Florida Dept. Of Ag Charges Cantonment Man With Felony Grand Theft

August 18, 2019

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has charged a Cantonment man with grand theft for allegedly taking money to repair a boat but never doing the work.

Jeffrey Dale Phillips wash charged with third degree felony grand theft. He was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

According to an arrest report, Phillips received $7,978.84 in payments at Affordable Marine Service to remanufacture a boat engine but the work was never performed. The victim also paid an additional $2,322.16 for storage of their boat, the report states, for a total loss of $10,301. According to the Florida Division of Corporations, Phillips is owner of the company on South “L” Street in Pensacola.

The victim told state investigators that they contracted Affordable Marine in August 2017 and received their vessel back in January 2018. On a test ride, the boat did not perform correctly, and the victims said they tried for months to get Phillips to correct the problem.

The victim has since paid another unrelated company $10,325.38 to fix nonexistent or improper work by Affordable Marine, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Nine Mile Road Closed At Highway 29 Monday Night

August 18, 2019

Nine Mile Road will be closed at the Highway 29 overpass will be closed from 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 as crews place concrete for the center pier footer.

Traffic control officers will be on-site to help direct motorists. The following detour will be in place:

• Eastbound Nine Mile Road will be reduced to one lane, directed to Highway 29 southbound, U-turn at West Hood Drive, and return to Nine Mile Road.
• Westbound traffic will perform the same operation at West 9 1/2 Mile Road.

Additionally, Highway 29 traffic between Interstate 10 and 9 1/2 Mile Road may experience alternating lane closures as crews continue drainage and paving operations.

Construction activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

Bond Set At $2 Million For Grocery Store Active Shooter Suspect

August 18, 2019

Bond has been set at $2 million for the suspect in an active shooter situation Thursday at an Escambia County grocery store.

Reginald Lee Booker, 29, is charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, robbery with firearm, use or display of a weapon during a felony, firing a weapon in a public, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He remains in Baptist Hospital where he underwent surgery due to gunshot wounds. An update on his condition has not been made available.

According to the ECSO, Booker walked into the Grocery Advantage on Lillian Highway at New Warrington Road with a handgun and then opened fire, according to Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan. He said the suspect was the only person injured; no civilians or deputies were hurt.

Chief Deputy Chip Simmons said three deputies were on scene quickly, and “they started to pursue the gunman through the store”.  He said the suspect, now identified as Booker, ran into the back warehouse area of the store and was hiding behind boxes of produce.

“The deputies challenged him there. He produced a firearm, and he was shot,” Simmons said. He described the gun as a small caliber handgun.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the officer involved shooting.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge. Mugshot above is from May 2018.


Train Blocks Cantonment Crossing For 15 Hours

August 17, 2019

A portion of an Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway train has blocked a Cantonment intersection for 15 hours.

The railcars blocked Highway 97 just south of Muscogee Road since at least 6:30 p.m. Friday. The train split, with other intersections in the area left open.

Escambia County Commissioner Steven Barry reached out to AGR and was told the train should be moved by 9:30-10 a.m. No reason why the crossing was blocked for the night was provided.

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One Critically Injured In Early Morning Wrong-Way Crash On Highway 29

August 17, 2019

At least one person was critically injured in a crash involving a wrong-way driver early Saturday morning in Cantonment.

The accident occurred shortly after 4 a.m. on Highway 29 near Pinoak Lane, near the Grace Valley Baptist Church. One person was trapped in their vehicle until they were extricated by firefighters.

Highway 29 was completely shut down due to the accident and for a LifeFlight landing zone.

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated and has not released any additional information.

Pictured top: At least one person was critically injured in this crash early Saturday morning on Highway 29 (photo courtesy WEAR 3). Pictured below: LifeFlight lifts from the scene (photo courtesy CD Davidson-Hiers). Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

‘Manic’ Woman Hit Ransom Middle School Dean With Her Vehicle In Car Rider Line, ECSO Says

August 17, 2019

A “manic” woman hit the Ransom Middle School dean with her vehicle in a car rider line as about 100 students waited nearby, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Christina Cranford-Denham, age 41 of Cantonment was charged with first degree felony aggravated battery on a school official. She was released from jail on a $50,000 bond.

The school resource officer (SRO) reported that she observed Cranford-Denham swerve around the dean striking him on the arm as he was directing traffic in the car rider line after school Thursday.

The deputy wrote her report that when she stopped Cranford-Denham’s Buick Enclave, she “appeared manic and possibly under the influence of narcotics”. She refused commands to park and exit the vehicle, the arrest report states. The SRO reported that she opened the driver’s side door, unbuckled her seat belt, and removed her from the vehicle.  The deputy said as she attempted to handcuff Cranford-Denham, she “bent over while acting erratic” before walking backwards to her  patrol vehicle.

The Ransom Middle School dean told deputies that he attempted to stop Cranford-Denham from cutting into parking lot traffic at which time he was hit. He refused medical treatment.

According to the arrest report, the incident occurred during a torrential rainstorm as about 100 students were standing under an awning just a few feet away from where the dean was hit by the vehicle.

Cranford-Denham was allowed to call someone to pick up her children. She was trespassed warned from the Ransom campus.

Kickoff Classic Wins For Tate, Northview (With Scoreboard, Photo Gallery)

August 17, 2019

Area high school football teams were back under the Friday night lights for kickoff classics. Here are scores from the North Escambia area:

Tate 13, Pace 7

The Tate Aggies beat the Pace Patriots 13-7 in a kickoff classic at Pace.

Kesean Williams had honor of the the first score of the season for the Aggies for a 7-0 lead. With the game tied 7-7, sophomore quarterback Dalton Biggs found Cody Brown on a Hail Mary pass for the game winning touchdown.

The Aggies will swing into the regular season Friday night at 7:00 as they host Pensacola High School in Pete Gindl Stadium.


Pace 14, Tate 0  (JV)

Pace 8, Tate 0 (Freshmen)

Northview 7, Baker 0

The Northview Chiefs beat Baker 7-6 Friday night in Baker. The Chiefs will open the regular season Friday night at home against Lighthouse Christian. It’s also senior night for Northview; the Chiefs only have three home games this season.

Baker 16, Northview  (JV)

Baker 8, Ernest Ward Eagles 0

West Florida 7, Navarre 7

Escambia 27, Pensacola High 0

Gulf Breeze 14, Choctaw 0

Catholic 19, Washington 14 (Thursday)

Pictured: The Tate Aggies defeated the Pace Patriots Friday night in Pace. NorthEscambia.com photos by Jennifer Repine, click to enlarge.

One Injured In Highway 95A Collision

August 17, 2019

One person was injured in a two vehicle crash Friday evening on Highway 95A near South Chipper Road.

The driver of Chevrolet Blazer was injured when she rear-ended a Ford pickup truck about 6:25 p.m. She was transported to an area hospital by Escambia County EMS with injuries that were not considered life threatening.

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated. The Cantonment Station of Escambia Fire Rescue and the  Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.