No Injuries In School Bus Wreck

January 26, 2015

There were no injuries in Monday morning accident involving a pickup and a school bus on Archer Road in Cantonment. The driver of a Ford F150 pickup apparently rear-ended an Escambia County School District bus on Archer Road between Highway 29 and Tate Road. There were no students on the bus at the time of the crash. photos by Kristi Price, click to enlarge.

Domestic Dispute Ends With Four People Attacked, Injured By Dog

January 26, 2015

Four people were bit during a dog attack in Santa Rosa County over the weekend. Three of the injured were taken to area hospital, including one that was airlifted by LifeFlight.

According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, a domestic argument was taking place inside a residence on American Farms Road. Deputies said the dog became irate due to the yelling at the home. As a resident attempted to put the dog outside, the dog bit the first victim. A short time later, a resident let the dog back into the home and again bit a resident. The dog was again placed outside. A short time later, a resident let the dog back into the home, and the dog once again began biting residents. At this point, witnesses told deputies that the dog was cornered and stabbed. The dog died on scene.

Further information on the condition of the bite victima was not available.

Info Fair Planned For Parents Of Special Needs Children

January 26, 2015

An information fair for parents and guardians of children with special needs will be held Tuesday, January 27 from 5-7 p.m. at Escambia Westgate School.

The information fair will provide families the opportunity to obtain information from multiple agencies and organizations in one location, provide time for families to visit with agencies and organizations, and increase of services available in the Escambia County area and across the state. Representatives will be available to answer questions and provide information vital to coordinating care and services for children with disabilities.

For more details, contact Escambia Westgate at (850) 494-5700. Escambia Westgate is located at 10050 Ashton Brosnaham Road.

Fire At The Drowsy Poet Coffee Company

January 26, 2015

Escambia Fire Rescue responded to The Drowsy Poet Coffee Company on Brent Lane Sunday night. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found smoke in the building and that a piece of equipment had caugh fire. The fire was extinguished in under five minutes. No injuries were reported.  Reader submitted photo by Josh Tatum for, click to enlarge.

Cruce, Singleton Place In Speaking Events At FFA Districts

January 26, 2015

Two Northview High School students recently placed in  FFA District One competitions. Mitchell Singleton placed second in the district in Prepared Public Speaking, while Tiffani Cruce placed first in the district for Extemporaneous Speaking and will advance to the finals during the State FFA Convention in June.  Photos for, click to enlarge.

Tate’s Burks Signs With Florida Gulf Coast Community College

January 26, 2015

Tate High School senior Samantha Burks signed a letter of intent recently with Florida Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City.  Joining her for the signing were here family Mark, Donna, Carla and Abbie; grandfather Waylon Burks, great uncle Donald Burks and grandparents Rebecca and Barry Millette. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Man Dies After Being Struck By A Train

January 25, 2015

An Escambia County man has died from injuries he received Saturday when he was struck by a train while alongside railroad tracks.

Pensacola Police Department Sgt. Leon Martin said Blake Austin Doyle, 29, passed away about 9:00 Saturday night. He was walking beside train tracks right at the edge of the rail just after 5 p.m. in the 200 block of Chipley Avenue. Martin said a witness told police he was walking his dog and saw Doyle just prior to the incident.

The witness said Doyle was wearing headphones and had a camera around his neck while he was walking. Martin said the train was unable to stop, struck Doyle and threw him about 40 feet.

No charges will be filed, according to police.

McDavid Convicted Sex Offender Arrested

January 25, 2015

A McDavid sex offender was arrested for failing to register as required.

Joseph Matthew Trump, age 39 of 2131 South Century Boulevard, was charged with the felony registration violation and released from the Escambia County Jail on $2,500 bond.

Trump was convicted in Escambia County of a lewd or lascivious act on a child under 16 in October of 1999 and previously served a five year, 10 month sentence in prison, according to FDLE and Department of Corrections records.

Man Charged With Beating Death

January 25, 2015

A man is being held in the Escambia County Jail after being  arrested Saturday on a homicide charge by Pensacola Police.

Kenneth Salter, 69, no permanent address, was charged in connection with the murder of Winston D. Smith, 73, of the 900 block of Bayou Boulevard. Smith died Thursday afternoon in a local hospital.

Sgt. Kristin Brown said Smith had allowed Salter to stay in his house for awhile and that the men got into an argument January 12 when Smith told him he had to move out.  Brown said that during the argument, Salter struck Smith several times in the head with  an object and then left the residence.

Smith’s son found him injured in the home on Tuesday and called for an ambulance to take his father to the hospital. Police were notified about the incident on Wednesday. Detectives Jonathan Thacker and Chad Willhite developed Salter as a suspect during the  investigation. Salter was found Saturday morning in a vacant house in the 400 block of West  Jackson Street.

Fun, Strange, Even Weird Things Happening This Week At Elementary Schools

January 25, 2015

Elementary school students in Escambia may do things that seem a little strange, or dress a little weird, this week — and it’s all in the name of reading.

This is Literacy Week, with special events planned at most elementary schools in the county. Here are a few highlights from North Escambia are schools:

  • Bratt Elementary –  Students will drop everything and read each day, and volunteers will read to classes during the week.  Students will chill out with a good book, along with winter scarves, hats and mittens on Monday. There will be popcorn for reading, hunting in camo clothing for a  good book and read my shirt on Tuesday when students will read other’s shirts and use the vocabulary.
  • Byrneville Elementary — Students will Read the Day Away on Thursday with visiting readers and enjoy Family Literacy Night. On Friday, students will take part in a vocabulary parade.
  • Jim Allen Elementary — There will be special guest and buddy readers during the week, an author study and more.
  • Lipscomb Elementary — Events will include buddy reading, teacher swap, a door contest and drop everything to read.
  • McArthur Elementary — Students will take part in a read aloud day, awesome author’s day, learn cold hard facts, fantastic fiction and pajamas and poetry day.
  • Molino Park Elementary — The week’s events will begin with a “Read Like Crazy” flash mob, dress up, a graffiti board, a read-a-thon with lasers lights and more.
  • Pine Meadow Elementary — The week will be celebrated with decorated classroom doors, on-going literacy activities and a literacy night on Thursday.

For more information on Literacy Week or any of the activities, visit your child’s school website or call the school.

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