circle. One of the residences of the home, Jennifer Holly Campbell, was arrested on drug trafficking charges. According to arrest reports, the Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at Campbell’s […]

Navarre woman arrested for child sexual assault

Navarre woman arrested for child sexual assault

A Navarre woman is being held on a bond of $1 million for allegedly sexually assaulting a child on video. Brandy Howard, 33, of Raider Lane in Navarre was arrested April 18 after video and images involving children were recovered by law enforcement. An investigation was prompted by information sent by the National Center for […]

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

Navarre students face consequences for vaping

More students were busted last week for using e-cigarettes at Holley Navarre Middle School in the ongoing saga of what is being called an “epidemic” across Florida. Children’s use of these tobacco products, which include e-cigarettes, vape pens and Juuls, has been increasing in recent years. Read the full article in the April 18 issue […]

‘Your speed sign’ installed on White Sands Boulevard

‘Your speed sign’ installed on White Sands Boulevard

Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association members and donors celebrated installation of “your speed is” signs along White Sands Boulevard to deter speeding after resident Larry Hoffman was hit by a car. The team that helped the project includes Peter Birckhead, donor Courtland Gray, donor Harrell Shaefer, donor Evan Studer, Hoffman and Jerry Smith. Not […]

First Responder Rally raises $8,000 for sick deputy

First Responder Rally raises $8,000 for sick deputy

The Navarre community came out to Best Western on Saturday in support of law enforcement, firefighters, EMS and dispatchers during the third Navarre First Responders Rally. This year the event focused particularly on Nic Hubbard, a Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputy who is fighting chemotherapy-resistant Hodgkin lymphoma and is in need of a bone marrow […]

China’s fentanyl crackdown could curb overdoses here

China’s fentanyl crackdown could curb overdoses here

A crackdown on production of the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl half a world away could be good news for drug enforcement officers on the streets of Navarre. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in a press conference April 1 that the country would be outlawing the production of all types of fentanyl. Read the full article […]

Fake handyman arrested for sexual assault

Fake handyman arrested for sexual assault

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Milton man Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in her home after pretending to be a handyman. Dean Allen Matthews is charged with felony sexual assault based on DNA evidence recovered off the victim’s person. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

No prosecution against local attorney

No prosecution against local attorney

The Office of State Attorney announced a No Prosecution in the battery case against Holley Navarre Water System attorney Keith Kilpatrick. According to Santa Rosa Clerk of Court records, the case was closed April 3. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or […]

K-9 injured during burglary arrest

K-9 injured during burglary arrest

A Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office K-9 received emergency medical care Tuesday after being injured apprehending a suspected burglar in Milton. At approximately 12:50 p.m., dispatch received a call in reference to a burglary in progress on South Airport Road in Milton according to a sheriff’s office press release. Sheriff Bob Johnson was first to arrive […]

Florida lawmakers aim to crackdown on texting while driving

Florida lawmakers aim to crackdown on texting while driving

The Florida Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill March 25 to make texting and driving a primary offense within the state of Florida, but it still must face the full Senate. SB 76 moved through the committee with 5 yeas and 1 nay. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Santa Rosa Sheriff: ‘Heroin making strong return’

Santa Rosa Sheriff: ‘Heroin making strong return’

As the guest speaker for the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast Friday, Sheriff Bob Johnson gave staggering statistics of drug arrests which include opioids. “Heroin is making a strong return,” Johnson said. Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign […]

Navarre man arrested for stabbing

Navarre man arrested for stabbing

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kristopher Hamilton of Navarre for an alleged stabbing on Blackjack Circle. The victim was standing in a friend’s driveway March 30 when Hamilton pulled up, blocking in the victim’s vehicle, according to the victim’s statement in an arrest report. Hamilton then allegedly shoved the victim against his vehicle and […]

First Responder Rally set to assist deputy with cancer

First Responder Rally set to assist deputy with cancer

Support continues to pour in for a local deputy battling a rare form of chemo-resistant cancer. The Third First Responders Appreciation Rally is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 6 at Navarre Best Western, and proceeds from the event will go toward Navarre deputy Nic Hubbard and his family as they battle this disease. Read the […]

School resource officer recovering from stroke

School resource officer recovering from stroke

When Matt Robinson’s head felt strange, he called his wife Tabitha. It was not exactly pain but a “funny feeling.” She told him to go to the doctor, but Robinson refused. On the morning of March 12, he was busy fulfilling his duties as Milton High School’s resource officer. Read the full article in the […]

Calle De Palencia project draws neighborhood complaints

Calle De Palencia project draws neighborhood complaints

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials identified several improvements to be made along U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre separate from discussions of expanding the roadway. FDOT representative Alaina Webb told the handful of gathered citizens at a public hearing March 19 that an access management study was conducted for the length of 98 through Navarre […]

El Paseo Street fire claims family home

El Paseo Street fire claims family home

Fire claimed the contents of a home on El Paseo Street March 20, leaving a local family with few surviving possessions. The cause of the blaze is unclear. Read the full article in the March 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription […]

Sheriff announces new drug unit

Sheriff announces new drug unit

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson revealed the details of two drug arrests over the weekend in Navarre and the creation of a new narcotics unit during a press conference on Monday. Amy Tomlinson of Gulf Breeze and Sheldon Hutchins of Navarre, former 2012-13 Holley Navarre Water System board member, are both being charged with […]

Local first responders receive lifesaving devices

Local first responders receive lifesaving devices

Sandwiches can save lives thanks to the efforts of the Firehouse Subs Foundation. The nonprofit organization presented local first responders with grants totaling $51,294 March 13 at the Firehouse Subs restaurant on Caroline Street in Milton. Read the full article in the March 21 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view subscription options – […]

Sheriff: ‘Santa Rosa marijuana sellers targeting children’

Sheriff: ‘Santa Rosa marijuana sellers targeting children’

Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies seized pounds of marijuana and hundreds of marijuana products in a trio of drug busts. Sheriff Bob Johnson said these cases are particularly concerning because the sales appeared to focus on children. “A lot of things are being made in Santa Rosa County and sold in Santa Rosa County to […]

Fight at Navarre party leads to battery arrest

Fight at Navarre party leads to battery arrest

A Navarre man is facing felony battery charges for allegedly choking and beating a man during a party on Calle De Castelar. Cody Bijarro, 22, was arrested March 3. The victim was at a party at Bijarro’s house when a verbal confrontation occurred, according to the arrest report. Read the full article in the March […]

Child hospitalized in Milton abuse case

Child hospitalized in Milton abuse case

Santa Rosa sheriff’s deputies arrested Milton resident Benjamin Donahue, 29, March 1 after a 9-year-old was hospitalized after being beaten with a bamboo stick. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, deputies were called to the Creative Learning Academy in Pensacola after school staff observed bruises on the child. Read the full […]

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

LOST: Are we getting what we paid for?

County commissioners plan to ask voters to raise the local option sales tax (LOST) in an August special election. This would extend and expand an existing half-cent LOST approved by voters in 2016. Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up […]

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