Chase Ends With Suspect Dead After Officer Involved Shooting

November 30, 2020

A wanted felon was killed in an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon in Pensacola.

It happened near the intersection of Ninth and Langley avenues after a vehicle pursuit after the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office received a request from a bail bondsman for assistance in arresting someone with several local felony warrants, according to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.  Deputies began to pursue the suspect in the area of 9th Avenue and Bayou Boulevard, near Target.

“The suspect exited the vehicle with a firearm in his hand, ran toward the small business area over there with our officers in foot pursuit,” Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said at the scene. “He turned with a weapon in his hands toward the officers. That’s when gunfire was exchanged, and the individual is deceased.” The suspect was shot just outside a small business called the Pensacola Ballroom, which was damaged in the shooting

There were no injuries to officers or the general public in the pursuit or in the shooting.

ECSO Chief Deputy Chip Simmons he could not  release the name of the suspect at this time, but said the man  had a “slew of felony warrants to include robbery, kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault”.  Simmons said three deputies fired their weapons.

The Pensacola Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol assisted.

“They attempted two different PIT maneuvers, which is a maneuver where you attempt to hit the rear of the vehicle to spin them around to get the vehicle to stop. Both of those failed,” the sheriff stated.

The incident  is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which is standard procedure in any officer involved shooting.

Ascend Developing Restart Plan After Power Failure Leads To Complete Shutdown, Chemical Releases

November 30, 2020

Ascend Performance Materials is currently working on a plan to restart production at their Gonzalez plant following a weekend power failure that led to chemical releases.

At 11:50 p.m. Friday, the power failed at the plant on Old Chemstrand Road, leading to an anhydrous ammonia release that last three hours and the release of nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide that lasted for 33 hours.

“Although this is an unfortunate event that was out of our control, we are thankful to report that there were no injuries and no risk to our employees or the surrounding community,” Ascend’s Vice President Global Communications & External Affairs Alison Jahn told

On Monday, the company was working on a plan to restart production.

“The power outage on Friday evening was a site-wide outage caused by a failure of both the primary and back-up electricity supply systems from Ascend’s external utility supplier, Gulf Power. The outage resulted in a complete shutdown of the facility. Some aspects of our production require a phased restart; at this point we’re putting together a timeline but don’t have any additional information to share,” Jahn said. “We are currently assessing the status of our assets and are developing our restart plan.”

The power failure led to the release of 692 pounds of nitric oxide and 2,408 pounds of nitrogen dioxide from a thermal reduction unit, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The leak was stopped at 8:50 a.m. Sunday, according to FDEP.

Ascend reported that a total of 61.275 pounds of anhydrous ammonia was released, less than the 100 pounds that the company was required to report. file photo.

Atmore Police Seeking ‘Armed And Dangerous’ Suspect For Shooting Death Of Teen

November 30, 2020

The Atmore Police Department is searching for a suspect  they say shot and killed a local teenager as he sat in a vehicle Friday afternoon.

Rodarious Tyrig Dailey, age 22 of Atmore, is wanted for murder and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police.

Just before 4:30 p.m. Friday, the Atmore Police Department received a 911 call reporting that one person had been shot at 163 Harris Street. Atmore officers arrived to find the 17-year old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body area, according to Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks.

The teen was transported by ambulance to Atmore Community Hospital where he later died.

Witnesses told police that the Atmore teen was sitting in the back seat of a vehicle parked at the residence when a lone suspect entered the property. Police were told the gunman then fired into the car, striking the victim.

Anyone with information about Dailey’s whereabouts is asked to call Atmore Police at (251) 368-9141 or 911.

Freeze Warning For Monday Night, Low In The Lower 20s

November 30, 2020

There is a freeze warning in effect in effect for the North Escambia area for Monday night, with temperatures as low as 25 degrees expected.

Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.

To prevent freezing and possible damage to outdoor water pipes, they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 52. Wind chill values between 25 and 35 early. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 28. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 58. Wind chill values between 25 and 35 early. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. North wind around 5 mph.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. North wind around 5 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 58.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 60.

Final Hurricane Sally Debris Collection Pass Begins On Tuesday

November 30, 2020

The third and final Hurricane Sally debris collection pass begins Tuesday, with a goal to collect all of the roadside debris in Escambia County by Christmas.

To help expedite the process, separate debris for service. Vegetative debris like tree limbs need to be separate from construction and demolition materials like drywall and carpet. Keep debris away from storm drains, low power lines, other utilities and mailboxes.

Curbside Residential Debris Pickup Instructions

Escambia County residents, that can safely do so, are asked to place any storm-generated debris on the public right of way (the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement).

  • Commercial-generated waste will not be accepted.
  • Businesses should contact their waste collection service provider or a debris removal contractor. Business and commercial material is not eligible to be removed curbside by Escambia County.
  • Nonprofits are allowed to place debris on public right of way for pickup.

Debris that was generated by Hurricane Sally should be placed and sorted on the area immediately adjoining the road in front of your home.

Residents are urged to separate the debris as follows:

  • Vegetative Debris - whole trees and large limbs should be cut into lengths of four feet or less, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material
  • Construction and Demolition Debris - damaged components of buildings and structures such lumber and wood, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings and fixtures
  • Appliances and White Goods - refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters
  • Electronic Waste - computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.
  • Household Hazardous Waste - materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.
Only loose debris will be collected; bagged debris should not be placed on the public right of way. Make every attempt to avoid stacking debris below low hanging power or utility lines. Only debris placed on the public right of way will be eligible for collection until further notice.

Do not place debris within four feet of:

  • Mailboxes
  • Water meters
  • Fire hydrants, or any other above-ground utility

Escambia County contractors will make multiple passes through neighborhoods and along county right-of-way for debris removal. If your debris is not removed, please be patient. The crews will make additional passes along your road.

The county contractors have dedicated pieces of equipment for different debris streams (vegetation, C&D and stumps). Please understand that if vegetation is collected and C&D or stumps are left behind, they are not “missed,” but rather assigned to different trucks dedicated to that debris stream. Contractors cannot commingle debris streams in a single truck load.

Man Struck By Two Vehicles and Killed While Pushing Wheelchair Across Highway

November 30, 2020

A man died after being hit by two vehicles Saturday night as he was walking and pushing a wheelchair across an Escambia County roadway.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the 61-year old man was pushing the wheelchair from the east shoulder towards the center turn lane on Mobile Highway near Walmart about 11:50 p.m.

The driver of a sedan was traveling north on Mobile Highway and did not see the pedestrian walking in the roadway, according to FHP. The sedan collided with the left side of the pedestrian, causing the pedestrian to fall onto the hood and windshield of the vehicle.

A southbound vehicle then collided with the pedestrian and the wheelchair.

The man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Daily Paving Delays This Week On Highway 29 From Cantonment To Molino

November 30, 2020

Drivers on Highway 29 can expect delays from Cantonment to Molino each day this week as contractors continue laying the final layer of asphalt.

There will be intermittent delays and lane closures between south of Muscogee Road to Highway 97 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

The resurfacing work is weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

The Price At The Pump May Inch Up This Week, AAA Says

November 30, 2020

Floridians saw the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in 12 years, according to AAA.

Florida gas prices have held steady at $2.03 per gallon for the past week. The state average is three cents less than a week ago, and 41 cents less than this time last year.

The average price per gallon Sunday night in Escambia County was $2.09, about a penny more than last week and 30 cents less than one year ago.

“Floridians may see gas prices inch up a few pennies this week,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Last week, vaccine optimism sent crude oil to its highest price since early March, before COVID-related lock downs were imposed across the country. Wholesale gasoline prices also increased as a result. A state average price of $2.08 per gallon is possible, unless fundamentals shift this week.”

FDOH Reports 98 Additional COVID-19 Cases In Escambia County

November 30, 2020


There were 98 additional COVID-19 cases in Escambia County reported Sunday by the Florida Department of Health.

Here is the latest data:

Total cases: 16,675 (+98)
Non-Florida residents: 1,796
Total deaths: 304
Long-term care facility deaths : 140
Current hospitalizations: 109 (+10)
Number of tests last day: 895
Percent positive last day: 8.9%
Percent positive last week: 9.0%

Escambia County cases by location:

Pensacola: 12,247 (+68)
Cantonment: 1,271  (+9)
Century: 956 (+1)
—-including 773 Century prison inmates
Molino: 201 (+2)
McDavid: 98
Bellview: 26
Walnut Hill: 18
Perdido Key: 14
Gonzalez: 9

Santa Rosa County cases:

Total cases: 7,451 (+48)
Non-Florida residents: 95
Total deaths: 102
Long-term care facility deaths: 23
Cumulative Hospitalizations: 429*
Number of tests last day: 253
Percent positive last day: 15.6%

Santa Rosa County cases by location:

Milton: 3,929 (+22)
Gulf Breeze: 1,258 (+12)
Navarre: 1,240 (+13)
Pace: 601 (+2)
Jay: 190 (+1)
Bagdad: 17

Florida cases:

Total cases: 992,660
Florida residents: 976,944
Deaths: 18,500
Hospitalizations: 54,706*

*“Hospitalizations” in the statewide and Santa Rosa County totals is a count of all laboratory confirmed cases in which an inpatient hospitalization occurred at any time during the course of illness. Most of these people are longer be hospitalized. The FDOH does not provide a count of patients currently hospitalized. The Escambia County number is current data compiled each day from the local hospitals.

*The Florida Department of Health does not have a clear standard or definition of “recovered” and does not report a number of recovered individuals.

**Data Sources: Florida Department of Health, Escambia County, City of Pensacola, local hospitals.

Anhydrous Ammonia And Nitric Oxide Leak For Hours From Ascend After Power Outage, FDEP Says

November 29, 2020


An unknown amount of anhydrous ammonia and nitric oxide were released into the air at the Ascend Performance Materials plant in Gonzalez following a power outage.

At 11:50 p.m. Friday, the power failed at the plant on Old Chemstrand Road due to an equipment failure.

That led to the release of anhydrous ammonia  at the chemical facility for over three hours, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The power failure also led to the release of nitric oxide from a thermal reduction unit, according to FDEP. The leak was ongoing as of 6:44 p.m. Saturday, according to FDEP.

Nitric oxide and anhydrous ammonia can both be harmful or fatal if inhaled in high concentrations. There was no indication that leaks at Ascend presented any danger outside the plant, and there were no injuries reported.

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