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Monday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs

KIDNAPPING

Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a apparent kidnapping case.  Reports indicate a man was held captive inside a home on Washington and Navy Blvd for an unknown about of time. The man told deputies he’d been hog-tied for several days by at least two suspects, and manage to escape to a near by Escambia County Sheriff precinct office. The man was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation continues, but no other information has been released.

ESCAMBIA CHANGING STUDENT HONORS

The Escambia County School District is going to consider a plan that would change the way the district honors high achieving students.  Beginning with students in the incoming freshmen class this fall, the valedictory and salutatory awards will no longer be presented under the proposed amendments to the student progression plan. If approved, there will be no valedictorian or salutatorian named at high schools in Escambia County beginning with the graduating class of 2025. Instead, the Latin honors of Cum Laude, defined by the district as the top 20% of students at a high school, Magna Cum Laude (top 10%) and Summa Cum Laude (top 5%) “will be used to identify high achieving students”.

GILLEY PROPOSES EMAIL WARNING

Escambia County Administrator Janice Gilley is proposing a warning to anyone contacting the county by email that their IP address may be public record. The move comes after an anonymous Escambia County employee made an anonymous public records request in an apparent effort to potentially reveal the identity of the person that made an anonymous email record requests for documents. The county received an email request in late April from an email address with no name — an email that on the surface appears to not identify the sender. On Thursday, Gilley will asking the county commission for new warnings to the public that their IP address might be disclosed.

GAS PRICES

Florida gas prices are the highest they’ve been in 7 years.  Prices increased as projected last week, with the state average jumping 12 cents. The increase was following significant gains in the prices of crude oil and gasoline futures, as the recovery in global fuel demand outpaces supply, according to AAA. The average price per gallon in Florida is now $2.97. Locally, the average price per gallon was also $2.97 Sunday night.

SAMURI SWORD ATTACKER

An Escambia county man is arrested after chasing another man down the street with a samurai sword. It all started, a report states, when Marcus Lavoie told another man his tires had been slashed on Howard Drive. Turns out, when the man came out to check, the tires were not slashed. That’s when Lavoie allegdly pulled the sheathed sword from his back. A witness captured the entire incident on camera. When a deputy arrived, he demanded Lovie put the sword down, but he pulled out the sword, began threatening the deputy and reached for his waist. The deputy tased Lovie. Officials say they found a loaded 9mm handgun in his waist with a bullet in the chamber. Lavoie is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest for failing to put down the sword.

MOURNERS FOR FALLEN BALDWIN COUNTY DEPUTY

The public pays tribute to a Baldwin County Deputy who died trying to save others.  People gathered Saturday afternoon at the Baldwin County Coliseum in Robertsdale to pay respects to fallen deputy Bill Smith.  He died while trying to save struggling swimmers off shore of Fort Morgan, Alabama last Sunday.  The swimmers all survived as did Smith’s fellow deputy, Sydney Wentworth.  Sheriff “Hoss” Mack has said if not for the two deputies being there — more people would have lost their lives that day.   

SECOND SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR FOREST CREEK APARTMENT SHOOTING

Months since a shooting left a teenager dead at Forest Creek Apartments, local deputies have arrested a second suspect in the case.  Jail records show deputies booked 20-year-old Trenton Newkirk at the Escambia County jail on Friday.  He’s facing a charge of first degree pre-meditated murder.  Channel Three reports this is in connection with the shooting that killed 16-year-old Jeffrey Kennel Jr back in December.  Back in May, investigators arrested another suspect in the shooting — 18-year-old Isaiah Sims. 

JOB SEEKERS ALERTED TO UPCOMING HIRING FAIR

There’s plenty of government work available in Escambia County and now there’s a hiring fair for those interested in potentially working for local government agencies.  CareerSource EscaRosa is helping Escambia County with a hiring fair later this week.  The county is looking for everything from jail deputies to ECAT bus drivers and firefighters.  The county also has dozens of positions open right now in building services, engineering, library services, natural resources, neighborhood and human services, public safety, and public works.  You can find more on the jobs posted at MyEscambia.com.  The hiring fair is scheduled for this Thursday, June 17th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the shopping center at 9th and Creighton in Pensacola. 

DEPUTIES ARREST PACE MAN ON CHILD PORN CHARGES

A Pace man is facing child porn charges, although he denies what deputies found at his home earlier this month.  Jail records show 33-year-old Christopher Hoffman is charged with Possession of Child Porn.  According to Channel Three, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies say they linked Hoffmann’s IP address to the distribution of a particular child porn video.  Investigators later raided Hoffman’s home in Pace and took him into custody on June 2nd.  Hoffman reportedly denied uploading any child porn.  For now, he’s jailed on no bond in Santa Rosa County. 

PENSACOLA BEACH FISHING PIER SET TO RE-OPEN IN TIME FOR SUMMER

We’re told fishermen, walkers, bikers, and beach goers will all be given access to the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier again soon and it’ll be just in time for the summer tourism season.  Today, Escambia County announces the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier should be back open in a couple of weeks — presumably before July 4th and the Blue Angels beach airshow.  The pier took heavy damage from Hurricane Sally back in September and had to be closed for repairs. 

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