One Teen Arrested, One Wanted In Connection With Tate High Battery

December 5, 2019

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has made one arrest and is looking for another teen in connection with the battery of a student Wednesday at Tate High School.

Lester Cheatham, 17, was arrested on a charge of felony battery Thursday afternoon. The ECSO is looking for 16-year old Ya’Marcus Gross on an outstanding warrant for felony battery.

Videos taken by students show the altercation. The victim falls to the ground after being punched in the face. He can be then be seen on the ground being punched and kicked by at least two other students.

The student was released from the hospital and is now recovering at home, Amber Southard, spokesperson for the ECSO, told NorthEscambia.com Thursday. She said social media rumors that the student died or lost his sight are simply not true.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gross is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or Gulf Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.

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Driver Injured In Highway 297A Rollover Crash

December 5, 2019

A driver was injured in a single vehicle rollover accident Wednesday night.

The crash happened about 11:10 p.m. on Highway 297A near Sandicrest Drive. The vehicle came to rest on its side in a ditch, trapping the driver inside.

The adult female was transported to an area hospital by Escambia County EMS. An update on her condition was not available.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating. The Cantonment and Beulah Stations of Escambia Fire Rescue also responded.

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From Tate High To Alabama And Clemson: Woody McCorvey Of Atmore Named To Alabama Sports Hall Of Fame

December 5, 2019

Woody McCorvey of Atmore, a longtime college football coach that began his career at Tate High School, is one of eight people to be inducted into the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

McCorvey is currently the Clemson Associate Athletic Director of Football Administration.

“It’s very humbling,” McCorvey said. “For me, it’s very special for having grown up in that state. To be a part of a special recognition like being the in Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, it took a lot of people with me going back to my mom and my my dad, the support of my family — my wife, my son, Marlon, my daughter-in-law, Brooke, my grandson, Beau — but on top of that, the players. That’s why I got into this business. This recognition is really for them because I’m standing on those guys.

“The other thing that’s important to me is the staffs that I’ve worked with all down through the years, all the way going back to the kids I coached in high school and every stop that I’ve made and everybody here at Clemson. Clemson has been a big part of what I’ve been able to do, and it’s really special to be part of a great group of other honorees I’m going into the Hall with.”

Among those McCorvey will join in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney, who was inducted as part of the Class of 2018.

“I’m just so excited for Coach McCorvey,” Swinney said. “He’s so deserving of this honor. He’s in the Atmore Hall of Fame, and now to know that he’s going into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, I just think it’s something that’s so deserving.

“And for he and Sylvester Croom to be going in together I think is just beautiful. Obviously, Sylvester was the head coach at Mississippi State and Woody was the offensive coordinator. I think Sylvester was the first African-American head coach in the SEC and Woody was the first African-American offensive coordinator at Alabama, and I just think about their journeys and the lives that they’ve impacted. I can just tell you, I’m not where I am today if it’s not for Woody McCorvey. I know this, there’s nobody more deserving than Coach McCorvey. I’m super proud, super happy, and I can’t wait to be a part of the celebration.”

Born September 30, 1950 in Grove Hill, Alabama, McCorvey played quarterback at Alabama State from 1968-1971. After starting his coaching career in the high school ranks, he began his collegiate coaching career in 1978 with NC Central. He has held positions at the University of Alabama, Alabama A&M, Clemson, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Tennessee. During his 26 plus years in college football, McCorvey has been a part of five national championship teams and 31 bowl games.

A 42-year veteran of college football as a coach or administration, McCorvey returned to Clemson for the 2009 season, Head Coach Dabo Swinney’s first full year. He has worked with four national championship head coaches and three coaches who earned induction in the College Football Hall of Fame.

McCorvey serves as the primary liaison between Swinney and the athletic and IPTAY administrations. He also oversees the management of the football administrative offices. He supervises the football budget and works with the academic staff that has helped Clemson earn NCAA Academic Performance Public Recognition Awards in eight out of the last nine years.

McCorvey coached at the Division I level for 26 years and went to a bowl game in 17 of those seasons. He coached or signed 36 players who went on to a professional football career as well. From 1990-2008, he coached in the SEC every year, including each of the last five at Mississippi State, where he served as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in addition to coaching the quarterbacks.

McCorvey coached at Tennessee for five years from 1999-03. With him heading the running game, the Volunteers had a 46-14 record. He helped guide Tennessee to the 2000 Fiesta Bowl, 2001 Cotton Bowl, 2002 Citrus Bowl, and 2002 and 2003 Peach Bowls. Tennessee won three consecutive New Year’s Day Bowl games from 2000-02 as well.

Prior to joining the staff at Tennessee, McCorvey worked one season at South Carolina, where he served as the wide receivers coach in 1998 under former Tiger assistant coach Brad Scott. McCorvey took the South Carolina job following an eight-year stay at Alabama from 1990-97. He served seven seasons as its wide receivers coach and the 1996 campaign as offensive coordinator. He was the assistant head coach in 1997 as well.

Alabama had five top-25 final rankings in his tenure, including three seasons in the top five. The Crimson Tide won the 1992 national title with McCorvey serving as wide receivers coach and Swinney as one of his student-athletes. That season culminated with a 34-13 win over heavily-favored Miami (Fla.) in the Sugar Bowl. During the 1990-96 era, Alabama posted a 70-16-1 record and played in six bowl games. With McCorvey at the controls of the offense in 1996, Alabama finished 10-3, including a win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

From 1979-82, he served as an assistant coach at Alabama A&M and helped that program to the No. 6 rushing offense in Division II in 1981 after finishing 11th in the nation in scoring offense in 1980. McCorvey began his college coaching career at North Carolina Central in 1978.

McCorvey began his coaching career with a six-year stint (1972-77) at Tate High School. A quarterback at Alabama State from 1968-71, McCorvey earned his bachelor’s degree from Alabama State in 1972 and a master’s degree from West Florida in 1977.

He was the recipient of the 2015 AFCA Outstanding Achievement Award for his contributions to college football. In 2010, the native of Atmore, Ala. was inducted into the Atmore Hall of Fame.

Other inductees in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 are Ronnie Brown, Sylvester Croom, Doug Kennedy, Q.V. Lowe, Jorge Posada, Duane Reboul and Steve Shaw.Starting with the first class in 1969, this will be the 52nd Class inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The eight newly elected inductees will bring the total number of inductees to 369.

The 52nd Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony will be held in Birmingham on May 2, 2020.

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She Said It Was Over. He Thought They Were Getting Married. He’s Now Charged With Stalking.

December 5, 2019

A Cantonment man has been charged with the ongoing stalking of his ex-girlfriend along with her father and daughterr because he believed they were getting married, even though she left him months ago.

Ted Dean Spivey, 59, was charged with three counts of stalking. He was later released on a $6,000 bond.

The victim stated she had broken up with Spivey about four months ago after an “off and on” relationship that lasted about three years.

On multiple occasions, Spivey allegedly stood outside a residence where the woman was present for over an hour calling her name, giggling and throwing rocks at the window, according to an arrest report. He also allegedly has threatened her and her family, battered her, and  harassed her father and daughter.

Spivey also allegedly “constantly” messages one of the victims on Facebook in an attempt to reach the woman, according to deputies.

When arrested, Spivey told a deputy that he was not aware the victim had broken up with him, and he “believed they would be getting married, despite him not seeing or speaking to her for around one month,” according to an arrest report.

Pedestrian Passes Away After Being Struck By Vehicle In Beulah Last Week

December 5, 2019

A man struck by a car last week in Beulah has died.

Jared Scott Dunn, 42, was walking along Beulah Road near Nine Mile Road about 6:15 p.m. on November 30 when he was struck by a Chevrolet Traverse driven by 44-year old Constance Spencer of Pensacola.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Spencer was unable to see Dunn in time to avoid a collision.

Dunn was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where he passed away due to his injuries on Wednesday, December 4.

Any charges are pending the outcome of the FHP investigation.

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What’s That Being Built In Molino? It’s Bigger Than You Think

December 4, 2019

NorthEscambia.com has received numerous questions about what is being built along Highway 29 near Jimmy’s Grill, and we’ve learned that it involves a project much larger than the 18 acre lot.

“Gulf Power is using as a staging site for the pipe in preparation for the construction of the Crist Lateral Pipeline,” said Kimberly Blair, spokesperson for Gulf Power. The property is located on the east side of Highway 29 just south of Chance Road.

As NorthEscambia.com first reported last February, Gulf Power is constructing an underground natural gas pipeline from Century to Plant Crist, a power plant that is being converted from coal burning to natural gas.

The proposed natural gas pipeline will run about 39 miles from the existing Florida Gas Transmission Pipeline near the Florida/Alabama border outside Century south through McDavid, Molino and Cantonment to Plant Crist on Pate Street just northwest of the University of West Florida. Over 85 percent of the proposed route will  be located on existing right of way like Gulf Power transmission line corridors.

“Construction is expected to be begin in early 2020, after we receive all permits,” Blair said Tuesday.

The Gulf Power documents indicate the conversion of Plant Crist to natural gas will mean cleaner energy and projected lower bills for customers. It is estimated the project would create 375 “good-paying” jobs at peak construction and $37 million in tax revenue for Escambia County during the 35-year operating life of the pipeline.

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OK. That’s Weird. And Kind Of Creepy. And It’s Going Viral.

December 4, 2019

It’s weird, and kind of creepy at the same time. And like a bad meme, it’s going viral locally on social media.

It’s a really big stuffed dog sitting in the ditch facing northbound vehicles on Pine Barren Road. Round a curve northbound at night and there it is, staring back.

That part of Pine Barren Road is, well as the name implies, a lonely stretch through the woods. Pitch black at night. Truth is it’s the kind place you would expect something creepy after watching the wrong movie.

Pictures of the dog were posted on Facebook and Instagram Tuesday night with all kinds of theories…from it was just trash tossed on a lonely road, to it’s bait to lure people into the woods, to it was dropped off by aliens. Toss in a creepy clown with a red balloon meme, and you get a viral post. And maybe a few chill bumps. And the urge to call your momma for a comforting voice.

Is it innocent roadside trash, a practical joke or the makings of a horror movie?

NorthEscambia.com headed out just after midnight to solve the mystery. Before we made it to Pine Barren Road, a black cat crossed the road in front of us. Seriously happened, and admittingly would not be a good omen for the superstitious. But we pressed on for the story.

We photographed the dog, and yes we got out of the car. Nothing bad happened. At one point, a fog began to move over the dog (pictured below). A little unnerving, until you remember it’s cold and it’s exhaust from the car.

Things were moving in the woods. And we did see eyes looking back from the woods nearby…those woods are full of a lot of deer and who knows what else.

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