Deputies: Man Douses Girlfriend With Gas, Threatens To Set Her On Fire

May 25, 2017

A Walnut Hill man has been charged with attacking his live-in girlfriend, dousing her with gasoline and threatening to set her on fire.

Dustin Lamar Hastings, 29, was charged with kidnapping/false imprisonment and battery after the incident on Pineville Road.

The victim told deputies that Hastings became enraged, throwing a coffee table across the couple’s living room and throwing a lamp through a window.

The victim exited the home, she told deputies, with Hastings following. She said he poured gasoline on her and her vehicle, telling her that if she tried to leave he would set her on fire. He then grabbed her by her hair, pushed her down and dragged her up a driveway and forced her back inside.  She attempted to leave, with Hastings pushing her against a wall, according to an arrest report.

The victim was eventually able to escape and called law enforcement from a relative’s home. Atmore Ambulance also responded, but the victim refused medical treatment.

Hastings was later released from the Escambia County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

Tate High Names Top Graduates, Presents Senior Awards

May 25, 2017

Tate High School named their top graduates and presented senior awards Wednesday night for the Class of 2017.

Samantha Elizabeth Brown was named valedictorian with a final GPA of  5.2706.  She was a member of the Tate Orchestra where she was an All-County Violinist, Assistant Principal Violin and Concertmaster. She was a member of the Tate Academic Team and All-County Academic Team member, and a member of the Tate Robotics Team.  Brown was also a member of  the National Honor Society, president of Mu Alpha Theta and vice president of the Science National Honor Society. She volunteered at the West Florida Public Library and was assistant coach of the Ransom Middle School Academic Team. Brown will attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville to study chemical engineering.

Taylor Bay Best was named salutatorian with a final GPA of  5.0963.  She is a Biomedical Science Academy graduate and a member of the National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Rho Kappa, Community Caregivers and the National Beta Club. Best has volunteered at West Florida Hospital for three years. She will  attend the University of West Florida to major in Chemistry, minor in Spanish, and later aspires to attend medical school to become an ear, nose and throat surgeon.

The Tate High School Class of 2017 will graduate at 6 p.m. Friday at the Pensacola Bay Center. A live video stream will be available by clicking here.

Notable awards presented to the Tate High Class of 2017 Wednesday night included:

United States Military Academy (West Point) Appointment — Shania Harris
National Merit Commended Scholars –  Matthew Fowler and Ethan Sutley

The Top Ten Percent of the Tate High School Class of 2017 is as follows:

  1. Samantha Elizabeth Brown  — Valedictorian
  2. Taylor Bay Best — Salutatorian
  3. Delaney Isabella Beal
  4. Megan Elizabeth Gulsby
  5. Alyssa Baye Spencer
  6. Raymond Andrew Freeman
  7. Ethan Charles Sutley
  8. Carmen Elizabeth McCrackin
  9. Hayden Michael Aiken
  10. Jacob Herrington Ishee
  11. Katherine Claire Luebke
  12. Kathryn Rilla Orren
  13. Sally Jane Van Raemdonck
  14. Alexander Joseph Miller
  15. Matthew John Fowler
  16. Abigail Elizabeth Edgar
  17. Shaylyn Marie Caro Thompson
  18. Brennan Steven Infinger
  19. Jakira Ashley Davis
  20. Sheradan Maclean Stillwell
  21. Alexis Nicole Wilson
  22. Chance Riley Bellflower
  23. Hannah Marie Saulnier
  24. Dawn Margaret Looney
  25. Zyreshia Kapri Jackson
  26. Kyle Randall Cooper
  27. Kayli Lyn Talbot
  28. Sarah Ann Cavanaugh
  29. Brooke Ashley Robertson
  30. Madison Rose Rondeau
  31. Kristen Elaine Schultz
  32. Jacob Tyler Atkins
  33. Samantha Nicole Monasterio
  34. David Wayne Oglesby
  35. Hayley N Brown
  36. McKenna Leigh Smith
  37. Michael Joseph Brennan
  38. Corben Zachary Young
  39. Brine Deborah Bennett
  40. Joe Ed Estes
  41. Michael Jerome Roberts
  42. John Daniel Franklin
  43. Logan Gregory Blackmon
  44. Skye Madison King
  45. Madeline Rose Caranci
  46. Morgan Leanne Snow
  47. Kayla Nicole Underwood
  48. Joanna Deveda Snow

Molino Man Charged With Battery Of Pregnant Girlfriend

May 24, 2017

A Molino man has been accused battery on his pregnant girlfriend, who is the mother of his four other children.

Kendall Rashad Kennedy, 27, allegedly went to his girlfriend’s home and used his arm to hold her against a wall and choke her.  The victim told deputies that the two began to argue over dinner when he pinned her against the wall and began slapping her in the face. The victim told deputies that Kennedy was fully aware that she was nine months pregnant.

The victim refused treatment by Escambia County EMS. He was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $5,000 bond.