Sgt. Rich Aloy

Sheriff’s Open House provides a look behind the scenes

Sheriff’s Open House provides a look behind the scenes

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office invited the public in for a look behind the curtain of its work Saturday during the agency’s first Open House, held on the lawn outside its East Milton headquarters. Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy said the purpose of the event was threefold. Read the full article in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

NYSA dealing with vandalism

NYSA dealing with vandalism

Vandalism has been an issue at NYSA recently. The baseball concession stand was broken into and playground equipment, including the zip line, has been damaged. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a digital subscription to Navarre Press […]

Local deputy fighting chemo-resistant cancer

Local deputy fighting chemo-resistant cancer

At first, they thought it was allergies. When Navarre resident and sheriff’s deputy Nic Hubbard, 26, started coughing frequently in February 2018, he did nothing about it. He worked midnight shifts while his wife Lauren took care of their 2-month-old Logan. When his symptoms continued for three months, he went to the doctor. They thought […]

Parents urged to be proactive in teen driver safety

Parents urged to be proactive in teen driver safety

Only about 4 in 10 parents discuss safe driving with their children, according to a recent survey by national auto insurer Allstate, even though car accidents remain the leading cause of death for teens. Troy Jensen, sales manager for Navarre-based auto insurance provider Bearman Insurance, said talking safe driving with teens should be a given […]

Aloy experiences thrill of a lifetime

Aloy experiences thrill of a lifetime

Sgt. Rich Aloy experienced one of the biggest thrills of his life last week. The public information officer for the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office had the opportunity to fly with the Blue Angels. He rode in the No. 7 jet with Navy Lt. Andre Webb. Read the full article in the Nov. 8 issue […]

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Taxing power for sheriff is coming

Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson has long had the Midas touch when asking county commissioners to boost his budget, but soon they intend to have him send much of his ever-increasing annual bill straight to taxpayers. “The idea is for the sheriff to become a taxing authority all his own, similar to the school district,” […]

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 […]

Raiders proactive in approach to safety at football games

Raiders proactive in approach to safety at football games

Last weekend was one of the most violent on a football Friday night. There were three shootings outside stadiums in three different states, including Florida, and that has prompted a more proactive approach to preventing future incidents. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

Nextdoor social network doubles as crime-fighter

Nextdoor social network doubles as crime-fighter

In the age of smart phones, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is pushing for residents to embrace an app to connect them directly to their neighbors and law enforcement. The app is called Nextdoor, and Public Information Officer Sgt. Rich Aloy said it has crime-fighting capabilities. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 […]

Navarre pet killings under investigation

Navarre pet killings under investigation

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating two cases of pets being killed in the Navarre area. The killings appear to have been done by a person on or around Aug. 15. One of the victims was Zoey, a 9-year-old rescue dog belonging to Jessica Brown of Navarre. Read the full article in the Aug. […]

Nosy new deputies join sheriff’s office

Nosy new deputies join sheriff’s office

Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office welcomed two new deputies to the force last week, and those deputies will be trained for a special mission. Standing at only about a foot tall, with four paws and a nose 40 times more powerful than a human’s, these recruits will be part of an all-new department within the […]

First responders hold joint training at Navarre Beach

First responders hold joint training at Navarre Beach

Training for an emergency was the top priority for lifeguards and Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies Friday morning on Navarre Beach. First responders had a chance to familiarize themselves with a helicopter from ShandsCair that will be on hand if emergency transport is needed. Read the full article in the July 5 issue of Navarre […]

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Risk seen in calm after Alberto’s near miss

Santa Rosa dodged a bullet when subtropical storm Alberto veered to the east over Memorial Day weekend, but experts warn that Mother Nature could be reloading for several more shots this summer. For county Director of Emergency Preparedness Brad Baker and other officials, the challenge now is rallying residents to be on guard for the […]

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 […]

Roadside memorial relocated

Roadside memorial relocated

With hurricane Irma on an uncertain track and the Navarre area under a wind advisory, Leadership Santa Rosa class 29 decided it was time to relocate the roadside Black Hawk memorial on Navarre Beach Causeway  Saturday. The memorial was placed following a March 10, 2015, Black Hawk helicopter crash in the Navarre sound. Read the […]

Emergency officials keep Cold War vigilance

Emergency officials keep Cold War vigilance

Although a nuclear attack on our area is far less likely than such natural catastrophes as hurricanes, Daniel Hahn has a plan to take cover in his house and use a large couch as a shield from gamma rays. “I know my home. I know exactly what I would do in case of a hurricane, […]

Picnic honors military members, sacrifice

Picnic honors military members, sacrifice

Under the slogan “We love our military,” the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee celebrated Military Appreciation month with a community picnic in Navarre Park. Volunteers from the Military Affairs Committee manned the grill and others worked the food tent, providing free meals for military families. Read the full article in the […]

School district upgrades security

School district upgrades security

Santa Rosa school security is getting an upgrade thanks to a new camera system that allows school officials and law enforcement to watch remotely in real time. Joey Harrell, assistant superintendent of administrative services, said the new system provides a level of safety previously not available for the district. Read the full article in the […]

TV crews capture Santa Rosa deputies in action

TV crews capture Santa Rosa deputies in action

There are more than dashboard cameras capturing video of Santa Rosa’s finest doing their jobs. Deputies throughout the county have been participating in the A&E television series “Live PD.” In the same vein as the “Cops” TV show, this series has one or two camera professionals follow officers in real time as they respond to […]

Showcase puts spotlight on importance of K-9 units

Showcase puts spotlight on importance of K-9 units

Roman Jackson picked up a microphone at Bennett C. Russell Stadium Thursday night and told the crowd that Santa Rosa County Sherriff Bob Johnson was going to take part in one of the many drills K-9 units from across the Southeast practiced during the field trials in Gulf Breeze last week. Read the full article […]

County’s homeless population hiding in plain sight

County’s homeless population hiding in plain sight

Santa Rosa County has a homeless problem. They may not be asking for change on every street corner or sleeping on benches in every public park, but there is a problem. The problem is they are invisible. That is how Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless marketing director Serene Keiek describes it. The coalition provides support […]

Sheriff’s office: Stabbing suspect identified, not arrested

Sheriff’s office: Stabbing suspect identified, not arrested

Nearly three weeks have passed since the deadly stabbing of young Navarre teen Daniel Jebadiah Bubanas, 19. His family has laid him to rest. His friends have written tributes including a song. The holidays came and went. Yet in the loss of Bubanas, no arrests have been made and questions remain unanswered. The incident that […]

Jones sentenced to 33 years

Jones sentenced to 33 years

Monica Nicole-Gonzalez Jones was sentenced by Circuit Judge Ross Goodman to a total of 33 years in state prison.  Twenty-eight years of that sentence must be served as a minimum mandatory sentence.  Jones will be required to serve 28 years day for day with no gain time. Judge Goodman also ordered Jones to pay a […]

Human remains identified

Human remains identified

The human remains located on Oct. 28 just west of exit 26 on Interstate 10 have been identified as those of Steven Mitchell Swiney, age 47. In a statement issued by Sgt. Rich Aloy, public information officer for the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, Swiney was last seen in late November when he told a relative […]

In the line of duty

In the line of duty

The past two weeks have been truly tragic for police officers, the protectors of our communities.  In the most recent highly publicized cases, the force as a whole lost five officers in Dallas and three in Baton Rouge.  But the total loss for the month of July nationwide so far is 17.  We know about […]