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November 18, 2018
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Friday Morning Headlines

STORM FORMING IN ATLANTIC OCEAN

Forecasters are keeping their eye on a storm forming in the Atlantic Ocean.  The National Hurricane Center says the storm has a high chance of strengthening into a tropical storm.  Right now, it’s about a thousand miles east of the Leeward Islands, which are in the Caribbean Sea.  It could turn into a tropical storm over the next day or two. Forecasters predict it will eventually turn west towards the U.S., but it’s not known whether it will eventually pose a threat to the mainland.

INVESTIGATORS LOOK TO SOUTH FLORIDA AS POSSIBLE BOMB SOURCE

Investigators say their manhunt for the person who sent mail bombs to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other critics of President Donald Trump is focusing on South Florida. According to Local 10 News in Miami, the Miami-Dade Police Department’s bomb squad and K-9 units are helping FBI agents look for clues at a U.S. Postal Service mail facility in Opa-Locka. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters several of the mail bomb packages were sent from Florida.  Through Thursday, investigators had discovered ten packages with explosives.

WOMAN SUSPECTED OF ALLOWING PHONE SEX WITH TEENAGE GIRL 

> A 61-year-old Santa Rosa County woman faces a felony child cruelty  charge after she allegedly let a prison inmate talk sexually with a young teenage girl over the phone.  The PNJ reports Celia Fuston was arrested earlier this month after a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office investigation that began in June. According to an SRSO arrest report, Fuston began writing letters and then having phone conversations with a prison inmate in Jackson County who was serving a life sentence for child molestation. The woman then began to arrange phone calls between the inmate and a teenage girl, whose identity is not known.  Fuston was released Monday on a $25,000 bond.

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> PACE MAN ARRESTED FOR IMPERSONATING SANTA ROSA DEPUTY

> A 36-year-old Pace man is arrested for allegedly impersonating a deputy and pulling over a driver over for what he believed was reckless driving. The PNJ reports Daniel Thames faces charges of false

> imprisonment and impersonating a law enforcement officer in the incident Friday afternoon. A woman called dispatchers to report she was pulled over by a man who claimed he was a deputy, but he fled the scene after she asked to see his badge.  Thames was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail on Saturday morning, and his bond was set at $20,000.

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> FLATS APARTMENT AND CAMELOT CAR BURGLARIES

> Detectives are asking for your help in identifying an unknown male suspect who they say has committed numerous vehicle burglaries in the Camelot neighborhood and at The Flats apartment complex on North 9th Ave.  Pensacola Police say the incidents occurred in the early morning hours of October 18th.  We have pictures of the alleged suspect on our News Radio Facebook page.  Officer Mike Wood says all the vehicles entered by the suspect were unlocked.

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> FEMA WARNING ABOUT SCAM ARTISTS

> The Florida Division of Emergency Management is warning of a scam targeting residents affected by Hurricane Michael.  The scam artists are posing as FEMA inspectors and are asking for personal information or charging for services such as damage inspections or contractor repairs.  Officials say FEMA never charges for inspections and personal information should only be provided when homeowners apply for FEMA help.

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> MAN POINTS GUN AT HIS MOTHER’S HEAD

> A Pensacola man is arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at his own mother.  Channel 3 reports 21-year old Justin Young entered a home on the 7700 block of Kipling Street back in September and began yelling at his mother.  A witness says Young was pointing a gun at his mother’s head.  That witness is said to have intervene and  Young pointed the gun at him and left the home.  Young was arrested on October 23rd and charged with a felony count of aggravated assault.

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> PENCE SAYS TRUMP COMMITTED TO REBUILDING TYNDALL

> President Trump says Tyndall Air Force Base will be rebuilt. That’s the news delivered by Vice President Mike Pence who toured the widespread damage at the 29-thousand acre facility.  Pence was joined by Governor Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshall Jimmy Patronis.  Pence says the federal government has designated $100 million toward the recovery of the base.

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ESCAMBIA COUNTY WANTS HWY 29 SECTION RENAMED FOR FORMER EMPLOYEE <<…>>

> Escambia County wants to honor an employee killed on the job.  The county commission recently asked FDOT to rename part of Highway 29 for Maceo Perkins.  The 41-year-old died six months ago after he was hit by a car while working near Siglar Road.  If FDOT approves, Highway 29 from Cox Road to Siglar Road will be renamed Maceo Perkins Parkway.

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