Contractor Paves Remainder Of Bratt Road, Repairs Crumbling Pavement

April 15, 2014

A contractor has paved the remainder of Bratt Road and has made good on a warranty promise to repave sections of the road that were surfaced back in December and later began to crumble.

The first part of the project in December included dirt road paving and drainage improvements on Bratt Road from Pine Barren Road east about 1.25 miles to the existing paved roadway. The county road department  provided pipe installation and grading, while  contractor Roads, Inc.  was responsible for the paving.

An Escambia County official said the cold mix asphalt was likely used on a day that was too cold, causing it to be spread too thin in some spots.

The contractor, Roads Inc. repaired the roadway under warranty and paved the remaining dirt portion of Bratt Road fromPine Barren Road to West Highway 4 at the Travis Nelson Park.

As part of the project, the intersection of Ashcraft Road at Bratt Road  will be closed beginning Wednesday at 6 p.m., through Thursday at 4:30 p.m. due to a crossover pipe replacement.

Pictured top: A newly resurfaced portion of Bratt Road by the Travis. Nerlson Park and Highway 4. Pictured inset: Portions of Bratt Road west of Pine Barren Road began to crumble weeks after being paved in December. Pictured below: The repaired sections of Bratt Road. photos, click to enlarge.

Two Charged With Stealing Lottery Tickets From Northern Santa Rosa Business

April 15, 2014

Two people have been charged in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of scratch off lottery tickets from a convenience store last month in the northern Santa Rosa County community of Berrydale.

Investigators said Kristeena M. Bare,25, and Frank Lee Johnson, 37, busted a window of the Berrydale Quick Mart on North Highway 87 to gain entry during the early morning hours of March 19. Once inside, deputies said they stole about $3,300 worth of the Florida Lottery scratch off tickets.  They were caught on video cashing two winning tickets worth a combined $115 about four hours later at a Tom Thumb in Milton, according to an arrest report.

Bare and Johnson were charged with property damage, burglary, larceny and dealing in stolen property.

Bare remained in the Santa Rosa County Jail with on bond set at $44,000, while Johnson was being held with set at $27,500.

Developer Plans New Dollar General For Cantonment

April 14, 2014

Plans for a new Dollar General store in are in the works for Cantonment.

Teramore Development, LLC, of Thomasville, GA, is planning the 9,026 square foot store for a 1.03 acre lot on Woodland Street at Highway 29 — adjacent to the Cantonment Fire Station.

According plans filed with Escambia County, the new store would not have any vehicular access directly to Highway 29; all driveways would connect to Woodland Street. Plans call for the lot to contain 31 parking spaces and an adjacent storm water holding pond.

The plans have been presented to the Escambia County Development Review Committee during a pre-application meeting. The DRC has not made any ruling or recommendations on the store. It will be up to the property owner or the developer to decide if they will move forward in the permitting process.

Woman Escapes Injury In Train Vs. Car Crash Near Molino

April 13, 2014

A Pensacola woman narrowly escaped injury early this morning when her car was struck by a train near Molino.

The accident happened about 5:20 a.m. at a railroad crossing on Brickyard Road, south of Barth Road.  The roadway makes a 90-degree turn before crossing the tracks, and Mercedes Byrd of Pensacola said in the dark and heavy fog, she ran off the road and became stuck on the tracks. She had called her dad to help her pull the car off the tracks when she heard the train approaching.

“As soon as I tried to gas it an get off this train track, I called my dad. I couldn’t go any further. He tried to get here as fast as he could to pull me off, but the train got me,” Byrd said after the accident.  Before the train struck her Ford Fusion, she jumped out and ran away from the tracks as fast as she could, getting about 100 feet away before the crash.

“Not only was my daddy watching over me, but so was God,” she said. Byrd was shaken but uninjured, and there were no injuries to the crew of the southbound CSX freight train.

The Molino Station of Escambia Fire Rescue, Escambia County EMS and the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the crash. The accident remains under investigation by the FHP. photos, click to enlarge.

Jay, UWF Hold Relay For Life Events (With Photo Gallery)

April 13, 2014

Hundreds of people took part in Relay for Life events this weekend in Jay and and at the University of West Florida.

At the Jay Relay for Life, there were 14 teams registered to take part in the eight hour event. At last count, the event had raised $21,197.87 for cancer research, but a final total won’t be available until next week. For a photo gallery from the event, click here.

The UWF Relay For Life was held on the University of West Florida Campus from 7  p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Saturday. There were 45 teams and 411 participants registered for the event. The top teams as last count were the Textbook Brokers, Phi Sigma Sigma and Alpha Gamma Delta.

A Luminaria ceremony was held at both events as participants remembered friends and loved ones that have lost the battle against cancer and honored those currently fighting cancer.

Other upcoming area Relay for Life events include the Relay for Life of Greater Escambia at Tate High School with 37 registered teams beginning at 7 p.m. on April 25, and  the Relay for Life of Escambia-Atmore at Tom Byrne Park. beginning at 6 p.m. on April 25. photos, click to enlarge.

Molino’s Southern Mill And Supply To Close

April 13, 2014

The owners of Southern Mill and Supply in Molino announced Saturday that the business will close at the end of this month.

Formerly known as Dixie Feed Mill, the business had served the Molino area for numerous years. The decision to close the store came after the death of manager Lester Lambright in late January.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your loyalty to our business and for your friendship. My year at Southern Mill, though incredibly challenging, has been one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. I thank you for all your support and the patience you have shown me as I have tried to continue on Mr. Lester’s legacy here at Southern Mill. May God bless you all in your future endeavors,”  Joseph T. Witherspoon wrote in announcing the closure.

The final day of business for Southern Mill and Supply, located on Highway 97 north of Molino Park Elementary School, will be April 30. photo, click to enlarge.

Humane Society Works To Save Hit And Run Puppy

April 12, 2014

The Pensacola Humane Society is asking for help covering the medical bills for Olaf, a puppy that was hit by a car and seriously injured last Saturday.

After Olaf was hit, the driver kept going but two young women dropped Olaf off at the humane society. He was rushed to the Veterinary Emergency Referral Center for immediate treatment.

He was transferred on Monday to the Olive Branch Pet Hospital where one of his legs was amputated due to severe damage. Olaf’s medical bills will top $3,o00, and the Pensacola Humane Society has managed to raise $1,000 toward his care.

Donations to help with Olaf’s medical care can be made on a Paypal donation link: Or more for information, call the Pensacola Humane Society at (850) 432-4250.

Olaf will not be available for adoption for a few weeks.

Pictured: Olaf, just a few days after his leg was amputated due to injuries received when he was hit by a car. Photos by Cheryl Casey, Cheryl Casey Photography for, click to enlarge.

Alabama Woman Charged With Trying To Stab Boyfriend To Death

April 12, 2014

An Evergreen, AL, woman is behind bars, accused of trying to stab her boyfriend to death Thursday night in Flomaton.

About 10:16 p.m., a male called 911 from a residence on Wilkerson Street in Flomaton and told the Flomaton Police Department that he had been stabbed. When police arrived on scene moments later, they found 45-year old Ruby Faye Likely outside the residence covered in blood, according to the department. She was taken into custody without further incident.

A 41-year old Wilkerson Street resident, described by police as Likely’s former boyfriend, suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest area. He was transported by Escambia County (FL) EMS to the Molino Fire Station and transferred to an awaiting AirHeart medical helicopter and flown to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. His name and condition were not released.

Flomaton Police said Likely came to the victim’s residence and broke in through a window.

“We believe that this is when the altercation took place. During the altercation the victim was able to go to a neighbor’s residence for help,” Flomaton Police Chief Brian Davis said.

Likely was charged with attempted murder and burglary in the first degree. She was booked into the Escambia County (AL) Detention Center in Brewton without bond.

Man Dies After Officer Involved Shooting

April 12, 2014

A man has died following an overnight shooting involving an Escambia County Sheriff’s deputy.

About 3:15 a.m. Friday, deputies responded to the 3000 block of Bent Oak Road in reference to suicidal threats. Thomas Eugene Fillingim,  had been reported earlier as missing, armed and suicidal late Thursday night had returned to the home. A Sheriff’s Office news release said Fillingim has been the subject of numerous law enforcement encounters involving violence and weapons in the past.

When deputies arrived on scene Fillingim was in possession of a knife and had cut his own throat from ear to ear, as reported by ECSO dispatch. Fillingim, armed with a knife, lunged at the deputy who discharged his service weapon in self defense, the Sheriff’s Office news release stated.

Fillingim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Per standard procedure, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will take over the investigation, and the deputy was placed on administrative leave.