Today: Supreme Court To Hear Death Penalty Case From 1998 Nine Mile Popeye’s Murder
Today, U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled hear arguments in a challenge to the way Florida sentences people to death — a challenge backed by three former Florida Supreme Court justices and the American Bar Association.
The case, which stems from the 1998 murder of a Nine Mile Road [...]
Farm Tour Highlights North Escambia Agriculture (With Photo Gallery)
Participants in the Escambia County Farm Tour recently learned about agriculture in the North Escambia area.
Local governmental officials, community leaders and even international visitors toured several agricultural locations in North Escambia and get an up close and personal look at a variety of farming activities.
Following registration at the Molino Community Center, farm tour [...]
Driver Cited, Company Fined For Dump Truck Versus School Bus Wreck
An Escambia County company is facing thousands of dollars in penalties and a driver cited on multiple charges for a wreck involving a school bus and Mack dump truck in late August.
The Florida Highway Patrol Bureau Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement conducted a compliance review of G.B. Green Construction Management and Consulting. The review found multiple [...]
State Agency Wants Century’s Last Doctor Out Of Old Hospital
A State of Florida agency has ordered the last doctor in Century out of a former hospital he’s leased since early 2006.
In a letter dated August 26, Century Health Care Access (CHCA) and Dr. Christian Bachman, president of CHCA and physician for Mayo Street Medical, were ordered to vacate the old Century Hospital facility by [...]
Century Man Wanted For Attempted Murder Following Bar Shooting
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a Century man on an attempted murder charge follow a late Sunday night shooting at a Century bar.
Deputies and Escambia County EMS were called to Odom’s Bar on North Century Boulevard at the Alabama state line about 11:50 p.m.
According to witnesses, Kendrick Jamar Washington shot David Darnell [...]
Atmore Home Heavily Damaged By Fire
Fire heavily damaged a home in the 200 block of Liberty Street in Atmore this morning. There were no injuries. NorthEscambia.com photo.
One Injured In Hwy 29 Rear End Wreck
At least one person was injured in a two vehicle rear-end type crash shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday on Highway 29 near Kingsfield Road. The person’s injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. Further details have not been released by the Florida Highway Patrol as they continue their investigation. NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Price, click [...]
Local High School Bands Shine At Marching Performance Assessments
District 1 High School Marching MPA performances were held Saturday at Tate High School.
Several bands, including the Royal Pride Band from Jay High and the Showband of the South from Tate, earned straight superiors.
For more photos of the Tate, Northview and Jay bands, click here.
Results are below (G=Good, E=Excellent, S=Superior):
Pictured top: The Tate High School [...]
No Injuries When Driver Overturns Near Bridge
There were no serious injuries when a driver lost control and overturned his pickup truck in the Bay Springs community Saturday afternoon.
The driver apparently lost control of his Chevrolet Z71 on Highway 97A, about a mile west of South Highway 99, at the Boggy Creek Bridge. His vehicle left the roadway, crossed back over both [...]
Cantonment Comes Home For Homecoming Fall Festival
Cantonment residents took part in a Homecoming Fall Festival Saturday at Carver Park. The event brought families together with food, family fun, kid’s games and entertainment, plus information tables from community partners. The event was organized by the Cantonment Improvement Committee.
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Pumpkins Arrive At Popular Church Pumpkin Patch
Hundreds of pumpkins arrived Saturday afternoon and were unloaded by volunteers ata St. Luke United Methodist Church on Nine Mile Road. The church’s annual pumpkin patch, at 1394 East Nine Mile Road, will be open Monday-Saturday from 1-7 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Pictured top: St. Luke’s first pumpkin patch customer Saturday afternoon. [...]
State To Test For Carcinogen Levels At Century Sheriff’s Precinct
An upcoming environmental site assessment will determine if benzine, a known human carcinogen, exists in dangerous levels at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office substation in Century.
In 1992, two 6,000 gallon underground storage tanks were removed from the property. At the time of the removal, an assessment revealed a concentration of benzene greater than the state’s [...]
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Camp Fire Kids Learn Fire Safety From Escambia Fire Rescue
The crew of Engine 519 from the Century Station of Escambia Fire Rescue recently stopped by the Camp Fire Century Youth Learning Center. The children learned about fire safety, what to do if there is a fire at their home, and what a fireman looks like in full gear. They also had the chance to get up close with a fire truck and sit inside. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge. centuryfirecampfire Read More →
FWC Law Enforcement Report
The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following activity during the weekly period ending October 8 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. ESCAMBIA COUNTY Officers Pettey, Barnard and Livesay were working dove hunting. After hearing multiple shots, the officers found four hunters hunting over a baited field. The hunters were hunting near an active corn feeder and wheat was also spread on the field. The four hunters were charged with hunting migratory birds over bait. Lieutenant Hahr was patrolling in the Perdido River Wildlife Management Area when he encountered a couple parked on management area property after legal entry hours. When he made contact with them, he observed evidence of drug use. A search revealed cannabis, THC “dabs”, hash oil, methamphetamine, and various drug paraphernalia. The driver of the vehicle admitted to possession of the items and was arrested and transported to the Escambia County Jail. Charges included possession SANTA ROSA COUNTY No information submitted for Santa Rosa County. This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week; however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement. Information provided by FWC. Read More →
Learn Quilting For Beginners At The Molino Library
Cena Harmon will teach the basics of hand quilting at the Molino Branch Library in a two part series. In part one at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, at 6 p.m. participants will discuss how to chose patterns and fabrics, and look at how to use basic tools. In part two of the series on Tuesday, October 27, at 6 p.m., attendees will start piecing together their quilt. Both classes will be held in Room 123. The Molino Branch Library is located in the Molino Community Center at 6450 Highway 95A. Read More →
Scott Calls For ‘Career In A Year’ Funding
Saying he wants to spend $20 million to help technical schools respond quickly to employer needs, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday began what is likely to be a stream of announcements about his upcoming budget proposal. Scott’s office said 48 technical colleges and centers would be eligible for competitive grants, which would be geared toward programs that could be completed in less than 52 weeks. The “Career in a Year” initiative would include programs like licensed practical nursing, which takes 45 weeks and has 2,361 openings in Florida, and welding, a 39-week program that could offer a path to one of 583 jobs. “Our technical centers do a great job preparing students for a career in just one year,” Scott said in a statement issued by his office. “We know the workers of tomorrow are in our classrooms today — and advanced workforce training at our technical centers will help our students receive the skills they need to be competitive in the global market.” The governor also promoted the program at stops in Orlando and Miami. State officials said such a grant program could help lure additional industries and employers to the state. Scott built his initial campaign for governor five years ago on his ability to bring jobs to Florida and has since focused heavily on that purpose — sometimes to the extent of ignoring other responsibilities, critics say. “The rapid response grant will enable the technical centers to respond quickly with technical training in support of new and emerging occupations which are a direct result of the governor’s efforts to grow and diversify the industries in Florida,” said Marsan Carr, executive director of the Florida Association for Career and Technical Education, in a statement issued through Scott’s office. Scott recently has pushed for lawmakers to eliminate the sales tax on manufacturing equipment, following a three-year moratorium that the Legislature approved in 2013. The tax is scheduled to return in 2017. Scott last year projected that companies would have to pay $142.5 million annually if the tax is again collected. Also, he has pushed for legislators to give more funding for economic-development incentives. But Monday’s announcement marked the first new initiative for Scott’s proposed budget, which will be considered by lawmakers during the 2016 legislative session. The announcement is one of several that Scott is likely to make before unveiling his full spending plan for the budget year that begins July 1. The final announcement is expected before the annual session starts in January. Scott could float another proposal Wednesday, when he is set to meet with editors and reporters from across the state at an annual event hosted by the Associated Press. The governor has sometimes used the gathering to reveal his entire budget proposal, but this year’s event comes earlier than usual because lawmakers will begin the session in January instead of the traditional March start date. by Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida Read More →
Tate, PCA Top Cross Meet With Northview, Flomaton, EWMS, Jay, PHS, Miller
Tate High and Pensacola Christian topped a recent cross county meet at Northview High School. Schools in attendance were Central, Ernest Ward, Flomaton, Jay, Northview, Pensacola Christian Academy, Pensacola High, Tate and TR Miller. There were 150 total runners. For more photos, click here. 150 Total Runners Fastest Girl- Kaitlyn Boschman from PCA 19:46 Fastest boy- Hunter Stewart from PCA 17:41 Girls Overall Teams Tate TR Miller Pensacola Christian Academy Jay Pensacola High Northview Central Ernest Ward Boys Overall Teams Pensacola Christian Academy TR Miller Flomaton Tate Pensacola High Northview Central Ernest Ward Top 5 Runners for each School Northview Girls Moriah McGahan 24:11 Bethany Reynolds 29:28 Rebekah Amerson 29:55 Lexxi Baggett 29:59 Hannah McGahan 31:17 Northview Boys Brandon Korinchak 18:35 Tanner Levins 21:02 Oscar Rodriguez 21:30 Adrian King 23:25 James Ates 23:53 Tate Girls Avery Royer 21:28 Carley Pope 21:29 Hannah Wellen Kemp21:30 McKenna Royer 21:33 Emma Shows 22:43 Tate Boys Travis Carlson 18:39 Micah Flores 19:12 Andrew Pollite 19:33 Tailand Mitchell 19:51 Tanner McDaniel 19:57 Pensacola High Girls Olivia Spine 23:39 Ashley Burrough 24:49 May Longborne 25:49 Genevieve Green 25:50 Melanie Cook 28:19 Pensacola High Boys Justin Polk 20:10 River Loggen 20:12 Keegan 21:20 AJ Pompanen 22:24 Elliott Springer 22:25 Central Girls Camryn Gillard 24:49 Christine Clark 25:19 Alexis Clark 27:07 Elizabeth Singleton 39:35 Sam Singleton 40:37 Central Boys Daniel Griswald 20:40 Dalton Lewis 20:50 Sean Taylor 25:50 Logan O’Berry 26:42 Ben Paul 29:05 Jay Girls Hannah White 22:24 Jillian Thornton 23:27 Grace Gillman 25:41 Laryn Kimmons 25:50 Katie Stanford 28:26 Read More →
Weak Cold Front Might Bring Showers Today
Here is your official North Escambia area forecast: Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Calm wind. Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the morning. Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 50. Calm wind. Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 82. Light northeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 53. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph. Friday: Sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 79. Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 75. Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Monday: Sunny, with a high near 75. Read More →
Applications Being Accepted For Free Professional Firefighter Training Program
CareerSource Escarosa has partnered with the City of Pensacola, Escambia County Fire-Rescue and Midway Fire Academy to provide training opportunities to individuals interested in training for a new career as a professional firefighter. Eligible candidates may qualify for no-cost training through CareerSource Escarosa’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program. Eligibility is determined by household income and dislocation status. Minimum Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age High school diploma or equivalent Valid State of Florida Driver’s License (Class E) Must be free from use of all tobacco products for one year prior to application Applicants must be willing to attend six month training program at the Midway Fire Academy (located in Gulf Breeze) to receive State of Florida Firefighter Certification. Candidates must be willing to submit to a background check and drug test, fingerprinting, medical exam and physical ability test. For complete position details and eligibility requirements, visit employflorida.com and search job order # 10075446, or call (850) 607-8721 to speak with a WIOA Career Advisor. Learn more about CareerSource Escarosa’s WIOA Program including; eligibility requirements, list of approved programs and providers, orientation dates and application procedures online at careersourceescarosa.com/programs/firefighters Read More →
Camp Fire Kids Hold Trike-A-Thon For Children’s Hospital
The children at Camp Fire USA Century Youth Learning Center recently held their seventh annual Trike-A-Thon in support of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital last week. The children not only raised money for St. Jude; they also learned about trike safety and the importance of helping others. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge. Read More →
Local Fire Stations Participate In Fire Safety Outreach Events
Two North Escambia fire stations took part in Fire Safety Week events Saturday morning. The Cantonment Station of Escambia Fire Rescue took part in a Fire Safety Awareness Day Saturday the Cantonment Waterfront Rescue Mission Bargain Center (pictured left and below). And members of the Molino Station of Escambia Fire Rescue took part in a fire safety display at the Molino Community Center (pictured top). Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge. Read More →
Fields of Faith: Student Led Community Worship Event Planned For Wednesday
The Northview High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is sponsoring a student led worship event, “Fields of Faith” Wednesday at Tommy Weaver Memorial Stadium in Bratt. Northview students, area churches, youth groups and community members will come together to worship, hear student testimonies and enjoy a brief message from a guest speaker. The public is invited to attend the event at 6:30 Wednesday. In the event of rain, the event will be moved indoors. Pictured: Last year’s Fields of Faith event at Northview High School was moved into the school gym. NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge. Read More →
JV Volleyball Results: Northview, Tate, Escambia, Washington
Results from JV tournament volleyball Saturday at Tate High School: Washington def. Northview 25-13, 25-10. Tate def. Northview 25-8, 25-12. Escambia def. Northview 25-21, 25-21. For more photos, click here. NorthEscambia.com photos by Gary Amerson, click to enlarge. Read More →
Florida Gov’t Weekly Roundup: Firearms, Religious Freedom And The Rebel Flag
A ruling from Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis late Friday quickly overshadowed a week dominated by guns, religious liberty and the Confederate flag. Lewis’s choice of a congressional map supported by voting-rights groups struck a blow to House and Senate leaders, who argued that maps drawn by lawmakers and aides would better comply with Florida’s anti-gerrymandering “Fair Districts” standards. The case will ultimately be decided by the Florida Supreme Court, which ruled in July that some congressional districts crafted by the Legislature in 2012 unconstitutionally favored Republicans. Friday’s ruling came at the end of the Legislature’s second pre-session committee week, filled with discussions about allowing Floridians to openly display their handguns, letting pastors say no to gay weddings, stripping the Confederate battle flag from the Senate’s official seal, and the state’s beleaguered unemployment benefits website. LETTING IT ALL HANG OUT A measure that would let individuals with conceal-carry permits walk around with their guns exposed made it through its first House hearing on Tuesday. But, in a state where pro-firearms measures have advanced at a record clip over the past four years, concerns were quickly raised about how allowing individuals to openly display their handguns may conflict with private property rights. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 8-4 Tuesday to support the proposal (HB 163), filed by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach. The bill would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry firearms, something the state has banned since the law authorizing the licenses went into effect in 1987. Gaetz described his proposal, one of a number of gun-related bills up for consideration this legislative session, as allowing citizens to be “armed with their own liberty.” But a sign that the measure may have a tougher journey through the more moderate Senate, where Gaetz’s father, Sen. Don Gaetz, has sponsored an identical measure, the Florida Chamber of Commerce wants more clarity about private property rights. “That’s an important issue to many businesses who feel like that’s something that could be of concern to them,” Gary Hunter, a lobbyist representing the Chamber, said. Others argued that the proposal needs to better define the manner in which people can publicly display handguns. “What we’re talking about is allowing people to walk down a street with a firearm in their hand — pointed down, not pointed at anyone but pointed down — they can lawfully walk past a bank, past a bar, past a school, not encased in a holster,” said Rep. Dave Kerner, a Lake Worth Democrat who voted against the measure. “The right to carry a weapon irresponsibly is not a constitutionally protected right, and that is what this bill will do.” Shawn Bartelt, an Orlando mother of two, told the committee that, while crime is down, allowing people to walk around with exposed firearms creates a “less civilized” society. “I do not want to walk around Lake Davis, when I walk my dogs, and know somebody is carrying an open gun there,” Bartelt said. “There is a reasonÂ DwayneÂ Johnson, the Rock, doesn’t walk around with his shirt off all the time, because it’s intimidating. It’s scary.” GIVING PASTORS A PASS A measure that would allow pastors and others to refuse to perform marriage services that violate their theological beliefs cleared its first House vote on Wednesday. In a party-line vote, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee advanced the emotionally charged proposal (HB 43) that supporters say is needed to reinforce First Amendment guarantees of religious freedom in the aftermath of this summer’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down state-approved bans on same-sex marriages. “The court has redefined marriage as we see it today,” said Rep. Charlie Stone, R-Ocala. “So what’s to say the court won’t redefine what a (member of the) clergy can do next week, next month, next year?” But opponents of the proposal questioned where such an exemption might lead. LGBT supporters at the meeting didn’t dispute that church officials should be free to choose whom they marry. Carlos Guillermo Smith of Equality Florida, one the state’s most prominent gay-rights organizations, said his group would be willing to defend any church that refused to marry a gay couple and would even contribute to the congregation’s defense fund. But Guillermo Smith also said he was concerned about the precedent the legislation might set. “At best, it’s an insulting proposal that is pretty much a simple disapproval of same-sex relationships by a secular government,” he said. “But what’s worse, and what our top concern is, is that this bill is a Trojan horse which can be a vehicle that will bring even more anti-LGBT legislation to our state.” Democratic Reps. Kionne McGhee and Cynthia Stafford, who are both black, said they were worried that the bill would open the door for discrimination by white supremacists, who could use religious grounds to defend their racist views. “As it currently states today in the language that we have before us, we have a dangerous, dangerous bill that can explode at any moment and rewrite our history books and return us to the days of Jim Crow,” McGhee, a Miami lawyer, said. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, dismissed the concerns. “They seem to be talking about a bill other than this one,” he said. “So I think that this would be mainly for (same-sex marriage), but I don’t see any reason or I didn’t hear any reason today why you would simply say that.” JACK LATVALA, DEFENDER OF THE UNION Jesse Panuccio, Gov. Rick Scott’s jobs chief who still needs Senate confirmation to keep his job next year, found himself having to defend his comments to a union lobbyist before outraged Republican lawmakers during a Senate Transportation, Tourism and Economic Development Appropriations Committee meeting on Wednesday. Panuccio already was facing heat from lawmakers, who told him that they continue to receive complaints from constituents having a hard time accessing the two-year-old, $77 million unemployment benefits website called Connect. But committee Chairman Jack Latvala went further, accusing Panuccio of being arrogant and displaying a “sense of entitlement,” because of the way the agency head dismissed Florida AFL-CIO lobbyist Rich Templin’s assertion that Florida may be purposely last in the nation in paying unemployment claims. Latvala, who has sparred with Panuccio on a number of issues during the past couple of years, didn’t defend Templin’s claims, but took issue with the manner in which a speaker before his subcommittee was addressed by another speaker. “I frankly don’t like your attitude,” Latvala, R-Clearwater, told Panuccio. “I think that there is an arrogance in the way you present this that’s a sense of entitlement. And I just think it’s wrong.” Panuccio said he didn’t intend to attack any individual and defended how his agency handles jobless claims. Templin had pointed to a Sept. 22 report from the National Employment Law Project that found fewer than one in eight unemployed Floridians — 12 percent compared to 27 percent nationally — receive jobless aid. “Our concern is that you have a state agency, and perhaps Connect and the system itself, going above and beyond what the Legislature intended and is making it really hard for workers to get benefits,” Templin said. “My personal concern is that is by design.” Panuccio described Templin’s comments as “not valid” and the statistics by the National Employment Law Project as “specious.” LOOK AWAY, LOOK AWAY, LOOK AWAY, SENATE SEAL Senate President Andy Gardiner and a couple of staff members scoped out the size of the wall behind the rostrum in the Senate chamber on Wednesday. Noticing reporters in the press gallery looking down on the scene, the Orlando Republican waved before he and his aides returned to their offices. Earlier in the day, the Senate Rules Committee took a step towards establishing a new seal that doesn’t include the Confederate battle flag. The Senate’s seal should include the flags of “those sovereignties that were legitimate sovereignties of this state,” committee Chairman David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, said. Under the proposal approved by the committee, the Senate’s official insignia would still include other non-American flags that flew over Florida, including the 1513 Spanish flag, the 1564 French flag and the 1763 flag of Great Britain. The U.S. flag and the Florida state flag would also appear on the marker. The move is another step in a continuing backlash against symbols of Southern rebellion that started after a white supremacist massacred nine black churchgoers in South Carolina this summer. The new Senate seal may not be the Legislature’s only attempt to further bury the 1860s conflict. Legislation has been filed to replace a statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, whose likeness is one of two sculptures that represent Florida in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. STORY OF THE WEEK: Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis recommended Friday that the Florida Supreme Court adopt a set of congressional districts proposed by voting-rights organizations. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Well, it is part of history, but the Nazi flag is part of history and shouldn’t be forgotten, but it also shouldn’t be lifted up.” — Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, on removing the Confederate battle flag from the Senate seal. by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida Read More →
Cantonment Man Charged In Home Invasion, Carjacking
A Cantonment man has been charged with a home invasion, robbery and carjacking. Ramoe Tyvon Smith, 30, is charged with home invasion robbery, aggravated assault with a firearm, grand theft, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and carjacking. He remained in the Escambia County Jail Saturday with bond set at $220,000. According to an arrest report, Smith entered a mobile home on West Hannah Street, pointed a handgun at the resident and demanded his wallet. Smith and a female accomplice then allegedly took a 5-gallon bucket from inside the home that contained copper scraps before fleeing. Within hours, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to determine that the copper was sold at a local recycling business by Smith and the female and warrants for their arrests were issued. The female has not yet been arrested. In a previous incident, Smith is accused of carjacking a vehicle and beating the victim. Read More →
FDOT: Weekly Traffic Alerts
Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities. State Road (S.R.) 294 Chief’s Way from Corry Field Road to S.R. 295 (New Warrington Road) in Escambia County will be temporarily closed from Friday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Oct 23. The temporary closure will allow crews to perform shoulder construction and remove concrete pavement and replace with asphalt. Corry Field Road, West Navy Boulevard and New Warrington Road will be utilized as a detour route. Variable message boards are in place to alert drivers of the change in traffic pattern. U.S. 90 (Scenic Highway) repairs at the intersection of Scenic Highway Circle continues in Escambia County. No lane closures are anticipated, however, traffic flaggers will be on site to assist with traffic control as construction vehicles enter and exit the work area. I-10 east and westbound, between the Escambia Bay Bridge and State Road 281 (Avalon Boulevard) in Santa Rosa County. Alternating lane closures Sunday, Oct. 11 through Thursday, Oct. 15. Lane closures will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. as crews place concrete barrier wall. U.S. 98 between Live Oaks Village shopping center and the Gulf Breeze Zoo in Santa Rosa County. Alternating lane closures from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, through Friday, Oct.16. Crews will be placing the final layer of asphalt on the roadway and continue shoulder widening work. U.S. 98 between the Gulf Breeze Zoo and Okaloosa County line in Santa Rosa County. Striping operations began Thursday, Oct. 8. Motorists may encounter minor delays and intermittent lane closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for approximately three weeks as crews restripe side roads, major intersections, and the mainline. Slow moving vehicles will be used to perform the work. S.R. 297 (Pine Forest Road) from Mobile Highway to Nine Mile Road in Escambia County. Intermittent lane closures at intersections and turn lanes Monday, Oct. 12 through Thursday, Oct. 15 as crews refurbish pavement markings and restripe the roadway. Lane closures will remain in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Drivers can expect slow moving vehicles during the striping operations. Drivers are reminded to use caution, especially at night, when traveling through a work zone. All planned construction activities are weather dependent and may be re-scheduled in the event of inclement weather. Read More →
Roux Named NHS Homecoming Queen (With Photo Gallery)
Savanna Roux was named Northview High School’s homecoming queen for 2015 Friday night. Pictured top are Junior Maid Morgan Myrick, Freshman Maid Ashtyn Carnley, 1st Runner-up Jadlyn Agerton, Homecoming Queen Savanna Roux, 2nd Runner-up Danielle Robinson, and Sophomore Maid Celeste North. Pictured inset: Roux reacts to winning. Pictured below: Roux is crowned by last year’s queen, Kamryn Brock. For a photo gallery, click here. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge. Read More →
Liberty County Tops Northview (With Photo Gallery)
Liberty County beat the Northview Chiefs 37-14 Friday night, which was homecoming for the Chiefs. Liberty County intercepted a Northview pass two plays into the first quarter and were held to just a field goal by the Northview defense. The Chiefs answered to make it 7-3 at the half. “It was a good ballgame at halftime,” Northview Coach Sid Wheatley said. “We played really good defense and a good passing game. They made some adjustments and came back and controlled the game in the second half. They got up by two touchdowns and we cut it to one….but it went downhill for us fast.” Liberty County went on for the win 37-14. “You’ve got to give them credit. They made those big plays that you can not give up and are back-breakers in a competitive game.” The Chiefs will travel to Jay next Friday night for their first of just two district games of the regular season. The Chiefs are in a three-team District 1A with Jay and Baker. “Win a district game next week and you are in the playoffs. These kids are going to have to regroup, and they are going to have to come back. We’ve got to have a really, really good week and practice,” he said . “We’ve got to get some things fixed.” For more photos, click here. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge. Read More →
Lawmakers Seek To Shield Seniors From Shady Guardians
A Southwest Florida lawmaker is renewing a push to better protect elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians who take control of seniors’ assets. The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee this week approved a bill (SB 232), filed by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, that would charge the Department of Elder Affairs with certifying and overseeing professional guardians — and disciplining those who abuse their trust. Detert told the committee that professional guardians are a growth business in Florida but are lightly regulated. She cited a series in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which reported in December 2014 that the number of registered professional guardians statewide had grown 1,800 percent in 11 years. “There are predators,” Detert said. “They have kind of crawled through a crack in the law.” Private professional guardians come into play, for example, in circumstances where families have disputes between seniors’ children. The guardians can earn $100 an hour to open mail, make appointments and pay bills — even to be present when the children came to visit. “When you think of the power you are giving to a guardian,” Detert said. “The power to make your medical decisions, to put you on drugs, to spend your money (and) sign your checkbook.” Private guardians often serve wealthy people, Detert said. The state also has a more heavily regulated system of public guardians who serve incapacitated people who don’t have anybody willing and able to serve as guardians. Detert’s bill has support from the office of Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock, who was represented at the Senate committee meeting by Deputy Clerk Anthony Palmieri. Since 2011, Palmieri said, the office has investigated more than 800 elder-guardianship cases, identifying “more than $4 million in unsubstantiated disbursements, missing assets and fraud” in Palm Beach County. There have been two arrests. “Many clerks’ offices throughout the state are auditing and investigating guardianships because of this very important legislation,” Palmieri said. Also in 2011, Palm Beach County started Florida’s — and possibly the nation’s — first hotline for elder-guardianship fraud. Bock said in an interview that she’d gotten the idea to review private guardianships after seeing an uptick in their numbers during the economic recession. She had also noted that guardianship laws had been largely unchanged for decades at that point. “It wasn’t on anyone’s radar screen, even though Florida has the fastest-growing elderly population per capita of any state in the United States,” Bock said. Last spring, however, Gov. Rick Scott signed a measure by Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, requiring advance notice before hearings on the appointment of emergency temporary guardians. It would also allow the mediation of guardianship disputes among family members and require the reporting of incidents of abuse, neglect and exploitation of wards by guardians. Detert’s new bill will be considered during the 2016 legislative session, which starts in January. A similar bill unanimously cleared the Senate during the 2015 session, but died when the House adjourned three days early. House leaders had objected to the initial $3 million cost of the measure, which Detert got down to less than $1 million. The analysis of her new bill notes that approximately 456 guardians would be regulated, but it does not show a projected cost. Detert said she’d recruited House Appropriations Chairman Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, to her cause, while Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, will return as the House sponsor. “I’ve spoken to Chair Corcoran, and he is supportive,” she said. “Rep. Ahern is doing the bill in the House, and we expect a happy conclusion this year.” by Margie Menzel, The News Service of Florida Read More →
Tate Beats Pace (With Photo Gallery)
The Tate Aggies beat the Pace Patriots 48-28 Friday night in what was called the “Lindsey Bowl” by many. Tate High and head coach Jay Lindsey traveled to Pace to take on his father, Mickey Lindsey — one of just a handful of high school games in Florida history to match a son against his father in the head coaching position. The Aggies (5-1) will head over to Escambia High School next Friday to take on Gators and 7:30 p.m. For more photos, click here. NorthEscambia.com photos by Keith Garrison, click to enlarge. Read More →
Friday Night Finals
Here are final scores from high school football games across the area Friday nightnight: FLORIDA Liberty County 37, Northview 14 [Read more, photo gallery...] Jay 58, Cottondale 56 Tate 48, Pace 28 [Read more, photo gallery...] Navarre 20, Escambia 9 Walton 51, Gulf Breeze 17 Milton 29, Crestview 28 (OT) West Florida 46, Catholic 7 Baker 35, South Walton 28 OFF: Washington, Pine Forest. PHS ALABAMA T.R. Miller 47, Geneva 13 Thomasville 17, W.S. Neal 7 Mobile Christian 42, Flomaton 41 (2OT) Williamson 26, Escambia County (Atmore) 2 Escambia Academy 35, Morgan Academy 0 Read More →
Photo Gallery: Northview Homecoming Parade
The Northview High School Homecoming parade rolled through Bratt Friday afternoon with hundreds of people in attendance. For a photo gallery, click here. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge. Read More →
Jay Royals Hold Homecoming Parade
The Jay High School Royals held their annual homecoming parade this afternoon. Photos by Michele Edwards for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge. Read More →
Century Man Charged With Attempted Homicide For Shooting Into Vehicle
A Century man is behind bars on attempted homicide charges for allegedly opening fire into a vehicle Wednesday night in Century. Akino Jama Jackson, 23, was charged with two counts of attempted homicide, shooting into an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He remains in the Escambia County Jail without bond. A female driver, identified as Amanda Conner pulled into the Whataburger parking lot on North Century Boulevard with multiple bullet holes in her Dodge Charger. A male passenger who been shot, later identified as Roosevelt Dixon, fled the from the scene before authorities arrived. Dixon eventually made his way to West Florida Hospital for treatment; the female driver was not injured. Deputies said the shooting occurred on Pond Street and stemmed from an argument between Dixon and Jackson over Conner. The vehicle in the restaurant parking lot had numerous bullet holes visible in the trunk and in the rear passenger door area. The back driver’s side passenger window and the rear window of the vehicle were blown mostly out of the vehicle. Trajectory rods place by a crime scene investigator seemed to indicate that the shots were fired from behind the Dodge Charger. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the multi-agency Gun Response Team in the investigation. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge. Read More →
Century Man Sentenced For Fatal Backwoods Road Shooting
A Century man is headed to state prison for a January 31 shooting death on Backwoods Road in Century. Jaran Britt Myles, 21, pleaded no contest and was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison to be followed by six years probation on a charge of manslaughter with a firearm in the death of a 20-year old Jonathan Ray Wilson. One witness told deputies that “Run Run”, later identified as Myles, pulled out a gun and asked him if he was scared of it before taking the magazine out of the weapon and pointing it him. Myles then pulled the trigger of the gun, without the magazine, but it “dry fired”, he said. The witness said Myles then pointed the gun to Wilson’s head after loading the magazine back into the gun. Wilson then adjusted the height of the gun to his head, “correcting the placement of the gun pointed at him,” an arrest report states. The witness said when Wilson let go of the gun, Myles pulled the trigger and shot Wilson in the head. NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge. Read More →
No Honor: Thieves Caught On Camera Stealing From Local Farmer
Two thieves apparently had no honor when it came to stealing deer corn being sold on the honor system by a Walnut Hill farmer. About 6:30 Tuesday morning, the two men stopped at the farmer’s roadside bin on South Highway 99. They can be seen on surveillance video checking an honor box for cash and then loading up two bags of deer corn without making payment. Both suspects are described as white males. One walked with a slight limp and appeared to be wearing some type of identification around his neck, similar to an employee badge. They were in an extended cab pickup with a camper shell. Both the camper shell and truck appeared to be red or maroon in color. The passenger rear-view mirror on the truck showed obvious damage. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620. The complete surveillance video is at the bottom of this page. Images for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge. If you do not see the video above, it is because your home, work or school firewall is blocking YouTube videos. Read More →
Panel Backs Removing Confederate Flag From Senate Seal
Lawmakers took a step toward removing the Confederate battle flag from the Senate’s official seal Thursday, as a committee unanimously voted to establish a new seal without the Civil War banner. The Senate Rules Committee’s recommendation, which follows a request by Senate President Andy Gardiner and Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner to re-examine the flag’s place on the seal, is another sign of a backlash against the symbols of the South’s rebellion in the 1860s. The backlash has come after a white supremacist massacred nine black churchgoers in South Carolina this summer. The new seal is likely to go to the full Senate in January, in the opening days of the annual legislative session. It would take effect if approved by a two-thirds vote of senators. Under the proposal approved by the committee, the Senate’s official insignia would still include other non-American flags that flew over Florida, including the 1513 Spanish flag, the 1564 French flag and the 1763 flag of Great Britain. The United States flag and the Florida state flag would also appear on the marker. During a presentation to members of the panel, Rules Chairman David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, highlighted post-Civil War rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court that held the decision by 11 Southern states to secede from nation was illegal. Simmons said the Senate’s seal should include the flags of “those sovereignties that were legitimate sovereignties of this state.” But it was impossible to escape the shadow that the Confederate flag has long cast over the politics of Florida and other Southern states. For many white Southerners, the battle flag is a commemoration of the military service and sacrifice of ancestors who fought against the Union. For African-Americans, though, the banner is often a painful reminder of the brutal, slave-driven economy that was a central issue in the 1860 to 1865 war. Increasingly, white politicians have also joined in asking for the flag to be taken down in public spaces and otherwise set aside as a symbol of regional pride. Joyner, a black Democrat from Tampa, said after the meeting that the effort to remove the flag from the seal is not an effort to wipe out the memory of what happened during the Civil War. “I can remember it without seeing it on my lapel every day,” she told reporters after the meeting. “I mean, it’s reminiscent of a painful period. It’s time for healing, and I felt it was necessary to remove it.” Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, had an even blunter way of putting it. “Well, it is part of history, but the Nazi flag is part of history and shouldn’t be forgotten, but it also shouldn’t be lifted up,” he said. Sen. Darren Soto, R-Orlando, pointed out several steps the Legislature has taken in recent years to promote racial reconciliation and bridge other gaps. “It’s time for us to have the seal be consistent with our values,” Soto said. “We can’t revise history and choose which moments in our history to forget. But we can choose what we highlight in our seal that’s just and right.” But the action is unlikely to halt all discussion of how the state memorializes the Civil War. Joyner voiced hope that lawmakers would also consider legislation (SB 154 and HB 243) seeking to ban government buildings or properties from displaying any flag used by the Confederacy. The House and Senate could also consider legislation to replace a statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, whose likeness is one of two sculptures that represent the state in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. by Brandon Larrabee, The News Service of Florida Read More →
Blackburn Running For Sheriff
Thursday, Rex Blackburn of Cantonment became the fifth candidate to prefile for Escambia County Sheriff in the 2016 general election. Blackburn is running with no party affiliation. Incumbent David Morgan, Doug Baldwin, John Johnson and Ron McNesby have prefiled as Republicans. Blackburn ran unsuccessfully for Escambia County School Board District 5 in 2000. He also prefiled for the Sheriff’s race in 2012, withdrawing his name during qualification week. Read More →
Ernest Ward Rolls To 42-22 Win Over W.S. Neal
The Ernest Ward Middle School Eagles defeated W.S. Neal Middle Thursday night 42-22. With win, Ernest Ward improves to a perfect 7-0 on the season. EWMS will look to make it a perfect season next Thursday at 6 p.m. as they take on Escambia County Middle School of Atmore at the Escambia County High School stadium. For a photo gallery, click here. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge. Read More →
Escambia Man Charged With Bank Robbery
An Escambia County man has been arrested for a Pensacola bank robbery. Mario Antwan Likely, 39, turned himself in to the police after surveillance photos of him were released to local media. He has been charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. The incident occurred just after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Wells Fargo on Bayou Boulevard after the suspect handed a teller a note demanding cash. She complied and he left the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police said the money has not been recovered. Read More →
Santa Rosa Makes Largest Ever Heroin Bust
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has made the largest heroin bust in the history of the county. Detectives and the SRSO SWAT team executed a search warrant about 6 a.m. Thursday following a two month investigation. Monica Nicole-Gonzalez Jones was arrested at 6583 Arlingwood Drive in Milton. Inside the home, deputies found 50 grams of heroin, cocaine and 50 grams of meth. Along with the drugs, detectives seized a vehicle and a handgun. Jones was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail with bond set at $115,500. Deputies said additional arrests are expected in the case. Read More →
Man Shot Inside Vehicle In Century, Suspect Search Continues
THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED. CLICK HERE. One person was shot inside a vehicle somewhere in Century Wednesday night, and the search for the suspect is continuing. A female driver pulled into the Whataburger parking lot on North Century Boulevard with multiple bullet holes in her Dodge Charger. A male passenger who been shot fled the from the scene before authorities arrived, according to Sgt. Andrew Hobbs, spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. The male gunshot victim reportedly called emergency officials to say that he had been shot and that he was headed to the Raceway store at Highway 29 and Muscogee Road in Cantonment (pictured left), and then called back to say he was on his way to the Walmart on Pensacola Boulevard in Ensley. He never arrived at either location. The victim eventually arrived for treatment at West Florida Hospital, reportedly in critical condition. The female driver of the vehicle was not injured. Deputies have not released where the shooting occurred, but they said that it did not occur at the Whataburger. The vehicle in the restaurant parking lot had numerous bullet holes visible in the trunk and in the rear passenger door area. The back driver’s side passenger window and the rear window of the vehicle were blown mostly out of the vehicle. Trajectory rods place by a crime scene investigator seemed to indicate that the shots were fired from behind the Dodge Charger. A spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said their investigation is active and continuing. More details will be posted as they become available on NorthEscambia.com. For a photo gallery, click here. Pictured top: A vehicle with multiple bullet holes arrived at the Whataburger in Century Wednesday night. Picture top inset: Deputies await the arrival of a shooting victim at the Raceway on Highway 29 at Muscogee Road in Cantonment. Pictured bottom inset: An Escambia County Sheriff’s Office crime scene technician processed the vehicle. Pictured below: Numbered trajectory rods show the paths of the multiple gunshots into the vehicle. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge. Read More →
Four Arrested After Search Warrants Executed In Atmore
The 21st Judicial Drug Task Force, assisted by numerous local, state and federal authorities, simultaneously executed numerous search warrants in various locations across Atmore on Wednesday following a lengthy investigation. Agents found and seized a substantial amount of illegal drugs, including marijuana and methamphetamines, and several firearms. Four Atmore residents were arrested during the operation: Shelton “Chubby” McKenzie, 38, conspiracy to commit controlled substance crime; Richard McKenzie, 28, unlawful possession of marijuana first degree, unlawful possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested on outstanding felony warrants from Florida and misdemeanor warrants from Atmore; Victor McKenzie, 25, arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant Clarence Williams, 24, unlawful possession of marijuana first degree Officials said more arrests are forthcoming. The 21st Judicial Drug Task Force was assisted by Atmore Police, Poarch Police, U. S. Marshals, U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security Investigations, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection air unit. In K-9 units took part from theEscambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office, Thomasville Police Department, Citronelle Police Department and Conecuh County Sheriff’s Office. Read More →