COVID-19 UPDATE

The Florida Department of Health says the State added 6,790 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing Florida’s total to 2,064,525 cases. There were also 69 new deaths and the death toll is now up to 34,141. Escambia County had 34 new cases Santa Rosa County had 19 cases Okaloosa County had 22 new cases Walton County…MORE

ESCAMBIA COUNTY SWAT STANDOFF

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department said a suspect is in custody after a weekend standoff with the Department’s SWAT team. The case began Saturday afternoon about 1pm when deputies were called to the Blue Angel Grocery near Olive Road and Whitmire Road about a report of shots fired. Nobody was injured during the almost hour-long…MORE

COVID VACCINATION SITES

COVID-19 vaccines will available in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are offering at both at walk-in events and by appointment starting today. Community Health Northwest Florida will hold a walk-in vaccination clinic at the Brownsville Community Center at 3200 West De Soto Street from 1 to 4 p.m., for Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine. Tomorrow…MORE

TAX DEADLINE

Escambia County Tax Collector Scott Lunsford said 2020 unpaid real estate and tangible property taxes will become delinquent April 1st. Penalties of 3 percent for real estate taxes and 1.5 percent for tangible taxes will be assessed. Payment can be made online by midnight March 31st, at EscambiaTaxCollector.com; mailed with a March postmark; left by…MORE

SOLDIER DIES ON EGLIN DURING TRAINING

The Army says a soldier died while undergoing Ranger training at Eglin Air Force Base. 28-year-old Specialist James Requenez, of San Antonio, Texas, died during the swamp phase of Ranger training at the 6th Ranger Training Battalion, at Camp James E. Rudder southwest of Crestview. He was taken to the Eglin hospital, where he was…MORE

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT BODY CAMERAS APPROVED

Escambia County Commissioners have approved funding for body cameras. Sheriff Chip Simmons says deputies should start using the cameras in two months and all deputies will have them by October. Greg Marcille, Assistant State Attorney, says the cameras can reduce the number of trials because the evidence is available, which can result in a larger…MORE

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