One Charged With Ensley Murder

October 30, 2021

A 20-year old Escambia County man was arrested Friday for a fatal shooting earlier in the week.

Gerald Battle, Jr. was charged with homicide and booked into the Escambia County Jail without bond. The shooting took place October 27 in the 8600 block of Figland Avenue, a couple of blocks from Untreiner Avenue in Ensley.

The victim was shot multiple times while inside a vehicle. He was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital.

Chilly Night Ahead, Low In The Mid 40s In North Escambia

October 30, 2021

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45 (a little warmer closer to the coast). Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the morning.

Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 48. North wind around 5 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 74. North wind around 5 mph.

Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 49. North wind around 5 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 74. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 49. North wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Thursday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Top Ranked Niceville Tops Tate 35-0 (With Photo Gallery)

October 30, 2021

Niceville, the third-ranked 7A team in the state, defeated the Tate Aggies 35-0 on Senior Night Friday night at Pete Gindl Stadium.

The Aggies held the Eagles scoreless in the first and fourth quarters, but Niceville ran away with 28 in the second quarter and added another 7 in the third.

The Niceville Eagles improved to 9-1, 4-0 and hold first place in District 1-7A.

The Tate Aggies are 1-8 overall, 0-4 in the district. The Aggies will end their season next Friday night at 6A Pine Forest (6-1, 3-0).

For a game action photo gallery, click or tap here. (Look for the band, cheerleaders and band in a photo gallery by Monday.) photos by William Reynolds, click to enlarge.

Friday Night High School Football Finals

October 30, 2021

Here are Friday night’s North Escambia area football high school football scores:


  • Niceville 35, Tate 0 [Story, photos...]
  • Northview 39, Bay 35
  • Jay 24, J.U. Blacksher 0
  • Pine Forest 49, Washington 15
  • Wakulla 37, Pensacola High 13
  • West Florida 30, Pensacola Catholic 7
  • Escambia 21,  Gulf Breeze 14
  • Navarre 29, Crestview 22
  • Milton 35, Pace 28


  • Escambia Academy 64, Bessemer Academy 0
  • Flomaton 42, Escambia County (Atmore) 0
  • T.R. Miller 40, W.S. Neal  16

Pictured: Niceville defeated Tate Friday night. photo, click to enlarge.

NAS Pensacola Building 633 Reopens, Honoring Those Killed During 2019 Terrorist Attack

October 30, 2021

Building 633 at Naval Air Station Pensacola reopened Friday.

On December 6, 2019, it was the site of the terrorist attack that took the lives of three sailors and wounded eight military and civilian personnel.

An Area of Remembrance was officially unveiled during a ceremony Friday.

Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) is resuming training in Building 633.

NASC provides an educational foundation in technical training, character development, and professional leadership to prepare Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and partner nation officers and enlisted students to be combat quality aviation professionals.  Students consist of enlisted and officer personnel enrolled in aircrew, aviator, survival, or prospective commanding officer training programs.

For a photo gallery, click or tap here.

Photos: Joshua Cox/NAS Pensacola and others for, click to enlarge.

Dan Cornelius Carnley

October 30, 2021

Mr. Dan Cornelius Carnley, age 80, passed away, Wednesday, October 27, 2021 in Pensacola, FL. Mr. Carnley was born in Jay, FL; and has lived most of his life in Bogia, FL. He founded in 1982 and operated Carnley Electric for Thirty-nine and half years.

Mr. Carnley was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved bowling, playing softball, and football. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Mr. Carnley is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pink Holly (Gladys Carnley) Carnley, wife, Mary Ann Carnley, one daughter, Belinda Lynn Carnley, one granddaughter, Katie Potoczek, six brothers, Glenn Carnley, Floyd Carnley, Horace Carnley, Lenell Carnley, L J Carnley, Doug Carnley, three sisters, Jeanette Morris, Thelma Petty, and Mae Smith Owens.

Mr. Carnley is survived by his two daughters, Teresa (Kevin) Davis, of Pensacola, FL; Pam (Jeff) Potoczek, of Century, FL; one brother, Franklin “Shorty” Carnley, of Davisville, FL; three grandchildren, Ryan Chavers, Lucas Chavers, Joel Baldree, six step- grandchildren, seventeen great- grandchildren, a special friend, Donna Brannen, a longtime family friend, Dana Stevens, two former sons in laws, Randy Chavers, Mose Baldree, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Homes LLC with Rev. Fredrick Barrow officiating.

Burial will follow at Cora Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home LLC

Pallbearers will be Ryan Chavers, Joel Baldree, Luke Chavers, Zack Chavers, Ethan Baldree, and Cole Baldree.

Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Branson, Walter Branson, Melvin Crowter, Wayne Blackmon, Ronald “PeeWee” Byrd, Randy Chavers, and Mose Baldree.

Escambia Reports 149 New COVID-19 Cases In Last Week

October 30, 2021

There were 149 new COVID-19 cases reported Escambia County over the last week by the Florida Department of Health.

Baptist, Ascension Sacred Heart and West Florida hospitals reported a combined 48 COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Friday.

Here is the latest data:

Escambia County cases:

Total cases: 53,639 (+149)
Positivity rate last week: 4.9%
Current total hospitalizations: 42
Over age 18 and over hospitalizations:39
Under age 18 hospitalized: 3
Total deaths reported last 7 days: 24 (CDC data)

Escambia County Vaccinations

People vaccinated: 154,269 (+790)
Total Population of Escambia County Partially Vaccinated: 55.9%
Total Population of Escambia County Fully Vaccinated: 48.1%
*These numbers are the percent of total Escambia County population vaccinated. Not the percentage of hospitalized individuals.

Santa Rosa County cases:

Total cases: 32,381 (+84)
Positivity rate last week: 3.8%
People vaccinated: 89,913 (+494)
Partial vaccination rate (age 12+): 56%
Total deaths last 7 days: less than 10 (CDC data)

Statewide cases:

Florida resident cases: 3,647,2776 (+12,880)
Case positivity rate: 3.0%
Deaths: 59,670 (+56)

FDOH has moved from daily to weekly reports and removed the COVID-19 dashboard. The state is now releasing a weekly report with local data limited only to number of cases and positivity rate The number of deaths by county or cases by local cities and communities is no longer provided by FDOH.

Glenn Wardrop

October 30, 2021

Mr. Glenn Wardrop, age 78, passed away, Wednesday, October 27, 2021 in Brewton, AL. He was born in Biloxi, MS; and has lived most of his life in Atmore, AL. He was a member of Atmore Community of Christ Church.

Mr. Wardrop valued the time he got to spend with his family, friends, church family and doing his missionary work. He served in the United States Navy and served three tours, in Vietnam War. He was an active member in the VFW Post “7016” in Atmore and served as Chaplin for the post.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles William (Cora Mae Mallette) Wardrop, wife, Dorothy Wardrop, two sons, Andy King, John Wardrop, and one brother, Wyatt Wardrop.

He is survived by his son, Caleb (Kristal) Wardrop, of Brewton, AL; one sister, Katie Smith, of Atmore, AL; two grandchildren, Cade Wardrop, of Brewton, AL; Logan Wardrop, of Mobile, AL; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM at the Petty- Eastside Chapel Funeral Home LLC with Pastor: Beth Linam officiating.

Burial will follow at Serenity Garden Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 11:00 AM until service time at 12:00 PM at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home LLC.

Pallbearers will be Matt Salter, Steve Reid, Justin Gates, Jesse Gates, Chase Reid, and Marcus Stewart.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Atmore VFW Post “7016” at 206 West Ashley St. Atmore, AL.36502

Century Man Charged With Capital Child Sexual Battery; He Was One Of Four Accused Of Child Neglect Last Week

October 29, 2021

One of the four people arrested last week on child neglect charges for living in squalor with several children is now accused of the sexual battery of a minor child over nearly a two-year period.

Michael Tracy Tedder, 29, was arrested Thursday on three counts of capital sexual battery of a victim under 12 by a person in familial custody. He remains in jail without bond.

The victim disclosed at school that she had been raped by Tedder, according to an arrest report. She stated that it hurt, and about the time she healed, he would do it again, the report continues. The alleged abuse occurred between January 1, 2020, and October 20, 2021.

Much of the arrest report is redacted under Florida law, but it states “several (others) divulged sexual abuse by Michael Tedder. The incidents they described were similar to the sexual abuse disclosed, adding credibility to her statement.” An Escambia County Sherriff’s Office spokesperson said Friday the investigation is ongoing.

If convicted as charged, Tedder faces up to life in prison.

When the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office went to Tedder’s home on October 20 to investigate the sexual battery allegations, deputies found Tedder and three others living in squalor with six children in two campers.

They found Michael Tedder and his wife 28-year old Elizabeth Mae Dennis, along with 55-year old Norman Tracy Tedder and his wife 50-year old Tabitha Rolin Tedder. All four were charged with felony child neglect. Only Michael Tedder is accused of a sex crime; the other three have not been charged with any other crime or named as suspects.

The Department of Children and Families temporarily removed the children and transported them to the Gulf Coast Kids House.

For more information on the child neglect allegations, click or tap here for an earlier story.

Quintette Road Crossing Blocked For Hours By Stopped Train

October 29, 2021

There’s no word why a train blocked the crossing on Quintette Road for hours Friday morning.

The crossing was blocked by the stopped train sometime before 5 a.m., according to individuals arriving at work in the area. By 9:30 a.m., the train had moved, and the crossing was open.

One end of the train was near William Ditch Road, about a mile and a half away to the south.

Quintette Road is common morning commuter route. It is one of just two routes north of Nine Mile Road across the Escambia River between Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. (The other is Highway 4 in Century.)

Photos for, click to enlarge.

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