One Injured In Cantonment Wreck

July 25, 2017

One person was injured in a two vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Cantonment.

One driver was transported to a local hospital by Escambia County EMS, while the second driver was uninjured and refused medical at the scene of the crash on Highway 29 at Neal Road.

The accident remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The Cantonment Station of Escambia Fire Rescue and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the crash.

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

Mother Now Charged In Child Sex Trafficking Case

July 25, 2017

The mother of the 13-year old girl involved in an Atmore sex trafficking case has now been arrested.

Melissa Deann Stoker, 37,  is charged with  first-degree human trafficking, endangering the welfare of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a child.

She is being held in the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton on a $1 million bond, as are  66-year old Lue Daw, 66, and 87-year-old Charles Clarence Stacey.

Court documents show Daw accepted money from Stacey in exchange for allowing him to have sex with her 13-year-old granddaughter.

Stacey persuaded the 13-year-old girl to come into a back bedroom and have sex with him for money, according to those court documents. Both are charged with human trafficking and rape.

Stacey is also charged with promoting prostitution and enticing a child for immoral purposes.

No Serious Injuries In Molino Road Rollover Crash

July 25, 2017

There were no serious injures reported in a single vehicle rollover Monday night in Molino. The accident happened just before 10 p.m. on Molino Road between Highway 95A and Highway 29. The driver lost control of his pickup truck and flipped into a wooded area. He refused medical treatment at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The Molino Station of Escambia Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS also responded to the crash.

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Process Underway To Replace Tornado Ravaged Historic Homes In Century

July 24, 2017

The tornado recovery process in Century is continuing with attention being turned to seven historic homes to be replaced in the historic district.

Escambia County has announced bid solicitations  with bids due August 10 for the homes.

The Century Architectural Review Board and town council recently gave approval  to repair or replacement plans for  tornado ravaged residential properties and a church in the Alger-Sullivan Historical District, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1989.

The historic district includes 45 buildings on about 230 acres, and is roughly bounded by Pinewood Avenue, Front Street, Jefferson Avenue, Church Street and Mayo Street. Numerous structures in the historic district were damaged or destroyed by the  EF-3 tornado that struck Century in February 2016.

The Architectural Review Board approved the replacement of six homes — located at 300, 307, 402, 403, 407 and 416 Front Street — and the repair of one home at 410 Front Street.

All of the replacement homes on Front Street will meet the neighborhood’s historical qualifications and will cost about $100,000 each. The homes are being paid for by with SHIP — State Housing Initiative Program — funds administered by Escambia County.

Pensacola architect Carter Quina designed the replacement homes to historically accurate with modern amenities and compliance for the  disabled. He also designed the Century United Methodist Church project.

Escambia Unemployment Rate Falls

July 24, 2017

Governor Rick Scott announced that Pensacola added 3,200 new private-sector jobs in the last year. The area’s unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, down 0.8 percentage point from a year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 17,800 new jobs in June and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate since June 2007. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,397,400 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Pensacola added more than 3,000 new jobs over the past year and that Florida’s unemployment rate has dropped to the lowest rate in a decade. The newly established $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund will help continue the economic success across the state, and I encourage Northwest Florida communities and businesses to learn more about the opportunities available through this fund today.”

The industry with the highest growth over the year in Pensacola was leisure and hospitality with 1,700 new jobs. The Pensacola area had 5,547 job openings in June, including 1,800 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

For 63 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.1 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. In June, 22,977 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Escarosa and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards.

Missing Beulah Boy Found

July 23, 2017

Update: July 23 6:15 p.m. According to the KlaasKIDS Search Center for Missing & Trafficked Children, Grant Hofberger has been located and is no longer missing.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is search for a missing 13-year old boy from Beulah.

On July 18, after 8 a.m., Grant Hofberger was last seen wearing a blue camo shirt, black jogging pants and toting a grey book bag. Grant was seen riding his black bicycle carrying a sleeping bag and a box of cereal.

It was first believed that Grant may possibly be camping in the Perdido River Wildlife Management area located in Beulah.

Since he was reported missing, the family has received numerous calls of sightings of Grant Hofberger in the Mobile Highway and Beulah Road area.

While this photo is a recent one of Grant, his hair was recently cut very short into a “crew cut” style.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or 911.

Escambia House Fire Claims One Life

July 23, 2017

Escambia County Fire Rescue firefighters responded to a fire at a single family home in the 4500 block of Havre Way on Sunday, July 23.

An adult male victim was found during the search. The Florida State Fire Marshal and Escambia Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation into the death.

Escambia County Emergency Communications received multiple calls around 7:45 a.m. reporting a structure fire with flames and smoke visible. The first crew arrived on scene at 7:48 a.m. to find flames coming from the year of the home. The fire was called under control at 8:07 a.m. The home was a total loss.

Five adults and one infant were displaced. The American Red Cross has been called in to assist.

Fire officials found no evidence of a working smoke detector. If you do not have a smoke detector in your home and need assistance, both the county and the city have programs to help. For more information, contact Escambia County Fire Rescue at 850-595-HERO (4376). Residents within city of Pensacola limits may call 850-436-5200 for smoke detector installation assistance.

Deidra’s Gift: Free School Supplies Distributed To Hundreds

July 23, 2017

Free backpacks and school supplies were distributed Saturday in Century to hundreds of children in need. The distribution at the Nadine McCaw Park (former Roadside Park) was thanks to a family honoring the memory of one of their own in a program called “Dedria’s Gift”.

The bookbags full of supplies were distributed in memory of Dedria Robinson, who was killed in 2005 in an automobile accident at age 11.

In addition to the annual school supply giveaway, “Dedria’s Gift” visited three area nursing homes and assisted living facilities last Christmas with gifts for less fortunate residents.

And last spring, Dedria’s Gift  presented two scholarships to deserving Northview High School students.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Bethany Reynolds, click to enlarge.

Pickup Destroyed By Fire (With Photo Gallery)

July 22, 2017

Fire destroyed a pickup truck Saturday in the 700 block of Jacks Branch  Road.  There were no injuries reported.

For a photo gallery, click here.

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

Elderly Atmore Couple Charged With Sex Trafficking Of Teen

July 22, 2017

An Atmore woman and her elderly boyfriend are accused of sex trafficking.

Mary Lue Daw, 66, and her boyfriend Charles Stacey, 87 are both charged with human trafficking and rape.

Court documents show Daw accepted money from Stacey in exchange for allowing him to have sex with her 13-year-old granddaughter.

Stacey persuaded the 13-year-old girl to come into a back bedroom and have sex with him for money, according to those court documents.

Stacey is also charged with promoting prostitution and enticing a child for immoral purposes

Both remain in the Escambia County (AL) Detention Center in Brewton with bond set at $1 million each.

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