Convenience Store Robbed At Gunpoint

January 19, 2017

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery Wednesday night at a Cantonment convenience store.

A white male suspect armed with a firearm entered the CMP Food Mart at 400 North Highway 29 shortly before 10 p.m.  with his face covered. He asked the clerk for cigarettes before fleeing, according to Deputy Jacob Holloway, spokesperson for the Escambia Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies established a perimeter and a K-9 unit searched the area, but there was no arrest at last report.

There were no injuries reported.

Further details have were not released as the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office continues their investigation. photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Suspect Fleeing Deputy Causes Traffic Crash

January 19, 2017

Authorities say a man fleeing an Escambia County deputy caused an Ensley traffic crash Wednesday afternoon.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 61-year old Jeffery Grandison fled from a deputy when he attempted to stop his 2016 BMW near Palafox Street and Hope Drive. Grandison attempted to pass a 2007 Chevrolet driven by 77-yaer old Barbara Lowery of Pensacola. He attempted the pass on the grass shoulder of Palafox Street.

Deputy Darin Vought attempted to stop Grandison. Grandison rear-ended Lowery, then the deputy’s vehicle struck Lowery’s vehicle.

Grandison was later apprehended and charged with careless driving, failure to provide insurance, hit and run, fleeing and eluding, trespassing, vehicle theft and resisting arrest.

Photo by Ray Turner, WEAR 3, for, click to enlarge.

Jay Woman Sentenced To Prison For Sex With Underage Boy

January 18, 2017

A Jay woman is headed to prison for sex with an underage boy.

Kimberly Ann Seevers  pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor and was sentenced Tuesday  to 38 months in state prison. She will be on probation for 36 months once released and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

Seevers, 46,  still faces a separate sexual battery charge  involving another teenager. She is due back in court in that case on January 24.

Her attorney, Barry Beroset, asked Circuit Court Judge Ross Goodman to depart from minimum sentencing guidelines and sentence her to just probation because the underage boy was about one month shy of his 18th birthday when the incident occurred.

The attorney cited a Florida Supreme Court decision from 2001 in which the minor victim was a willing participant was a mitigating factor in supporting download departure from the sentencing guidelines.

The Jay High School student stated that when he arrived at Seevers’ home, she was drinking more than a small quantity of wine.

“Seevers wasn’t super drunk, but she was becoming intoxicated. He described Ms. Seevers as being kind of tipsy and flirty,” Beroset wrote in a letter to the court. The victim said he could have initiated the encounter and that he was willing participant, the lawyer said.

Sign Guy Had Just One Job: But This Molino Detour Goes In Circles

January 18, 2017

The sign pictured above on Chestnut at Crabtree Church Road incorrectly advises drivers to take a right hand turn to detour around a closed bridge on Molino Road. The “sign guy”, as one reader observed, even had written instructions marked on the pavement with a left hand arrow. Drivers that follow the detour, as incorrectly marked, will circle back to their starting point.

The Florida Department of Transportation is replacing the Molino Road (CR 182) bridge over Penasula Creek at a cost of $1,128,303. The project is expected to be completed in the fall.

Reader submitted photo for, click to enlarge.

North Escambia’s ‘Donut Boy’ On Steve Harvey Thursday

January 18, 2017

Set those DVRs….Tyler Carach, a Bratt Elementary School student, will appear on the Steve Harvey show on Thursday.

Tyler, 9, and his mother Sheena, who is a former police officer, created the “I DONUT need a reason to THANK a cop” program. Since buying doughnuts for four Escambia County deputies at a Bratt convenience store last August, Tyler has taken his mission on the road, providing donuts for law enforcement agencies across the country.

During Thursday’s program, Tyler will explain the program to Steve Harvey. Tyler has personally handed out over 4,000 donuts in Florida, Georgia and Oregon — and thanks to his trip to Chicago to tape “Steve Harvey,” he can now cross Illinois off of the list.  Harvey will surprise Tyler with a video from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office thanking him for their doughnuts.

For a sneak peek at Tyler’s appearance on Steve Harvey, click here.

Harvey teamed up with online retailer BOXED to donate $5,000 to Tyler’s mission.

The Steve Harvey show with Donut boy Tyler Carach of Bratt will air at 2 p.m. on WPMI channel 15 on Thursday.


Driver Injured In Highway 95A Two Vehicle Crash

January 18, 2017

One person was transported to an area  hospital with minor injuries after a two vehicle accident on Highway 95A near Tate School Road just before 8:00 Wednesday morning.  The crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The Cantonment Station of Escambia Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS also responded to the crash. photo by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Cantonment Man Involved In Fatal Crash

January 17, 2017

A Cantonment man was involved in  fatal crash early Sunday morning in Escambia County, according to information released Tuesday morning by the Florida Highway Patrol.

The FHP said 45-year old Todd Adam Doten of Cantonment was southbound on Pace Boulevard at Bobe Street  in a 2014 Mack semi truck when the driver of a 1980 Chevrolet C1500 failed to stop for a stop sign. Ray Jose Willis, age 39 of Pensacola, pulled directly into the path of the semi at 4:10 a.m., troopers said. Willis and his passenger, David Matthew Russ, 36 of Pensacola, were both not wearing seat belts and were both ejected from their vehicle.

Willis died a short time later at Baptist Hospital; Russ was listed in critical condition.  Doten received only minor injuries.

Any charges in the crash are pending the outcome of a traffic homicide investigation, according to FHP.