10 Potential Sites For New Escambia Jail, Including Molino And Cantonment

November 20, 2014

Ten sites in Escambia County are being considered for possible locations for a new jail, including sites in Molino and Cantonment.

The Central Booking and Detention was damaged beyond repair during a natural gas explosion following flooding on April 30, forcing the county to find temporary housing for about 600 inmates. Now, the county is vetting 10 pieces of property as possible locations for a new detention facility.

As part of that vetting process, the county is looking at the drainage and flooding potential, zoning and traffic patterns for each site.

  1. Highway 29, just north of Barrineau Park Road.  The 195 acre parcel sits west of Highway 29 between the neighborhoods on Duxbury Avenue to the north and Weeping Willow Court and Windham Drive off Barrineau Park Road to the south.
  2. Central Commerce Park, Phase II off Highway 29 in Cantonment.  The 181 acres is within the park, accessible from Highway 29.
  3. Near Highway 29 and Becks Lake Road, with likely access from Beck’s Lake Road. Reviewers have noted that alternative access would be needed because of the potential of trains to block Becks Lake Road.
  4. Perdido Landfill Area, accessible from Beulah Road. Future access could be expanded by exit ramps from I-10 to Beulah Road.
  5. Old Soccer Complex, Highway 29 and W Street. Formerly owned by the county, the site now belongs to Gulf Power
  6. Old Palafox and Airport Boulevard. The site fronts both roadways.
  7. Old Jail Site, on Leonard Street.  Stormwater concerns would be addressed.
  8. McDonald’s Shopping Center site on West Fairfield Drive.
  9. Superfund site on Palafox.
  10. Some 68 acres north of the Superfund site in the area of Beggs Lane and Spruce Street.

Discussion on a new site are in the preliminary stages on potential sites with no timetable for a final choice.

Escambia Man Passes Away Two Months After Highway 29 Rollover Crash

November 20, 2014

As Escambia County man has passed away as result of injuries he received in single vehicle rollover accident two months ago in Cantonment.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 29-year old Brian L. Whitehead passed away Wednesday from injuries sustained in a September 20 crash on Highway 29 near Pinoak Lane.

Troopers said Whitehead lost control and the left rear tire of his 1995 Chevrolet Silverado struck a metal grate, causing the vehicle to spin and slide sideways into a concrete culvert. The vehicle slid up the culvert and became airborne and overturned several times, ejecting Whitehead. The vehicle came to rest on the driver’s side partially inside a northbound lanes.

Whitehead  was airlifted by LifeFlight to Baptist Hospital. There were no other occupants in the vehicle.

The Cantonment, Molino and Ensley stations of Escambia Fire Rescue, Escambia EMS and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 11:19 p.m. accident.

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

Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Telephone Scam

November 20, 2014

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is warning area residents that a telephone con artist is posing as a deputy.

The con artist calls citizens and states that they are with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office  and tells they will arrested on an outstanding warrant if they do not make a payment over the telephone. The caller has been described as “very convincing” and “confident” during the conversation.

These calls are not coming from your Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. These are considered telephone scams. If you receive a call from these individuals, you are requested to not make any payments over the  phone to these individuals,” the agency said in a press release.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office does not make solicitation telephone calls for warrants. The only communications with wanted individuals is by a postcard type mailer.

For more information concerning an active warrant, call the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 981-2200.

Country Traffic Problems: Trucker Loses Three Tons Of Cotton

November 20, 2014

It was the kind of  traffic problem you only see in the country Wednesday afternoon in Oak Grove — a 6,000 pound bale of cotton blocking part of an intersection. A truck driver for a local cotton gin apparently did not immediately notice that the cotton bale had fallen out of his truck on Highway 164 at North Highway 99. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office stood by, directing drivers around the cotton bale until the driver returned a short time later looking for his lost cotton. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

NHS Fellowship Of Christian Athletes Holds Community Worship Service

November 20, 2014

The Northview High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) sponsored a student led worship event Wednesday night in the school gymnasium.

Northview students joined with area churches to present the service which included music, student testimonies and a message from guest speaker Pastor Nathan Brown of Ray’s Chapel Baptist Church.

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Operation Christmas Child Collections In Full Swing At FBC Bratt

November 20, 2014

Wednesday night, youth at the First Baptist Church of Bratt packed  shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

It’s National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child at the church. or the 21st year, the simple, gift-filled shoe boxes will bring Christmas joy and evangelistic materials to children in over 130 countries across the world.

The First Baptist  Church of Bratt is the official OCC Relay Center for the north end of Escambia County, FL, through next Monday. The FBC Bratt will also accept boxes from individuals, groups or churches in Escambia County, AL, again this year.

Remaining collection hours at the First Baptist Church of Bratt are:

  • Thursday, Nov. 20: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Friday, Nov. 21: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Saturday, Nov. 22: 8 a.m. – noon
  • Sunday, Nov. 23: 8 a.m. – noon, 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 24: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Operation Christmas Child boxes should be packed in a specific manner, and there are changes this year. For more information, call Hawsey at the First Baptist Church of Bratt at (850) 327-6529, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ, or call (800) 353-5949. Resources are available for churches that wish to participate.

Pictured: Youth at the First  Baptist Church of Bratt packed Operation Christmas Child boxes Wednesday night. Photos by Marcella Wilson for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Staged Reading: ‘The Things They Carried’

November 20, 2014

The Pensacola Little Theatre presented a staged reading of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”, a novel about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War, for Northview juniors and seniors Wednesday morning.

The program was presented in association with The Big Read Grant,a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

No Serious Injuries When Car Strikes Brick Home

November 19, 2014

There were no serious injuries reported when a car struck a house Wednesday afternoon in the 2300 block of Old Chemstrand Road. There did not appear to be any structural damage to the house, just damage to the exterior brick. The accident is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Price, click to enlarge.