January 18, 2017
A Jay woman is headed to prison for sex with an underage boy.
Kimberly Ann Seevers pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor and was sentenced Tuesday to 38 months in state prison. She will be on probation for 36 months once released and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.
Seevers, 46, still faces a separate sexual battery charge involving another teenager. She is due back in court in that case on January 24.
Her attorney, Barry Beroset, asked Circuit Court Judge Ross Goodman to depart from minimum sentencing guidelines and sentence her to just probation because the underage boy was about one month shy of his 18th birthday when the incident occurred.
The attorney cited a Florida Supreme Court decision from 2001 in which the minor victim was a willing participant was a mitigating factor in supporting download departure from the sentencing guidelines.
The Jay High School student stated that when he arrived at Seevers’ home, she was drinking more than a small quantity of wine.
“Seevers wasn’t super drunk, but she was becoming intoxicated. He described Ms. Seevers as being kind of tipsy and flirty,” Beroset wrote in a letter to the court. The victim said he could have initiated the encounter and that he was willing participant, the lawyer said.
January 18, 2017
Set those DVRs….Tyler Carach, a Bratt Elementary School student, will appear on the Steve Harvey show on Thursday.
Tyler, 9, and his mother Sheena, who is a former police officer, created the “I DONUT need a reason to THANK a cop” program. Since buying doughnuts for four Escambia County deputies at a Bratt convenience store last August, Tyler has taken his mission on the road, providing donuts for law enforcement agencies across the country.
During Thursday’s program, Tyler will explain the program to Steve Harvey. Tyler has personally handed out over 4,000 donuts in Florida, Georgia and Oregon — and thanks to his trip to Chicago to tape “Steve Harvey,” he can now cross Illinois off of the list. Harvey will surprise Tyler with a video from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office thanking him for their doughnuts.
For a sneak peek at Tyler’s appearance on Steve Harvey, click here.
Harvey teamed up with online retailer BOXED to donate $5,000 to Tyler’s mission.
The Steve Harvey show with Donut boy Tyler Carach of Bratt will air at 2 p.m. on WPMI channel 15 on Thursday.
January 17, 2017
A Cantonment man was involved in fatal crash early Sunday morning in Escambia County, according to information released Tuesday morning by the Florida Highway Patrol.
The FHP said 45-year old Todd Adam Doten of Cantonment was southbound on Pace Boulevard at Bobe Street in a 2014 Mack semi truck when the driver of a 1980 Chevrolet C1500 failed to stop for a stop sign. Ray Jose Willis, age 39 of Pensacola, pulled directly into the path of the semi at 4:10 a.m., troopers said. Willis and his passenger, David Matthew Russ, 36 of Pensacola, were both not wearing seat belts and were both ejected from their vehicle.
Willis died a short time later at Baptist Hospital; Russ was listed in critical condition. Doten received only minor injuries.
Any charges in the crash are pending the outcome of a traffic homicide investigation, according to FHP.