Overall Crime Down In Escambia, Across Florida
New data released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows overall crime down in Escambia County and Florida’s crime rate at the lowest point in decades.
Florida’s crime rate dropped 4.7 percent in 2013 compared to 2012, putting Florida at a 43-year crime low. In Escambia County, overall crime was down 6.1 percent during [...]
Five Uninjured In Highway 29 Crash; One Driver Hurt After Wreck
Five people were uninjured in a traffic crash Wednesday night on Highway 29 near McDavid, while one person was transported to the hospital with an injury he received after the wreck.
Authorities said the driver of a Honda Accord was northbound on Highway 29 south of McDavid when he collided with a northbound Kia Sorrento with [...]
Driver Escapes Serious Injury In Highway 97 Rollover Crash
A driver escaped injury late Wednesday afternoon in a single vehicle accident on Highway 97 in Walnut Hill.
The driver was apparently southbound on Highway 97 just north of North Highway 99 about 5:15 p.m. when she lost control and overturned onto the shoulder of the road. She was out of the vehicle when first responders [...]
Animals Saved As Boarding Kennel Burns
A pet kennel in Ensley was heavily damage by fire Tuesday night, but all of the dogs at the facility were saved.
The fire was reported about 8:15 p.m. at the Magic Touch Boarding Kennel on Chadson Street, just east of Chemstrand Road. All of the dog were evacuated from the building. Flames were showing from [...]
Jay Pro Rodeo Is This Weekend
It’s that time of the year again as the Ram Rodeo Series rides into Jay this Friday and Saturday nights at the Ted May arena.
Get ready to see bucking bulls, clowns, barrel racing, real life cowboys in action and much more. There will be calf and team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and children’s activities [...]
Century Man Tased By Deputies Convicted Of Resisting Arrest, Battery
A Century man tased by Escambia County deputies late last year has been convicted on charges of battery and resisting arrest without violence.
Emanuel Rabun Bethea, 28, was sentenced by Judge Terry Terrell to one year probation. He was also ordered to complete counseling and stay away from controlled substances without a prescription, including “spice” or [...]
Goodyear Blimp Spotted Over North Escambia
The Goodyear Blimp was spotted over the North Escambia area Tuesday. Numerous people reported seeing the blimp in the area of I-10 north to Muscogee Road. The blimp was on the way to Mobile for an overnight stop. Pictured top: The Goodyear Blimp over International Paper in Cantonment (by Josh Black). Pictured inset: The Goodyear [...]
Century Approves Contractor To Repair Gas Leak Under Highway 29
Over three years since the problem was first publicly revealed as a potential “major public safety issue”, natural gas continues to leak under Highway 29 in Century.
Monday night, the Century Town Council voted to award a repair contract to R.A.W. Construction, LLC of Tallahassee for $393,500 to repair the problem.
About 6,515 [...]
Northview Senior Wright Accepts Air Force Academy Appointment
Northview High School senior Victoria Anne Wright has accepted an appointment to The United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
The United States Air Force Academy offers a four-year program of instruction and experience designed to provide cadets the knowledge and character essential for leadership, and the motivation to serve as Air [...]
Atmore Man Finishes 148th In Boston Marathon (With Other Local Results)
An Atmore man who has ran marathons for less than an year finished 148th of about 36,000 runners in Monday’s Boston Marathon.
Alan Ash, 22, finished the 26.2 mile course in just over two and a half hours — 2:33:54. The Escambia Academy graduate was the 127th overall fastest malee. During college, he ran cross country [...]
Fire Scorches Cable TV Van
Fire heavily damaged a Bright House Networks van Monday evening in Cantonment. The fire, in the company’s parking lot in the 200 block of south Highway 97, was reported about 6:40 p.m. There were no structures damaged and no reports of any injuries. NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Smith, click to enlarge.