Cantonment Woman Killed In Davis Highway Crash

February 29, 2020

A Cantonment woman was killed in a two vehicle crash Friday night on Davis Highway.

Police said 32-year old Savannah King made a left turn from from a private driveway onto Davis Highway near Village Oaks Drive when she pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle. She was pronounced deceased from her injuries. Her passenger, 31-year old James “Jimmy” Dudley Whisenhant III was transported to an area hospital with injuries not considered life threatening.  Friends say the couple recently became engaged.

The occupants of the other vehicle were not injured in the crash about 11 p.m.

Police said alcohol or drugs were not suspected in the crash.

Escambia School District Announces Coronavirus Plan

February 29, 2020

The Escambia County School District has announced their plan for dealing with coronavirus, should the need arise.

“The School District of Escambia County will be operating in compliance and in accordance with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) preparedness plans, as set forth by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH),” Superintendent Malcolm Thomas said.

The ECSD said DOH has been closely monitoring COVID-19 since November, 2019, and emphasizes that there is a low health risk in the United States. The FDOH Incident Management Team has been working with the CDC with daily updates, and hundreds of health department professionals are positioned to respond if the need arises in each county.

“Escambia County School District is working with the Escambia County Health Department to stay up-to-date on COVID-19,” Thomas added “Current recommendations are the same as the flu or other respiratory illnesses: Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Stay home when you are sick and, please, keep your children home when they are sick.”

If students or staff exhibit symptoms,  the district’s health services coordinator will be notified and she will in turn notify the health department.

Thomas noted, “This is a part of the school district’s current communicable disease procedure, which also pertains to other illnesses, not limited to COVID-19.”

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle on East Kingsfield Road Friday Night

February 29, 2020

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle Friday night on East Kingsfield Road near the side entrance to Tate High School.

The pedestrian was not seriously injured, and the driver of the vehicle also escaped injured in the accident about 7:15 p.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated and did not release additional information.

Pictured: An Escambia County EMS unit on scene of a pedestrian crash Friday night on East Kingsfield Road. photo, click to enlarge.

Friday, Joyce Gunn Retired. She Had Worked At Northview High Since The Day It Opened.

February 29, 2020

Friday was retirement day for Joyce Gunn who had worked at Northview High School since the day the school opened in 1995.

After a decade as the bookkeeper, she became the administrative secretary. Since 2011, she had been the senior finance specialist at Northview. Gunn has a total over 30 years of loyal service to the Escambia County School District.

“Enjoy every day and do the best you can,” Gunn said Friday. She looks forward to spending more time with her family and traveling now that she is retired.

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Sunny Weekend, Warming Temps

February 29, 2020

Here is your official North Escambia are forecast:

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 66. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Calm wind.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Light southeast wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind around 5 mph.

Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tuesday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Man Convicted Of Kidnapping, Raping Woman In Escambia County

February 29, 2020

A jury took less than an hour Friday to find an Escambia County man guilty of a kidnapping and raping a woman.

Joshua Edwards was convicted of sexual battery, kidnapping and two counts of carjacking. He is a member of a the “Aryan Brotherhood Gang”,  a white supremacist prison gang, leading law enforcement to believe the crimes against an African American woman were racially motivated.

The victim was kidnapped from a Circle K at the intersection of New Warrington Road and Jackson Street in March 2019. He forced the woman at gunpoint to drive into Lillian, Alabama, where he raped her. They returned to Escambia County where the woman intentionally crashed the vehicle into trees. Edwards raped her again on benches at Bill Dickson Park on Fenceline Road.

Edwards stole another car from a nearby home and was later spotted at the Walmart on Blue Angel Parkway. He was taken into custody in a wooded area behind a nearby Verizon store.

Edwards will sentenced on March 11.

Escambia Fire, EMS Visit Camp Fire Century Kids

February 29, 2020

Escambia County EMS and Escambia County EMS paid a visit Friday to the Camp Fire Century Youth Learning Center. The children had the opportunity to get inside an ambulance and learn about firefighters and what they do. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Hundreds Of Dogs Showing At The Escambia Equestrian Center Saturday And Sunday

February 29, 2020

The Escambia County Equestrian Center in Beulah is going to the dogs.

The Pensacola Dog Fanciers Association (PDFA) and Florida-Alabama Toy Breeds Club will hold American Kennel Club (AKC) dog shows at the center on Saturday and Sunday.

The six-hour AKC shows, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 8:00 a.m. Sunday will include conformation, featuring some of the dogs seen at the Westminster show, and obedience, including the newest obedience trials,. Those events required early entry, but other events have different cut offs and are open to any breed of dog, including mixed breeds.

Event: AKC Dog Show and obedience/rally trials
By reservation: CGC testing on Saturday Info: (850-291-2700)
When: Feb 29 – 9 am Sat and 8:30 am Sunday, Mar 1.
Where: Escambia County Equestrian Center 7750 Mobile Hwy, Pensacola
Admission: $5 car


Pictured top: Debbie Petty of Cantonment, one of the top obedience title holders in Northwest Florida, shows her Labrador Retriever “Breeze” in 2019. File photo for, click to enlarge.

Night Of No-Hitters: Northview Sweeps Two From Laurel Hill; Pine Forest Gets Win Over Tate

February 29, 2020

The Northview Chiefs swept Laurel Hill Friday night with two no-hitter wins, and Pine Forest had a no-hitter against Tate.

Northview 10, Laurel Hill 0

Bradley Freeman threw a no-hitter as the Northview Chiefs beat Laurel Hill 10-0 Friday night. He went for five innings in the run-rule shortened game, with no hits, no runs and sitting down 12.

Bryne Korinchak and Ben Wilson had two hits each for the Chiefs. Northview also had hits from Jamarkus Jefferson, Adam Aliff, Logal English and Kaden Odom.

Northview 12, Laurel Hill 0 (JV)

Clay Allen tossed a no-hitter as the Northview Chiefs shut out the Hoboes of Laurel Hill 12-0 Friday.

The Chiefs opened with nine runs in the bottom of the first.

Northview had two runs each from Joshua Zisa and Shaun Tingstrom, and one run each from Luke Bridges, Cameron Patrick, Clay Allen, Joshua Landis, Trenton Knighten, Payton Gilliam and Braeden McGhee.

Pine Forest 2, Tate 0

The Pine Forest Eagles threw a no-hitter as they defeated Tate 2-0 Friday night.

Cole Fryman took the loss for the Aggies, going four and two-thirds innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out eight. Darrien McDowell pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one.

Pictured: Tate vs. Pine Forest Friday nigt. photo by Crystal Tolbert, click to enlarge.

Shots Fired Call In Canoe, AL, Ends With Six Arrests, No Evidence Of Gunfire

February 28, 2020

A shots fired call in Canoe, AL, just north of the Florida state line ended with six arrests Friday afternoon, but no evidence was immediately found of a shot actually being fired, according to Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks.

Two Atmore Police officers responded the area of Canoe Road near Highway 31 where several males claimed they had been shot at. During questioning, a juvenile provided a wrong name to officers and was arrested for the offense, Brooks said. After being taken into custody, the juvenile damaged the rear windows of a police vehicle in an unspecified manner and was charged with criminal mischief third degree.

As the juvenile was being arrested, the his mother drove up an got into an argument with a resident, he said

Officers instructed the female to stop arguing with the neighbor and come to their location,” the police chief said. “The female refused to cooperate and became extremely belligerent with officers. Officers
arrested the female for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. While arresting the female, the officers were charged by the other males that were being detained. The officers on scene at that time
called for additional police officers to assist.”

Additional officers from the Atmore and Poach police department responded and more arrests were made. No officers were injured.

Further details including names and charges have not been released as Atmore Police continue their original shots fired complaint.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Atmore Police Department at (251) 368-9141.

Pictured: An officer stands by with a vehicle reportedly driven by a woman that resisted officers Friday afternoon. photo, click to enlarge.

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