Century Correctional Institution Is Reaccredited

January 14, 2022

The Century Correctional Institution is one of five facilities in the state reaccredited during recent ACA Commission on Standards and Accreditation hearings.

Century Correctional and the other four institutions were found to be 100% compliant with mandatory standards, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

“When an institution undergoes the ACA re-accreditation process, they are opening their doors and inviting an independent outside entity into their facility to examine all aspects of their operations,” said FDC Secretary Ricky Dixon. “These five wardens and their leadership teams have proven their commitment to exceptional professionalism by their commitment to industry-recognized standards. Join us in celebrating their achievement as leaders in corrections.”

Over the last year, ACA audit teams from across the country visited the Florida Women’s Reception Center, as well as Century, Lancaster, Marion and Polk correctional institutions to conduct comprehensive on-site audits of all aspects of prison operations. ACA Commission members commended the agency’s efforts to expand programming and increase pay while maintaining accreditation, despite substantial challenges being faced by correctional agencies nationwide.

FDC began the process of seeking nationally recognized accreditation from the ACA in 1968. All 50 of Florida’s major institutions are accredited by the ACA. The standards created and refined by the ACA represent fundamental correctional practices that ensure staff and inmate safety and security; enhance staff morale; improve record maintenance and data management capabilities; and improve the function of the facility or agency at all levels.

Free Food Distribution To Be Held Saturday In Century

January 14, 2022

Northwest Florida Community Outreach will hold a 13,000 pound food distribution Saturday in Century.

The drive-up distribution will take place beginning at 9 a.m. at the Century Business Center at 130 East Pond Street. The event is for Escambia County, Florida, residents.

Pictured: A previous Northwest Florida Community Outreach food distribution in Century during 2021. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Kinsella Retires, Shashaty Takes Command Of NAS Pensacola

January 14, 2022

Capt. Terrence Shashaty assumed command of Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola from Capt. Tim Kinsella during a change of command ceremony Thursday at the National Naval Aviation Museum.

Kinsella served as the commanding officer since March 2019 and led the base following a terrorist attack that resulted in the death of three Sailors and injured eight individuals, a global pandemic that threatened the mission of NAS Pensacola and category 2 Hurricane Sally that caused extensive damages to the installation. With Kinsella’s leadership, NAS Pensacola managed to limit the effects of these events to base operations.

“NAS Pensacola faced some difficult challenges over the past few years, but I am so proud of how everyone on base, active duty service members and civilian employees alike, came together and faced these challenges head on with grit and determination,” said Kinsella. “It’s been the greatest honor of my life to be the commanding officer of this historic installation, but it was the people of this base that truly inspired me every single day I put on my uniform.”

For his outstanding leadership and service to NAS Pensacola, Capt. Tim Kinsella received the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership from the Navy League of the United States in 2021. The John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership is awarded to the naval officer that has made an outstanding contribution to the high standards of leadership in the naval service.

Kinsella was also adamant for building strong relationships with the local community and improving the education in the local area for not only active duty family members, but for all local families. With his perseverance, NAS Pensacola was awarded a Department of Defense STARBASE program. The program, which will be located at the National Flight Academy onboard the installation, will allow fifth grade students from Title I schools in the local communities to have a place to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related topics starting in January 2022. Pensacola State College is also opening a charter high school near NAS Pensacola in 2022 that military children will be able to attend.

“I want to show children in Pensacola the art of the possible,” said Kinsella. “It is my hope that STARBASE Pensacola and the charter school will inspire students to unlock their potential and achieve more than they thought possible. Pensacola is an amazing community and has always had a strong relationship with the installation. As the installation improves, so does the community and vice versa. This bond between the community and NAS Pensacola is what makes Pensacola a special place. When we work together, that’s when the magic happens!”

Shashaty, a Brooklyn, New York, native and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is reporting to NAS Pensacola following duty with the Joint Chiefs of Staff as the electronic warfare branch chief for the Deputy Directorate for Global Operations. Like all Navy aviators, Shashaty began his aviation training at NAS Pensacola and earned his pilot wings in 2000. Throughout his Navy career, he flew the EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler and has over 400 combat hours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I am excited about this opportunity to be the commanding officer of NAS Pensacola,” said Shashaty. “I started my aviation career here and look forward to building on the outstanding achievements of the NAS Pensacola team. Every person, military and civilian, on NAS Pensacola plays a vital role in our mission and together, as a team, we will achieve great things.”

Following the change of command ceremony, Kinsella retired from Navy during a separate ceremony. He will remain in the Pensacola area and will continue to be active in the community.

“I have had a wonderful and fulfilling career in the Navy and this has been the absolute highlight, but now it’s time to start the next chapter of my life and focus on my family,” said Kinsella. “We have made lifelong friendships here in Pensacola and it’s always felt like home to us, so it’s an easy decision for us to stay. No matter what the future holds, I will always be proud to say that I was the commanding officer of NAS Pensacola.”

Known as “The Cradle of Naval Aviation,” NAS Pensacola is the second largest training base in the Navy with approximately 60,000 students trained annually. The installation supports 127 tenant commands from all branches of the service and is one of only four installations in the United States with an active airfield and deepwater port.

Story/photos Jason Bortz/NAS Pensacola for NorthEscambia.com.

ECSO Is Not Selling T-shirts Via Text Messages. It’s Yet Another Scam.

January 14, 2022

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning about text messages claiming to sell ECSO t-shirts.

The text message provides a link to submit payment, and some are even offering a discount. The whole thing is a scam, according to ECSO.

“The ECSO will never send text messages asking for a payment for any type of merchandise,” the ECSO said on social media.

Earlier this week, we told you about an ECSO email scam. Click or tap here for that story and tips avoid scams.

Fire Sparked By Candle Destroys Ensley Home; Dog Revived

January 14, 2022

Fire that destroyed a home in Ensley Thursday afternoon is being blamed on a candle.

Escambia Fire Rescue responded to North Ensley Street about 2:20 p.m. to find flames and smoke from the back part of the wood frame home.

The occupants were alerted by working smoke detectors and were able to escape without injury. A small dog was found inside the home and was resuscitated before being reunited with its family.

According to ECFR, the cause of the fire was a lit candle that fell onto a mattress.

Former Tate High Homecoming Queen Entering Pretrial Diversion, Charges Could Be Dismissed

January 13, 2022

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A former Tate High School homecoming queen is entering a pre-trial diversion program that, if successfully completed, will result in the charges against being dismissed.

Emily Rose Grover was a 17-year old juvenile at the time of her arrest in April 2021 by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. She turned 18 just a few days later, and her case was transferred to adult court.

Grover and her mother Laura Carroll, former assistant principal at Bellview Elementary School, were charged by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement with one count each of felony offenses against users of computers, computer systems, computer networks, and electronic devices; felony unlawful use of a two-way communications device, felony criminal use of personally identifiable information, and conspiracy to commit these offenses. The misdemeanor conspiracy charge against both has been upgraded by prosecutors to a felony count.

If Grover does not meet the terms of her pretrial diversion, prosecution on charges against her will continue.

Carroll previously pleaded not guilty and is due on court next week.

Both were accused of illegally accessing the Escambia County School District FOCUS computer system and casting 246 votes for Tate homecoming queen in the fall of 2020. Grover won, but she was expelled and was stripped of the crown.

NorthEscambia.com photo (left) and Escambia County Jail photos, click to enlarge.

Century Collects $190K In Utility Back Billing From The Dept. Of Corrections

January 13, 2022

Century has collected over $190,000 in back billing under a new utility agreement wiith the Florida Department of Corrections for Century Correctional Institution, according to Mayor Ben Boutwell.

The new contract went into effect in late December and applied the news rates retroactively to March 2021.

The Florida Department of Corrections is Century’s largest utility customer, and the town was providing water, sewer and natural gas to the prison under a 2008 agreement. It’s estimated the town underbilled over $330,000 due to a faulty gas meter and the town’s failure to adjust the contract annually to match the Consumer Price Index (CPI). However, most of the underbilling was beyond a contractual two-year limitation. The town agreed to forgive the full amount with the new agreement.

Billings under the new five year contract, which has a three year renewal option, are anticipated to total nearly $615,181 plus the actual cost of gas each year — $181,121 more annually than the 2008 contract.

Going forward, annual CPI increases will be added each March.

Pictured: An elevated water storage tank belonging to the Town of Century stands just outside the Century Correctional Institution. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

ECSO Searching For Missing, Endangered Adult

January 13, 2022

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The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing and endangered adult male.

Damon Douglas Gill, 48, was last seen leaving the 7800 block of Lakeside Oaks Drive (near Beulah Road) on Friday, January 7.

According to the ECSO, he was driving a black in color 2021 Toyota Highlander with Florida tag #DV5479L. The vehicle was later recovered on Northpointe Boulevard.

The ECSO said he may be wearing a brown hoodie.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620

Update: The ECSO updated the color of the vehicle to black.

Beulah Academy Of Science’s Teacher Of The Year Is Jessica Lewis

January 13, 2022

Jessica Lewis was named the Beulah Academy of Science Teacher of the Year. She is a science teacher for the school. Photo for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway Saturday

January 13, 2022

Escambia County is partnering with UF/IFAS Escambia Extension and West Florida Public Libraries to give away 100 one-gallon trees at three libraries in southern Escambia County.

The giveaway is open to residents of Escambia County beginning at 10 a.m. at the following locations:

  • Pensacola Library – 239 North Spring Street
  • Tryon Library – 1200 Langley Avenue
  • Southwest Library – 12248 Gulf Beach Highway

Two trees will be allotted per family. Trees are donated on a first-come, first-served basis and are available while supplies last.

Four different species of trees will be available: pond cypress (Taxodium ascendens); dahoon holly (Illex cassine); mayhaw (Crateagus opaca); and red maple (Acer rubrum). Each site will have 25 of each species as well as “right tree, right place” education and planting information.

Pictured: A red maple tree. Photo courtesy UF/IFAS Escambia Extension for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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