Category Archives: Local News

MURDER WARRANT WITHDRAWN

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has withdrawn a homicide warrant for the man identified as the suspect in a fatal shooting Sunday morning in West Pensacola. Investigators said 31-year-old Jredreck Reese, had been wanted on suspicion of second-degree homicide and  possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Investigators now say  Reese is no longer…MORE

SANTA ROSA COUNTY RECYCLING

Santa Rosa County may end recycling in the county. That would mean approximately 8,000 tons of recycling waste generated by residents annually would go to landfills. County Engineer Roger Blaylock told County Commissioners that staff have been unable to negotiate a new processing contract with the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, which previously processed county recyclables…MORE

NEW FAT ALBERT COMING

The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team will soon have a new Fat Albert cargo plane. The Navy said Monday that it had awarded a 29.7 million-dollar contract to the British Royal Air Force to purchase a C-130-J Super Hercules. Buying the used British aircraft will save about 50 million dollars. The aircraft will be…MORE

MURDER INVESTIGATION IN BAKER

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder in Baker. 54-year-old Christopher Broxson was found dead on Dad’s Road in Baker and investigators say foul play is suspected. An autopsy is scheduled and anyone with information is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office or call Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at       850-863-TIPS.MORE

MAN ARRESTED FOR POSSESSING TORTOISE

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says a 57-year-old Milton man has been charged for possessing a gopher tortoise in his home. An FWC officer went to his residence after they received information that he had a tortoise and found a Gopher Tortoise in an aquarium under the carport. Gopher tortoises are listed as…MORE

WALTON COUNTY BEACH ACCESS COURT RULING

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling may strengthen the hand of private property owners as they battle Walton County over ownership of local beaches. In a 5-4 ruling, justices ruled that private property owners can file directly in federal court if they feel their rights have been violated by the state or a local government. The…MORE

WEST PENSACOLA SHOOTING

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred yesterday morning in West Pensacola. Around 10:30am responding deputies to the area of Trenton Drive and Edison Drive say they found one man shot, who later died from his injuries. Investigators say the man – whose name has not yet been released –…MORE

SAM’S SEAFOOD CLOSING

After 36 years in business one of Pensacola’s iconic seafood restaurants is closing. Sam Camariotes (“Cam-Ree-Otis”), the owner of Sam’s Seafood Steak and Spirits at “A” and Main Street, is retiring and June 29th is the restaurant’s last day. The 67-year-old owner agreed to a buyout deal with J.W. Renfroe Pecan Company, a family-owned business…MORE

LOCAL PROJECTS VETOED BY GOVERNOR

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has vetoed more than 4.6 million dollars in projects slated for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, including $600,000 for safety improvements for West Cervantes Street. However, the Florida Department Of Transportation plans to ask the Legislature for 7 million dollars to fund West Cervantes improvements, beginning with the 2020-2021 budget. The…MORE

ESCAMBIA COUNTY BUDGET MEETINGS

The Escambia County Commission will begin meetings this week on their 2019-2020 fiscal year budget. The commission will hold Budget Committee of the Whole meetings tomorrow and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., on the first floor of the Ernie Lee Magaha Government Building at 221 Palafox Place in Pensacola. They will meet again Thursday morning at…MORE

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