Private Investigator Murder Suspect Will Remain Free On Bond

April 24, 2018

Ashley Britt McArthur, charged with the murder of a private investigator, will remain free on bond.

McArthur, 40, was back in court Monday before Judge Jan Shackelford after the state filed a motion to revoke her bond. When she was released on a $400,000 bond shortly after her arrest, she was ordered to  to wear a GPS tracking device,  live with her mother in Gulf Breeze, and stay within Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

While she spent most nights with her mother, it was reported that she spent the night on multiple occasions with her husband in Escambia County.

Shackleford ruled that McArthur must spend every night with her mother and that she will remain free on the original $400,000 bond posted on February 5.

McArthur is facing a first degree murder charge for the death of 33-year old Taylor Wright, a private investigator and former police officer. Wright’s body was found last September off Britt Road, just west of County Road 97 near Muscogee Road in Cantonment. She allegedly stole $34,000 from Wright.

McArthur operated Pensacola Automatic Amusement (PAA) on Pace Boulevard. She was charged in November 2017 with felony grand theft and fraud for the alleged theft of $13,301.04 from the Azalea Cocktail Lounge, which represented funds reported missing between July 10, 2015, and September 14, 2017. According to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, lounge customers pay for games or the jukebox using cash, credit card or a mobile phone app.  The payments were to be split 50-50 between the Azalea Lounge and another company.  It was alleged that McArthur was splitting only the cash proceeds with lounge while keeping the proceeds from the credit card and mobile app payments.

In early April, McArthur was charged with arson and racketeering after she set fire to PAA in June 2017, according to court documents. The state alleges she started the fire to avoid a scheduled meeting with representatives of Azalea Lounge.

Tate FFA Provides 25,920 Meals Of Hope

April 24, 2018

The Tate High School FFA recently worked to help to fight hunger by sponsoring a Meals Of Hope event.

With help from the community and other school organizations, Tate FFA raised over $5,000 – enough money to assemble 25,920 meals. During the event, 170 students, volunteers and teachers assembled in the gym to package meals. The assembled meals will stay in the Gulf Coast area and will be distributed to the needy.

“The members of the Tate FFA were thrilled to be able to help our community in such an impactful way,” Leanne Jenkins, Tate FFA advisor, said.

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NWS: Molino Tornado Was EF-0 (With Path Map)

April 24, 2018

The National Weather Service has officially determined that it was an EF-0 tornado with winds peaking at 85 mph that caused damage in Molino Sunday afternoon.

The EF-0 tornado traveled in a southerly direction 0.13 miles across Crabtree Church Road over a one minute period — from 1:02 to 1:03 p.m.  The tornado’s path was 25 yards wide. (See approximate map below.)

According to the National Weather Service, one home suffered shingle damage and a broken window and a mobile home was shift on its foundation (both pictured below). There were also several uprooted small trees and numerous large branches broken.

The map below shows the starting and end point of the EF-0 tornado in Molino. The highlighted area depicts the maximum width of the tornado path, according to the National Weather Service. Damage was not necessarily confined to the area inside this path.

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Pensacola Blvd. Convenience Store Robbed At Gunpoint

April 23, 2018

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect that robbed a convenience store a gunpoint Monday afternoon.

At 2:10 p.m., the Raceway Station at 7271 Pensacola Boulevard was robbed by a man with a handgun.

Further details have not been released.

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

Pictured: An armed robbery afternoon at a Pensacola Boulevard gas station.

Molino Family Forced From Their Home By Tornado Damage

April 23, 2018

A Molino family was forced from their home by damage from an apparent tornado Sunday afternoon.

“We did have to leave home,”  Gale Nahkala said. “The trailer was shifted from the foundation.” Windows in the double wide mobile home were also broken as the funnel cloud moved over the Crabtree Church Road area near Sunshine Hill Road.

The family of three — two adults and an 18-year old — will be forced to find some other place to stay until repairs are made.

Escambia County officials said five structures suffered slight to moderate damage, and there were several downed trees and power lines.

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Century Replacing Sidewalk In Such Bad Condition ‘Children Were Wrecking Their Bikes’

April 23, 2018

The Town of Century is replacing a sidewalk on Hecker Road that was so bad “children were wrecking their bikes”, according to town officials.

The sidewalk is being replaced between Mayo and Archie streets.

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Molino Tornado Caught On Videos

April 22, 2018

An apparent tornado in Molino Sunday afternoon was captured on video.

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Apparent Tornado Causes Minor Damage In Molino (With Gallery)

April 22, 2018

An apparent tornado caused damage in Molino Sunday afternoon.

Several homes in the 3800 block of Crabtree Church Road in were damaged. Escambia County Emergency Communications received a call from homeowners at 1:23 p.m. reporting damage. Escambia Fire Rescue and Emergency Management crews responded and found approximately five structures incurred slight to moderate damage. Several downed trees and power lines were also found in the area.

There were no injuries or assistance requested.

The National Weather Service is expected to survey the damage on Monday or Tuesday.

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Alger-Sullivan Historic District Historical Marker Dedicated

April 22, 2018

For the first time in decades, a new state historic marker was dedicated Saturday in North Escambia.

The marker near the corner of Jefferson and Front Streets  commemorates the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District.

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The text of the historic marker is as follows:

In 1901 one of the largest and most advanced southern pine sawmills east of
the Mississippi River was built here. In the tradition of the era, the lumber
company built its own town to house and supply the families of workers
needed to operate the mill. By 1915 the mill town of Century included a hotel,
hospital, commissary, post office, executive club, business district, schools,
churches, and separate housing districts for black and white families. Housing
ranged from small shotgun houses to large two-story executive homes.
Standing along Church St. is one of the lumber company’s last built town
structures – a large theatre and recreation hall completed in 1922. After
remodeling in 1946, it became lumber company offices. The deteriorated
black residential district along Pond St. was largely demolished and the homes
replaced in 1986 through a state block grant. The remaining residential
district along Front, Church, Fourth, and Mayo Streets, and Jefferson and
Pinewood Avenues represents a rare intact example of an early twentieth
century planned company town. The district, consisting of 45 historic
structures and a formal garden site, was added to the National Register of
Historic Places in 1989.

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