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Second man convicted in Navarre shooting

Second man convicted in Navarre shooting

A Santa Rosa County jury convicted Cody James Gomez Feb. 29 of an attempted murder that occurred in Navarre in 2017. According to a press release from State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office, Gomez was found guilty of principal to attempted second degree murder with a firearm and principal to attempted armed robbery with a firearm. […]

Inmates found guilty in attack on officer

Inmates found guilty in attack on officer

Four inmates were found guilty Oct. 11 of attacking three Santa Rosa Correctional Institute officer on New Year’s Day, meaning potential prison sentences exceeding 100 years for two of the perpetrators. A Santa Rosa County Jury found Dukene Myrtil, Andre Williams, Markus Vincent and Johnslow Sauveur guilty of charges stemming from an attack on correctional […]

UPDATE: Lindsay found guilty for Musil murder

UPDATE: Lindsay found guilty for Musil murder

  Lori Musil was an artist. She was a mother, and she was the kind of person who “never met a stranger.” Musil texted her children goodnight every day. Musil was young and loving, and she took the time to go on outings with her children and grandchildren regularly. Her grandchildren referred to her as […]

Stabbing case ends with no charges

Stabbing case ends with no charges

No one will faces charges in the December stabbing death of Daniel “Jeb” Bubanas. In a press release issued by the State Attorney’s office Friday Assistant State Attorney James Parker announced that Bryce Schroeder, the man with the knife, would not be charged in the case due to it being self defense. On the night […]

Man gets 15 years for slipping handcuffs

Man gets 15 years for slipping handcuffs

A Michigan man was sentenced in Santa Rosa County court Tuesday, Nov. 8, for escaping from police custody using a handcuff key according to the State Attorney’s office. John Saatio, 36, was sentenced by Circuit Judge John Simon to 15 years in state prison after Saatio had entered a plea straight to the court Nov. […]

Aydelott faces judge trial date

Aydelott faces judge trial date

The final date has been set for murder suspect and Gulf Breeze native Brandon William Aydelott, 20, to stand trial Tuesday, Oct. 11, for the Christmas Eve murder of his mother Sharron Aydelott. Aydelott will face a trial by judge rather than a jury state attorney Bill Eddins said. “In a case like this where […]

Navarre man sentenced to 20 years

Navarre man sentenced to 20 years

A Navarre man who plead guilty to charges of breaking into a neighbor’s home and assaulting them at gunpoint has been sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in state prison Friday, Sept. 15. According to State Attorney Bill Eddins’ office, Francisco Aponte Carrasquillo, 51, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Ross Goodman to a minimum […]

Chemist pleads guilty to stealing drug evidence

Chemist pleads guilty to stealing drug evidence

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced that Joseph Graves, former Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) chemist charged with racketeering and other offenses, has pleaded guilty today and has been sentenced to 15 years in state prison. The case was brought in 2014 after Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators discovered that drug evidence in cases worked […]

State Attorney rejects tourist-tax allegations against Gulf Breeze

State Attorney rejects tourist-tax allegations against Gulf Breeze

The falling out between Santa Rosa County and the City of Gulf Breeze over sharing tourism tax money worsened into a criminal complaint filed by Clerk of the Court Don Spencer in December. Read the full article in the Feb. 25 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per […]

Day care owner indicted on first-degree murder charge

Day care owner indicted on first-degree murder charge

Thelma Denise Lowery, the Milton day care owner accused in the death of 16-month-old Brodie Michael Kent, was indicted on a first-degree murder charge. William Eddins, state attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced the indictment, which was returned Nov. 4, on Wednesday. Investigators said Kent died as a result of injuries sustained Oct. 24 while […]

UPDATED: State Attorney will seek 1st-degree murder indictment

UPDATED: State Attorney will seek 1st-degree murder indictment

State Attorney Bill Eddins will seek an indictment for first-degree murder in the case of Thelma Denise Lowery, the Milton day care owner accused of abusing a 16-month-old boy who later died from his injuries. Eddins said he will present evidence to a grand jury in the next few weeks. “Under the law, second-degree murder has […]