Cantonment Rotary Provides Thanksgiving Meals For 545 Local Residents

November 23, 2017

Over 100 local families will enjoy Thanksgiving thanks to the efforts of the Cantonment Rotary Club.

This was the sixth year the group has delivered turkeys and all the fixings to those in need. The first year, the  Rotatians delivered meals to four families, and last year that number was up to 45 families.  Wednesday, the Cantonment Rotary club delivered meals to 115 families, a total of 545 people.

The needy family were identified with the help of counselors and the administration at Jim Allen Elementary, McArthur Elementary, Pine Meadow Elementary, R.C. Lipscomb Elementary, Ransom Middle and Tate High School.

“I cannot stress how helpful these schools are. All of the schools are full of kind-hearted folks who appreciate what we are doing for their families that they know need the help,” Cantonment Rotary members Kevin Howell said.

Pictured top: A member of the Cantonment Rotary Club delivers one of 115 meals Wednesday. Pictured below: Rotarians box the meals for delivery at the Scenic Hills Country Club. Photos courtesy Eric Dupre/WEAR TV for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Miracle League Holds Annual Turkey Fry

November 23, 2017

The Miracle League of Pensacola held their annual turkey fry fundraiser Wednesday at their park on East Nine Mile Road.

Volunteers with the Miracle League spent their day frying turkeys for a minimum donation, with all of the proceeds going to benefit the Miracle League.

The Miracle League provides physically and mentally challenged children a safe and spirited program in which they can hit, run, and catch on a baseball field – just like other kids. MLP offers a unique and memorable opportunity these children would not otherwise have. It is a place where every player plays, every player hits, every player gets on base, every player scores, and every player wins – every inning.

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Gas Prices Down Slightly For The Thanksgiving Travel Weekend

November 23, 2017

About 2.3 million Floridians are expected to hit the road during the Thanksgiving holiday period, and gas prices are on the decline.

After holding steady for nine days, the national gas price average is slowly declining at the start of the Thanksgiving week. At $2.54, today’s national gas price average is two cents less than one week ago and 40 cents more than a year ago. However, the more expensive year-over-year pump price is not stopping Americans from hitting the road for holiday travel.

“Nearly 46 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles away from their home by car this holiday. Many will be thankful to see gas prices trending cheaper in cities across the country,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Since 2014, the national gas price average has dropped one to five cents heading into the Thanksgiving week.”

Three months following Hurricane Harvey, gas prices in the South and Southeast are again among the cheapest in the country; Florida saw prices decrease four cents with a gallon of regular unleaded averaging $2.47. That’s still significantly higher than a year ago at $2.09.

In Escambia County, the average price gallon was $2.38 on Wednesday, down from $2.45 a week ago.

Pictured: Regular unleaded gas was $2.47 per gallon Wednesday afternoon on Highway 29 in Century. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Cop Impersonator Also Charged With Sexual Battery

November 22, 2017

An accused cop impersonator has also been charged with sexual battery.

Martin Goodman was booked into the Escambia County Jail for impersonating a law enforcement officer,. false imprisonment, kidnapping and sexual battery. He remains in the Escambia County Jail with bond set at $450,000.

Authorities said on November 21, Goodman flashed a badge and tried to pull a person over on Highway 90 in Santa Rosa County, but the victim kept driving.

The victim said Goodman used a siren and that a light was visible on the dash of Goodman’s SUV. The victim called 9-1-1 and pulled in to the Winn-Dixie parking lot on Creighton Road. The victim assumed Goodman was law enforcement, but called dispatch to confirm.

Goodman then pulled his car in front of the victims and flashed his badge once more and began arguing, then left the parking lot. ECSO deputies arrived and were able to get a description of Goodman and his vehicle. Using that description Pensacola Police officers were able to stop Goodman in his vehicle.

Inside the Goodman’s vehicle, ECSO deputies found a security badge and light on the dash. Goodman was arrested.

During the investigation Escambia Sheriff’s Office investigators determined Goodman was responsible for a sexual battery that occurred on May 18th. In that incident Goodman also pretended to be a law enforcement officer and pulled the victim over in the area of Amber Street and North Davis Highway.

ECSO investigators believe there might be other victims. If you’ve had any encounters with Goodman call the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 436-9620.