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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 […]

Deputy raises approved

Deputy raises approved

Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies could expect raises as early as Aug. 1 thanks to a reallocation of up to $290,000. Santa Rosa County Commissioners voted to allocate the sum for 2017 as well as up to $1.6 million from the 2018 budget toward one time raises for the sheriff’s deputies. The $290,000 is part of […]

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 […]

Hall retires as Santa Rosa’s longest serving sheriff

Hall retires as Santa Rosa’s longest serving sheriff

After 16 years of service, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Wendell Hall celebrated a long awaited retirement surrounded by family, co-workers, county officials, citizens and media members Dec. 15, during a retirement party at the Milton Auditorium. Hall has served in law enforcement for 35 years starting as a deputy in Escambia County. After 19 years […]

Coalition forming to help battle retail theft

Coalition forming to help battle retail theft

Sergeant Rich Aloy of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said the Loss Prevention Coalition of Santa Rosa County provides a new way for stores to fight the battle against shoplifters. “We’ve have some shoplifting issues throughout our county and it is impacting retailers,” said Aloy, the public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office. “We […]

Santa Rosa’s Thin Blue Line

Santa Rosa’s Thin Blue Line

State and federal data show, Santa Rosa County law enforcement are understaffed and underpaid. Compared with neighboring Escambia and Okaloosa counties, there are fewer deputy sheriffs in the field getting paid less, but Santa Rosa is not exactly like its neighbors. Escambia and Okaloosa both have significantly higher populations, and those populations have different make […]

Sheriffs seize meth, firearms in Jay narcotics bust

Sheriffs seize meth, firearms in Jay narcotics bust

Crystal methamphetamine and several firearms were seized by law enforcement Friday morning, July 8, during execution of a search warrant in Jay, Fla. Jay residents Edgardo Rivera and Mariana Solano were arrested in connection with the investigation. According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office report, law enforcement found 14 oz of crystal methamphetamine worth […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tough Mudder persuaded on party favor

Tough Mudder persuaded on party favor

After Tough Mudder Inc. appeared to waffle a few weeks ago on its promise to host a pre-event promotional party before this weekend’s military-style obstacle course near Milton, the New York company has now agreed to pay for some appetizer’s at Juana’s Pagoda on Friday night. “We reached out to Tough Mudder and encouraged them […]

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 […]

Polling location irregularities reported

Polling location irregularities reported

Navarre resident and designated Donald Trump Campaign poll watcher Ricky DeSantis alleges many anomalies occurred on Election Day, March 15. He said individuals moved No Campaigning Beyond This Point sign boundaries beyond 100 feet and removed, stole or destroyed Ted Cruz and Donald J. Trump signs while allowing Bernie Sanders signs to remain. Read the […]

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 […]

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Santa Rosa deputies of the quarter

Dep. Kevin Horn, Navarre district, Dep. Brian Cribb, Pace district and Dep. Edgar Bennett, Gulf Breeze district were selected as the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office deputies of the quarter as they represent the agency with the highest of work ethic and integrity. Click HERE to view photos featured in the Feb. 11 issue of Navarre […]

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 […]

Fight leads to arson arrest

Fight leads to arson arrest

A fight between two men at the Navarre Park restrooms on Saturday morning Jan. 23 led to one of them being arrested for an arson that had just occurred. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the park in response to the altercation. One of the subjects, Philip Apelquist, told the deputy that […]

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 […]