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  • Burglary suspect Aug 23 2016

    Burglary suspect arrested after foot chase

    Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies have captured a burglary suspect. The suspect was apprehended near Hampton Inn in Navarre following a foot pursuit. It has not been confirmed that this arrest is connected to a “soft” lock down which took place at nearby schools, including Holley-Navarre Primary, Intermediate and Middle Schools. However, Holley-Navarre Intermediate School confirms … read more

  • Beach leaseholders oppose renourishment assessment

    Dozens of Navarre Beach leaseholders have contacted Santa Rosa County Commissioners to oppose a potential $3.2 million special assessment for the recently completed beach renourishment project. According to Santa Rosa County Public Information Officer Brandi Whitehurst, the State of Florida reduced its allocation toward the project after it was completed under budget. So commissioners are … read more

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    ‘We do this for McKinzie’

    Every team has a mascot. And for the Holley-Navarre Professional Firefighters (HNPF), their mascot over the last two years has been McKinzie Snead. The 6-year-old first grader at Holley-Navarre Primary has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), which robs her of physical strength by affecting her motor nerve cells in the spinal cord. The disease takes away … read more

  • Carrasquillo


    Man facing life in prison for shooting

    A Navarre man could spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to charges stemming from a botched break-in that occurred on Sevilla Street in Navarre back in November. Francisco Aponte Carrasquillo, 51, pled guilty inside a courtroom at the Santa Rosa County Courthouse on Monday to Aggravated Assault by … read more

  • A tow truck driver looks over a Kia Sedona minivan that was rear ended Sunday on U.S. Highway 98 near New Hope Road in Gulf Breeze. (Photo by Mat Pellegrino | South Santa Rosa News)


    Hit-and-run suspect arrested

    A Gulf Breeze man was placed under arrest last Wednesday and charged with felony reckless driving and felony hit-and-run after he rear-ended a Gulf Breeze teenager on July 31, seriously injuring him. Florida Highway patrol arrested the suspect, William Ernest Himes, after receiving a tip regarding the suspect by an unknown individual. Thomas Sutton was … read more

  • Santa Rosa County Sheriff Wendell Hall, pictured on the right, praised the service of Deputy Matt Ray, who is retiring today from Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office.  (Photo by Romi White | SSRN)


    Injured deputy retires

    August 19 was the last day on the job for a 10-year veteran of Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office who was injured last year in the line of duty. Deputy Matt Ray’s life changed April 9, 2015 when he was ambushed by an assailant with a sword after responding to a disturbance on Quail Roost Drive … read more

  • Fowler, Allie


    Couple charged with child neglect of 3-week-old

    An Okaloosa County couple were slapped with child neglect charges after law enforcement found the duo nearly unresponsive in the Navarre Walmart parking lot while their 3-week-old child sat in a vehicle with a heavily soiled diaper. Nineteen-year-old Allie Fowler and 27-year-old Christopher Fowler, were arrested by Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies after officers determined the … read more