Pensacola Opera Presents ‘Jack And The Beanstalk’

February 10, 2016

The Pensacola Opera presented a free performance of the endearing tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” Tuesday night a the Century Branch Library. Another performance was held Wednesday morning at the Molino Branch Library.

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Pictured: The Pensacola Opera presented “Jack and the Beanstalk” Tuesday night at the Century Branch Library. photos, click to enlarge.

Cool Jobs: This Really Ranks Up There

February 10, 2016

Wednesday was breezy and cold, with winds gusting to about 20 mph — just like the cool, windy day on Tuesday.  While many people are required to work outside in cold weather, we found a few men on a job Tuesday that really exposed them to the cold wind — working at the top of one of the water towers in Walnut Hill. photos, click to enlarge.

Authorities Search For Missing Teen

February 9, 2016

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has issued an emergency missing child alert for a Brewton teen.

Brooke Lee Bridge is a 16-year old white female with blue hair. She was last seen wearing a t-shirt and black sweatpants at her family home in Brewton around 11 p.m. on Sunday. She has brown eyes, is 5′3″ and weighs 100 pounds.

Anyone with information on here whereabouts is asked to call the Brewton Police Department at (251) 867-3212 or 911.

Three Charged In Shots Fired Disturbance At Century Apartments

February 9, 2016

Three people were arrested after a fight broke out at a Century apartment complex that ended with shots fired from a shotgun.

Taurus Marquis Davis, 19, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery and firing a weapon on residential property. Sammie Shaunta Moorer, 29, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and Isaac Sheldon Moorer, 21, was charged with one count of battery.

The three became involved in a fight with several individuals at the Century Woods Apartments on West Highway 4, according to arrest report.  During the fight, Sammie Moorer retrieved a shotgun from his truck and pointed it at two victims, according to arrest report, and a suspect claimed he ran to his vehicle to drive away as Sammie Moorer placed the shotgun back into his truck. Issac Moorer and Davis began to fight over the shotgun. Davis then ran and pointed the shotgun into the window of the vehicle the victim was using to escape the scene, the report states.

The victim said he heard a shotgun blast as he sped away. There were no injuries reported and no damage to the victim’s vehicle.

The three suspects fled the scene and were taken into custody at their residence in the 200 block of Juniper Street in Walnut Hill,  according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Davis was released on a $6,000 bond. Sammie Moorer was released on a $5,000 bond, and Isaac Moorer was released on a $500 bond.

BMX Bike Show Encourages Northview High Students

February 9, 2016

“Bring Your ‘A Game’ to School” was the message Northview High School students heard Monday afternoon as a BMX performance team brought their high flying and flipping tricks to the school gym.

The positive-message, high energy program encouraged students to pay attention to their “A Game” — with the  “A” in “A Game” standing for alliance, attitude, authentic, ability, active, anti-bullying and achieve.

The program featured BMX riders with daring leaps and stunts and a message about the hard work and courage it takes to be successful in life.

Five students were chosen from the audience to demonstrate their courage as they were asked to lay side-by-side on the gym floor as a BMX biker jumped over them.  They were offered a free t-shirt if the biker’s attempt failed.

The most cr0wd-pleasing stunt came with the assistance and courage of Northview Principal Gayle Weaver who was asked to sit in a chair, arms outstretched, as one of the riders jumped his bike and back-flipped over her. In a “test” run with only the chair, the biker crashed into the chair. Students were asked, thumbs up or thumbs down, if Weaver should go ahead with the stut. She received an overwhelming thumbs up.

Weaver was told to sit in the chair, keep her eyes open, and, of course, not stand up.

Students cheered wildly as the wheel of the bicycle came with a few feet of Weaver’s face. She was uninjured and seemingly not bothered by the stunt.

The event was sponsored as a recruiting tool by the National Guard.

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Pictured top and inset: A BMX biker jumps over Northview Principal Gayle Weaver Monday afternoon. Pictured below: Jumping over five students plus two others. Pictured below: BMX stunt show at Northview High School. photos, click to enlarge.

Elections Officials: Get Ready For March 15 Primary Election

February 9, 2016

Elections officials from Escambia, Santa Rosa Okaloosa counties held a joint press conference Monday in Pensacola to discuss the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, March 15,

Slower mail delivery means voters that choose to vote-by-mail will need to make sure their ballots will reach their local election’s office before the 7 p.m. March 15 deadline. First class local mail delivery was previously a day or two, but not that’s three to five days with a chance in standard from the U.S. Postal Service.

Absentee ballots should be requested before March 9. The deadline for voter registration and party changes in February 16.

Nearly 20 percent of Northwest Florida’s voters won’t be able to vote on March 15 because Florida is a closed primary. Republicans and Democrats can vote only in their party’s primary, while no party affiliation registered voters can’t vote in either one.

Pictured: Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David H. Stafford (top)  and fellow Supervisors of Elections  Tappie Villane, Santa Rosa County and Paul Lux, Okaloosa County, to discuss the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, March 15 during a Monday press conference in Pensacola. Photos by Brandi Ziglar for, click to enlarge.

Over A Dozen Railroad Crossings To Close For Repair

February 8, 2016

[UPDATE 9:15 a.m.] Over a dozen railroad crossings will be closed at some time during the couple of of weeks for repairs from McDavid north through Century, including Highway 4 beginning Tuesday.

Highway 4 will be closed at the crossing just east of Highway 29 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 8 a.m. until completion on Thursday as CSX repairs and replaces railroad ties. While the crossing will be open overnight, it will be marked as “rough” warning drivings of temporary filling material until paving is completed on Thursday.

CSX will close numerous other North Escambia a crossing as part of its network-wide crossing maintenance program beginning next week, with work expected to be completed in one week.

CSX engineering crews will be laying new rail ties, resurfacing crossings and repaving them with asphalt. CSX has worked closely with local officials to coordinate the crossing closures to minimize disruption to the community and is communicating directly with residents where there are dead-end roads or no-outlet situations.

Traffic will experience temporary closures to the following road crossings during the operations period:

  • Cottage Street
  • McCurdy Road
  • Hecker Road
  • Front Street
  • East Pond Street
  • Jefferson Avenue
  • Salters Lake Road
  • Bluff Springs Road
  • Courtney Road
  • Mystic Springs Road
  • East Bogia Road
  • Cotton Lake Road

The roads listed above will be temporarily closed at different times on the  maintenance schedule, according to CSX. is working with the contractor to provide an updated schedule for crossing closures as soon as possible.

All activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Motorists are reminded to travel with care through the work zone and to watch for construction equipment and workers entering and exiting the roadway.

Pictured top: Repairs were make to the Hecker Road crossing in Century late last month. file photo, click to enlarge.

Fire Destroys Church Van In Century

February 8, 2016

A church van went up in flames Sunday afternoon in Century. The Greater Union Missionary Church van burst into flames as the driver was pulling off North Century Boulevard at the New Life Christian Center. There were no passengers in the van at the time of the fire. Reader submitted photo (top) and photos (below), click to enlarge.

Molino Road To Be Closed For Bridge Replacement

February 7, 2016

The temporary closure of Molino Road for the replacement of a 58-year old bridge has been approved.

The Florida Department of Transportation and Escambia County have signed off on the project to replace the bridge over Penasula Creek, west of Highway 29 between 4 Star Farm Road and Sunshine Hill Road.

The bridge has reached a level of deterioration to warrant replacement and is next on the list of the FDOT’s Five-Year Work Plan.  During construction, Molino Rod will be closed for about six months to minimize costs and construction time.  The project will be funded and the construction work will be performed under contract for the Florida Department of Transportation. After completion of the structure, Escambia County will be responsible for the maintenance of the bridge..

The wood piling supported Molino Road Bridge over Penasula Creek  was constructed in 1958. A start date for the road closure and bridge replacement project has not yet been announced.

Pictured top: The Molino Road bridge over Penasula Creek. Pictured: The deteriorating wood pilings that support the bridge. photos, click to enlarge.

Man Robs Store With Fake Gun, Gets Shot By Clerk’s Real One

February 7, 2016

The morning didn’t go too well for a man who decided to use a fake gun to rob a store and was shot in the neck by a store clerk before he fled the business.

The incident occurred around 2:25 a.m. at the Beacon Store, 1101 W. Cervantes Street.  A store clerk told police he shot the suspect during the robbery. The clerk – Abed Alslaq, 20, of Pensacola – said the suspect entered the store wearing camouflage, a hat and a bandana over his face. The clerk said he told the suspect to remove the bandana but he refused. During the robbery, the suspect went behind the counter, pulled out a pistol and pointed it at the clerk, who believed it was real.

The armed robber managed to get some cash and 10 cartons of cigarettes before he fled the business. The suspect – Jarell Blackmon, 24, of the 7900 block of Beaber Road, Pensacola – was later seen in the area of E and Gadsden streets by Officer Matthew Mercado. Blackmon, who was bleeding from his neck, fled from Mercado despite being ordered to stop.

Officers set up a perimeter and Officer Patrick Kelly and his K-9 did a track. Blackmon was found hiding in the 600 block of North E Street. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound that entered and exited his neck.

Blackmon was charged with armed robbery, grand theft, public order crime (wearing a mask or hood during commission of a felony), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and resisting without violence. Blackmon told police the firearm he used was fake.

No charges have been filed on Alslaq.

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