Suspects Crash Into Tree After Drive-by Shooting In Cottage Hill

November 30, 2019

Two fleeing drive-by shooting suspects crashed their pickup truck into a tree Saturday morning in Cottage Hill.

The drive-by shooting was reported about 3:40 a.m. in the area of Handy Road and Williams Ditch Road. No one was hit or injured by the gunfire, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

A short time later the suspect vehicle crashed into a tree on Highway 95A near McKenzie Road. Firefighters had to extricate at least one of the individuals from the truck.

The adult and juvenile transported to a local hospital in serious condition. Once they are released, they are expected to be charged in connection with the drive-by shooting, according to the ECSO.

A gun was recovered from the pickup. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Threat Of Strong Storms Overnight

November 30, 2019

An approaching storm system will bring a line of showers and storms through the area late tonight into early Sunday morning. Damaging winds will be the primary concern, but a brief tornado cannot be ruled out.

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Tonight: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 58. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 9am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 69. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 38. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 29. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35. West wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 65. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Calm wind.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Thursday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Friday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68.

Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
Pictured: Friday’s sunset. Reader submitted photo by BW Wiggins for, click to enlarge.

FHP Enforcement Ramped For The Holiday Weekend

November 30, 2019

The Florida Highway Patrol ramped up enforcement for the Thanksgiving weekend.

The FHP is reminding motorists that they can arrive alive by buckling up, eliminating distractions and never driving impaired.

“Remember there are FHP troopers and law enforcement officers statewide spending the holiday working to keep Florida’s roadways safe,” said FLHSMV Executive Director, Terry L. Rhodes. “Do your part by always buckling up and never driving impaired.”

In 2018, preliminarily, there were 9,896 crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period, with 79 resulting fatalities. According to AAA – The Auto Club Group, 2.6 million Floridians are forecast to be driving during the Thanksgiving holiday, leading to higher volumes of traffic on roadways. From November 25 to 29 all available FHP troopers, along with FHP reserve and auxiliary members, will be patrolling the roads to help ensure safe travel.

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Man Indicted For Sexual Abuse Of Child In Escambia County, AL

November 30, 2019

A Perdido man has been charged with the sexual abuse of of a child under 12 in Escambia County, Alabama.

Dustin Ray Gates, 32, was indicted by a grand jury for the sexual abuse of a child under 12 years of age and enticing a child for an immoral purpose.

An investigation involving Gates was launched after the Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Alabama Department of Human Resources with allegations of sexual abuse by Gates on a child under 12, according to Sheriff Heath Jackson.

Multiple People Injured In Highway 196 Crash

November 30, 2019

Three people were injured in a wreck Friday afternoon near Molino. The tw0-vehicle crash occurred on Highway 196 near Jacks Branch Road. None of the injuries were life threatening.  The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Four Percent Escambia County Propery Tax Discount Ends Today

November 30, 2019

An available four percent discount on payment of Escambia County real estate and tangible personal property taxes ends today.

To receive the four percent discount, payments must be:

  • mailed with a November postmark;
  • left by midnight, November 30, in a 24-hour drop box available at all locations; or
  • made online by midnight, November 30, at

Since all offices are closed from November 28 through December 1, customers, who make their payment in person at any tax collector office on Monday, December 2, will receive the four percent discount.

Sacred Heart to Provide Free Flu Shots Across The Area

November 30, 2019

Sacred Heart will provide free flu shots at locations across the area during December for the poor, elderly or uninsured.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Dec. 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic  Church, 320 Valencia St., Pensacola.
  • Dec. 3 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Beulah Senior Center, 7425 Woodside  Dr., Beulah.
  • Dec. 4 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Jay Community Center, 5259 Booker Lane, Jay.
  • Dec. 5 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Marie K. Young Wedgewood Community Center, 6405 Wagner St., Pensacola.
  • Dec. 10 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Holley Navarre Senior Center, 8476 Gordon Goodin Lane, Navarre.
  • Dec. 11 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Century Senior Center, 6020 Industrial Blvd., Century.
  • Dec. 12 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom St., Milton.
  • Dec. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Quintette Community Center, 2490 Quintette Lane, Cantonment.

Flu shots are limited to persons 18 or order. For more information, call (850) 416-7826.

NWE Freshmen Playing For Turkey Bowl Championship

November 30, 2019

The NWE Freshmen defeated the Northwest Florida League champions Wedgewood 6-0 Friday. NWE will play in the Battle of the South Youth National Turkey Bowl Championship on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Magee Field, 2422 Davis Highway in Pensacola. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Playoffs: Escambia Wins; Baker, T.R. Miller Lose

November 30, 2019

Here are Friday night’s high school football playoff scores from around the North Escambia vicinity:


6A State Semifinal

Escambia 45, Gaither 21

1A State Semifinal

Blountstown 21, Baker 13


3A State Semifinal

Mobile Christian 41, T.R. Miller 21 photo.

Robin Carnley

November 30, 2019

Robin Carnley, 67, passed away on the morning of November 23, 2019. Her loving husband Cecil Wayne Carnley and family members by her side. Robin was born April 2, 1952, in Worcester, Massachusetts to William Pransky and Evelyn Berglund.

Robin found joy in many things; studying the bible, sewing, and cooking for her family. She enjoyed being a loving mother, wife, grandmother and a great-grandmother. Robin met her husband while both of them resided in Okeechobee, Florida. Robin and Cecil officially married May 15, 2015. Robin was introduced to Cecil by a family member. It was love at first sight for Robin and Cecil. Both never leaving each other’s side from that day forward.

Four years ago, Robin and Cecil moved to Pensacola to be closer to family members. Within months both would experience a sudden head on collision that seriously injured them. It took several months and hard work for them to recover. Robin would tell you today they both survived by the grace of God, their deep love for each other, and the love that was poured out by family members and friends.

Throughout her life she was known as kind, thoughtful, and selfless. She had brought joy to all those who came to know her. Although she has departed from this life, she continues to live on in the hearts of those who hold her dearest. She will forever be missed and never be forgotten.

She is survived by her husband Cecil Wayne Carnley of 13 years. Her children Robert Pransky and Michael Carnley, Marissa Green, Debbie Hedgepeth, Christine Carnley, Kayla Stone (Jason Stone). Her three sisters Merilee Berglund, Judith Tiffany, and Donna Clough. Two brothers Billy Pransky and Rick Berglund. Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robin would also want us to mention two gentlemen names she called her honorary son’s, Johnny Ray Heathcock and Kenneth Jones.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday December 2. 2019 at East Side Assembly of God Church at 2990 East Kingsfield Road.

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