Sam strengthened into a hurricane early this morning. The National Hurricane Center says the system intensified quickly, going from a tropical depression to a hurricane in less than 24 hours. Sam is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight or early Saturday. The storm system is still more than 15-hundred miles east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands, as of early Friday morning. It is still unclear at this point whether or not Sam will threaten land.
ARREST WARRANT FOR LAUNDRIE
The search for Brian Laundrie continues as now an arrest warrant has been issued for Gabby Petito’s fiance. The federal warrant filed by FBI Denver Thursday is related to Laundrie’s use of Petito’s Capital One credit card and bank account after the young girl went missing. Her body was discovered in the Grand Teton National Park this past weekend and later identified earlier this week. Federal and local authorities are still searching the area of the Carlton Reserve for Laundrie, whose parents say he went hiking in the area more than a week ago.
UWF FOOTBALL FORCED TO CANCEL UPCOMING GAME
The undefeated UWF Argos football team is forced to cancel their next game because the other side — can’t field a team. According to a news release from the University of West Florida Athletic Department, Saturday’s scheduled game between the Argos and Fort Lauderdale. That school is unable to put a team on the field so now the Argos will get a break until they play again on October 2nd. That will be an away game against Division 2 rival Delta State. Ticket holders are asked to go to GoArgos.com for updated ticket info.
NEW NAME IN CLARDY MURDER INVESTIGATION
It’s been months now since Ladarius Clardy was gunned down on Fairfield Drive, and his family is still looking for answers. There’s now a new name being brought up in the investigation. Escambia County Deputies are now looking for 19-year-old Quaderis Deon Stallworth. ECSO says he’s only wanted for questioning, but also says he should be considered armed and dangerous. We’ve got a photo of the man in question on the Newsradio Facebook page, if you know where Quaderis Stallworth is you should contact the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers.
NWFL SCHOOL DISTRICTS IMPLEMENT NEW COVID ATTENDANCE RULES
Both Escambia and Santa Rosa County school districts are implementing new COVID protocols relating to student attendance. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health, under new leadership announced that parents could choose to send their child back to school even if they’ve come in close contact with a COVID-positive person. Of course, those children have to be completely a-symptomatic. Under the new rules, parents also have the choice to keep their kids out of school and have those absences excused and learning materials sent home. Santa Rosa County announced its compliance with the new rules on Wednesday while Escambia County announced the same on Thursday.
TIGER KING IS BACK
The Tiger King is back. Netflix announced Thursday the hit series “Tiger King” is coming back with season two at the end of this year. The story followed Joe Exotic and others through an inside look at the sordid world of tiger breeding and big cat rescue in Florida and beyond. Exotic, the centerpiece of the hit show, is currently serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison for hiring two different men to kill rival and animal rights activist Carole Baskin.