Santa Rosa Makes Largest Ever Heroin Bust

October 8, 2015

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.

Four Arrested After Search Warrants Executed In Atmore

October 8, 2015

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.

Homecoming Fall Festival Saturday In Cantonment

October 8, 2015

The Cantonment Improvement Committee will present the Cantonment Homecoming Fall Festival this Saturday, October 10.

The 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. event at Carver Park on Webb Street will feature food, family fun and games for the kids. There will also be musical groups, a ballroom dancing demo and much more.

Free Hunter Safety Class Offered In Molino

October 8, 2015

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety courses in Molino next month.

The class will be held at the Molino Community Center, 6450 Hwy. 95A, Molino. Instruction is from 6 to 10 p.m. October 15. The range portion of the class will be October 17 from 7 to 10 a.m. Directions to the range will be handed out in class.

For the Internet-completion courses, students must complete the Internet course before coming to class and bring a copy of the final report from the online portion of the course. The final report form does not have to be notarized.

An adult must accompany children under the age of 16 at all times. Students should bring a pencil and paper with them to take notes.

Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.

People interested in attending these courses can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling Hunter Safety Coordinator Will Burnett at the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at (850) 265-3676.

Students Learn Fire Safety

October 8, 2015

The Flomaton Fire Department presented a fire prevention program this week at Flomaton Elementary School. Students were able to learn about fire prevention, learn how to escape from a fire and pose for photos with a fire department engine. Photos by Katie Fowler for, click to enlarge.

Would You Give Your Boss Your Facebook, Social Media Passwords?

October 8, 2015

Most employees and job seekers could refuse to turn over private user names and passwords for social media sites without retribution, under a revived measure approved by a Senate panel.

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee voted 5-1 to support the measure (SB 186) by Lake Worth Democrat Jeff Clemens. The measure, which is filed for the 2016 legislative session, would prohibit employers from requesting access to private social media accounts.

“People have the right to privacy, and they have a right to not be put under pressure in a job interview to disclose things that maybe they wouldn’t want to disclose and that really has no relation to their ability to do a job,” Clemens said after the meeting.

Clemens said in the past few years, as social media has become more prevalent, about 30 states have adopted similar legislation.

But Clemens’ proposal, which is before lawmakers for the third consecutive year, continues to face opposition from influential business groups, in part, because it would allow employees and prospective hires to sue.

“Employers should have access to any social media platform that employees access during work hours on hardware that they, the employer, actually own,” said Brewster Bevis, senior vice president of Associated Industries of Florida. “We believe the employer can be held legally responsible for information or leaking that is done over that platform.”

Bevis also argued that the measure could block internal investigations into matters such as sexual harassment and bullying.

Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, supported Bevis’ contention about blocking access to internal investigations and provided the lone vote against the measure.

However, Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, noted that many companies can block access to social media websites on company equipment and that a business can still investigate cases of harassment as the recipient would have copies of any electronic messages.

“This is the same legislature that in the last two or three years we’ve restricted the use of drones, we’ve attempted … to restrict police officers looking at people’s cell phones and who they’ve called,” Latvala said. “We’ve done a whole lot of things to protect people’s privacy and this is a glaring example of something that I think needs to be done.”

Committee Chairwoman Nancy Detert, R-Venice, said the bill may still need to be amended to focus more on prospective hires.

Clemens said he’s willing to discuss ways that the civil liability issue could be altered, but added that going through an individual’s private social media is similar to going through a person’s private mail.

“I don’t think there is any court in the world that would tell you a business was negligent because they didn’t go through their employee’s mail,” Clemens said.

This bill would prohibit an employer from requesting the user name, password, or any other means of accessing the social media account of an employee or prospective employee, if the social media account’s contents are not available to the general public.

However, people might want to rethink “friending” a boss, as there is nothing in the bill that would prohibit an employer from checking out anything the employee or prospective hire posts that is publicly available.

Also, employers wouldn’t be prohibited from requiring access to a social media account used by the employee for the employer’s business purposes.

The proposal includes some exemptions, such as for employers complying with state or federal laws and for law-enforcement agencies when screening prospective employees or investigating employees.

A similar measure introduced this spring by Clemens failed to get backed by any committees. Two years ago, after a provision was added allowing employers to access employees’ social media information for business-related sites, a proposal was able to clear two of its four scheduled stops.

The new proposal still would need approval from the Senate Judiciary and Rules committees.

by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

GOP Presidential Candidate Ben Carson Coming To Escambia County

October 7, 2015

Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife Candy are coming to Escambia County.

On Sunday, November 1, Carson will appear at Books-A-Million on Davis Highway to sign copies of his newly released book “A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do To Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties”.
The book discusses the basic principles of the Constitution and “how they relate to our everyday lives”. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. is free and open to the public.

Attendees can purchase copies of Carson’s books, which he will sign until his scheduled departure time, and get a free “thank you” photo with Carson that can be downloaded after the event. Those attendig area asked to arrive early to secure a good place in line.

Traffic: Lane Closures On County Road 97

October 7, 2015

North and southbound lanes of County Road 97, between Highway 297A and Sundance Lane in Escambia County, will experience temporary lane closures due to an Escambia County Commission road project.

The temporary lane closures will begin Wednesday, October 7, and will continue until Friday, October 23, at 9 p.m.

Flomaton Man Facing Felony Charge For Playground Vandalism

October 7, 2015

A Flomaton man has been charged with the vandalism of a town playground.

Christopher Edward Bingham, 21, was arrested Tuesday for criminal mischief in the first degree, a felony. Bingham was identified by Flomaton Police as the person responsible for the vandalism of the playground equipment at Hurricane Park sometime between July 16 and July 17.

The damage to the playground, which has been closed since the vandalism, was $6,360.

“The Flomaton Police Department will continue to investigate to determine if others were involved in the  vandalism,” Police Chief Bryan Davis said.

Photos courtesy Flomaton Police Department for, click to enlarge.

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Attempted Homicide, Home Invasion Robbery Suspect

October 7, 2015

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 25-year old Jaquest Derric Norris for attempted homicide and home invasion robbery following an incident that occurred in the 1000 block of South Fairfield Drive on Monday. If you have information on his whereabouts, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.

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