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Friday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs

WOMAN WHO DROVE INTO LAKE ARRESTED

A woman who allegedly drove a truck into a lake near Century evening has been arrested on unrelated charges for allegedly stealing a Jeep.  50-year old Tammy Sue Amerson was arrested Wednesday on charges of grand theft auto, burglary of an unoccupied vehicle and trespassing after a warning for two earlier incidents. She is not currently facing any charges for the lake incident. Amerson allegedly took a Jeep Patriot from a residence in Century. The owner said he heard his dog barking late one night and found the vehicle missing the next morning.

NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL ON NINE MILE

A new traffic signal on Nine Mile Road goes into flash mode next week. Beginning on Tuesday, drivers exiting I-10 eastbound to Nine Mile Road will encounter a flashing red light indicating they are to stop, then proceed once traffic is clear. Drivers on Nine Mile Road, east and westbound, will encounter a yellow flashing signal, meaning they should slow down and proceed through the intersection with caution.  The following Tuesday, the signal will be fully activated with standard red, yellow and green lights.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN MILTON

The city of Milton has agreed to loan more than 350-thousand dollars to a company behind a 72-unit affordable apartment community. “Tranquility at Milton” will be on Glover Lane just north of the Dodge auto dealership. Timshel Development Group says the complex will have 36 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units and 36 three-bedroom and three-bathroom units.  City planning director Andrew Zupkoff says 64 of the apartments will be rent-controlled.

WARRINGTON MIDDLE IMPROVEMENTS DELAYED

The state will Decide in July whether to approve the Escambia County superintendent’s proposal for improving Warrington Middle School. Dr. Tim Smith was scheduled to go in front of the state Board of Education Thursday morning to talk about his proposal to turn around Warrington Middle School and it’s track record for failing grades, but they pulled it from the agenda for now, pushing it back to July. Warrington Middle School has reported D or F grades for eight straight years and the board threatened to shut down the school or force the district to find a charter to take it over.

FHP: 7 DEADLY WRECKS, NEARLY 200 INJURY CRASHES IN PERDIDO THE LAST 5 YEARS

Recent deadly DUI crashes lead to increased FHP patrols and DUI checkpoints in Perdido Key, but we’re learning more about how treacherous that stretch of road has become.  Florida Highway Patrol says the stretch of Perdido Key Drive after the Theo Barrs Bridge has seen — on average — one injury accident every ten days over the past 5 years.  In that same timeframe, there have been 7 fatal crashes.  FHP says they will add several patrols with both marked and un-marked vehicles.  They’ll be looking for drunk drivers as well as routine traffic violators. 

NWFL MAN INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY STABBING WIFE TO DEATH

A Northwest Florida man now faces an indictment alleging he stabbed his wife to death even as the couple was planning to divorce.  Prosecutors announced the murder indictment against Randal Jon Ebbinghausen, of Shalimar.  This is related to an incident on May 14th where paramedics came out to the couple’s home and found the woman dead.  At the time, deputies said a neighbor spotted Ebbinghousen enter the home’s garage carrying a knife.  Ebbinghausen remains jailed in Okaloosa County ahead of his arraignment, scheduled for June 22nd.

FLORIDA “FREEDOM WEEK” SALES TAX HOLIDAY COMING

The Florida Department of Revenue is announcing its “Freedom Week” sales tax holiday event.  The event runs from July 1st to July 7th and allows people to avoid paying taxes on tickets to concerts, sports, movies, museums and more.  Other tax free items would include outdoor equipment like tents, grills and fishing gear. State officials say the plan will reduce state and local revenue by about 54-million dollars.

CONTROVERSIAL PESTICIDES BANNED FROM FLORIDA CITRUS

An appeals court is overturning federal approval of a controversial pesticide in Florida’s citrus industry.  This after federal and state arguments over the use of aldicarb on citrus crops.  Challengers of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow the pesticide said it would threaten the health of workers and wildlife.  Supporters of the pesticide say it could help fight diseases that caused damage to Florida’s citrus industry.

DRIVERS WARNED ABOUT NIGHT WORK ON THREE MILE BRIDGE

Drivers are being warned about night work that’s schedule to further restriction lanes going over Three Mile Bridge.  In their release today, FDOT says the work is scheduled to happen during the overnight hours the next week or so  The release says “crews will be performing repairs needed to restore four lanes of traffic for entire bridge” from tonight through next Friday.  This work will happen between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night. Of course, it will be weather dependent.

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