Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

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 […]

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 […]

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