Woman Critically Injured In Freak Gas Station Accident

May 5, 2016

A 25-year old female was critically injured in a freak accident Wednesday afternoon after she stopped to pump gas in Flomaton.

The woman stopped her vehicle at the Kangaroo gas station on Sidney Manning Boulevard just before 5 p.m. According to Flomaton Police Chief Bryan Davis, after she got out of the vehicle, she partial re-entered the vehicle but had one leg out of the open driver’s door. Somehow the vehicle was put into gear and “took off” in a  forward direction, where the driver’s door struck a concrete curb, pushing the door closed on the woman’s leg.

She was transported by Atmore Ambulance to the helipad at the Escambia County (FL) EMS post in Century, and then flown by helicopter to a Pensacola hospital.

Her name has not been released.

NorthEscambia.com file photo.

One Injured In Highway 29 Guardrail Crash

May 5, 2016

One person was injured in a single vehicle crash late Wednesday night.

The driver of a pickup truck lost control and struck a guardrail on Highway 29 near Quintette Road about 11:40 p.m. The driver was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with injuries that were not considered critical.

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

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

Escambia County Releases April 2014 Flood Report

May 4, 2016

Just over two years after the April 2014 flooding event that severely impacted Escambia County and its residents, the county has released the April 2014 Flood Recovery Report to provide citizens with updates about transportation and drainage mitigation projects and repairs in their neighborhoods and communities.

The report highlights Escambia County’s ongoing efforts to make repairs to 2,300 damage points to county roadways, bridges, drainage systems and ponds as a result of the April 2014 flood, along with recommendations from the Stormwater Advisory Team and efforts to improve stormwater standards county-wide. Also outlined in the report are the many sources of funding the county is utilizing to help fund approximately $25.8 million in transportation and drainage repair and improvement projects throughout Escambia County.

“With such staggering destruction, recovery is neither fast nor easy; it must be a strategic, multi-year commitment…While we can never take away the suffering our residents endured as a result of this natural disaster, we can continue to identify and invest in solutions to reduce the threat of flooding and protect our citizens,” County Administrator Jack Brown wrote in the report.

Escambia County has completed 150 of 182 total count infrastructure project related to the flood. There are 15 project in the bidding or design phase and 17 more under construction.

To read the full report, click one of the links below:

In District 5, there are 18 completed projects totaling $1.9 million:

  • Alysheba Drive
  • Ashford-Turnberry Ponds (2)
  • Chemstrand Road CR749
  • Copper Forrest Drive & Man O-War
  • CR297A at Ditches
  • CR297A at Box Culvert
  • Devine Farm Road
  • Emergency Bridge Inspections & Repair
  • Emergency Repairs
  • Gonzalez Zone Ponds (12)
  • Guidy Lane Bridge
  • Hillview Drive East
  • Meadowbrook
  • Pavement Rehab – Rosedown
  • Stillbrook Bridge Repair
  • Tecumseh/ Clear Creek Farms
  • Water Oaks
  • Pavement Rehab – Basin Street/Creekside Court

Additional North Escambia projects

Woman Pleads Guilty To ‘Brutal’ Murder Of Stepfather Near Munson

May 4, 2016

A young woman  accused of the 2014 murder of her stepfather near Munson has now pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second degree manslaughter. She will be sentenced next month.

Taylor Lynn Crongeyer previously  pleaded not guilty to a homicide charge. Prosecutors said she shot 40-year Aubrey Dewayne Cooley who was found dead December 26, 2014,  with a gunshot wound to his head at his Dale Hall Road home. He was tied to the trailer hitch of a pickup truck with a rope around his ankles.

When they arrived on scene, Crongeyer exited the residence with a large amount of blood on her clothing, according to an arrest report. When deputies walked through the residence, they found blood spots on the floor, a bedroom mattress and outside on the front and back porch areas. They also found a rifle on the floor at the foot of a bed in the master bedroom.

A spokesman for the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office called incident a “brutal homicide”, arresting Crongeyer just hours after the shooting.

She remains in the Santa Rosa County Jail without bond.

Escambia Man Convicted Of UWF Dorm Attack

May 4, 2016

An Escambia County man has been convicted of attacking a female University of West Florida student..

Dylan R. Robinson was convicted on by an Escambia County Jury of two counts of sexual battery. He faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison for each count.

Robinson was charged with attacking the female student in her dorm on the UWF campus in November 2014.

He will be sentenced on June 7.

Escambia County To Provide Financial Assistance To Century For Tornado Cleanup

May 3, 2016

Escambia County Administrator Jack Brown is recommending that the county provide financial assistance to the Town of Century to help cover tornado cleanup expenses.

On February 15, the Town of Century was struck by an EF-3 tornado that had winds estimated to be up to 155 miles per hour that damaged or totally destroyed 109 structures.  The Town of Century didn’t have the approximate equipment to clean up the debris caused by the tornado, so they rented the equipment from Thompson Tractor Company, Inc., and hired Republic Services to remove the debris.

Town officials believed that FEMA funding would become available to reimburse them for expenses associated with the cleanup, but FEMA determined that the damage was not severe enough for federal assistance.

At Thursday’s meeting of the Escambia County Commission, Brown will recommend that county pay invoices from Thompson Tractor Company for $10,042.20 and from Republic Services for $24,413.34.

The invoices total $37,455.54. If approved by the county commission, the Escambia County will make payment on Century’s behalf using county operating reserve funds.

Pictured: Tornado debris is loaded into a dumpster on Front Street in Century on March 1. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.

FCA Presents Extra Inning Awards

May 3, 2016

The Northwest Florida Fellowship of Christian Athletes named their Extra Inning winners from area softball and baseball teams Monday night at the First Baptist Church of Pensacola.

Winners included Northview Softball’s Hanna Ging, Tate Softball’s Ashley Barnett and Tate Baseball’s AJ Gordon.

Winners were:

  • Catholic High School Softball- Serena Bruder
  • Catholic High School Baseball- Devin Whitehead
  • Escambia High School Softball- Makenna Wade
  • East Hill Christian School Softball-Alyssa Grizzard
  • East Hill Christian School Baseball- John Mobley
  • Milton High School Softball- Megan Predmore
  • Milton High School Baseball- Kobi Floyd
  • Navarre High School Softball- Hanna Stapleton
  • Navarre High School Baseball- Tyler Rebber
  • Northview High School Softball- Hanna Ging
  • Pace High School Softball- Madison Newton
  • Pensacola High School Softball- Elydia Eligio
  • Pensacola High School Baseball- Damyis Olds
  • Pensacola State College- Miles Fore
  • Tate High School Softball- Ashley Barnett
  • Tate High School Baseball- AJ Gordon, Jr.
  • Washington High School Softball- Sara Sewell
  • Washington High School Baseball- Nolan Ricketson
  • West Florida High School Softball- Ealon Pyle
  • West Florida High School Baseball- Hunter Hatcher

Pictured top: Extra Inning award winners. Pictured inset: Barnett and Tate Softball Coach Melinda Wyatt.  Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.