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86-year-old woman charged with killing husband

86-year-old woman charged with killing husband

An elderly Pace woman allegedly killed her 89-year-old husband with a cane Saturday, but prosecutors are not sure she is competent to stand trial. Sheriff Bob Johnson said the case is complicated by the age of the individuals and apparent confusion of the suspect involved. Read the full article in the Jan. 10 issue of […]

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Penguins, pirates plunging into New Year

Whether clad in jumpsuits, wetsuits, swimsuits or just plain old suits, Navarre Beach residents and visitors spend the first day of each year sloshing into the frigid waters along the shore in the classic New Year’s tradition of plunging. The start of 2019 will be no exception, with two events coming to Navarre this year. […]

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

Navarre sergeant charged with child porn possession

A Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office sergeant from Navarre has been arrested on multiple counts of child pornography after a search of his phone. Jeffrey Perkins was arrested Monday and charged with eight counts of child pornography following an investigation by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue […]

Body found in Jay may be missing woman

Body found in Jay may be missing woman

A homicide investigation is underway after Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Deputies said Monday they believe a body found in a shallow grave in Jay is a woman that has been missing since May 28. Felecia Kuswandy, 38, was last seen alive at the same property along Highway 4 where the body was discovered last week according […]

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Disgruntled partners forcibly takeover pier

Thursday evening, four of the five partners in Growing Santa Rosa Enterprises, LLC (GSRE) forcibly took control of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier from managing member Kenneth Fountain in a continuing saga of ownership arguments. Jonathan Cole, Jerry Rolison and Larry Rolison went to the pier Thursday evening with the intention to take over management […]

Phase I price tag $3 million

Phase I price tag $3 million

Based on Monday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Panhandle Butterfly House (PBH) is no longer part of Navarre Park’s Phase I makeover, but it is not being relocated to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge either. That issue aside, County Administrator Dan Schebler told the commissioners that they need an answer to move forward on […]

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 […]

Unassuming hero helps deputy escape overturned car

Unassuming hero helps deputy escape overturned car

It was a Friday to remember for Santa Rosa County Deputy Stephen Clark. He was headed west on Highway 98 in his cruiser, a Dodge Charger, Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. A car driven by Richard Mihailovic of Navarre had pulled into an eastbound turn lane and was approaching the median break. Read the full […]

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

School bus driver arrested for child pornography

In the wake of the arrest of a Santa Rosa County school bus driver last week on 10 counts of possession of child pornography, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office is launching an internal Supervisory Inquiry into why it took so long to secure an arrest warrant for the man. Kenneth Dean Webb Jr., age 60, […]

Scott calls for reallocation of safe school funds

Scott calls for reallocation of safe school funds

Gov. Rick Scott is urging Florida lawmakers to redirect the roughly $58 million remaining from the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program and send it instead to the state’s school districts for additional school safety funding. “When I signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, I made it clear that any unused funding […]

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Larry Hoffman was hit by a car while jogging along Whitesands Boulevard on Navarre Beach. Now he is working to make sure it does not happen to anyone else. Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, part of his daily routine, when a vehicle hit him from behind on March […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Missing millions accounted for, medical examiner affirmed

Missing millions accounted for, medical examiner affirmed

First Judicial District Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrea Minyard secured support April 26 to continue in her position from the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) despite getting an unfavorable review by Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson. Okaloosa Sheriff Larry Ashley has also complained about response times for autopsies. Read the full article […]

Missing millions, Santa Rosa moves to boot medical examiner

Missing millions, Santa Rosa moves to boot medical examiner

Santa Rosa County commissioners are not sure what they bought with roughly $2.5 million of taxpayer money. The funds, paid over a 15-year period to the office of the area’s chief medical examiner, all fall under the title “professional services.” Santa Rosa County Clerk of Courts Don Spencer said defining what is included in that […]

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

Jail offers opioid-blocking drug to curb addiction

For the hundreds of inmates struggling with opioid addiction, Santa Rosa County Jail is offering a solution, free of charge. The jail will cover medication-assisted treatment for a full year, even if the person doesn’t remain incarcerated for the entire 12 months. Read the full article in the April 5 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

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 […]

Pace children safe after kidnapping

Pace children safe after kidnapping

Two children were reunited with their mother last week after being kidnapped by their father from Pea Ridge Elementary School, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said. Officers arrested the children’s father, Emanuel Martinez Pose, 35, after he violated a domestic violence injunction that prohibited him from making any contact with the children. Read the […]

School shooting prompts Florida to take action

School shooting prompts Florida to take action

On Valentine’s Day, 17 lives were lost in a horrific act of violence. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, became the center of national attention as the story of yet another mass shooting played out. Read the full article in the Mar. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. […]

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 […]

Time and funding stand in front of school safety

Time and funding stand in front of school safety

On Monday Gov. Rick Scott released a School Safety Improvement Plan in response to the senseless murder of 17 children and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We have printed the entire plan on the next page. Please take a moment to read it. This plan contains sweeping changes to school security requirements, staffing, […]

School safety plan timeline, funding questioned

School safety plan timeline, funding questioned

  In the aftermath of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that claimed the lives of 13 students and four teachers, Gov. Rick Scott has released a multistep plan to improve school safety and limit firearm access to the mentally ill across the state. But any sweeping reform comes at a steep price. Read […]