Tropical Storm Nestor’s track continues to shift to the east and the Tropical Storm Warning for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties has been discontinued. Maximum winds remain at 60 miles an hour with the storm moving northeast at 22 miles an hour. Jason Beeman with the National Weather Service in Mobile says we will see pretty much just rain and some gusty winds overnight. Nestor is expected to make landfall near Port St. Joe tomorrow morning.
Due to tonight’s weather, the Pensacola Interstate Fair is closing down for the night. Fair officials say they will reopen Saturday morning at 11.
CRAWFORD GRAND JURY
New this afternoon, the State Attorney’s office says a Grand Jury will convene on Monday in the case of the Pensacola Police officer who shot and killed a Tymar Crawford. Crawford was killed in an officer-involved shooting with Pensacola Police on July 5th. The officer who shot and killed Crawford, Daniel Siemen, was recently fired by the department for violation of use of force policies. The grand jury will determine if Siemen will face any criminal charges and also examine PPD’s policies and training.
WANTED FOR QUESTIONING
The Escambia County Sheriff’s office is looking for three men for questioning in the shooting death earlier this week of Rashund Dexter. ECSO says they want to talk to 28-year old Devontae LeRoy Williams, 29-year old Rayford Richards and 30-year old Travaris Stallworth. Dexter’s body was found early Wednesday morning on Massachusetts Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds. Dexter was also shot in late September on Lucerne Avenue while trying to buy drugs, but would not identify the person who shot him. We have pictures of Williams, Richards and Stallworth on our Facebook page. If you have any information, you’re asked to call ECSO or Crime Stoppers.
RUBIO ON SYRIA
Florida Senator Marco Rubio says the ceasefire announced yesterday between Turkey and the Kurds in Syria is not really a ceasefire. The GOP lawmaker tells NewsRadio the deal basically gives Turkey’s president everything he wants and also hurts U-S credibility with our allies. Rubio says he fears Iran will now have greater influence in Syria and Lebanon and Israel will have to respond, which he says raises the prospects for war in the region.
Florida’s unemployment rate ticked down to 3.2 percent in September. The rate, down from 3.3 percent in August, represents an estimated 336,000 Floridians out of work from a workforce of 10.4 million. The Panama City area, which was hit by Category 5 Hurricane Michael last October, was down 2,000 jobs from September 2018. In Pensacola, the unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in September, down from 3.1 percent from one year ago. The industries with the highest growth over the year in the Pensacola area were education and health services and leisure and hospitality each with 900 new jobs.