Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

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 […]

House party on Beleza leads to arrest

House party on Beleza leads to arrest

Bradley Savage, age 25 of Navarre, was arrested for Battery on a law enforcement officer and Resisting an officer with violence during a house party investigation on Jan. 2. According to the arrest report, when the deputies arrived and knocked on the front door of the house, several juveniles and others scrambled to leave the […]

Charges dropped against Ty Jenkins in Navarre shooting

Charges dropped against Ty Jenkins in Navarre shooting

According to State Attorney Bill Eddin’s office, aggravated assault charges with attempt to kill and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon have been dropped against 17-year-old Ty Jenkins for the Dec. 11 shooting at Tom Thumb located on Laredo Street. The charges were dropped because the victim indicated that Jenkins was not the shooter. Read […]

Hunter finds human remains in Milton

Hunter finds human remains in Milton

On Friday, Nov. 26 a hunter located what he said appeared to be human remains while hunting in the wooded area off of Blue Barnes Road in Milton. Deputies from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call. The major crimes detectives and crime-scene units also responded to investigate. The remains are believed […]

5 years probation for Navarre mom

5 years probation for Navarre mom

A Navarre woman accused last year of providing alcohol to minors received five years probation at her Feb. 11 sentencing. Chrisheyl Bryant Watson, 40, of Raider Lane, pleaded no contest to one count of child neglect, a third-degree felony; one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a first-degree misdemeanor; and one count […]

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