December 10, 2013
The search is continuing for a suspect just over a year after the armed robbery of the Pen Air Federal Credit Union in Century. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said they have investigated a few new, unspecified leads since the robbery.
The credit union on North Century Boulevard was robbed about 1 p.m. on November 27, 2012, by a man demanding all of the money while claiming to have a gun.
The male suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. He was described as a thin white male with wearing a hooded jacket and sunglasses. There were no injuries. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office quickly surrounded the bank with multiple units as they searched for the suspect. K-9 teams searched around the bank, including an area behind the U.S. Post Office next door.
After the robbery, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office released photos from a car wash in West Pensacola showing persons wanted for questioning in connection with the robbery. Photos were also released by the Sheriff’s Office of a shopper at CVS in Century, but deputies later determined the Century man in the photos was not connected with the Pen Air holdup.
Deputies also named a Century man as a person of interest in the robbery. He was later arrested in Santa Rosa County on unrelated outstanding warrants, but was not charged with the Pen Air robbery.
Surveillance photos and video from inside Pen Air, as well as surveillance photos from a West Pensacola car wash are below.
Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.
Pictured top: The Pen Air Federal Credit Union in Century was robbed by a man claiming to have a gun in November 2012. Pictured inset: An Escambia County Sheriff’s Office crime scene technician processes the front door of the credit union for fingerprints. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
December 10, 2013
Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, collected $29,200 in campaign contributions during November, bringing his overall total to $128,100, according to newly filed reports on the state Division of Elections website.
Evers received 10 separate contributions of $1,000, reflecting a new law that boosted the contribution limit in legislative races from $500 to $1,000.
Candidates and political committees face a Tuesday deadline for filing campaign-finance reports for November.
by The News Service of Florida
December 9, 2013
Two people have been charged in connection with a lottery scheme that a Davisville store owner says has left him out of $70,000.
Deldon Ray McGhee, age 51 of Atmore, and Tracey Lynn McGhee, age 40 of Atmore, were each charged with one count of felony grand theft between $20,000 and $100,000. Both posted a $20,000 bond immediately after being booked into the Escambia County Jail. Officials said there is no known immediate family relationship between the McGhees.
Both were employed by the Grey Goose Lounge and Package on Highway 97 at the Florida/Alabama state line. During a four month period, they are accused of taking books of Florida Lottery scratch-off tickets, manipulating them in the lottery computer systems and redeeming winning tickets for cash.
The owner of the Grey Goose told the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office that he recorded a net loss of $70,000.
The Florida Lottery Commission provided evidence on the crime, including records on lottery ticket books, activation, redemption and redemption locations. Investigators also reviewed hours of video surveillance over a 10 day period in which the thefts can be seen, according to an arrest report.
Both told deputies that they did activate and redeem lottery tickets for cash and that other employees were also involved in fixing cash drawers that were short due to lottery ticket thefts. Both McGhees said they did not believe the amount taken by each could have exceeded $10,000, according to the report.
Deldon McGhee said he contacted the business owner and said he would pay back what was taken when received his birthday check in January from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians if he would not file charges, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report states.
December 9, 2013
The “Great Job! Gov. Rick Scott” was written on a school data sheet showing the school’s improving rank in the state. Among Title I schools in Florida, Northview is now ranked number 22 of 1,648 schools school satisfactory or higher in math, 40 of 1,649 schools scoring satisfactory or higher in science, and 74 of 1,628 schools improving math performance during the last couple of school years.
December 8, 2013
Joseph C. Snow of Molino has been name Escambia County’s Employee of the Year.
“Thank the Lord,” Snow told the Escambia County Commissioner after receiving his hnor and recognizing his superiors. “And I’ve got a whole Road Prison here behind me. They inspire. I’d just like to say thank you to all of you.”
As a corrections officer, Snow and the inmates under his control are assigned to support and assist with the grounds keeping at numerous county office buildings and assist with special county events.
Snow was honored with a county proclamation and a $500 bonus.
Pictured top: Corrections Officer Joe Snow (center, with frame photo)
December 8, 2013
Fire destroyed the Southland Motel on Highway 31 in Atmore Saturday afternoon.
The fire raced quickly from room to room through the attic of the concrete block building. It was not immediately known how many guests were staying at the motel. About dozen people gathered outside said they were now homeless because they called the motel their home.
Fire departments from Atmore, Flomaton, Poarch, Nokomis and the Walnut Hill Station of Escambia (FL) Fire Rescue worked for hours to bring the fire under control.
There were no injuries reported, and there was cause of the fire was not immediately known.
By 2:45 Sunday morning, the fire had reignited, and the building was reported to be fully involved. The Atmore, Poarch, Nokomis and Walnut Hill fire departments returned to battle the blaze once again.
NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.
December 8, 2013
The annual Molino Christmas Parade was held Saturday morning on Crabtree Church Road. After the parade, Santa Claus met with lots of good boys and girls at the Molino Ballpark.
Sponsored by the Molino Recreation Association, proceeds from the parade are used to benefit needy children in the Molino area during the Christmas season.
Pictured: The annual Molino Christmas Parade Saturday morning. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.