Residents Left Without A Home After Quintette Fire

December 6, 2021

Fire heavily damaged a double wide mobile home in the Quintette community Monday morning

The American Red Cross is assisting residents left without a home by the blaze. There were no injuries reported.

The fire was reported about 11:20 a.m. on St. Matthews Lane, near Quintette Park. The Cantonment, Molino, Ensley, Bellview and Ferry Pace stations of Escambia Fire Rescue, Pace Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS were among those responding.

The cause of the  fire is under investigation.

From a photo gallery that shows the progression of the fire from before firefighters arrived on scene, click or tap here.

Pictured above: Fire in a Quintette mobile home Monday morning. Pictured  below: The fire before and as firefighters arrive on scene. NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi  Barbour and reader submitted photos, click to enlarge.

No Serious Injuries In Highway 29 Crash Near Paper Mill

December 6, 2021

There were no serious injuries reported in a crash Sunday night near the paper mill in Cantonment.

The crash happened about 9:25 p.m. on Highway 29 near South Highway 95A. The vehicle came to rest off the roadway in a deep ditch in a wooded area.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.

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

Gunfire Exchanged Between Two People Inside Century Convenience Store

December 5, 2021

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says gunfire was exchanged between two people inside a Century convenience store Saturday night.

It happened about 5:55 p.m. at the Century Kwik Stop on North Century Boulevard, just south of Whataburger.

“A white male and a black male were inside the store and an argument ensued,” ECSO Sgt. Melanie Peterson told NorthEscambia.com. “The white male pulled a gun, the black male pulled a gun, and shots were fired between them. Neither one was hit.” She said the black male may have been a juvenile.

One of the individuals fled the scene, while the other remained behind to tell his side of the story to deputies. The store clerk was not involved and was not injured.

As of late Saturday night, Peterson said no arrests had been made.

The two individuals were reportedly less than 25 feet apart when the shots were fired.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (850) 433-STOP.

Beulah Celebrates With Second Annual Christmas Parade (With Photo Gallery)

December 5, 2021

Large crowds turned out for the Second Annual Beulah Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon.

The parade included numerous units from Escambia Fire Rescue and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, and well known locals including Sheriff Chip Simmons, Escambia County School Board Member Kevin Adams, Rep. Michelle Salzman, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

For a photo gallery, click or tap here.

Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

See Acres Of Christmas Lights, Take A Hayride And More For Free At Runamuck Ranch In Bratt (Photo Gallery)

December 4, 2021

The Runamuck Ranch in Bratt has tens of thousands of Christmas lights, and you are invited to stop by and see them for free. And see the goats in pajamas.

Skip and Kristy Geiser opened the Christmas display last year, and it’s even bigger this year.

“We love sharing this with the community,” Kristy said.

For a photo gallery, click here.

Friday night, children were running and giggling, stopping to stare in awe at the displays. A fire crackled in a fire pit, making it smell like Christmas. The horses were a favorite stop, but there were more “oohs and awes” over the goats in pajamas (pictured below).

Nestled on three or four acres in the woods off Rigby Road, the display is walk-through (not a drive-through). Admission and parking are free, but donations are accepted.

Visitors walk a short distance from the parking lot down a lighted path and cross a small foot bridge into the Christmas wonderland. It’s in an open, park-like setting with lots of lights, inflatables, and animated displays.

Skip was in the driver’s seat of the tractor for the old fashioned hayride down a lighted trail.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “Sometimes the kids want to leave with the hay, but we have to let them know we leave it for the animals to eat.”

Concessions are available — hot cocoa, popcorn, cotton candy, hot tea, bottled water and more are mostly $1 each. A S’mores kit will set you back just $3. Only cash is accepted. There are picnic tables and lounge chairs, and propane patio heaters if it’s cold.

Runamuck Ranch is located at 4951 Rigby Road in Bratt (about 1.5 miles from Bratt Elementary). Take Still Road south off West Highway 4 turn left on Rigby Road and look for the signs. Don’t expect to see a lot of lights from the road; it’s a driveway back to the parking lot. (We found that Google Maps was a bit off on the location; click here for a map to the driveway.)

The lights festival is open Thursday-Saturday from 5:30 until 9 p.m. The gate closes at 8:30 p.m., and the last hayride is at 8:15 p.m.

For a photo gallery, click here.

Pictured: Friday night at the  Christmas lights festival at Runamuck Ranch in Bratt. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Man Charged With String Of Carjacking Attempts Around Nine Mile, Pine Forest Roads

December 4, 2021

An Escambia County man is accused in a string carjacking attempts around the Nine Mile and Pine Forest road area

Robert Nickalous Minter was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of attempted carjacking, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. According to the ECSO, more charges may be forthcoming.

According to investigators, Minter attempted the carjackings at the Walmart at 9301 Pine Forest Road, in the 7000 block of Pine Forest Road and in the 700 block of East Nine Mile Road.

Minter remained in the Escambia County Jail Saturday morning with bond set at $241,000.

Large Shed Used As Residence Destroyed By Fire In Cantonment (With Photo Gallery)

December 3, 2021

Fire destroyed a large shed being used as a residence behind a home in Cantonment Friday morning.

Flames were high above the roof of the structure when the fire was reported just after 10 a.m. in the 200 block of Louis Street. The shed was a total loss. After the fire was extinguished, it was determined that the structure was being used as a residence.

There was no significant damage reported to the brick home on the same lot, and there were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

For a photo gallery, click or tap here.

Pictured above: Flames rage above a structure in Cantonment Friday morning before the arrival of firefighters. Pictured below: The building was a complete loss. NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

Body Of Slain Alabama Deputy Escorted Home (With Photo Gallery)

December 3, 2021

The body of a slain Alabama sheriff’s deputy was escorted through North Escambia Thursday afternoon on the way back home to Wilcox County, Alabama.

The chief deputy in Wilcox County and retired Deputy Madison “Skip” Nicholson, who was working as a constable/process server, responded to a domestic disturbance in Yellow Bluff, Alabama, a town of less than 200 people Wednesday evening. They were met with gunfire, and both were shot.

Nicholson was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where he succumbed to his injuries. The chief deputy was injured and taken to an Alabama hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was also killed, according to AL.com.

Pensacola Police Department officers and Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies stood watch over the fallen deputy throughout Wednesday night into Thursday.

Thursday afternoon, Nicholson’s body was escorted north from Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola through Escambia County. After passing through North Escambia on Highway 97, the procession was met in Atmore by Alabama law enforcement. A giant American flag flew from an Atmore Fire Department truck just across the state line.

For more photos, click or tap here.

“My home county of Wilcox tragically lost retired Sheriff’s Deputy Madison “Skip” Nicholson who was shot and killed in the line of duty,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said. “We are reminded far too often the grave sacrifice our men and women in blue face each day to protect our communities. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is actively leading the investigation on this tragic situation. My prayers go out to his family and colleagues.”

Pictured: The procession for a fallen Wilcox County, Alabama, deputy crosses the Florida-Alabama state line Thursday afternoon. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Photo of retired Deputy Madison “Skip” Nicholson courtesy AL.com.