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Monday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs

MURDER CONVICTION/LIFE SENTENCE UPHELD

The Florida First District Court of Appeal upholds the first degree murder conviction and life sentence of a former crime scene investigator for killing a woman for money and burying her body on the family farm in Cantonment.  Ashley McArthur was convicted of shooting and killing private investigator and former police officer Taylor Wright over $34,000. McArthur appealed, seeking a new trial because the jury inadvertently saw a photo of McArthur pointing a shotgun. She also argued that the trial court erroneously admitted statements that she made to law enforcement, certain cell phone records, and the victim’s text messages.

ESCAMBIA SCHOOLS

The Escambia County School District wants students back on campus by the fall, and face masks won’t be required. ECSD will not offer remote learning next year, but students will have an option of enrolling in the state’s Florida Virtual School. Also, summer school will not be offered remotely; it will only be available to in-person students or virtually. As it stands now, the district won’t require face masks for summer school or in the fall, but they will still be an option for students.

GAS PRICES

The price at the pump is stable for now.  Triple-A  says Florida gas prices held relatively steady over the past week. The average state price for gas was $2.83 per gallon Sunday, a penny less than the previous week. The average for Escambia County is 2.85, with 2.89 in Santa Rosa County.

SUNDAY COVID NUMBERS

There were 38 new COVID-19 cases reported by the Florida Department of Health Sunday in Escambia County.  Santa Rosa County added 19 new cases.  Neither county reported any additional deaths.  As of Friday, hospitalizations stood at 22.  Florida added 6,834 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the state’s total to 2,168,901. The state also added 35 new COVID-19 deaths.

DESANTIS/BORDER

President Biden is responsible for a huge catastrophe at the southern border.  That’s what Governor Ron DeSantis said yesterday on Fox News.  He blames Biden for dismantling former President Trump’s border policies, which DeSantis says, worked at stopping the flow of illegal migrants.  DeSantis adds that from top to bottom Biden has failed on dealing with illegal immigration and rule of law. 

STATE FOREST CAMPSITES OPEN

RV sites, tent campsites and horse stalls in Florida’s state forests are now fully open. The Florida Forest Service says COVID-19 safety measures are still in effect, including a 10-person maximum at group campsites and a 50-person maximum for outside events and pavilion rentals. Inside events are restricted based upon building size.

SANTA ROSA CRASH INVOLVING BIG TRUCK

A crash involving a large truck blocks Garcon Point Road near the Interstate momentarily Saturday afternoon. Just after 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the tractor-trailer was traveling on the I-10 Westbound off-ramp onto Garcon Point Road. A pickup truck driven by a 24-year-old man from Milton was heading south on Garcon Point Road approaching the I-10 westbound off-ramp. The driver of the tractor-trailer didn’t see the pickup and pulled out in front of it. The front of the pickup then collided with the front passenger side of the big truck. The southbound lanes and one northbound lane of Garcon Point Road were blocked for a couple of hours before crews cleared the crash. The driver and passenger of the pickup truck sustained minor injuries.

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