Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office

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If you’re thinking of heading to Navarre Beach despite its closure — don’t. 

Since Santa Rosa County Commissioners made the decision to close Navarre Beach last Friday, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has been monitoring the area, including a checkpoint where all vehicles on Gulf Boulevard must provide a valid reason for driving through. 

“We have four deputies out there 24/7 until we’re relieved,” explained Sgt. Rich Aloy. “Our goal is to make it clear that the beaches are closed.” 

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Billy Boyette and Mary Rice remain at-large. They’re the targets of several local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in connection with three slayings in Florida and Alabama.

Speaking to the media Tuesday morning, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson minced no words in addressing the suspects.

“I’m speaking directly to Billy Boyette, or anyone who can get him a message,” said Johnson. “Mr. Boyette: there are two places you can end up – prison, or a cemetery. The choice is yours.”

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The Santa Rosa County library system will host an internet safety class for children in grades third through fifth. Congress has designated June as Internet Safety Month. Libraries in Santa Rosa County are trying to make young students’ internet time a bit less hazardous.

Gulf Power Company customers in the Pensacola area are getting a heads-up about a telephone scam being investigated by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.  

In what appears to be the latest incarnation of an ages-old scam, calls are made by someone claiming to work for Gulf Power.

“Basically, it starts off with information stating that you have an overdue bill,” says Santa Rosa Deputy Rich Aloy. “Then the threat comes, that they’re going to shut your power off immediately if you do not provide payment right away.”

In-person visits to inmates at the Santa Rosa County Jail are being phased out, in favor of new video technology from the firm Homewav.

The video system will benefit those who want to see their jailed relatives and friends, but cannot travel because of work, distance, a lack of transportation, and other reasons. 

“We’re just trying to keep up with technology and what other agencies have done,” said Deputy Rich Aloy, a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office.

  If you get a call from the Santa Rosa Sheriffs' Office demanding money to take care of an outstanding warrant just hang up! It's another in a series of telephone scams that are becoming much more frequent in the area. Santa Rosa County Sheriffs' Deputy Rich Aloy, the public information officer for the department, says scammers have been calling people in the county demanding money to settle an outstanding warrant. The scammers is telling people they will be arrested unless they provide a credit card number to settle the claim.

  “Operation Summer Heat” is the latest sweep of outstanding warrants by various law enforcement agencies in northwest Florida.

Sixty-nine suspects are named in the 95 warrants, in the latest joint investigation involving the Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Offices and U.S. Marshal’s Service.  The charges range from burglary and larceny, to assault and battery, drugs, weapons and child neglect.