Female Jogger Attacked In Attempted Rape After Woman Carjacked From Gas Station, Assaulted

September 19, 2014

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a carjacking and aggravated assault suspect after a Thursday morning incident in Cantonment. And deputies now say the suspect may be responsible for an incident a short time later in which a female jogger was attacked.

At aproximately 8:15, a carjacking was reported at a gas station at Highway 29 and Muscogee Road. The victim had pumped gasoline and entered the store when an unknown black male suspect entered her unlocked vehicle and concealed himself in the backseat. The victim did not see the suspect and drove away from the store, according to information released Thursday afternoon by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect confronted the victim once the vehicle was moving. He told her that he had a knife and to keep driving or he would “stick” her. She drove around randomly and eventually drove to a neighbor’s residence. Once there she honked the car’s horn in distress to get someone’s attention. The suspect struck her and pushed her from the vehicle.

He left in the car, heading back towards Highway 29. The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries. Shortly afterward, the vehicle was located on Pine Street.


New information released Friday morning the Sheriff’s Office says that about 8:35 a.m. deputies received a call about the attempted sexual battery of a female jogger on Rocky Avenue.

The victim reported that as she was jogging when an unknown black male suspect grabbed her from behind and dragged her into a wooded lot. Once there he struck her in the face and attempted  to remove her clothing but the victim fought back and was able to escape. The suspect fled deeper into the wood lot while the victim contacted authorities. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Due to the time and location of the incident, description of the suspect and the vehicle found at the location, investigators believe this incident may be connected to the carjacking.

In both  cases, the suspect was described as a black male with short hair, a mustache and dark clothes. The Sheriff’s Office said investigators are actively working the case at this time and more information will be released as it becomes available. Anyone having information on this incident is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at (850) 433-STOP.

Girlfriend’s Facebook Selfie Helps Land Cantonment Burglar Behind Bars

September 19, 2014

A Flomaton man has been busted in connection with a Cantonment burglary after his girlfriend posted a “selfie” Facebook photo showing stolen goods in the background, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Colby Wayne Satterwhite, 22, was charged with armed burglary of a residence, grand theft and criminal mischief.

Residents of a home in the 300 block of Jacks Branch Road reported that their home had been burglarized sometime during a two day period in which they were gone. They returned home to find a exterior door pushed open, and missing items including $200 in cash, a large collection of collectable coins, a camera, a Mossberg shotgun in a tan case and ammunition. The total estimated value of missing items was $15,060.

Acting on a tip, the burglary victim checked the Facebook page of Satterwhite’s girlfriend and spotted what she believed to be her shotgun case in the background of one of the girlfriend’s “selfie” photographs.

There’s no word from the Sheriff’s Office if the stolen items were recovered.

Three Charged After Car Stolen In Florida, Burned in Alabama

September 18, 2014

[Updated 8 a.m.] Three people have been arrested in connection with a vehicle that was stolen in Florida early Tuesday morning and burned a short time later in Alabama.

The third suspect, Dale Lynn Carnley, was taken into custody at 7:21 a.m. Thursday after being discharged from the Monroe County Hospital in Monroeville, Ala.  He was arrested by the Monroeville Police Department after  being recognized from media reports by hospital staff. He will be transported to the Escambia County (AL)  Detention Center in Brewton.

The incident  began about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after a female victim picked up acquaintance Dale Lynn Carnley, age 32 of Flomaton, and former live-in boyfriend Shawn Earl Barrows, age 35 of Century. She gave them a ride to her home in the 7500 block of Killam Road outside Century, where both suspects began to “drink beer and hang out”, according to an Escambia County (FL) Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

The victim told deputies that Barrows became angry and began to hit and shove her. She said she tried get away, but was stopped by Carnley who kicked her to the floor before both men continued to beat her. The victim told deputies that she managed to run out of the house to a neighbors for help, and she watched as they two men took her 2006 Pontiac G6 without permission.

The female victim was transported by Escambia County (FL) EMS to Atmore Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to Flomaton Police Chief Brian Davis, the Pontiac G6 was then driven into Alabama  to a location on Highway 31 in Flomaton, near the former Bondurant Lumber Company, It was reported to be on fire at 2:38 p.m. According to Davis,  40-year old Christopher Vanhoosen of Titi Street in Flomaton has knowledge that his friends, Barrows and Carnley, were going to burn the car.

Barrows was arrested at his Tedder Road address in Century and booked into the Escambia County (FL) Jail on charges of  grand theft of a motor vehicle and first degree battery.  The Flomaton Police Department also has charges against Barrows for the vehicle fire.

Carnley will be charged by the Flomaton Police Department for receiving stolen property first degree and criminal mischief first degree. He is also expected to face additional charges in Florida.

Vanhoosen, who police said had knowledge of that the vehicle would be burned, was charged by Flomaton Police with criminal conspiracy to commit criminal mischief first degree.

Anyone with information on Dale Lynn Carnley’s whereabouts is asked to call the Flomaton Police Department at (251) 296-5811 or their local law enforcement agency.

McDavid Man Sentenced For 2013 SWAT Standoff

September 18, 2014

A McDavid man that held the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team at bay for hours last year has been sentenced.

After finding 55-year old Gary Daniel Griffis competent to stand trail, he was sentenced by Judge Ross Goodman to 10 years probation.

Back in August 2013, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to an unknown type disturbance at Griffis’ mobile home at 681 Gunner Road, off Mystic Springs Road and Highway 29 in McDavid.

A shot was reportedly fired from within the mobile home where Griffis had barricaded himself inside. Griffis refused to exit the home, and the SWAT team and negotiator were called to a staging area at the McDavid Volunteer Fire Department on Highway 29. The SWAT team departed the staging area for the mobile home on Gunner Road just after 10 p.m.

The standoff came to an end at 12:40 a.m. after teargas was fired into the mobile home with Griffis. He was taken into custody without incident.

There were no injuries and no shots fired by deputies.

Pictured top:  An Escambia County SWAT vehicle at a staging area set up in August 2013 at the McDavid Volunteer Fire Department. Pictured below: The Sheriff’s Office command center on scene with an Escambia County EMS ambulance nearby. Pictured bottom: The SWAT staging area at the McDavid VFD. NorthEscambia.com exclusive photos, click to enlarge.

Work On Brickyard Road Bridge Replacement Continues

September 18, 2014

Work is underway to replace an two-lane bridge on Brickyard Road over an unnamed branch in Molino. Brickyard Road is closed to traffic during the construction process. The $746,853 project is anticipated to be complete in late 2014. The wooden support bridge that is being replaced was constructed in 1960 and was classified as structurally deficient. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

One Of Two Defendants Enters Plea In Molino Murder

September 17, 2014

One of two people charged with a Molino murder has entered a plea and is set for sentencing.

Debra Burge, 24,  has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of second degree murder charge in the death of Harvey Ray Smith. She was originally charged with first degree murder. She will be sentenced in December.

He co-defendant, 24-year old Zachary Greer, is still awaiting trial on first degree murder charge. He is due back in court in November.

The body of  Smith, age 43 of Pace, was found stuffed into a trunk behind a Motel 6 on Davis Highway the morning on May4. Smith had been reported missing in Santa Rosa County. Family members located his vehicle at the motel and then discovered the body.

Reports state Burge and Greer conspired to rob Smith. Burge allegedly lured Smith, her acquaintance, to her home in the 3900 block of Highway 97 in Molino. She told deputies she went inside while Smith and Greer remained outside. When she later exited the home, she found Smith on the ground of the Molino home bleeding. She told Sheriff’s investigators that Greer told her he stabbed Smith and put his body in the trunk of the car that was later driven to the Motel 6 on Davis Highway in Pensacola.

Nine Mile Road To Be Four-Laned From Highway 29 To Beulah Road

September 17, 2014

A long awaited project has been funded that will widen Nine Mile Road to four lanes from Beulah Road all the way back to Highway 29.

The Florida Department of Transportation’s Five-Year Work Plan includes $42 million for the project that, coupled with funds from Escambia County, will complete the entire project, including a a previously unfunded section of the roadway between Pine Forest Road and Highway 29.

The inclusion of the new phase for the widening project is the result of a partnership between Escambia County and the FDOT, with the county funding $1.2 million for project development and environmental studies, as well as a design update using Local Option Sales Tax Funds.

Over the next year, the FDOT plans to spend $1.2 million to acquire rights of way to widen the road and to complete environmental work.

Last summer, the FDOT held a public meeting to discuss the widening of Nine Mile Road from two to four lanes along the section of road between at U.S. 90/Mobile Highway and Pine Forest Road – a length of about 5.8 miles – including access management, changes or the design and construction of medians and median openings and storm water treatment ponds. The continuation of the project to Highway 29 will effectively ease congestion and improve traffic flow along the crowded commercial corridor.

Increasing traffic counts and congestion as the area continues to develop caused the reclassification of the road from “rural” to “suburban” and necessitated the redesign of a project originally slated for construction almost a decade ago.

Construction could begin as early as 2015 and, once complete, will support the continued growth of Navy Federal Credit Union, proposed development at the site currently known as Outlying Landing Field 8 and ease access for Nature’s Trail and other residential neighborhoods.

Century Council Approves $5.1 Million Budget At Public Forum…With No Public

September 16, 2014

The Town of Century Monday night gave final approval to a budget for the next fiscal year that’s up about 16 percent over this year and $2.2 million greater than the previous budget year.

The approval came after a public forum…with no member of the public present. There was no one but our NorthEscambia.com staff in the audience for the budget meeting and entire regular council meeting that followed.  It’s extremely rare for no members of the public to attend a regular council meeting in Century.

Seats were also empty at the council table without two of five members. Council members Jackson McMurray Jackson and Annie Savage did not attend the meeting.

The town council approved a $5,107,641.34 budget for 2014-2015 that is up $722,850 over the current fiscal year. The increase is due to grant income and expenditures included in the budget of $2,280,296. To view a summary of the budget in pdf format, click here.

There will be no increase in ad valorem taxes this year to meet the budget for fiscal year 2014-2015, which begins October 1. The millage rate set was  .8707, which is equal to and does not exceed the rolled-back rate.

Pictured top: The Century Town Council chambers were empty Monday night for a budget public hearing and regular council meeting. Pictured:  The Century Council meets Monday night to approve a $5.1 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.