Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

Cyberstalker arrested after year passes

Cyberstalker arrested after year passes

A Navarre woman was arrested Wednesday, June 22 on felony cyberstalking charges after more than a year after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Michelle Powell stalked and sent threatening messages via Facebook to the female victim during four months in 2014 according to the police report. In the messages, Powell threatened the victim’s […]

Emergency responders converge for beach training

Emergency responders converge for beach training

Ambulances, a firetruck, Jet Skis and even a Lifeguard helicopter crowded Navarre Beach Friday morning, June 10, as first responders participated in annual training The training was a joint effort by the Navarre Beach Lifeguards, Santa Rosa County Emergency Management, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Navarre Beach Fire Department. Participating first responders ran […]

Woman gets 3 years for fatally shooting stepfather

Woman gets 3 years for fatally shooting stepfather

Taylor Lynn Crongeyer was sentenced Monday. She pleaded no contest in April to manslaughter with a weapon. Authorities say 40-year-old Aubrey Dewayne Cooley was found shot in the head behind the Milton home where he and Crongeyer lived in December 2014. A Santa Rosa County judge agreed to a lower-than-normal sentence because of the circumstances […]

Standoff in subdivision ends peacefully

Standoff in subdivision ends peacefully

A standoff  that lasted a little over two hours at a home on Village Parkway in the Midway area ended peacefully early Friday afternoon when an armed individual surrendered without incident and was taken into custody. A woman reportedly fired several shots inside the home Friday morning, though no injuries were reported, and then barricaded herself inside the home. Officers from the […]

Sheriff’s Office identifies scams on seniors

Sheriff’s Office identifies scams on seniors

Dealing with scams is a never-ending job for Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s detective Duran Nelson. “I deal with it every day, all day,” Nelson said. It’s my primary job.” Nelson spoke about scams, computer fraud and personal safety to a crowd of about 30 at the Holley Navarre Senior Center Friday afternoon. It’s the first […]

Domestic dispute ends in man’s arrest

Domestic dispute ends in man’s arrest

A Navarre man arrested in a domestic violence altercation Saturday, May 28 faces felony charges of third-degree battery, battery with a deadly weapon, child abuse and misdemeanor animal torment. John Spencer, 47, of Sound Haven Court is accused of striking his live-in fiancé with his cellphone and getting into a physical altercation in which Spencer […]

Abandoned boats are statewide headache, hazard

Abandoned boats are statewide headache, hazard

The 23-foot sailboat gone belly up in Santa Rosa Sound near the designated swimming area of Shoreline Park in Gulf Breeze is one of 377 “derelict vessel” cases currently under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Such boats, besides being eyesores and potential hazards to navigation, frustrate local law enforcement agencies that […]

Like father, like son

Like father, like son

The father and son duo, Marvan Darby Sr. and Jr. have a long-standing history of arrests in Santa Rosa County.  The two most recently were accused of stealing a lawnmower and weed eater out of garage on Segura Street, around the corner from where they live on Andorra Street. Read the full article in the […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for May 10

1 YEAR AND A DAY IN PRISON FOR THREATENING FLORIDA MOSQUES The Justice Department reported 43-year-old Martin Alan Schnitzler’s sentencing in a news release Monday. He pleaded guilty in February to obstructing persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs. He had faced up to 20 years in prison. LEAPING STURGEON KNOCKS BOATER UNCONSCIOUS ON […]

Convicted felon gives chase, drops gun

Convicted felon gives chase, drops gun

John Niven Cotner, age 26 of Mary Esther, gave deputies chase Monday afternoon after shoplifting several items from Walmart on Navarre Parkway.  Deputies responded to the store after the asset protection department saw Cotner walk out of the store without paying for merchandise.  They confronted him but he left the store. Deputies say that Cotner […]

Seevers re-arrested for sexual assault

Seevers re-arrested for sexual assault

Kimberly Ann Seevers, 45, of Jay in Santa Rosa County was re-arrested on Tuesday, April 12 for sexual assault on a second victim. Seevers was previously arrested in November 2015 for sexual assault of a Jay High School student and contributing to the delinquency of a minor by providing alcohol to minors at her home. […]

Woman in coma after attack

Woman in coma after attack

A Milton woman was described as being in a coma and unresponsive at a local hospital early Friday morning following an attack by her former boyfriend.  At press time, Navarre Press was unable to update her current condition. The details outlined in the arrest report say the battery complaint came from a friend of the […]

Man arrested for exposing himself

Man arrested for exposing himself

Neighbors called the police on a man who was seen out in front of his residence on Bay Club Drive wearing a woman’s bra, panties and pink bathrobe.  On Tuesday, March 15, two neighbors both reported Mark Baringer for exposing himself while standing on his lawn.  Baringer asked one of the neighbors if he was […]

Cox sentenced to 25 years

Cox sentenced to 25 years

The State Attorney’s Office of William Eddins for the First Judicial Court announced that Christopher Lee Cox was sentenced to 25 years in state prison with a 15-year minimum mandatory sentence and fined $250,000.  Cox was convicted by a Santa Rosa County jury on March 9 for trafficking in methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. […]

Carjacker runs deputy off road and into tree

Carjacker runs deputy off road and into tree

A Milton man is behind bars under a $184,500 bond at the Santa Rosa County Jail after allegedly stealing a car and using it to run a deputy off the road and into a tree. On the evening of March 27 at around 11 p.m., Godfrey Fagot is said to have engaged in an argument […]

Deputy at fault in crash

Deputy at fault in crash

A Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy, William Adams, was driving his marked patrol car east on Old Bagdad Highway on March 11 at around 10:15 p.m. The Florida Highway Patrol says Adams failed to yield the right of way at the stop intersection of Old Bagdad Highway and Forsyth Road and entered the path […]

Woman charged with battery on deputy

Woman charged with battery on deputy

A Gulf Breeze woman with a longstanding history of retail theft and petit theft dating back to 2008 was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at the Navarre Wal-Mart for theft and battery on a police officer. In the arrest report, Kimberly Lehman, 29, was being followed by Wal-Mart staff because she was accused of taking […]

Three stabbed in fight

Three stabbed in fight

On Sunday afternoon Feb. 28 at approximately 1:20 p.m., Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a battery call at the Milton exit overpass of Interstate 10 which was called in by passing motorists. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as […]

Sheriff’s Office eyes Santa Rosa crime increase

Sheriff’s Office eyes Santa Rosa crime increase

The number of crimes reported in Santa Rosa County last year rose 3.8 percent to 1,717, with non-residents accounting for nearly one in every five arrests. “A lot of our crime comes from people who don’t live here,” Chief Deputy Bob Johnson said. Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Office force of 256 deputies is stretched more than […]

Teenager arrested for stalking

Teenager arrested for stalking

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, Jay Ellis Moore, 19, of Deer Lane in Navarre was arrested for stalking by willfully and repeatedly following and harassing two women while they were driving. A police-assist call came through dispatch in which two women said they were being followed by a blue car. Read the full article in the […]

1996 Holley-Navarre Water System arson unsolved

1996 Holley-Navarre Water System arson unsolved

Twenty years ago this week the Holley-Navarre Water System building burned including the financial records that were inside. There was an ensuing investigation by the Florida State Fire Marshal, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Internal Revenue Service. Two main suspects were named, but never charged because […]

New crime-fighting tool makes debut

New crime-fighting tool makes debut

The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office has a new crime-fighting and alert system that has been deployed to all three Super Wal-Marts in Santa Rosa County, including the Gulf Breeze and Navarre locations. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.

Sheriff’s Office policy prohibits public safety awareness

Sheriff’s Office policy prohibits public safety awareness

Some of you may have noticed that the list of people arrested in our paper has grown considerably. This is not necessarily a reflection of an increase in crime in our area, although we are hearing more reports of crime in Navarre. The real reason the list has grown is because the Santa Rosa County […]

Additional drug-enforcement funding for county

Additional drug-enforcement funding for county

The I-10 corridor flows through Santa Rosa County, and unfortunately, that means illegal drugs may as well. The proximity of the corridor and other criteria led to Santa Rosa County being added to the Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. There are 32 such programs across the United States, including Hawaii, and in […]

Sheriff’s Office investigates two armed robberies

Sheriff’s Office investigates two armed robberies

The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating two armed robberies, one occurred in Navarre and the other in Milton, both along State Road 87. As of press time, investigators were still investigating with no new updates. The first robbery occurred just after midnight on Jan. 21 at Tom Thumb on the corner of State […]

Deputies investigating Milton murder

Deputies investigating Milton murder

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a Palomino Street address in Milton at around 7 a.m. in reference to a medical emergency on Wednesday, Jan. 20. When they arrived, deputies discovered Brandy Christine Maples, 29, of Milton was deceased. Maples had suffered trauma to the head that was indicative of foul play. The […]

Missing endangered person

Missing endangered person

Deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office have been working a missing person’s report since Late November of 2015. Steven Mitchell Swiney was last seen late November when he told a relative he was going out for cigarettes. Swiney has not been seen or heard from since that time. Due to health issues and […]

Johnson promoted to Chief Deputy

Johnson promoted to Chief Deputy

Major Bob Johnson of the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office has been promoted to Chief Deputy with the organization. Johnson is the first to serve as Chief Deputy since Sheriff Wendell Hall was sworn into office in the year 2000. “Due to the fact that this is my last year as Sheriff and knowing and supporting […]

Sheriff’s Office says report suspicious activity

Sheriff’s Office says report suspicious activity

An unfamiliar truck passes slowly by your house, looking around your yard and house as he drives by. A solicitor comes to your house and attempts to talk their way into your home. A distraught person rings your doorbell in the middle of the night asking to use your phone. A burglar breaks in and […]