Arbor Day Tree Giveaway Saturday In North Escambia

January 20, 2017

An Arbor Day tree giveaway will be held Saturday at the Davisville Community Center.

Over 200 trees will be available including crabapple, redbud, shumard oak and river birch.

A tree will be planted at the community center for visitors to enjoy. An exhibit featuring local artists Valerie George and Yvonne LeBrun will be on display inside the community center as well as select pieces from a mail art contest “Strong Trees, Strong Communities”. Winners from the contest will receive their awards. Educational information about trees and natural resources in our area will also be available.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the Davisville Community Center at 10200 Highway 97.

For more information contact Carrie Stevenson, (850) 475-5230 or ctsteven@ufl.edu or Cathy Hardin, (850) 587-5237 or Cathy.Hardin@FreshFromFlorida.com

Sex Offender Shot By U.S. Marshals Task Force Member

January 20, 2017

A U.S. Marshals Task Force member shot a child sex offender suspect before he was taken into custody Thursday in Escambia County.

The US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) arrested Kevin Petuchov for sexual assault on a victim under 12. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office was looking for Petuchov after investigators determined that he had sexually assault a 4-year old female over a period of time from Aprilthrough October 2016. Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators obtained a warrant for his arrest in December 2016 and requested assistance from the task force to located him.

About 9 a.m. Thursday, members of the FRFTF located the 61-year old Petuchov at a home on the 700 block of Boxwood Drive and attempted to arrest him.

During the arrest, Petuchov brandished a firearm and was subsequently shot by an FRFTF task force officer. FRFTF members immediately rendered first aid to Petuchov and who was subsequently transported to Sacred Heart Hospital by Escambia County EMS.

Petuchov was treated for the gunshot wound and is currently in the Escambia County Jail awaiting first appearance on the sexual battery charge. Petuchov may face additional charges of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers with a firearm.

Members of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were called to process the crime scene and are assisting the FRFTF with the ongoing shooting investigation.

The Pensacola Division of the FRFTF is comprised of state and local law enforcement officers from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, Florida State Attorney’s Office, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Pensacola Police Department. These officers are sworn in as Special Deputy US Marshals and working alongside US Marshals are tasked by their respective agencies to pursue the most violent wanted offenders in the Panhandle.