North Escambia Cowboys And Cowgirls Place In Alabama State Rodeo Finals

June 16, 2019

Several North Escambia cowboys and cowgirls place in the Alabama state rodeo finals recently.

Four Ernest Ward Middle School students placed as follows as of year-end:

  • Leila Mason finished 9th in pole bending
  • Riley Blackwell Finished 5th in barrel racing; 10th pole bending; and 6th in goat tying
  • Cody Pugh 3rd bareback steer riding
  • Wyatt Jarvis finished 4th in chute dogging; 9th in breakaway roping, 3rd in all around rookie

At the high school level, the following Northview students placed as of year-end:

  • Brianna Pugh finish the year 4th in breakaway; 6th in goat tying; and average champion in goats for the finals.
  • Gracie Brasch finished 3rd in pole bending; and second in the average for pole bending for the finals.

And homeschool student Ashley Henderson of Pensacola: Alabama state champion breakaway roper and second place in the average; state champion barrel racer and finals average winner; 5thin pole bending; and was re-elected for a second term as the AHSRA student president. She also won the coral boots courage and caring award.

Pugh, Brasch and Henderson have qualified for and will be competing in the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyoming, in their respective events in July.

FWC Law Enforcement Report

June 16, 2019

The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following activity during the weekly period ending May 30 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.


Officer Allgood and Captain Glover were on water patrol in the Pensacola Pass when they stopped a vessel coming in from off shore with fishing gear present on the vessel. While conducting a fisheries inspection the officers found two undersized cobia on board the vessel. Two of the vessel occupants admitted to catching the cobia and were issued citations for taking undersized cobia.

Officer Allgood and Captain Glover were on patrol when they saw a vessel violating a wake zone and driving in an erratic manner cutting across other vessels’ paths on several occasions. The officers conducted a stop to address the violations and saw several indicators of impairment. Officer Allgood administered field sobriety tasks and determined that the operator was impaired. Officer Allgood arrested the operator for operating a vessel while normal faculties were impaired and transported him to the Escambia County Jail.

Officers Long and Clark were on vessel patrol at Big Lagoon State Park in Pensacola when they saw a vessel violate a wake zone. After conducting a stop to address the violation, the officers detected several indicators of impairment. After field sobriety tasks, the officers placed the operator under arrest for operating a vessel while normal faculties were impaired and transported him to the Escambia County Jail.


Lieutenant Berryman received information that a subject fishing on the Pensacola fishing pier caught an oversized red drum and placed it in his cooler. Lieutenant Berryman arrived at the pier a few minutes later and located the subject in question who possessed a 34-inch red drum. Lieutenant Berryman issued the subject a citation for taking an oversized red drum.

Captain Glover and Officer Ramos were on vessel patrol in the Santa Rosa sound and conducted a resource inspection on a boat returning from offshore. The two occupants appeared nervous and during questioning admitted they had harvested a red snapper even though they knew it was closed season. A large red snapper was seized and a notice to appear was issued to the vessel operator.

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. photo.

Gulf Power Foundation Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants To Nonprofits

June 16, 2019

The Gulf Power Foundation awarded nearly $1 million in grants to community groups through the Amplify! Northwest Florida program.

The grants supports nonprofit organizations in continuing to implement effective programs within the Gulf Power service area.

Recipients include:

  • ARC of the Emerald Coast
  • The Arc Gateway, Inc.
  • Baptist Health Care Foundation, Inc.
  • Basic of Northwest Florida
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, Inc.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Bay County, Inc.
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, Inc.
  • Children in Crisis, Inc.
  • Children’s Home Society
  • Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance of Northwest Florida State College Foundation
  • Community Action Program, Inc.
  • Council on Aging of West Florida, Inc.
  • Dixon School of the Arts
  • Emerald Coast Science Center, Inc.
  • Epps Christian Center, Inc.
  • Every Child a Reader in Escambia, Inc.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast
  • Florida Wildlife Federation
  • Food4Kidz, Inc.
  • Fresh Start for Children & Families
  • Girls Inc. of Bay County
  • LEAD Coalition of Bay County, Inc.
  • The Longleaf Alliance
  • March of Dimes, Inc.
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • PACE Center for Girls, Inc.
  • Pathways for Change, Inc.
  • Second Chance of Northwest Florida, Inc.
  • Shelter House, Inc.
  • South Santa Rosa Interfaith Ministries
  • Special Olympics Florida, Inc.
  • St. Andrew Bay Center, Inc.
  • Studer Community Institute
  • University of West Florida – GeoData Center
  • WSRE-TV Foundation, Inc.
  • Youth Village, Inc.

The Gulf Power Foundation is funded entirely through resources independent of Gulf Power’s customers.

Florida Retailers Expect Father’s Day Spending To Total $133 Per Dad

June 16, 2019

The Florida Retail Federation (FRF) says Florida families will spend an average of $133 per person for Father’s Day, the second highest in survey history with special events, clothing, gift cards and electronics leading the way as gift choices.

“Consumer confidence remains high, unemployment is at a 10-year low, and our state’s economy remains strong which means Floridians have more money in their pocket to spend on fathers this year,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. “The retail industry remains robust, and I’m excited about what these spending numbers mean for our member retailers this year.”

The survey found 47 percent of consumers plan to give a “special outing” gift, such as a concert, sporting event or dinner. This category represents the largest share of spending.

Over half of those surveyed plan to buy for their fathers or stepfathers (53 percent) followed by husbands (27 percent) and sons (10 percent).

BOCC Special Meeting Monday To Discuss Local Option Sales Tax Funds

June 16, 2019

The Escambia County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 17 at 9 a.m. to discuss Local Option Sales Tax III and IV funds. The meeting will take place in the board chambers of the Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building, found on the first floor of 221 Palafox Place. photo.

Escambia Vehicle Burglar Gets 15 Years In Prison

June 16, 2019

An Escambia County Main

Domonic Marquis Culliver was convicted by a jury of attempted burglary and grand theft. He was immediately sentenced by Judge Thomas Dannheisser to 15 years in state prison.

On July 14 2018, police responded to a vehicle burglary at Babe’s on North Davis Highway. Culliver walked southbound from there to a parking lot. Once in the parking lot, Culliver attempted to pull on the door handle
of two vehicles, the doors were locked.

Culliver then turned and walked up to a third vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade in which he obtained access into the vehicle and stole $530 cash from the center console. Culliver then fled on foot and jumped a fence in the rear of the building. The incident was captured on surveillance camera.

On July 24 Dominic Culliver was identified as the suspect and ultimately arrested.

Culliver has prior vehicle burglary convictions and is currently on Alabama probation for robbery.

Culliver also has another case currently pending where he is charged with robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft.

Pedestrian Struck And Killed On Blue Angel Parkway

June 15, 2019

A pedestrian was a struck and killed early Saturday morning on Blue Angel Parkway in Escambia County.

Edgar Lloyd Proctor, age 56 of Pensacola, was traveling east  on Blue Angel near Mobile Highway at 3:25 a.m. when his pickup truck hit a pedestrian walking west in the same lane, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The pedestrian was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The name of the pedestrian has not been released pending notification of next of kin. No charges were immediately filed.

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DeSantis Signs Law Banning Sanctuary Cities

June 15, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a ban on so-called sanctuary cities that protect some undocumented immigrants from being deported.

“Earlier this year, I made a promise that we would ban sanctuary cities in Florida and today we are delivering on that promise,” said DeSantis at the bill signing in Okaloosa County. “I am proud to sign the bill presented to me by the Florida Legislature to uphold the rule of law and ensure that no city or county jurisdiction can get in the way of Florida’s cooperation with our federal partners to enforce immigration law. This is about public safety, not about politics. We must do everything within our power, and use all the tools available to us, to ensure that our communities are safe.”

DeSantis said the bill makes great strides in protecting the public from illegal aliens who unlawfully reside in Florida by prohibiting state and local entities from having policies in place which prohibit or impede law enforcement from cooperating with a federal immigration agency. The bill requires any sanctuary policies already enacted to be repealed, and gives both the governor and attorney general authority to initiate enforcement actions against entities who violate the bill’s provisions.

The bill also requires county jails to enter into agreements with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to temporarily house persons subject to immigration detainers.

Pictured top: Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a law banning so-called sanctuary cities Friday in Okaloosa County. Pictured below: U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz speaks in support. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Camp Fire Century Campers Make Solar S’mores

June 15, 2019

Summer campers at the Camp Fire Century Youth Learning Century have been busy with several activities, including making “solar s’mores”, designing an obstacle course and a trip to the Century splash pad. Photos for, click to enlarge.

Man That Claimed Woman Was Killed In Deer Hunting Accident Sentenced For Manslaughter

June 14, 2019

A Flomaton man who told authorities he was trying to shoot a deer when he shot and killed a woman in December 2016 has been sentenced.

Shannon Bell was indicted for the murder  36-year old Donna L. Martin, but entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of manslaughter. He was sentence to two years in state prison followed by 36 months in community corrections.

The night of December 2, 2016, authorities received a call about a gunshot victim near the Pollard Boat Landing. The caller was experiencing problems with his phone connection, but was eventually able to relay that he wanted medical units to meet him at the intersection of Foshee Road and Highway 31. First responders arrived to find Martin suffering from a gunshot wound to her side. She was transported to D.W. McMillan Hospital in Brewton where she was later pronounced deceased.

Bell claimed that he was trying to shoot a deer at night and a struggle ensued over the gun. The gun went off killing Martin.

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