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Jail Explosion
5:59 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Grand Jury Declines To Press Criminal Charges Against Escambia County Jail

  An Escambia County Grand Jury Thursday returned a “no true bill” after seven weeks of investigating last spring’s explosion at the County Jail’s Central Booking Facility.

A “no true bill” means the panel did not find probable cause to move forward with criminal charges in relation to the April 30 blast caused by a natural gas leak on the day after floodwaters hit the facility. Two inmates died, and 184 other inmates and staff were injured.

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Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund
4:45 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Bayou Chico Among Nine Projects Receiving Gulf Restoration Funds

Credit www.nfwf.org

  The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation this week announced the release of nearly $100 million  for Gulf Restoration Projects. That includes $34.3 million for nine projects in Florida, as well as four projects totaling $9.6 million in Alabama.

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Santa Rosa Scam
4:40 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Telephone Scam Impersonates Sherriff's Office

  If you get a call from the Santa Rosa Sheriffs' Office demanding money to take care of an outstanding warrant just hang up! It's another in a series of telephone scams that are becoming much more frequent in the area. Santa Rosa County Sheriffs' Deputy Rich Aloy, the public information officer for the department, says scammers have been calling people in the county demanding money to settle an outstanding warrant. The scammers is telling people they will be arrested unless they provide a credit card number to settle the claim.

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ECUA
3:27 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

ECUA Unanimously Takes Step To Sell Main Street Property To Quint Studer

  The Escambia County Utilities Authority unanimously voted Thursday to take the next step in pursuing a sale of the site of a former wastewater treatment facility to local businessman Quint Studer. 

In his address to the ECUA board Mr. Studer outlined the first phase of the proposed plan which would include sports fields, an arts and education component, and eventually a small medical park and residential space.

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Public Transit
8:47 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

ECAT Aims For Better Service With Upgrades

Credit Escambia County Area Transit

  Riders on Escambia County Area Transit will notice some changes, both on the road and at the main terminal. The system updates are aimed at improving experiences for current and future customers.

Among the new amenities are LED kiosks, similar to what are in hotels and airports. Three of them have been installed at the Rosa Parks Terminal on Fairfield Drive. ECAT Marketing Director Tonya Ellis says they’re an eye-catching way to distribute information to both riders and ECAT employees.

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Headstones were discovered broken and tipped over
4:34 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Damage at St. Michael's Cemetery Under Investigation

Credit Photo via Flickr//Visit Florida Colin Hackley

  St. Michael’s Cemetery in downtown Pensacola is the target of yet another round of vandalism.

This is the seventh case of vandalism or accidental damage to gravestones in the past 15 years. Ross Pristera, President of the St. Michael's Cemetery Foundation, says the markers are in the northwest section, and were damaged over the past few weeks.

“We had about nine headstones, the earliest dating from 1879 and the latest from 1903,” said Pristera. “Some prominent families' markers were some that were damaged.”

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Freedom Bell
2:51 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Freedom Bell Rings In Ft. Walton Beach

Credit Danielle Freeman

  For decades the flagpole at Beal Memorial Cemetery has been the gathering spot for services honoring the military community, but that will soon change with the construction of a new Veteran’s Tribute Tower. 

Even though construction of the Veteran’s Tribute Tower hasn’t begun, the Freedom Bell that will be a prominent part of the tower is being used. The bell was rung at the Veteran’s Day observance ceremony last week and for the very first time at its dedication in September.

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Escambia County Commission
1:56 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

New Escambia County Commissioners Sworn In

Credit myescambia.com

  Two Escambia County Commissioners, one new and one incumbent, were sworn into office Tuesday. The ceremony also included a change of leadership on the panel.

Outgoing Chairman Lumon May kicked off the special meeting by thanking everyone who has helped him out, during his year with the gavel.

“That have helped me to have a somewhat successful chairmanship,” said May. “Without you guys, without this great team, I would have failed.”

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Santa Rosa Health
4:29 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Santa Rosa Announces County Health Improvement Plan

Credit Let's Go Northwest Florida

Health officials in Santa Rosa County have announced a plan to improve the overall health of county residents. The plan was first announced last year and has been reviewed and revised. Joann Vanfleteren, Operations Review Specialist for the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County says the state DOH created an initiative for for community health improvement planning. All 67 Florida counties are required to create the Community Health Improvement Plan.

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Okaloosa County
4:59 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department Officers Earn Outstanding Performance Award

Credit Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department

  Today Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley honored two OCSO Investigators whose hard work helped solve the horrific murder of an elderly resident that spanned back 16 years. Jewel Melvin had been beaten and strangled inside her Crestview home before her body was discovered May 15th 1998.

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