Minnie Ruth Cole Marshall

April 30, 2014

Minnie Ruth Cole Marshall, 94 of Atmore, passed away April 28, 2014, in Atmore. She will be long remembered as a perfectionist seamstress. She was born in Escambia County on September 10, 1919, to the late James Anderson and Ida Pearl Simmons Cole. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church of over 67 years and was also a member of The Order of the Eastern Star. She was the youngest of seven children of James and Ida Pearl Cole.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Earl Marshall; son, Franklin Earl Marshall; and one son-in-law, Roy Burkett.

Survivors include one daughter, Betty Ruth Marshall Burkett of Atmore; four grandchildren, Christy Burkett (David) Neff of Atmore, Jason Eric Burkett of Tallahassee, Jeffrey Scott Marshall of Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Amanda Leigh Hogue of Brewton; four great-grandchildren, Lisa Coleen Neff of Ft. Collins, Col., Anna Shealyn Hogue, Amber Lee Carpenter Marshall and Bradley Scott Marshall, all of Brewton; two great-great-grandchildren, Gabriel Lee Carpenter and Mason Conner Carpenter of Flomaton.

Services will be Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 10 a.m. from Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Diane Everette and Rev. Jim Thorpe officiating.

Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home from 6 p.m until 8 p.m.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Woman Drowns On Flooded Highway 29 In Cantonment

April 30, 2014

A 67-year old Pensacola woman drowned in flood waters on Highway 29 in Cantonment Tuesday night.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Betty Faye Word was traveling headed southbound on Highway 29 and entered water across the roadway. Her 2005 Mercedes CLK330 then entered the western shoulder of the roadway and became submerged in deeper. Word was unable to exit her vehicle, according to the FHP, and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Numerous other vehicles became stranded along Highway 29 in high water.

Pictured top: A submerged vehicle at the Cantonment Burger King on Highway 29. Pictured below: This photo was taken by the occupants of a vehicle in the Highway 29 flood waters looking back toward Burger King. Pictured bottom: Photo taken during Tuesday night a lightning strike looking from the Cantonment Winn Dixie parking lot at both the north and southbound lanes of Highway 29. NorthEscambia.com reader submitted photos, click to enlarge.


April 29, 2014

There is extreme flooding in Escambia County. School is canceled for Wednesday. Virtually all roads Cantonment south are flooded and impassable. We are posting LIVE updates on our Facebook page.


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Tate, Jay, WFHS Softball Games Rescheduled; NWE Cancels Games

April 29, 2014

The threat of severe weather has forced changes in softball playoff action tonight, and forced the cancellation of games at two youth parks.

The Region 1-7A game between the  Tate Aggies and Navarre Raiders has been moved to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The West Florida versus Tallahassee’s Florida High Regiona 1-4A game has been postponed until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Jay Lady Royals regional semifinal playoff game against South Walton has been moved up to 4:00 Wednesday. The game is being played at Jay.

Northwest Escambia has canceled all games at their park for tonight. Members of teams scheduled for practice tonight at NWE will be contacted by their managers.

All games at NEP are also canceled.

Round Two Of Storms Coming Tonight

April 29, 2014

There is a tornado and flash flood watch in effect. Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

  • Tuesday Night Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Low around 68. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
  • Wednesday Showers and thunderstorms likely before 1pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
  • Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind around 5 mph becoming north after midnight.
  • Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
  • Thursday Night A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
  • Friday A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
  • Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
  • Saturday Sunny, with a high near 78.
  • Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 55.
  • Sunday Sunny, with a high near 81.
  • Sunday Night Clear, with a low around 58.
  • Monday Sunny, with a high near 82.

House Looks To Guns To Protect Schools

April 29, 2014

In a debate that showed sharp divisions about how best to protect children and teachers, the Florida House on Monday approved a bill that could lead to some public-school employees or volunteers carrying guns on campus.

House members voted 71-44 to approve the bill (HB 753), which would allow school districts to decide whether to designate people who could carry concealed weapons on schools grounds. Those people would have to be trained and have military or law-enforcement backgrounds.

Rep. Dennis Baxley, an Ocala Republican who has long backed such proposals, said gun-free schools have become a “sterile target” that can be attacked by deranged people. The debate Monday included references to mass shootings at places such as a Newton, Conn., elementary school and at Fort Hood in Texas.

“Gun free zones are the most dangerous places in America,” said Rep. Neil Combee, a Polk City Republican and supporter of the bill. “We all know that. Whether it’s Fort Hood or the school shootings, most of the mass killings these days occur in these gun free zones.”

But critics said the state should instead spend money to put trained law-enforcement officers, known as school resource officers, on campuses throughout the state. At one point, Rep. Dwayne Taylor, D-Daytona Beach, raised the specter of the bill leading to someone like “Barney Fife” — the bumbling character in the old “Andy Griffith” television show — having a gun on school grounds.

“We don’t need amateurs bringing guns to the fight,” Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, said.

The vote was along almost straight party lines, with Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, crossing to join Republicans in supporting the measure.

It remains questionable, however, whether the Senate will pass the bill. The Senate’s version (SB 968) was approved by one committee last month but did not get heard in three other committees.

The House bill, sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, would allow school superintendents, with the approval of their school boards, to designate people who could carry guns on school grounds. The designees could be honorably discharged veterans, active-duty members of the military or current or retired law-enforcement officers. They also would need to have concealed-weapons licenses and complete a school-safety program created by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission.

Steube and other supporters said the bill could particularly help protect schools in rural areas. For example, Steube said police respond within six to 11 minutes to schools in suburban areas of Sarasota and Manatee counties but that the response times are longer in rural areas.

But Rep. Mark Danish, a Tampa Democrat and teacher, said people who tote guns on school grounds should be professionals.

“If we need this, which I think we might, then let’s spend the money,” Danish said.

by Jim Saunders The News Service of Florida

Century Man Charged With Stealing Makeup, Drug Possession

April 29, 2014

A Century man was jailed for allegedly stealing a large quantity of makeup from Walmart and for drug possession after losing his truck on Pensacola Beach.

Eric James Grimes, age 23 of Highway 168, was charged with possession of  crack cocaine with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, and methamphetamine possession with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver and was arrested on an outstanding felony grand theft warrant.

Saturday, a deputy in the Casino Beach parking lot stopped to assist Grimes, who seemed to be lost. Grimes told the deputy he’d lost his yellow Nissan truck, and began to act nervously, according to an arrest report, telling the deputy that he had an outstanding grand theft warrant for his arrest.

As he was taken into custody, deputies reported that  they located plastic bags of crack cocaine and a sandwich bag containing a “significant” quantity of methamphetamine on Grimes’ person.

The  grand theft warrant stemmed from a March 5 incident at Walmart on Mobile Highway. Grimes was positively identified from a photo lineup as the man a store loss prevention officer said he observed in the cosmetics department taking large quantities of expensive cosmetics, concealing them in his jacket and exiting the store.

Grimes was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

Woman Convicted Of Vehicular Manslaughter For Olive Road Crash

April 29, 2014

An Escambia County woman has been convicted of vehicular homicide in connection with a traffic death on Olive Road in late April 2013.

An Escambia County jury handed down the verdict against Candace Marie McArthur, 26. She will be sentenced June 6.

The Florida Highway Patrol said at 2:18 a.m. on April 28, 2013, McArthur was closely following another vehicle westbound on Olive Road. Troopers said McArthur had been involved in an altercation with the other unidentified driver earlier in the evening.

The driver of the other vehicle switched into the opposite lane and braked to avoid McArthur’s 2002 Chevrolet Impala. McArthur lost control and over-corrected. The Impala slid across Olive Road and onto the shoulder before hitting tree.

McArthur was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital with serious injuries. Her passenger, 19-year old Cassidy Dunaway was transported to Sacred Heart in critical condition and was pronounced deceased the following day.

$16 Million In Property Taxes Unpaid, Due By Wednesday

April 29, 2014

All 2013 unpaid real estate and tangible personal property taxes must be paid and receipted by close of business  Wednesday, April 30 to avoid being advertised as delinquent, according to Escambia County Tax Collector Janet Holley.

Over $16 million, about seven percent, of the Escambia County tax roll remains unpaid, according to Holley.

Online and drop box payments also may be made at the April rate by midnight April 30 but will not prevent advertising.

The list of delinquent tax accounts will be published in a legal ad and posted on the tax collector’s website on May 8.

Payments must be processed:

  • In person at one of four branch offices by close of business on April 30;
  • Through the call center 850-438-6500 x3252 by close of business on April 30;
  • On the website at www.escambiataxcollector.com by midnight April 30;
  • Left in any of the 24-hour drop boxes available at all offices by midnight April 30.

All late payments will be returned for additional fees.

Offices are located at:

  • Downtown, 213 Palafox Place
  • Molino, 6440 Highway 95A, Suite A
  • Marcus Pointe, 6451 North W Street
  • Warrington, 507 North Navy Boulevard

For more information, or to pay online,  visit www.escambiataxcollector.com.

Darlene Dickey Of Molino Makes Run For County Court Judge Official

April 29, 2014

Darlene Dickey of Molino has qualified for County Court Judge, Group 5 in the 2014 Election. Judicial qualifying began Monday and will end this Friday at noon.

Dickey, 43, was appointed an Escambia County judge by Gov. Rick Scott in April 2012 to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge John F. Simon to the First Judicial Circuit. She had served as the  general counsel for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office since 2006. Previously, she practiced with Bozeman, Jenkins and Matthews P.A. from 2003 to 2005 after three years as an assistant state attorney with the First Judicial Circuit.

After completing a bachelor’s degree, she served five years as a law enforcement officer, first with the University of West Florida Police Department, and later as a field training officer with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. Dickey received a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and a law degree from Florida State University.

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