Escambia County Jail

An Okaloosa County couple working as paramedics are charged with sex offenses against a juvenile, along with a pair of Escambia County deputies, and are now in the Escambia County Jail pending a bond hearing.

Leah and Douglas Manning were extradited from Fremont County, Colorado and brought back to Pensacola Saturday. They were arrested Thursday afternoon at a campground near Florence, Colorado, south of Denver,  after two weeks at-large.

UWF Women's Studies Collective

The University of West Florida’s 14th Annual Women’s Studies Conference gets underway Monday, March 16 at the UWF Conference Center. Internationally-known activist Angela Davis will be the keynote speaker.

A guest of the UWF Women’s Studies Program, Angela Davis will visit Pensacola for two days, speaking first at Monday’s conference and Pensacola State College on March 17. Her talks will address issues of feminism, justice, and mass incarceration in her two Pensacola speeches. Both talks are open to the public, but registration is required for the talk at UWF.

(National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Toby Valadie, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Three days after the crash of a Louisiana National Guard helicopter into Santa Rosa Sound, work is underway to recover the aircraft and any crew members remaining inside.

Seven Marines and four soldiers are believed to have been killed when the UH-60 Black Hawk went down during a night-time training mission. Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, who commands Marine Corps Special Forces, spoke with reporters Friday at MARSOC command headquarters in North Carolina.

The numbers are in and it’s official: Pensacon has quickly turned into a multi-million dollar piece of the local economy.

In a conversation a few weeks before the event, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said whenever 30,000 people descend on your city it's pretty powerful. Now that the weekend has passed and the economic impact of the convention has been tallied, officials are seeing just how powerful Pensacon has become in only two years.  

Lindsay Myers

It's still winter at the Palafox Market and the winter vegetables are still predominant. This week there were plenty of:

  • carrots
  • varieties of kale
  • pickled and preserved vegetables
  • cabbages
  • rutabegas
  • turnips
  • broccoli
  • meats
  • eggs
University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the start of spring break, the latest job growth and unemployment statistics, and “stress tests” for the nation’s biggest banks.

Across northwest Florida, Panama City has the strongest spring break season.

Even though students spending their spring break on area beaches this week have more fog than sun, Harper says economic indicators are pointing to a good spring break period across the board.

Bob Barrett

  The Louisiana National Guard says the bodies of two soldiers have been recovered from a helicopter wreck off the Florida Panhandle. The Coast Guard Thursday suspended the search for any survivors among the soldiers and Marines missing in Santa Rosa Sound.

A news release from the Guard said the bodies of two others are believed to still be inside the wreckage, under 25 feet of water. But officials cannot confirm that, until a salvage crew is able to recover the aircraft. The flight recorder also remains on board.

  Santa Rosa Commissioner Bob Cole is accused of a non-criminal violation of Florida’s Sunshine Law. 

The charge stems from Cole’s membership on the Milton Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board, and an exchange in mid-January. State Attorney Bill Eddins says the discussion involved Cole and board member Elba Robertson.

“And that he discussed matters that were reasonably believed to come before that board with another board member,” said Eddins. “They involved whether or not he was going to nominate a particular person to become a member of the board.”

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Callaway

  Crews searching for a National Guard helicopter that crashed into Santa Rosa Sound took to the air Wednesday afternoon, after heavy fog in the area partially lifted. The search area for boats, on foot and now aircraft, covers more than 50 square miles.

U.S. Department of State

An internationally recognized women’s rights advocate from Pakistan has spent the past few days in the Pensacola area and was the featured speaker Tuesday for the Third Annual International Women’s Day Celebration.  

Before coming to Pensacola, Tabassum Adnan was in Washington, D. C., one of ten women honored as recipients of the U.S. State Department 2015 International Women of Courage Award.