Firefighters Battle Nokomis Wildfire, Respond To Kathleen Avenue Wildfire

February 26, 2024

Firefighters worked for several hours Monday to contain a wildfire near Nokomis in Escambia County, Florida, and responded to an unrelated wildfire on Kathleen Avenue in Cantonment

Nokomis Wildfire

The fire reportedly began as a 200 acre control burn that got out of hand about 9:50 a.m. in the 7800 block of Nokomis Road, near Albritton Road. The area

The Walnut Hill Station of Escambia (FL) Fire Rescue, the Atmore Fire Department and the Florida Forest Service responded.

Officials said residual smoke from the blaze is expected to remain into the afternoon. There was no structural damage reported, and no injuries.

Kathleen Avenue Wildfire

Escambia County Fire Rescue responded to a reported wildfire in the 1500 block of Kathleen Avenue in Cantonment about 1:50 p.m.

Early reports indicated the fire was spreading toward a wooded area. The Florida Forest Service responded with a bulldozer to help contain the fire.

More details will be posted when available. file photo, click to enlarge.

Silver Alert Issued For Missing 69-Year Old Escambia County Man

February 26, 2024

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has issued a silver alert for a missing man that he may be in need of medical attention.

Clint Ellis Mim, 69, was last seen Saturday in Brewton, Alabama. His last contact with family was on February 21 in the 400 block of Bobe Street.

He was driving a silver 2007 Dodge Ram four-door with a silver toolbox and Florida disabled veterans tag # DV2082Q (pictured below). The vehicle has a silver tool box and a large trailer hitch.

Authorities said he may be traveling in Alabama.

Anyone with information is asked to call the ECSO at (850) 436-9620.

UPDATE: Escambia County Worker Not Wearing Fall Protection Killed While Cutting Tree

February 26, 2024

An Escambia County worker reportedly not wearing fall protection was killed Monday morning as crews worked to cut trees along a local roadway.

The accident happened about 9 a.m. at Detroit Boulevard and Cove Avenue. The crew member was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“Deputies discovered that county workers were cutting a tree when the tree swung and struck the boom arm,” the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “This knocked a 59-year-old male employee from the bucket to the ground. He was pronounced deceased by EMS.”

“A preliminary investigation revealed that no harness or helmet was being worn during the accident,” ECSO said.

“On behalf of Escambia County, I would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of our colleague. This is a difficult time that we will all navigate together. While the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office conducts its investigation into the tragic incident, we will continue to provide support to our fellow employees and assist those impacted by today’s loss,” Escambia County Administrator Wes Moreno said.

The incident is under investigation by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

No further details were immediately released.

Sold! Hundreds Attend 49th Annual Walnut Hill Ruritan Farm Auction (With Photo Gallery)

February 25, 2024

The Walnut Hill Ruritan Club held their 48th annual auction Saturday in Walnut Hill with crowds bidding on farm equipment and hundreds of other items.

All proceeds from the auction benefit the Walnut Hill Ruritan Club’s community service projects in the Walnut Hill area. The auction is held each year on the last Saturday of February.

The auction included not only farm equipment, but also household items like tools and small equipment, lawn and garden items, antiques and more. Saturday, a record of over 800 lots were auctioned off.

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Winning Fantasy 5 Ticket Worth Over $66,000 Sold On Highway 97 In Davisville

February 25, 2024

Someone is over $66,000 richer today after purchasing a winning Florida Lottery Fantasy 5 ticket in Davisville.

The Quick Pick ticket sold at the State Line Gift Shop at 11208 Highway 97 was one of two winning tickets in the February 24 evening drawing and is worth $66,372.08. The other winning ticket was sold in Clearwater.

The winning numbers were 3-6-22-26-28.

Walnut Hill Man Arrested On Drug, Stolen Gun Charges After Traffic Stop

February 24, 2024

A Walnut Hill man was arrested on drug and weapons charges after a traffic stop in Atmore.

Anthony Lamar Thames, 51 was charged with drug trafficking based upon the amount of ecstasy, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana first degree, receiving stolen property second degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Atmore Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Thames’ vehicle for an expired tag. When they checked the status of his driver’s license, officers learned he had seven active misdemeanor arrest warrants with Atmore.

APD said his vehicle was searched after he consented, and officers located a handgun that had been reported stolen through the Daphne Police Department, 45 grams of ecstasy, 4.8 grams of a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana, one gram of a white granular substance that field tested positive for crack cocaine, a digital scale, and other drug paraphernalia.

Thames was booked into the Escambia County (AL) Detention Center without bond.

DeSantis Deploys More FHP Troopers, National Guard To Southern Border

February 24, 2024

Speaking in Pensacola Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis deployed more National Guardsmen and Florida Highway Patrol Troopers to Texas to assist Texas officials as they work to secure the southern border.

Fifty National Guardsmen departed Pensacola in this wave, alongside 76 Florida Highway Patrol Troopers.

“The Biden Border Crisis has made every state a border state, requiring the states to step up and defend our territorial sovereignty,” DeSantis said. “I want to extend my sincerest thanks to every law enforcement officer, National Guardsman and member of the State Guard who is serving in Texas.”

Since 2021, Florida has sent more than 2,400 law enforcement officers to assist Texas at the southern border. With those officers, the state has also sent more than 600 assets including boats, command buses and ATVs.

Pictured:  Governor Ron DeSantis Friday morning at the FDLE Pensacola Operations Center. Images for, click to enlarge.

Grandson Charged With Escambia County Double Homicide

February 23, 2024

An Escambia County man has been charged with the double homicide of his grandparents.

Jordan Dominique King, 24, was booked into the Escambia County Jail without bond Thursday night.

He was taken into custody Thursday afternoon shortly after his grandparents were found beaten to death. Deputies responded to Greenbrier Boulevard near Sugar Creek Drive, just east of the intersection of Guidy Lane and East 10 Mile Road, about 12:40 p.m. and located a male and female deceased in separate rooms inside the residence. Reports indicate they died from blunt force trauma.

King was immediately developed as a person of interest and taken into custody a short time later.

Escambia Commission Approves Exclusive Two Week OLF-8 Contract Negotiations With Beulah Town Center

February 23, 2024

The Escambia County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to enter into two weeks of contract term negotiations with developer Beulah Town Center, LLC for 290 acres of OLF-8 on Nine Mile Road in Beulah.

During the meeting, Beulah Town Center’s Fred Hemmer introduced Rob Ahrens, a principal with Metro Development of Tampa.

“We know the quality of work that they do,” Hammer said of Metro, described as one of the largest master plan developers in the United States.

“We don’t do strip centers. That’s not how we are going to make a community successful,” Ahren said.

Ahearns said his firm focuses on communities following master plans along with providing amenities for residents.

The motion by District 1 Commissioner Bergosh was to give Beulah Town Center exclusively two weeks to bring back their best and highest final offer. To date, they’ve offered $20 million dollars for 290 of the 500-plus acres of land.

Another company, Precision Capital, has offered $21 million for 290 acres.

The county administrator and attorney can still receive any other offers during the two week period.

The commission is reserving ownership of 250 acres for economic development.

No Serious Injuries In North Highway 99 Crash

February 22, 2024

There were no serious injuried reported in a single vehicle wreck near Bratt Thursday afternoon.

The driveer of a sedan lost control and left the roadway on North  Highway 99 south of Breastworks Road abotu 1:30 p.m. The vehicle then struck a tree.

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