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Gulf Breeze man arrested for 35 counts of child porn

Gulf Breeze man arrested for 35 counts of child porn

A Gulf Breeze man is facing 35 felony charges for possession of child pornography. Joseph Brooks Salter, 19, was arrested March 13 after investigators found dozens of videos and photographs of children involved in sex acts in his possession according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office arrest report. The investigation started in October 2018, […]

Ex-deputy arrested for child molestation

Ex-deputy arrested for child molestation

An ex-Santa Rosa County sergeant was arrested Friday on child molestation charges. Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Jeffery Perkins, 33, for two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation by offender over the age of 18 of a victim less than 12 years of age according to a press release.  An arrest […]

Teen arrested in Panhandle Trail shooting

Teen arrested in Panhandle Trail shooting

A Navarre teen is facing multiple felony charges after a Feb. 21 shooting on Panhandle Trail. Santa Rosa Sheriff Deputies arrested Antwan Antonio Nelson, 18, after he allegedly fired multiple rounds in a residential home, striking one person in the foot. According to a press release, deputies with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded […]

Missing Milton girl could be in danger

Missing Milton girl could be in danger

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s office is searching for 15 year old Aerin Marie Waldroup, who they believe could be in danger. Waldroup disappeared Jan. 28. She is believed to be in the company of Larry Lewis Powers aka “Marshall Powers,” 24. Both individuals were last seen in Milton and on Davis Highway in Escambia County on […]

Santa Rosa school security gets boost

Santa Rosa school security gets boost

Tripling down on school protection from would be shooters, Santa Rosa schools are spending millions of dollars on new measures to keep out bad guys or stop them in their tracks. In cooperation with Sheriff Bob Johnson, schools are bolstering his force of resource officers with upgraded cameras, alarms that notify more officers within 10 […]

Woman’s body found on river bank

Woman’s body found on river bank

Detectives with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office are actively investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on the bank of the Escambia River in Jay. According to a sheriff’s office press release, the body was discovered around 11 a.m. Sunday after someone called dispatch to say they had found a body. […]

Navarre teen accused of stealing donation jar

Navarre teen accused of stealing donation jar

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a teen in Navarre Tuesday for allegedly stealing a donation jar meant to offer support after a recent death. According to an arrest report, a manager at El Patron restaurant in Navarre reviewed security footage and spotted a male take a clear glass jar from atop the hostess stand Nov. […]

Navarre man arrested for stabbing pet pig

Navarre man arrested for stabbing pet pig

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Navarre man Nov. 8 after he allegedly stabbed a pet pig. Logan Ingram, 24, faces a felony animal abuse charge for allegedly stabbing the pig in his backyard along Waynell Court. According to the arrest report, a neighbor called the law enforcement after she said she witnessed the suspect beating […]

Pensacola State College South Santa Rosa Campus lockdown lifted

Pensacola State College South Santa Rosa Campus lockdown lifted

Pensacola State College South Santa Rosa Campus was briefly under lockdown earlier today. Director of Marketing and spokesperson for the college Sheila Nichols said they received a call from the Niceville Police Department with a credible threat that a person was heading to the South Santa Rosa campus with the intention of harming someone. “We […]

Navarre residents weigh in at Coffee with a Cop

Navarre residents weigh in at Coffee with a Cop

Navarre residents got a chance to talk one-on-one with law enforcement Oct. 3 as part of Coffee with a Cop. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office leaders unplugged for a couple hours and set up in a public place to make themselves accessible for a chat. In Navarre, Alphy’s Catfish House hosted the event. Coffee with […]

Sheriff’s office promotes Coffee with a Cop

Sheriff’s office promotes Coffee with a Cop

In an effort to connect with the community, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office will be hosting Coffee with a Cop throughout the county Oct. 3. For a few hours, starting at 7 a.m., members of the public will have uninterrupted access to law enforcement including District Lieutenants and administrative staff. “One day, and a few […]

Ring of fraud crimes ends in Navarre arrests

Ring of fraud crimes ends in Navarre arrests

The arrest of two Mobile residents in a Navarre fraud case may lead to more charges after the pair allegedly stole four credit cards from a local small business. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a fraud complaint Aug. 2 after the victim discovered several charges on her card that she did not […]

Three men arrested in Milton shooting

Three men arrested in Milton shooting

Three men were arrested last week in connection with an attempted homicide and robbery in a trailer in Milton. Joshua Jaquan Shields, 21, of Milton, Deontrace Levell Bonner, 22, of Pensacola and Kristopher Talacy Brown, 19, of Pensacola have been charged with attempted homicide and other felony charges. At roughly 9 p.m. July 19, deputies […]

Navarre teen assaulted at community pool

Navarre teen assaulted at community pool

Arias Yamil Halston, 46, was arrested July 27 for alleged sexually battery on a 13-year-old at a pool in Navarre. According to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Halston allegedly restrained and fondled a 13-year-old girl while swimming in the pool. The address of the incident has been redacted, but the report said it […]

Navarre burglar flees police, wrecks at school

Navarre burglar flees police, wrecks at school

Following a chase with Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies, a man was taken into custody for suspected burglary Friday morning after crashing his vehicle into a fence at West Navarre Intermediate School. The suspected burglary was called into the sheriff’s office Friday morning from the neighborhoods near the school according to Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich […]

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

School safety legislation at the forefront for 2019

Florida legislators will not meet in session again until March 5, 2019, but many lobbying groups are already getting their legislative priorities in order, including the Santa Rosa County School Board. The board approved lobbyist agency Rutledge Ecenia, PA for another term June 21 during its first official meeting at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. Read […]

Dog rescued from hot car on beach

Dog rescued from hot car on beach

A Santa Rosa Sheriff deputy rescued a distressed dog from a hot car on Navarre Beach and arrested the dog’s owner Saturday. Brian Scott Hickey is charged with first degree misdemeanor of animal cruelty for the incident. According to the arrest report, a call was made advising that a dog had been left in a […]

Navarre missing girl returned to family

Navarre missing girl returned to family

Emily Navarro, age 12, who was reported missing May 14 was safely returned to her family May 15 after disappearing from Flintwood Street the day before. A Missing Child Alert was issued for Navarro by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement May 14 after she allegedly left her home in the company of Jeremy Acevedio […]

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Residents unite to combat speeding, crime

Navarre Beach resident Larry Hoffman did not know what hit him. He went for his daily run on the morning of March 3 along White Sands Boulevard. Less than a block from his home, while Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, a sport utility (SUV) vehicle hit him from […]

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. […]

Navarre child molester gets 25 years

Navarre child molester gets 25 years

A Navarre man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Thursday for child molestation. A Santa Rosa County jury found Derrick Christopher Smith, 25, of Navarre, guilty of lewd or lascivious molestation upon a victim less than 12 years of age. Smith committed the offense June 12, 2016 at the home he shared with the […]

Local student arrested for shouting “school shooter”

Local student arrested for shouting “school shooter”

After allegedly shouting “school shooter” a Milton High School student was arrested Wednesday for disturbing the peace. At approximately 11:48 a.m., a school resource officer with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office was on duty at Milton High School when he was informed of an incident involving a juvenile student according to a sheriff’s office […]

Parkland school shooting prompts local safety push

Parkland school shooting prompts local safety push

In September 2017, a Navarre High School student, acting under a fake user name, allegedly threatened fellow students with violence via Instagram. No one was injured. Less than a month later NHS students were threatened again, this time via social media platform Snapchat. Read the full article in the Feb. 22 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Navarre joy rides land teens in jail

Navarre joy rides land teens in jail

In addition to totaling one stolen vehicle, a Milton teen allegedly stole another vehicle to do “donuts” on the Hidden Creek Golf Course before finally being taken into custody. Michael Perrin, 18, was arrested Dec. 29 in connection to the thefts of three vehicles during the months of September and October 2017. According to Santa […]

New suspicious activity – how to keep your children safe

New suspicious activity – how to keep your children safe

A new report of suspicious activity involving a child has the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office encouraging parents to have a conversation with their children about “stranger danger.” The most recent reports are from Woodlawn Beach Road/Barbarosa Road in Midway Nov. 16 around 1:45 p.m. and the description is an older white male in a black […]

Reward offered for identity of spray paint vandals

Reward offered for identity of spray paint vandals

Following an incident where three individuals defaced private property Saturday evening, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to their arrest According to the Sheriff’s office press release, multiple calls were received of criminal mischief in the Whispering Pines Boulevard area of Navarre. In the overnight hours of Dec. […]

Man allegedly beats, handcuffs 90 year old

Man allegedly beats, handcuffs 90 year old

Elder abuse, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a felon are just a few charges facing a  man who allegedly beat a 90-year-old man of Navarre while trying to rob him then handcuffed him. Dennis Shibler, 37, faces multiple felony charges from the incident after he drove himself to the Santa Rosa County […]

Local narcotics trafficker arrested in Navarre

Local narcotics trafficker arrested in Navarre

Parks car with drugs in plain view of deputies Just after 10 p.m., Nov. 15, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call in reference to a robbery at the 3000 block of Barlow Road in Navarre. Deputies arrived on scene and could not locate the suspect, described as a black male 6 […]

Update: Arrest made in Milton stabbing

Update: Arrest made in Milton stabbing

The name of the Milton man accused of stabbing two people Thursday morning has been released. Jevon Lamar Husfelt, 22, is facing two counts of first degree felony attempted homicide in relation to an incident that occurred at an address on Kabel Drive in Milton according to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office press release. Deputies […]

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