Escambia Attorney Charged With Possession Of Hundreds Of Child Porn Files

April 16, 2024

An Escambia County attorney is facing child pornography possession charges.

Alex Wesley Rigsby was arrested Friday on 30 first degree felony charges of possession of 30 or more child pornography images. He was released on a $1.2 million bond. Monday, a judge granted the state’s request to revoke bond.

After the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip, and investigation that involved the FBI. After a search warrant was executed for Rigsby’s phone, authorities reported finding 222 child porn image and videos on Rigsby’s cloud storage. A second file held over 160 child porn image and videos, according to an arrest report.

The files depicted the sexual abuse of children and infants, according to the report.

The report stated that Rigsby has was an active practicing attorney with Legal Services of North Florida and a member of the Florida bar since 2015.

Ernest Ward Middle School Names Students Of The Month

April 16, 2024

Ernest Ward Middle School recently named their Students of the Month for March. They are (L-R) Wyatt Jones, Natalie Rogers and Emma Reynolds. They are pictured with Principal Tyvanna Boulanger. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Beulah Middle FFA Team Named 2024 Florida FFA Aquaculture State Champions

April 16, 2024

The Beulah Middle School FFA team was named the 2024 Florida FFA Aquaculture state champions last weekend at the University of Florida/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin, Florida. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Gilman Throws Northview Softball Shut Out Of Baker; Northview Baseball Beats Neal

April 16, 2024

Northview 12, Baker 0

The Northview Lady Chiefs shut out Baker 12-0 Monday night in Baker.

In a game that ended at five innings under the mercy rule, Jamison Gilman earned the win for Northview, giving up no hits and no runs  while striking out six and walking two.

K Langham went 2-2 with one RBI for the Lady Chiefs while Avery Stuckey was 1-4 with three RBIs. Gilman was 2-3 with an RBI, and Chloe Ragsdale went 2-4.

Next, Northview will host Jay at 6 p.m. Thursday and Crestview on Friday.

Northview 8, W.S. Neal 1

The Northview Chiefs beat W.S. Neal 9-1 Monday night in East Brewton.

Jackson Bridges earned the win for the Northview Chiefs, giving up one hit and one run in four innings, walking one and striking out two. Jase Portwood threw three innings with no runs in relief. Portwood surrendered one hit, striking out six and walking two.

Brady Smith went 2-4 at the plate for the Chiefs with three RBIs. Grayden Sheffield was 2-4 with one RBI, and Wyatt Scruggs was 3-4 with an RBI. Jayden White, Portwood and Bridges also added hits.

Northview will travel to L.E.A.D. Academy in Pace at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. file photo, click to enlarge.

Update: Teen Arrested For Fatal Cottage Hill Shooting Of 16-Year-Old

April 15, 2024

Monday afternoon, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 19-year-old wanted in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old late Friday night in Cottage Hill

The incident happened about 11:30 p.m. at a home in the 600 block of Wishbone Road about.

Deputies arrived to find a 16-year-old suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased on scene.

“The investigation determined that during a large gathering at the residence, Ethan O’Brien (pictured) was showing off his firearm at which time it accidentally discharged hitting the 16-year-old. O’Brien fled the scene before deputies arrived,” The ECSO said Saturday morning.

O’Brien, age 19 of Cantonment, will be charged with manslaughter through negligence.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on (850) 433-STOP or the ECSO at (850) 436-9620.

Pictured top: The scene on Wishbone Road in Cottage Hill late Friday night after a teen was shot and killed. Pictured below: Crime scene still surrounded the home Saturday morning. photo, click to enlarge.

Century Correctional Officer Recognized For Stopping Contraband Exchange

April 15, 2024

The Florida Department of Corrections recently recognized a corrections officer at the Century Correctional Institution.

According to FDC:

“During her duty in the visitation area, Officer Norman prevented contraband exchange at Century CI. She noticed a visitor behaving suspiciously and subsequently arrested them on cocaine trafficking, contraband introduction, and resisting officer charges. This incident exemplifies Officer Norman’s diligent efforts in upholding Florida’s public safety mission.”

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These Are The Road Construction Spots To Watch This Week

April 15, 2024

Drivers will encounter traffic disruptions on the following state roads and projects in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties as crews perform construction and maintenance activities.

Escambia County:

  • Interstate 10 (I-10) at U.S. 29 Interchange (Exit 10) - Drivers will encounter shoulder closures on I-10 near Exit 10 beginning Friday, April 12 as crews perform clearing and grubbing work. In addition, the speed limit on I-10 has been reduced to 50 mph and will remain lowered through 2030.
  • I-10 at the Nine Mile Road Interchange (Exit 5) – Drivers will encounter the following traffic impacts as crews perform construction activities:
    • Alternating lane closures on I-10, Sunday, April 14 through Thursday, April 18 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
    • Alternating lane closures on Nine Mile Road, Thursday, April 18 from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
    • Traffic on I-10 is shifted to the outside and will be in place until spring 2025.
    • Traffic on Nine Mile Road has shifted to the inside and will be in place until summer 2024.
  • U.S. 29 (North Century Boulevard) Resurfacing between Henry Street and Cottage Street in Century – Traffic on U.S. 29 (North Century Boulevard) is shifted to one outside travel lane in each direction between Rudolph Street and Green Street. The shift will be in place through the spring as crews perform drainage improvements. Signage is in place to safely direct drivers through the work zone.
  • County Road (C.R.) 4 over Canoe Creek Bridge – C.R. 4, between Byrneville and Bratt, will be closed through fall 2024 as crews replace the Canoe Creek bridge. Traffic is directed through a 5.6 mile detour using Bratt Road to Pine Barren Road, then back to C.R. 4.
  • North Palafox Street (U.S. 29) Resurfacing from Cervantes Street to Brent Lane (State Road (S.R.) 296) – Drivers will encounter the following traffic impacts:
    • The left turn lane from Pace Boulevard to Massachusetts Avenue is permanently closed. Signs are in place to direct drivers traveling on Palafox Street to Pace Boulevard.
    • The left turn lane from Palafox Street northbound to Pace Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue is permanently closed. Signs are in place to direct drivers traveling northbound on U.S. 29 destined for Massachusetts Avenue or Pace Boulevard.
  • Scenic Highway (U.S. 90) from north of I-10 to Davis Highway – Drivers may encounter alternating lane closures Sunday, April 14 through Thursday, April 18 from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. as crews mill and pave the roadway. Flaggers will be present to safely guide drivers through the work zone.
  • Lillian Highway (S.R. 298) Resurfacing from north of U.S. 98 to east of Fairfield Drive (S.R. 727) and Lillian Highway at Blue Angel Parkway (S.R. 173) – Drivers will encounter daytime and nighttime lane closures, between U.S. 98 and Blue Angel Parkway, Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19 as crews perform earthwork, signalization, signing and striping work. Traffic flaggers will be on site to safely direct drivers through the construction work zone.

Santa Rosa County:

  • I-10 westbound at Blackwater River Resurfacing Project Beginning 8 p.m. Monday, April 15 drivers will encounter an I-10 westbound outside lane closure, from the Ward Basin Road on-ramp (Exit 28) to the east end of the Blackwater River Bridge. The I-10 westbound outside lane will reopen to traffic by 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 17. The I-10 westbound inside lane will remain open. Additionally, drivers may encounter intermittent I-10 westbound lane closures, from the Ward Basin Road on-ramp (Exit 28) to the east end of the Blackwater River Bridge Wednesday, April 17 through Thursday, April 18 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. These lane closures are required for bridge end slab replacement.
  • U.S. 98 Widening from Bayshore Road to Portside Drive – Motorists will encounter median and turn-lane closures from Bayshore Road to Tiger Lake Drive.
  • S.R. 89 Resurfacing from north of S.R. 87 to C.R. 178 Drivers will encounter intermittent daytime lane closures, between S.R. 87 and C.R. 178, Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19 as crews perform paving and earthwork operations.
  • S.R. 87 Resurfacing from Hickory Hammock Road (C.R. 184) to Technology Avenue – Drivers may experience intermittent single-lane closures on S.R. 87, between Hickory Hammock Road and Technology Avenue, Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for construction activities.
  • U.S. 90 Resurfacing from west of Avalon Boulevard to east of Stewart Street - Drivers may encounter alternating lane closures Sunday, April 14 through Thursday, April 18 from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. as crews perform roadway widening and sidewalk reconstruction work.

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. file photo.

Century 10U Lady Legends Win Mid-Season Tourney; 12U Takes Second

April 15, 2024

The Century 10U Lady Legends went 5-1 and won the GCGSA Mid-Season Tournament championship in Pace.

The team lost their first 10U “A” bracket game Thursday night before a five-game winning streak, including topping Molino Dirt Road Divas twice for the title.

The Century 12U Lady Legends took second in the tournament as they prepare for the second half of the season.

Pictured top: Century 10U Lady Legends. Pictured below: Century 12U Lady Legends Photos for, click to enlarge.

Wahoos End Montgomery Road Trip With Victory, Snap Losing Streak

April 15, 2024

written by Erik Bremer

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos completed their six-game series versus the Montgomery Biscuits with a 4-2 win on Sunday.

After failing to score in its Saturday doubleheader, Pensacola struck first in the top of the second inning on Sunday. After a double from right fielder Diego Infante and a single from first baseman Zach Zubia, shortstop Jonathan Guzmán belted a three-run home run to give the Wahoos a 3-0 lead against Montgomery starter Ben Peoples (L, 1-1).

The Wahoos ultimately held the lead the rest of the game thanks to strong pitching from starter Paul Campbell (W, 2-0) – who pitched 5.0 innings of one-run ball – and bullpen work from Chandler Jozwiak, Matt Pushard, and Austin Roberts (S, 2). The Biscuits collected eight hits in the game but stranded 13 runners on base in the contest. Pensacola third baseman Sean Roby’s solo home run in the top of the ninth inning gave Pensacola a 4-1 lead before the Wahoos eventually held on to close out the game.

The win snaps a five-game losing streak for the Wahoos heading into their longest homestand of the year. Pensacola is back in action this coming week against the Rocket City Trash Pandas. Game One of the series is scheduled for 6:35 at Blue Wahoos Stadium on Tuesday, April 16.

Flomaton Military Dad Surprises Kids, His Sister At Long Deployment

April 14, 2024

The Dove family received a really sweet surprise last week in Flomaton as a military dad returned from his deployments.

Flomaton High School graduate Tyler Dove is a father of four that has been stationed in Hawaii for quite some time.

Friday, he came home and visited Flomaton Elementary School, surprising his daughters McKinley and Paislee, and his sister Shelbi Hines, who is a Flomaton Elementary teacher.

And as if that’s not sweet enough of a story, it gets better with a birthday surprise. Friday was his young sister Raegan’s sweet 16.

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