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Friday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs

CANCELLATIONS BECAUSE OF ICE FRIDAY

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the area, we could see some freezing rain or a glazing of ice this morning. Meterologist Caitlin Ford tells us it’ll be cold all weekend with highs in the 40s or 50s and lows dipping below freezing. There’s a host of closings and delays because of that weather. Schools are canceled in Escambia County in Florida, and Escambia and Baldwin Counties in Alabama. Escambia County offices, City of Pensacola Offices, and ECAT bus and Pensacola Beach and UWF Trolley services are all canceled today. Escambia County courts are also closed. Schools in Santa Rosa County and Okaloosa County are open, as well as UWF and PSC

UNUSUAL WATER RESCUE

It began as a typical traffic accident, and ended as a bizarre water rescue.  Three vehicles — an older Ford Econoline conversion van and two pickups — were involved in an accident on Highway 29 just south of 9 1/2 Mile Road just before 6 last night. The van ran off the road into a fairly shallow ditch and sheared off a fire hydrant, causing the ditch to rapidly fill with water and become a raging river that washed away the shoulder of the road. Escambia County Fire Rescue Special Operations was called to the scene to rescue the van occupant. Witnesses tell North Escambia the firefighters appeared to almost be swept away as the ground collapsed and a good Samaritan rushed into help.

CHILD SHOT

A 5-year-old was shot and injured at the Pensacola Village Apartments last night on East Fairfield Drive just before 9 p.m. According to Pensacola Police, the child was shot in the foot. Injuries are not life threatening. PPD says the shooting appears to have been accidental. The investigation is ongoing.

DEADLY SHOOTING

A man is dead and another man is injured after a shooting took place involving two men near a cocktail bar last night. Escambia County deputies responded to the shooting near the Speak Eazy Cigars & Spirits on Baars Street and Davis Highway just after 7:30. When deputies arrived they were notified that a black male victim was taken to a local hospital by a person inside the bar, where he was pronounced dead. The other man was taken to another hospital for a leg wound.

FLORIDA JOBLESS CLAIMS DROP

Fewer Floridians are filing for unemployment benefits.  The U.S. Labor Department says just under 77-hundred newly-jobless state residents filed claims last week.  That’s a drop of 24-hundred from the previous week.  Nationally, new claims jumped by 55-thousand, to 286-thousand.

POLL SHOWS TRUMP WOULD BEAT GOVERNOR DESANTIS IN 2024 PRIMARY

A new poll finds Governor DeSantis would have a tough time beating Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.  The McLaughlin & Associates poll asked likely voters who they would support in the primary, and the former president came out on top with 53-percent.  Governor DeSantis came in a distant second place at 13-percent.  With Trump removed from the equation, DeSantis led the pack of potential candidates at 26-percent.

HOMECOMING ELECTION FRAUDSTER TO GO TO TRIAL

A former high-school assistant principal accused of rigging a school homecoming election so her daughter would be crowned Homecoming Queen is set to go to trial this month. Channel 3 reports Laura Caroll’s trial will start on January 31st. Her attorney requested a continuance Thursday — but a judge denied it. The state says Carroll was offered a plea deal on her charges, but she turned it down. The deal would have reportedly dismissed two felonies and she would have received probation. Carroll is accused of using her credentials as a school administrator to log in to hundreds of student accounts and cast votes in the election — her daughter received a pre trial diversion earlier this month.

FAIRHOPE SHOOTING YESTERDAY

A Fairhope man was arrested Thursday morning for a shooting. 27 year old Alan Christopher Kegelman was charged with first degree assault after a shooting where a victim, who had been transported by helicopter for medical attention, is expected to be released from the hospital today.

UNDERCOVER STING NETS CHILD PREDATOR

A police sting operation ended in several charges for a Pensacola man — 40-year-old Scott Chappelear facing charges for trying to solicit a minor and having child porn. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl was communicating with Chappalear, who’s accusing of trying to persuade the child to perform sexual activities and send pornographic material to him. When agents executed a search warrant they say child porn photos with kids as young as one to three years old were found. Chappelear was arrested and booked into the Escambia County jail, where he’s currently being held without bond.

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