Homeowner Shoots Suspect During Home Invasion; Six Charged

March 4, 2021

Six people were arrested after a  home invasion in which one suspect was shot, and the homeowner’s granddaughter is accused of orchestrating the crime.

During the early morning hours Thursday, ECSO deputies were called to the 7400 block of Jackson Street.

According to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office suspects ran out of the home, drove away, and wrecked the car a few blocks away. Another vehicle pulled up to the crash site and drove away with both suspects inside. A short time later, two suspects were dropped off at a local hospital where deputies made contact.
The ECSO said  Tayari Crear and Jemarquz Cromwell were the two suspects who broke into the home. Cromwell was the suspect shot by the homeowner. Suspect Natalie Gagne was the person who picked up both Crear and Cromwell when they wrecked their vehicle.
Sheriff Chip Simmons said that earlier in the evening, Gagne, Crear,Dominique Gonzalez, Cromwell and Cynthia Register hatched a plan to rob Register’s own grandparent of money, after Register pitched the idea.
Register and Hochhalter were charged with principle to armed home invasion robbery. Gange, Crear, Gonzalez, and Cromwell were charged with armed home invasion robbery.

All Florida Teachers Now Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccinations Regardless of Age

March 4, 2021

COVID-19 vaccinations are now open to all Florida teachers and staff, along with child care workers, regardless of age.

Florida Gov.  Ron DeSantis announced the new policy on Thursday following a Biden administration mandate. An order previously issued by DeSantis allowed vaccines for only those educators age 50 and over.

“The federal government put that order in,” DeSantis said from a press conference early Thursday. “So they’ve made the teachers, regardless of age, eligible. So they are eligible to get vaccinated per that order.”

But DeSantis said Florida will continue to push for the vaccination of seniors.

“Our view is just if your are 25, you are at less risk that somebody that’s 80. That’s just the bottom line,” the governor said. “The age based approach, we think, is the most effective to reduce mortality. At the same time, the federal government is one sending us the vaccine. If they want it to be for all ages, then they have the ability to go and do that.”

“But one our number one goal right now is to get through the senior population.”

Pictured: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks about teacher vaccinations at a press conference in Crystal River Thursday morning. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Baptist Has COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments Available In Pensacola And Jay

March 4, 2021

Baptist Health Care has vaccine appointments available in the communities of Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and Jay, Florida while supplies last. Vaccinations will be given by appointment only to those who meet Florida eligibility criteria. Evening and weekend appointments have been added to accommodate work schedules, including those of school employees. Time and location will be provided once the appointment is confirmed.

COVID-19 vaccinations are currently designated for Florida residents who are one of the following:

  • Age 65 or over
  • Health care worker
  • K-12 school employee 50 years of age and older
  • Sworn law enforcement officer 50 years of age and older
  • Firefighter 50 years of age and older

People who are in one of the allowable workforce groups must present an ID badge or proof of employment at the appointment.

How to Make a Vaccination Appointment

Appointments can be made one of three ways:

  • Visit EasySchedule.com. Click “procedure appointment” and complete the registration.
  • Email name and contact information to BHCVaccine@bhcpns.org.
  • Those without email/internet access can call 850.908.SHOT (7468), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tate Beats Fort Walton Beach; Escambia Tops Northview

March 4, 2021

Tate 15, Fort Walton Beach 1

With an explosive 10-run fifth inning, the Tate Aggies beat Fort Walton Beach 15-1 Wednesday night.

Jordan Jarman gave up one run on three hits in three innings while striking out two on the mound for Tate. Tucker Griffin and Joseph Pusateri closed out the game in relief.

Jadon Fryman, Frankie Randall, Drew Reaves and Jackson Penton had multiple hits for the Aggies. Fryman went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Tate.

For more photos, click here.

Escambia 7, Northview 5

The Escambia Gators defeated the Northview Chiefs 7-5 Wednesday night in Pensacola.

The Chiefs tied it up at three in the top of the third when an error scored three runs for Northview, but Escambia took the lead for good with a run in the fourth.

Northview’s Clay Allen allowed four hit and four runs over five innings. Kaden Odom and Jamarkus took the mound in relief.

Odom, Bryce Korinchak, and Aron Chavira had one hit each for the Chiefs.

Pictured: The Tate Aggies beat Fort Walton 15-1 Wednesday night. Photos by Laura Glodfelter for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

The Book Fair Is Back At Molino Park Elementary School, And There’s A New Way To Pay.

March 4, 2021

The Scholastic Book Fair is back this year at Molino Park Elementary School, and it’s been extended with a new way for parents to pay.

For over 30 years, those mobile cases of the Scholastic Book Fairs have offered a chance for schools to make a little money while giving students access to affordable books to read.

For cashless shopping, parents or guardians can create a payment wallet online by clicking or tapping here. The digital wallet can be used at the Molino Park book fair or online at a virtual book fair. Cash and checks are also accepted at the school. (Checks should made out to Molino Park Elementary and include a phone number.)

The book fair at Molino Park will continue through Wednesday, March 10.

“All proceeds Molino Park makes will be used for new purchases to update our school library collection,” said MPES Media Specialist Rebecca Hatch.

Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Bratt Man Pursues Suspected Burglars Driving Stolen Truck In ‘Wild’ Chase

March 3, 2021

A Bratt man pursued suspected burglars driving a stolen truck in what was described by law enforcement as a wild chase during the early morning hours Tuesday.

It all started when a pickup truck was stolen from outside a business in the 11000 block of Highway 97 in Davisville about 2:30 a.m.  By 4:30 a.m., the pickup was outside a home in the area of North Highway 99 and Macks Road in Bratt. The resident heard noises and thought his barn was being burglarized. The resident went outside, got in his vehicle and chased the stolen pickup, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

The Bratt man called 911 and was able to provide the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office with the license plate number and description of the stolen truck he was chasing.

“It went behind houses and through yards on McElhaney Road,” ECSO spokesperson Amber Southard told NorthEscambia.com. “The man kept following the stolen truck, and the suspects were driving wildly and attempting to elude him.”

The man told deputies that the suspects tried to hit his vehicle, and he was forced to take action avoid a collision several times.

“At one point, a suspect threw a large piece of PVC pipe out of the truck, striking the victim’s truck and damaging his side mirror,” Southard said. The man eventually lost sight of the stolen truck as it headed toward Alabama.

The Atmore Police Department later located the stolen truck and two suspects in a field in the area of Old Bratt Road and Airport Road. Atmore Police said the men were not immediately arrested, but unspecified charges are now pending. Arrest warrants for the vehicle theft are also expected to be issued in Florida.

File photo.

Design Firm Presents New OLF-8 Hybrid Concept During Virtual Town Hall (With Video)

March 3, 2021

The design firm that is working to create an master plan for the OLF-8 site in Beulah held a virtual town hall Tuesday night to present their latest mixed use concept.

On February 18, DPZ CoDesign first presented the new plan to the Escambia County Commission with a combination of commerce, residential and amenities (pictured bottom). The “Adjusted Hybrid Plan” allocates 271 acres to commerce and industrial; 61 acres to residential including duplexes, townhomes and multifamily; 47 acres to a mixed-use center such as residential over retail and office over retail; and 45 acres to trails and public amenities such as a post office, school, day care and community garden.

DPZ presented the plan to the public during the virtual meeting, allowing residents a chance to ask questions and present feedback. Participants were asked to complete a four questions survey, and those results are below. The number of people that took part in the survey was not announced with the results.

Video of the meeting is below; skip ahead to about 5:30 for the beginning of the nearly three hour town hall.

“We are optimistic this new compromise plan will have the political support to move forward into the next phase of the project,” said Marina Khoury, of DPZ CoDesign. “We value continued public engagement and community input.”

The county commission will discuss OLF-8 again at their next meeting.

Free UF/IFAS Dicamba Stewardship Training Available Online For Farmers

March 3, 2021

The University of Florida’s Pesticide Information Office has launched Florida’s virtual 2021 Dicamba Stewardship Training. The training is free, short (roughly 36 minutes), and is virtual. There is no need to physically come into an Extension office to view the training as in years past. Due to the shorter length of this year’s training, there are no pesticide CEUs are associated with it.

This training is required for all applicators who plan to apply (or want the option of applying) dicamba over the top of cotton or soybean. These crop labeled dicamba products are XtendiMax, Engenia, Tavium, and Fexapan. All applicators using these products are required to have a restricted use pesticide license (no supervision of unlicensed applicators).

For the online training and more information, click or tap here. A completion certificate can be printed online to show proof of training.

Pictured: Traditional cotton with dicamba drift injury row (right) vs healthy (left). Photo by Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS, for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Super Delta: Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds Debut New Joint Flight Formation

March 3, 2021

For the first time ever, the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels flew a F-16 Fighting Falcon and F/A-18 Super Hornet flight formation known as the “Super Delta” during a joint training Tuesday afternoon over the Imperial Valley in California.

The formation grew out of a series of joint training opportunities held in 2020 and 2021, including joint training over Escambia County.

The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds will virtually debut a full flight this Memorial Day weekend during the nationwide broadcast of the National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall that will air on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliate stations nationwide.

Photos top: SSgt Andrew Sarver, Thunderbirds. Photo below: MC2 Cody Hendrix, Blue Angels.

Ascension Sacred Heart To Hold Vaccination Clinics For School District Employees 50 And Older

March 2, 2021

Ascension Sacred Heart is collaborating with the Escambia County School District and the Santa Rosa County School District to provide district employees age 50 and older with the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

Teams from Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart are organizing vaccination clinics for eligible school district employees on Thursday and Saturday at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola. A third clinic will be held Saturday at Parkmore Plaza in Milton, in the former Bealls department store building.

Teams from Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart are organizing vaccination clinics for eligible school district employees on the following dates and locations:

  • Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola:

    • Thursday, March 4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    • Saturday, March 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Parkmore Plaza in Milton, in the former Bealls department store building:

    • Saturday, March 6, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The partnership plan between Ascension Sacred Heart and the two school districts developed quickly after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order yesterday which expanded the list of groups eligible for vaccines distributed by the state.

In addition to the first priority groups of long-term care facility staff and residents, healthcare workers and persons 65 and older, the governor’s new order allows the following additional groups to be vaccinated:

  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older;

  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and

  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older.

Last week, Gov. DeSantis also cleared the way for more people under age 65 to receive shots if they are at increased risk for severe complications from COVID-19.

“We are pleased we were able to quickly reach an agreement with both school districts to vaccinate teachers and support staff who are 50 or older,” said Justin Labrato, chief operating officer of Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart. “We hope to vaccinate about 3,500 to 4,000 employees. By setting up clinics on Thursday and Saturday, we want to make it convenient for school employees to go to either the Milton or Pensacola locations.”

Ascension Medical Group teams will provide first doses of the Moderna vaccine, which requires two shots, spaced about four weeks apart. More more information will be coming from each school district to their eligible employees about how to schedule appointments.

“The Santa Rosa School District is grateful for the partnership with Ascension Sacred Heart and for the opportunity to provide our employees with the vaccine,” said Dr. Karen Barber, superintendent of schools for the Santa Rosa County School District. “Participation in the vaccine clinics beginning this Thursday and Saturday will provide our employees peace of mind as they serve the students and families of Santa Rosa County”.

Any public or private school employee K-12 that has questions about vaccine scheduling or vaccine eligibility can send an email to: COVID19vaccinesupport@ascension.org. Ascension Sacred Heart will assist with the vaccination efforts for any patient that meets the criteria.

Will Condon, president of the Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, said the collaboration with the two school districts reflects the hospital’s mission of caring for the health of children and those most vulnerable to COVID-19.

“We want to protect the health of teachers and all of those who care for our community’s children. This is one more step towards making teachers, parents and school children more confident that our schools can stay open and continue to operate in a safe way,” Condon said. “As more vaccine is produced and becomes available in our communities, we look forward to the time when all school employees will be able to get vaccinated.”

Labrato added that Ascension Sacred Heart also is working on plans to hold vaccination clinics for eligible staff at private schools, law enforcement officers and firefighters who are eligible under the governor’s latest order.

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