ECSO Investigating Reported Abduction Of Teen Girl In Bratt; She Was Found Unharmed

February 28, 2023

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the reported abduction of a teenage girl in Bratt Tuesday.

“We are investigating the validity of that claim and will continue that investigation,” ECSO spokesperson Morgan Lewis told

The girl reported that she was abducted from her home in Bratt by a male that forced her to drive away in her father’s pickup truck.

The Sheriff’s Office and Escambia County EMS responded to the “Bratt Crossroads” store at the intersection of North Highway 99 and West Highway 4 where the alleged victim was evaluated by EMS.  She was not injured.

The pickup truck was found abandoned next to North Pine Barren Road just south of Bratt Road, about three miles from her home.

An ECSO K-9 and multiple deputies searched the area, but the alleged suspect was not located.

There was no suspect description available.

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Located: Woman Wanted For Questioning In Deadly Escambia Pit Bull Attack

February 28, 2023

UPDATE — This individual has been located

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman for questioning only in the death of a 60-year old man killed by pit bulls Friday night in Escambia County.

The ECSO wants to speak with Kathleen Ann Taylor.

The attack happened about 10:15 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of Norris Avenue, off Massachusetts Avenue.

“A witness observed a male being attacked by three pit bulls. The witness managed to scare the dogs away and immediately called 911,” the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Unfortunately, due to the victim’s injuries sustained in the attack, he later died.”

Escambia County Animal Control was unable to locate the dogs Friday night. They returned with deputies at 8 a.m. Saturday.

“One pit bull was observed and attempted to avoid capture. The animal was still very aggressive and was shot by a deputy. The animal was captured and is receiving medical treatment,” ECSO said Saturday.

A second pit bull was later located and captured. At last report, the third dog had not been located.

The name of the victim was not released.

Anyone with information on Taylor’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP or the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620.

11 Arrested In Internet Child Predator Sting

February 28, 2023

A joint investigation involving the Pensacola Police ,the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Department of Homeland Security has resulted in the arrests of 11 men.

“As we work together with our law enforcement partners, we will do everything possible to stop these child predators. Internet crimes against children are, and will always be a priority of the Pensacola Police Department. This operation is an example of law enforcement collaboration to ensure the safety of our children,” Chief Eric Randall said.

  • Christopher A. Harrington, 40 — released on $50,000 bond
  • Steven E. Pace, 25 — held on $35,000 bond
  • Brandon M. Webb, 35 — held on $100,000 bond
  • Khairul Subha, 32 — held on $35,000
  • Marion D. Wassman, 55 — held on $45,000 bond
  • Devin N. Shackleford, 25, held on $80,000 bond
  • Justin McClendon, 33 — held on $68,500 bond
  • Ryan Jarod Hester, 25 — held without bond
  • Frank B. Rhobotham, 74 — released on $20,000 bond
  • George Tolbert, 63 — held on $80,000 bond
  • John W. Hairelson, 38 — held on $100,000 bond

“There is nothing more disturbing than the exploitation of an innocent child, and it’s very satisfying to identify and arrest predators before they can act,” said Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division Sherri E. Onks. Coordinated efforts like this operation reinforce the message that victimizing children will never be tolerated by law enforcement. The FBI and our partners at the Pensacola Police Department will continue to proactively work together to stop these heinous crimes and protect the most vulnerable members in our society.”

Details on the operation were not released.

Atmore Man Charged With Reckless Murder Of His 2-Year Old Child

February 28, 2023

An Atmore businessman has been charged with the death of his 2-year old child.

Shawn William Rounsavall, 51, was charged with reckless murder.

“The Atmore Police Department was contacted by the Atmore Community Hospital in reference to a two-year-old child that was transported to the hospital by the father, after being left unattended in a vehicle for several hours. The child was pronounced deceased by the medical staff a short time later,” Atmore Police Sgt. Darrell McMann said. The call to the hospital came in about 4:30 p.m.

“Atmore Police officers responded to the hospital and discovered the child was supposed to be dropped off at a local daycare during the morning hours. Officers learned the father went to the daycare that afternoon to pick the child up. The father was told the child was never dropped off that morning. The father then discovered the child in the backseat of the vehicle and rushed to the hospital,” McMann said.

Rounsavall was booked into the Escambia County (AL) Detention Center without bond.

Cantonment Man Charged With Assault With A Deadly Weapon

February 28, 2023

A Cantonment man was charged after a domestic violence incident on Sunday.

Matthew Taylor Buckley, 39, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon domestic violence replated

Buckley allegedly pointed a .22 caliber rifle at the victim during a disturbance at a home and threatened to kill her, according to an arrest report. The victim told deputies that he had consumed a large amount of alcohol prior to the incident.

Buckley told deputies that he did not wish to speak after he was advised of his Miranda rights.

He was released from the Escambia County Jail Monday night on a $40,000 bond.

Warm Weather Continues; Chance Of Rain By Thursday Night

February 28, 2023

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Tuesday: Gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. South wind around 10 mph.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Windy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Windy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north after midnight.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 69.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 44.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 70.

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

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 75.

All Star High School Soccer Game Is Wednesday Night

February 28, 2023

The Pensacola Sports High School Al-Star Series soccer games will be played Wednesday night at Ashton Brosnaham Park.

The girls will kick-off at 5 p.m. and the boys will be at 7 p.m.

Players from Escambia County will be on the West team, while players from Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties will be on the east.

Head Coach: Delroy Greatwood – Escambia High School

Cameron Doyle — West Florida — Center
Viktor Tran — West Florida — Wing/MF
Noah Vegas — West Florida — MF/CB
Evan Laye — West Florida — MF/CB
Tobi White — Washington — CB/CM
JC Callaway — Washington — Winger/LB
Grady Hill — Washington — GK
Kai Merriman — Escambia — Midfield
Griffin York — Escambia — Forward
Shelton Allen — Escambia — Midfield/Wing
Caleb Crum — Escambia — GK
Hector Maldanado — Pensacola — CB/RB
Caleb Waters — East Hill — CB/OB
Schyler Witter — East Hill — ATK Mid/FW
Matthew Hovind — East Hill — FW
Jake Wilkinson — Catholic — Striker/CD
Drew Lacour — Catholic — CM
Caleb Wise — Tate — CB/RB
Kyle Cagle — Tate — Forward
Ethan Sanz — Tate — Defender/Midfield
Jace Fryman — Tate — Defender

Head Coach: Travis Rovillo – Choctawatchee High School

Landon Carter — Pace — CB/Striker
Kyle Franklin — Pace — CM
Adrian Palacios — Milton — CB
Braden Brune — Milton — Striker/L Wing
Jaime Covington — Milton — SAM
Ayden Morales — Niceville — D
Luke Teater — Niceville — LB
Eric Speed — Choctaw — GK
Carlos Lopez Ramirez — Choctaw — CM
Witt Kesler — Choctaw — MF/DB
JoJo Arroyo — Crestview — MF
Brandon Reyes — Crestview — MF
Peyton Tatro — Gulf Breeze — RW/LW
Thomas Haddock — Gulf Breeze — CB/CDM
Gavin Gailey — Gulf Breeze — CM/LW
Sam Linkous — Gulf Breeze — GK
Andrew Ottley — Navarre — CM/CD
Julien Evans — Navarre — CB/CDM
Valor Pierce — Rocky Bayou — CB/CM
Malik Jackson — Rocky Bayou — Forward
Lewis F — Fort Walton
Luke E. — Fort Walton

Head Coach: Kenny Morgan – Washington High School

Jillian Thompson — Escambia — Striker/Midfield
Kayden Maxwell — Escambia — Midfield/Defense
Amelia Hasting — Escambia — Defense/Wing
Leslie Torrico — Escambia — Midfield/Wing
Jordan Bartlinski — Catholic — CM
Yana Penzone — Catholic — FW/Wing
Alexis Parscal — Catholic — Anywhere/CM
Caroline Struck — Catholic — LB/RB
Kitty Stoll — West Florida — GK
Roxi Whiddon — West Florida — Midfield
Naomi Fieg — West Florida — Forward
Daley Joyner — West Florida — Defender
Alivia Sabata — West Florida — Midfield/FW
Emma Wilmoth — Washington — GK
Kaylah Carpenter — Washington — Midfield
Sha’Raye Harley — Pine Forest — Defense/Striker
Kassie Jackson — Tate — Forward
Cammie Kent — Tate — RM
Morgan Trumbly — Tate — LB
Mary McAuley — Pensacola — CB

Head Coach: Brian Alldredge – Rocky Bayou

Genesis Johnson — Crestview — GK
Marie Reid — Niceville — CB/Wing
Cora Weinacker — Niceville — DM/CB
Natalie Larson — Niceville — Wing/FW
Ava Grace Wheaton — Pace — Forward
Madelyn Motes — Pace — CM
Sidney Roest — Pace — GK
Selissa Bly — Navarre — D/FW
Maddie Laina — Navarre — CB/OB
Jessie Farrer — Navarre — Forward
Isabella Soulier — Rocky Bayou — CM/Outside Mid
Mori McCain — Rocky Bayou — Striker/Midfield
Elianna Christensen — Rocky Bayou — Striker/Outside Mid
Merideth Pugh — Gulf Breeze — ATK CM/RF
Ava Matherne — Gulf Breeze — CF/RF
Neysa Misita — Gulf Breeze — CD/OD
Addi Stikelether — Gulf Breeze — DM/Mid
Paige Phillips — Milton — Forward/ATK CM
Ella David — Fort Walton — OB
Jillian Schweikert — Choctaw
Angelia Minando — Choctaw
Alysha Miner — Choctaw

Tall Job: Crews Paint Walnut Hill Water Tower

February 28, 2023

Crews are working to paint one of the two water towers in Walnut Hill.

The 200,000 gallon tank on Highway 99A, next to Ernest Ward Middle and EREC, was constructed in December 2009.

It’s 142 feet high, including a tank that measures in at 24 feet high.

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ST Engineering Opens New Hangar At Pensacola Airport

February 28, 2023

ST Engineering opened a new aircraft maintenance hangar at the Pensacola International Airport on Monday.

The new facility is the second of four hangars at an airframe Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) complex being developed by ST Engineering. The new 177,000 sq. ft. hangar features two bays capable of accommodating widebody aircraft, effectively doubling ST Engineering’s existing capacity in Pensacola.

The hangar, which currently supports a major customer;s Airbus A300 program, started operations in January this year. When fully operational, it is expected to generate over 400 new jobs.

“We are thrilled to open another state-of-the-art facility and see our partnership with ST Engineering flourish. Ensuring quality job growth is crucial to the future success of Pensacola, and this new hangar is a major step forward for our citizens, airport and community,” Pensacola Mayor D.C. Reeves said.

The airframe MRO complex that the new hangar is a part of is a project co-funded by ST Engineering, Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., the City of Pensacola, Escambia County, the State of Florida, and various state and federal organizations.

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Escambia County Seeks Volunteer for Planning Board Appointment

February 28, 2023

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners is seeking Escambia County residents interested in volunteering to be considered for an at-large appointment to the Escambia County Planning Board.

At-large members serve a two-year term of office and attend one meeting per month (generally the first Tuesday of the month). Meetings are generally from 8:30 a.m. to no later than noon; however, occasionally may go beyond noon depending upon the agenda. No travel is involved unless the Planning Board members decide to view a particular property for informational purposes. Financial disclosure is required.

Escambia County residents interested in being considered for a possible appointment to the Escambia County Planning Board are asked to submit a resume and letter indicating their desire to serve by close of business on Monday, March 13. Letters and resumes should be submitted to Rachel Whitmire; 3363 West Park Place; Pensacola, FL 32505; or emailed to

The term for this vacancy is March 23, 2023 until March 22, 2025.

All submittals are subject to public records requests.

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