Additional Child Sex Charges File Against Former Tate Coach

April 24, 2017

Former Tate High football coach and church youth leader Charlie Maybern Hamrick has been arrested on additional warrants for crimes again minors, according to State Attorney Bill Eddins and Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

These arrest warrants charge three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and two counts of unlicensed practice of medicine. Each lewd and lascivious count is punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison while the unlicensed practice of medicine charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in state prison with a one year minimum mandatory sentence.

These new charges involve additional victims who came forward after Hamrick’s initial arrest.

Hamrick has previously been charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation, one count of giving obscene material to a minor, one count of organized fraud, and six counts of sexual battery on a child under 12 years of age. Each sexual battery charge carries a mandatory sentence of life in state prison. the office of the  state attorney intends to seek the maximum sentence possible in this case.

Cantonment Man Charged With Assault, Battery With Deadly Weapon

April 24, 2017

A Cantonment man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly pointing a gun at and pistol whipping the father of his girlfriend’s children.

Cedric Terrell Gray, 21, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon and battery.

The victim told deputies the mother of his children and Gray, her current boyfriend, followed him to the Raceway gas station on Highway 29 at Muscogee Road in Cantonment.  Gray exited his Nissan Murano, approached the driver’s side window, punched it and told him to get out of the car, according to an arrest report. The victim refused because his child was in the vehicle and told Gray to meet him at his mother’s house on Stinnis Street.

They both then drove to Stinnis Streeet. Gray exited the Murano with a firearm, pointed it at the victim and then took several swings at the victim with the gun, hitting him in the back of the head, causing a laceration.  They then started to physically fight, the report states. The victim refused medical treatment at the scene.

Gray returned to the scene after deputies arrived, and he was placed under arrest without further incident. He was later released from the Escambia County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

The Nissan Murano was seized for forfeiture by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office because it was used in the crime.

Molino Park Elementary Cafeteria Receives National Recognition

April 24, 2017

Molino Park Elementary School was one of six in Escambia County receiving national recognition as a recipient of the United State Department of Agriculture’s Healthier U.S. School Challenge with a Bronze Level Award.  Other schools receiving the Smarter Lunchroom Awards in Escambia County were Holm Elementary, Ferry Pass Elementary, Myrtle Grove Elementary, O.J. Semmes Elementary and C.A. Weis Elementary. Accepting the award for Molino Park at a recent Escambia County School Board meeting were Principal Lisa Arnold, Assistant Principal Quinn Evans and Assistant Cafeteria Manager Ginger Smith. Photo for, click to enlarge.

Century Resident Charged With Threatening To Kill Man, Run Over Him

April 23, 2017

A Century man was charged after he allegedly tried to hit another man with his car and threatened to kill him with a knife.

Cortez Rasheen Davison, 23, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and marijuana possession. He was released from the Escambia County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Davison allegedly drove to the victim’s home and began calling him racial slurs. The victim told Escambia County deputies that he tried to ignore Davison, but Davison pulled out a pocket knife and began to walk toward him. The victim told deputies that Davison threatened to shoot him, shoot up his home and burn down his shed.

After the victim called the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Davison went back to his car and tried to run over the victim as he was driving away, according to an arrest report. The victim told deputies he was not hit because he jumped behind a tree.

Barrineau Park Cleans Up

April 23, 2017

A community clean up event was held Saturday in Barrineau Park in honor of Earth Day. The annual event is co-sponsored by the Honeysuckle Garden Club and the Barrineau Park Historical Society.

Each of over 20 volunteers selected an area to clean, was given gloves, a vest to wear, trash bags and  bottled water, and then sent out to pick up the litter.  All the trash was piled up under an oak tree at the community center.

The volunteers were then served a free lunch, funded by Kenneth Gibbs and prepared by Honeysuckle Garden Club.

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Unemployment Rate Drops

April 22, 2017

Governor Rick Scott announced Friday that the Pensacola area added 3,800 new private-sector jobs over the year in March. The area’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago. In the last year, Florida businesses created 233,800 new jobs, bringing the total number of new jobs added since December 2010 to 1,353,000.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Pensacola businesses created nearly 4,000 jobs for families in Northwest Florida over the past year. We will continue fighting to support business growth all across our state so every Floridian will have the opportunity they need to find a great job.”

The industries with the largest job gains in Pensacola over the year were leisure and hospitality with 1,700 new jobs and trade, transportation and utilities with 1,100 new jobs. The Pensacola area had 4,733 job openings in March, including 1,437 openings for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 60,600 new jobs in first quarter of 2017 and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent. For the fifth consecutive year, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.2 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. More than 26,844 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Escarosa and the state’s other 23 regional workforce boards.