Deputies: Thompson Confessed To Three Murders (Updated With Details)
[Updated 3:50 p.m.] The person of interest in a weekend double murder in Santa Rosa County is now behind bars. Derrick Ray Thompson was arrested without incident in Troy, AL, on a Bay County warrant for homicide in the death of Allen Johnson, a former deputy and businessman.
Johnson’s body was found Monday afternoon at [...]
Century Takes Step Forward To Repair Gas Leak Under Highway 29
Over three years since the problem was first publicly revealed as a potential “major public safety issue”, natural gas continues to leak under Highway 29 in Century.
Monday night, the Century Town Council voted to take out a short term loan, up to 180 days, with United Bank for $678,300 [...]
Deputies: Man Hid, Fed Wanted Woman In His Shed
A Century man has been charged for allegedly hiding a wanted woman in his backyard shed, even feeding her there, to help her avoid arrest on felony warrants.
Gregory Lee Martin, 53, was charged with resisting an officer/obstruction of justice and released from the Escambia County Jail on a $500 bond.
Over a period of about a [...]
Old Sid Nelson, Ransom Middle Coming Down For Bus Compound
The old Ransom Middle School on Muscogee Road is coming down, most likely to make way for a school bus compound.
Most recently, the buildings housed the Sid Nelson Community Learning Center with a preschool and alternative school that shut down about four years ago. And a head start program called the old campus home, but [...]
Escambia Jury Slams RJ Reynolds With $23.6 Billion Verdict
An Escambia County Jury has returned a $23.6 billion punitive damage verdict against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
The jury also awarded Cynthia Robinson an additional $16.8 million in compensatory damages. She filed suit against the tobacco giant in 2009 on behalf of Michael Johnson, Sr., her late husband and longtime smoker who died from lung [...]
Highway 97 Collapse Repairs Complete
Repairs to a collapsed shoulder on Highway 97 in Walnut Hill are complete.
Back on May 15, the shoulder of Highway 97 about a mile south of Ernest Ward Middle School collapsed in an existing 50-foot deep gully after a drainage pipe separated and undermined the shoulder. About a month later, the situation [...]
Northview Grad Deploys To Afghanistan As Black Hawk Medevac Pilot
A Northview High School graduate is among a group of soldiers to be deployed Tuesday from Fort Bragg to Afghanistan.
Casey B. Wilcoxon is a Black Hawk medevac pilot with Company C, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade.
The air ambulance crews and their support personnel, who also go by the nickname All [...]
Horse Sent Back To Molino After Escaping From City Car Lot, Police Roundup
A horse has been “sentenced” to head back to the farm in Molino after a wild Friday morning that included an escape from a car lot, a police roundup and a cab.
Pensacola Police Officer Hank Wells found himself in a one-man rodeo this morning when he tried to find a horse that had escaped from [...]
Local Airman Killed In Ft. Bragg Exercise
Senior Airman Timothy J. Wright, 20, was fatally injured in a Humvee accident at Ft. Bragg, NC, during a unit readiness training exercise July 17.
Several unit members who witnessed the accident attempted life-saving measures until emergency medical services personnel arrived and transported him to Womack Army Medical Center where he was [...]