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Friday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs


A Florida Highway Patrol pursuit ends with an accident on Pensacola Boulevard at W Street. It happened Thursday afternoon when FHP tried to stop a vehicle believed to be driven by a man wanted by troopers. 24-year old Wesley Beach of Pensacola fled with the pursuit continuing down Nine Mile Road and onto Pensacola Boulevard. Beach crashed into another car at the intersection with W Street, and several vehicles were damaged in the parking lot of the Kia dealership. Beach was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after resisting and being bitten by a law enforcement K-9. The driver of the second car, 28-year old Rachel Compton of Pensacola, suffered only minor injuries. The FHP says Beach was not the man they were attempting to locate and they are not sure why he fled.


Volunteers have finished helping Miracle League of Pensacola make repairs to one of it’s fields over the past month. Over 250 volunteers worked for over 2,400 combined hours to repair the damaged field for the fall season. The field is covered with hundreds of tiles to create a safe playing surface for special needs players.  Some of those tiles buckled, prompting the painstaking repair process. All of the tiles had to be removed, pressure washed and replaced one by one.


The University of West Florida Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering celebrated the grand opening of the Laboratory Sciences Annex, a state-of-the-art facility that provides additional space for wet teaching labs and offices for faculty and staff.   The 26.2-million dollar annex houses 12 new teaching facilities for the University’s growing biology and chemistry programs and was designed with unfinished “shell” space for potential expansion. These labs along with the new equipment will provide hands-on educational experiences for students.


ESPN was in town Thursday to honor Washington High School graduate Jaila Roberts as part of its “Hometown Hero” series. In January, Roberts landed on ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter, after nailing a 64-foot, buzzer-beating shot to lift the Wildcats to a one-point win over rival Pine Forest in front of a standing-room-only crowd with just two seconds left in the game. The shot was labeled one of the Top-10 sports plays of that day and now has been named one of the Top-10 high school sports plays of last school year.
The Hometown Hero series can be seen on ESPN on October 10th.


An Escambia County mom has a warning for children and parents.  Ashley Richardson says a man in a van recently tried to get her daughter’s attention while the 11-year-old was walking home on Massachusetts Ave.  The girl had just gotten off the bus from Montclair Elementary School when a man in a black Ford and red dragon on the front tried talking to her daughter.  The girl told her mom, who contacted deputies, and they tell Channel 3 they’re investigating.  


The Navy can move forward with plans to bring a modern helicopter fleet to Santa Rosa County.  Federal officials announced yesterday they foresee no environmental damage from adding 130 new training helicopters to Whiting Field.  The Navy hasn’t revealed what kind of helicopters will replace the TH-57 Sea Rangers, but an announcement could come by the end of the year.  The entire TH-57’s will be replaced in less than five years.  


Authorities raided three Escambia County businesses in what they are calling an investigation into illegal gambling Thursday. Several dozen gambling machines were carted out of the Oasis Bar and Hookah Lounge on Mobile Highway and loaded into a semi-truck Thursday evening.  It’s part of a multi-agency investigation into an illegal gambling operation in the county. The ‘Oasis Bar and Hookah Lounge’ was one of three locations raided. The other locations that were raided include an old medical supply store on 9th Avenue and a third business on Chief’s Way.

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