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BODY OF WOMAN FOUND NEAR FLOMATON

A woman’s body was found north of Flomaton last night but so far, there is no confirmation that is is that of a Pensacola woman believed murdered just over two weeks ago.  North Escambia reports that Escambia County, Alabama Sheriff Heath Jackson confirms the body was found in a wooded area along Highway 113 when a passing driver pulled over and stepped into the woods to use the bathroom. Pensacola Police are involved in the investigation. But, so far, PPD is not saying the body is that of a Pensacola woman murdered just over two weeks ago. 38-year old Giles Jones is charged with the premeditated first degree murder of 40-year old Latonya Baxter, and police have previously said they believed the body was dumped in the Century area.

ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING

A woman was accidentally shot Sunday night in Cantonment.  North Escambia reports it happened about 8:45 p.m. on Nowak Road off County Road 97. An Escambia County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson says it appeared a gun accidentally discharged, striking the woman. Her injuries were no considered life threatening.

GAS PRICES

Florida gas prices have slowly declined the past 10 consecutive day, according to AAA. The state average is now $3.07 per gallon, after slipping 3 cents last week from the 2021 high of $3.10 per gallon.  In Escambia County this morning, the average is 3-01.9, while in Santa Rosa County it’s 3-06.6.

ONE DEAD FOLLOWING ATV CRASH IN NWFL

A Destin woman is dead after an ATV crash over the weekend.  Florida Highway Patrol Troopers say the woman was on the back of the ATV, riding with a 61-year-old man from Destin.  Troopers say as he drove along a small private road, the man lost control at one point, causing the ATV to flip.  The 59-year-old female passenger was declared dead at the scene. 

ONE DEAD IN SATURDAY HEAD-ON COLLISION IN PENSACOLA

A Navarre woman is dead in the wake of a two-car head-on collision involving a suspected drunk driver.  It happened around 11:45 a.m. Saturday along Beverly Parkway near the Crescent Lake neighborhood.  The victim died of their injuries overnight.  Troopers say a pickup truck swerved into the woman’s lane and hit her SUV head on.  The victim — rushed to the hospital, where she later died.  FHP says the driver of the wayward pickup truck is identified as 44-year-old Randle McBride, of Pensacola.  He’s likely to face charges of DUI manslaughter in the case. 

NAVARRE LIFEGUARD HELPS INJURED BIRD

A Navarre lifeguard went above and beyond to help an injured bird this week. It all happened at Navarre beach, where an Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge volunteer was taking in some beach time when she noticed an injured Osprey. Lifeguard John Decker paddled out and was able to get the bird back to shore where it’s wounds were treated by experts at the refuge.

MAN CHARGED IN DUI MANSLAUGHTER CASE RUNS INDEPENDENT LAB TEST

The attorney for a man charged with DUI manslaughter after ramping a curb and hitting a pedestrian earlier this month says an independent toxicology report shows nothing was in his clients system at the time of the crash. Retired PPD officer Alvin Godwin is charged in the case. Godwin passed a breathalizer at the time of the crash, but police believed he was impaired. Police say they found pills in his pocket, which they suspect to be acetaminophen and oxycodone. Channel 3 reports that attorney Bruce Childers had a lab run Godwins blood work after he posted bail, and he says the results were clear of all substances. Pensacola Police are still waiting for the results of their toxicology test.

TEACHER BONUS CHECKS BOUNCE

Some state funded teacher bonus checks bounce.  Around 50-or so teachers in over 20-counties were affected.  Florida Department of Education spokesperson Jared Ochs blames the bounced thousand dollar checks on a bank mistake.  Allison Tobin Reed with JP Morgan Chase apologized and said the money will be made available and any fees associated with the bounce will be refunded.  Similar checks sent by the state to first responders didn’t bounce.  The checks use some of the federal American Rescue Plan 2021 funds sent to Florida.

MAN SENTENCED FOR SECRET BATHROOM CAMERA AT VA

A former Pensacola VA employee has been sentenced to four months in jail on video voyeurism and disorderly conduct charges. The PNJ reports 52-year-old Robert Sampson of Gulf Breeze pled guilty to the charges earlier this year and was sentenced on Thursday. Prosecutors say Sampson placed a secret camera that looked like a cell phone charger in a restroom at the Pensacola VA facility and recorded video of eight different employees in the bathroom. He’ll also have to serve a year of supervised release and pay $1200 in fines and restitution.

BOND SET FOR MAN ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING WOMAN FROM BAR

Bond has been set for a Pensacola man accused of kidnapping an 18-year-old woman from a bar in Mobile recently. 34-year-old Morris Linson was in court Friday on 2nd-degree kidnapping charges in Mobile County. Bond was set at $37,500 dollars. He’s accused of taking an unconsious woman from a vehicle in the Troubadours Saloon parking lot, putting her in his vehicle and leaving the bar. Police say surveilance video shows the vehicle Linson left the bar in returning the woman to the University of South Alabama campus later that morning. Linson was arrested here in Pensacola. In the wake of the incident, Troubadors Saloon has increased their security and no longer lets anyone under the age of 21 into the club.

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