CREWS KEEP EYE ON HIGHWAY 98 & BLUE ANGEL BRUSH FIRE
State wildfire crews are watching the smoldering remnants of a 7-acre blaze that sparked during the afternoon commute Wednesday. It happened around 4 p.m. and involved a reported outside fire along Tampico Boulevard. Crews managed to cut a line all the way around the fire in roughly one hour. It’s not clear what caused the fire to spread, but it was a windy day Wednesday and initial reports indicated an outdoor fire might have gotten out of control.
OAKWOOD TERRACE SECURITY
A property management company is trying to assure Escambia County residents it’s taking action to improve safety. A meeting was held Tuesday to discuss a shooting that hurt five people last week at the Oakwood Terrace apartments. A rep for Marquis Asset Management told residents the company is trying to hire off-duty police officers, and the company is committed to doing whatever it can to keep residents safe. County Commissioner Lumon May, though, says the company needs to invest more in the property so children don’t wake up in bad conditions that prevent them from developing properly.
MAN ARRESTED FOR MAXWELL STREET SHOOTING LAST WEEK
A suspect has been taken into custody for a shooting in Pensacola last week. On April 14th, Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shots fired disturbance on the 12-hundred-block of West Maxwell Street. Shortly after, a shooting victim was dropped off at Baptist Hospital. During the investigation, it was determined that 22-year-old Robert Michael Mosley shot the victim during an argument. Mosley has been charged with Attempted Homicide.
A one-year old Milton child is in the hospital after being hit by a pickup late Wednesday afternoon. FHP says it happened just before 6 o’clock last night at Johnson Road and Brown Street in Milton when the one-year old walked into the street and was hit by the pickup driven by a 39-year old Milton man. The toddler was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.
The number of area hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remained below 35 each day during the past month. The number of people hospitalized due to the virus on Wednesday was 32, after a low of 20 over the last month. In mid-January, the number reached a high of 291.
FLORIDA COVID NUMBERS
The coronavirus is to blame for dozens more deaths in Florida. The Department of Health yesterday announced 83 more deaths, almost 56-hundred new cases, and the positivity rate for new cases was close to seven percent. The DOH also announced close to 48-thousand more people completed their vaccine series. Overall, Florida has recorded over 35-thousand deaths, almost 2-point-2 million cases, and over five million people have completed their vaccine series.
ANOTHER WALK-IN VACCINE CLINIC HAPPENING THURSDAY IN ESCAMBIA
Florida health officials continue welcoming walk-in patients at COVID-vaccination clinics in Escambia County. The next walk-in clinic through the 4-H Center on Stefani Road is scheduled to happen tomorrow. State health officials in Escambia County say walk-in patients will be welcomed between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday. You’ll get your first-dose Moderna vaccine.
HIGHER ED COVID LAWSUIT PROTECTION
Florida could soon set what one law professor calls a horrible precedent. House lawmakers yesterday approved a bill that would protect colleges and universities from COVID-related lawsuits. Several students have sued their schools to recover tuition and fees they were forced to pay during the pandemic even though schools cut back on services.
The state is already being sued over a controversial new law. A federal lawsuit was filed yesterday over the anti-riot bill signed into law on Monday. A civil rights nonprofit called the Lawyers Matter Task Force filed the suit against the governor, attorney general and the Orange County sheriff. The plaintiffs claim the law strips Floridians, specifically those in the Black Lives Matter movement, of their freedom of speech.
Bill Nelson appears to be a step closer to getting a new job. The former Florida senator went before a senate committee yesterday as part of his confirmation to be NASA administrator under President Biden. During his Senate confirmation hearing, Nelson said President Biden’s proposed increase in funding for the agency is vital.