Saturday’s UWF Argos Home Football Game Canceled

September 24, 2021

The University of West Florida’s football game that was set for Saturday at Blue Wahoos Stadium has been canceled.

UWF announced late Thursday afternoon that their opponent, Fort Lauderdale, was unable to field a team for the game.

Ticket information will be forthcoming, according to the university.

The UWF Argos will return to the field on Saturday, October 2 when they travel to Delta State in Cleveland, Mississippi.

Pictured: No.1 UWF beat No. 13 Texas A&M Commerce last week. Photos: Courtesy Morgan Givens/UWF for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Man Wanted For Questioning In Connect With Murder Of Ladarius Clardy

September 23, 2021

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for  Quaderis Deon Stallworth for questioning only in connection with the homicide of Ladarius Clardy.

Stallworth, 19, is considered armed and dangerous, according to the sheriff’s office.

Clardy, a former standout Pine Forest High School quarterback, was shot and found dead in a vehicle crash. His vehicle was found with over 50 bullet holes in a ravine at Hollywood Avenue and Fairfield Drive about 1 a.m. on July 1.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Stallworth is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.

Tropical Storm Sam Forms In The Atlantic, Expected To Become Major Hurricane

September 23, 2021

Tropical Storm Sam has formed in the Atlantic and is forecast to become a hurricane in next day or two and a major hurricane in about three days.

It is too early to tell exactly where Sam will go, and it’s expected to slow down. Models show the storm won’t near the Lesser Antilles until the middle of next week. Most of the early computer models curl Sam away from the United States by late next weekend, but it’s important to stay updated for any possible changes.

The latest information on Sam is in the graphics on this page.

COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Escambia County The Lowest Since July

September 23, 2021

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Escambia County have fallen to their lowest level since July 30.

On September 22, there were 158 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Ascension Sacred Heart, Baptist and West Florida hospitals. That compares to 236 a week ago and nearly 400 about a month ago.

At Ascension Sacred Heart, there were 72 people being treated for COVID-19 on Wednesday, down from 110 one week ago. More than 90 percent of  the hospitalized COVID-19 patients at Ascension Sacred Heart are not vaccinated.

“The continued decline in hospitalizations is good news for the community and our healthcare staff,” said Dawn Rudolph, president of Ascension Sacred Heart Pensacola. “But this is not the time COVID-19 to think the threat is going away. We encourage everyone to help us stop COVID-19 spread by wearing masks in congested indoor spaces, social distancing, and, most important, getting the vaccine. Everyone in our community plays a critical role in keeping us safe from this virus.”

Chart data sources: Escambia County, City of Pensacola, Ascension Sacred Heart, Baptist and West Florida hospitals. Graphic: City of Pensacola.

District 5 Cantonment, Farm Hill Neighborhood Cleanup Day Is Friday.

September 23, 2021

Residents of a portion of Cantonment and Farm Hill can dispose of yard debris and other items free of charge during a District 5 Neighborhood Cleanup this Friday.

The event was postponed from last week due to weather.

During neighborhood cleanups, Escambia County departments team up to bring services to residents in an effort to keep local neighborhoods clean and safe. Participating is easy: Residents in the cleanup area simply leave eligible items at the curb to be disposed of free of charge by Escambia County and partnering agencies.

All debris must be at the curb directly in front of residences in the area by 7 a.m. on the day of the cleanup. Tires and paint cans should be separate from all other debris. Debris piles should not be placed under low-hanging lines or near poles, fences or mailboxes. All items, including containers, will be collected.

Only residents in the designated cleanup area are able to participate in the neighborhood cleanup. Items left at the curb outside of the cleanup area will not be collected.

Items eligible for removal include:

  • Household appliances and electronics
  • Household junk and debris
  • Bicycles and toys
  • Old furniture and mattresses
  • Barbecue grills
  • Household hazardous waste (old paint, motor oil, chemicals, batteries)
  • Tires (limit 10 per household)

Items NOT eligible for removal include:

  • Building materials (concrete, bricks, blocks, roofing, drywall or lumber)
  • Explosives or ammunition
  • Auto parts
  • Dirt or sod
  • Vehicles or vessels
  • 55-gallon drums of fluids

The neighborhood cleanup initiative involves an aggressive cleanup effort, targeting different neighborhoods throughout the county, with crew members and volunteers picking up a variety of debris and waste, including electronics, furniture and household items.

Since 2016, more than 3,509 tons (7,018,000 pounds) of debris were collected and disposed of through the Community Redevelopment Agency’s Safe Neighborhood Program.

The county’s neighborhood cleanup program is hosted by the Escambia County Community Redevelopment Agency’s Safe Neighborhood Program. Local partners include Escambia County Waste Services, Environmental Code Enforcement, Public Works, Animal Services and Road Prison, along with the City of Pensacola Sanitation Department and Keep Pensacola Beautiful. During the cleanups, county staff handle issues such as roaming dogs and cats, unsafe structures, tree trimming, right of way mowing, street sweeping, household hazardous waste recycling and more.

ECSO Launches Program To Alert First Responders To Those With Autism

September 23, 2021

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new program to alert all first responders that an autistic person may reside in a home or be an occupant in a vehicle.

“The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is committed to keeping all Escambia County residents safe,” Sheriff Chip Simmons said. “This includes those with autism and their families.”

The new “Occupant with Autism” program provides decals at no charge that can be placed on the door or front window of a home, or on the rear window of a vehicle. The decal acts as a symbol, allowing first responders to know that they’re may be a person inside with autism. ECSO deputies will then know to approach the situation using their autism training skills.

To participate in the program, click or tap here to fill out a form and the decals will be mailed free of charge. If persons do not want to place the decal on their home or vehicle, their information can still be flagged in the ECSO system.

“The more information deputies have when responding to a call, the better,” Simmons said.

Register By Friday To Participate In Northview Homecoming Parade

September 23, 2021

The Northview High School Homecoming Parade will take place Friday, October 1.

The parade will travel from Bratt Elementary School to Highway 4 to Northview High School. Line up will be at 12:30 p.m., and the parade will roll at 1 p.m.

Entries are being accepted through Friday, September 24; there is no cost to participate. For more information and a registration form, click or tap here.

There are some changes to homecoming parade traditions this year due to COVID-19 restrictions:

  • There will be no homecoming pep rally following the parade.
  • Only school floats will enter the Northview campus. No one else will be allowed.
  • No pork sandwiches/meals or other food/drinks will be sold.
  • There will be no Kona Ice
  • Students will return to seventh period following the parade

Pictured: The 2019 Northview High School homecoming parade. NorthEscambia.com file photos, click to enlarge.

Police: Murder Victim’s Body Is Not Under Highway 29 Bridge

September 22, 2021

Authorities have ruled out the underside of a bridge on the state line as the location of the body of a Pensacola murder victim.

Law enforcement and NorthEscambia.com received numerous tips about a putrid smell coming from under the Highway 29 bridge between Century and Flomaton. About a half dozen railroad tracks are under the bridge, headed into a CSX rail yard that sits just inside Alabama.

The smell led members of the public to believe that an accused murderer may have dumped the body of 40-year old Latonya Antionette Baxter under the bridge.

Authorities tell us the area has been checked, and the smell is actually a product recently sprayed on railroad ties to preserve them. NorthEscambia.com reached out to CSX late Tuesday afternoon for more information, but did not immediately hear back.

Pensacola Police Department investigators believe Baxter was murdered by her roommate, 38-year old Giles Curt Jones, who dumped her body somewhere in the Century area on September 11. His gray 2009 Nissan Maxima with Florida tag #45BAFU was spotted on camera headed north at 12:19 p.m. before returning south at 3:09 p.m. During that time, police say he took a photo on his phone of an obviously deceased Baxter.

Jones has been charged with first degree murder.

Monday and Tuesday, multiple agencies were acting on a tip as they searched an area on Highway 168 near Bratt, not far from Northview High School, for the body. Northing was found.

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Pictured top: A CSX train in a rail yard in Flomaton, along the Alabama-Florida state line. NorthEscambia.com file photo, click to enlarge.

Cantonment Man Twice Sold Meth To Undercover Deputy, ECSO Says

September 22, 2021

A Cantonment man was charged after allegedly selling methamphetamine to undercover deputies on two different occasions.

Joshua Brennan Totty, 31, was charged with two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver.

According to arrest reports, Totty sold methamphetamine to an undercover Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputy on two different days. The report states Totty is a “known narcotics dealer”.

He was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

Early Morning Fire Burns Molino Storage Shed

September 22, 2021

Fire burned through a storage shed at a Molino home early Wednesday morning.

The fire was reported about 12:30 a.m. on Molino Road near Jahaza Road. Firefighters arrived to find flames and smoke coming from the shed.

There were no injuries reported and no word on the cause of the fire.

The Molino, McDavid, Cantonment and Walnut Hill stations of Escambia Fire Rescue were dispatched to the blaze.

NorthEscambia.com file photo.

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