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November 21, 2019
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MISSING TEEN
Escambia County deputies are asking for your help in finding missing runaway teen.  15-year old Elizabeth Jane Florian was last seen yesterday on the 10500-block of Fair Pine Drive.  A clothing description was not given to deputies, but Florian is said to have left on a bicycle, carrying a blue and black backpack.  If you have any information about Elizabeth Florian’s whereabouts, call ECSO.

MISSING TEEN
Escambia County deputies are asking for your help in finding missing runaway teen.  15-year old Elizabeth Jane Florian was last seen yesterday on the 10500-block of Fair Pine Drive.  A clothing description was not given to deputies, but Florian is said to have left on a bicycle, carrying a blue and black backpack.  If you have any information about Elizabeth Florian’s whereabouts, call ECSO.

DEADLY HIT AND RUN DRIVER SENTENCED
An Escambia County is being sentenced to prison for a deadly hit and run earlier this year.  In October, 42-year old James Champitto entered a plea involving the death of a pedestrian in February on Nine Mile Road at Plainfield Avenue.  Witnesses say Champitto got out of his truck, look at the victim, get back into his truck and leave the scene.  Law enforcement found Champitto at his home under the influence of meth and pot.  But it could not be proven if he was impaired at the time of the crash.  The State Attorney’s Office says drivers are required to stop in any crash involving injury, death or property damage and remain on scene and to render aid to anyone injured or take them to the hospital if requested.  Champitto is sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years probation.

DEATH SENTENCE FOR BEAMON
A prison inmate sentenced to death for killing another inmate is getting another death sentence.  Rocky Beamon has been sentenced to death for killing 27-year old Nicholas Anderson who he was sharing the cell with at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution.  In July 2017, Beamon strangled Anderson and cut his throat.  Beamon was already serving a life sentence for a murder in Hillsborough County.  Earlier this year, Beamon was sentenced to death for killing a fellow inmate in 2012 at the Apalachee Correctional Institution.

NEW INFO IN MULTI-VEHICLE HIT AND RUN
New details in a multi-vehicle hit and run crash last week near Hurlburt Field that left two drivers from Navarre and an 87-year old driver from Gulf Breeze dealing with the aftermath.  FHP says it happened last Wednesday on Highway 98 when a car driven by 31-year old Bryan Smith of Alabama was in the left lane and then went up the middle between three other car that were in the right and left lanes hitting all three.  Troopers then say Smith attempted to seize another car in order to get away.  Okaloosa County deputies arrested Smith and suspect he was under the influence of something due to irrational behavior and language.  No word yet on what charges Smith is facing.  Smith reportedly suffered minor injuries while none of the other drivers were hurt.

BASEBALL PLAYER DEAD
Still no more information on the circumstances surround the death of a baseball player with connections to Pensacola. Third baseman Ryan Costello was found dead in New Zealand, where he was set to start playing later this week in the Australian Baseball League.  The 23-year old was found early this morning in his hotel room and preliminary indications are that he died in his sleep of natural causes. Costello was selected 31st in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft by the Seattle Mariners and had played since at the minor league level with the Minnesota Twins. Costello split 2019 between Fort Myers and Pensacola, playing in 108 games.

SEWAGE OVERFLOW
Several hundred gallons of sewage spills in an area off Scenic Highway yesterday.  ECUA reports a contractor hit a 12-inch sewer main at the corner of Scenic Highway and Addison Drive resulting in about 750 gallons to spill.  ECUA says 400 gallons were recovered and the spill was contained to the site and the area was cleaned up.

NEW SMOKE ALARMS FOR SOME WOODLAND HEIGHTS RESIDENTS
Dozens of Pensacola residents can sleep safer thanks to a weekend effort by firefighters to help Woodland Heights residents after recent house fires.  On Saturday, Pensacola firefighters installed 66 smoke alarms during a canvass of the neighborhood offering them to those who wanted them.  The National Fire Protection Association says a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.

PENSACOLA RESIDENT SURVEY
The City of Pensacola is conducting its annual resident satisfaction survey.  The survey asks residents about their satisfaction with a variety of city services and facilities, including street lights, sidewalks and neighborhood safety.  It also asks participants to rank their top priorities for the city as well as whether they would recommend living here to family and friends. The city’s annual survey is being conducted by the University of West Florida Haas Center, but unlike previous surveys, this year’s survey will be available exclusively online at uwf dot edu slash Haas Resident Survey.

SANTA ROSA SCHOOL PROPERTY
The Santa Rosa County School District is in land-buying mode, as the district purchases properties across the county for future potential school sites.  The PNJ reports district officials are looking at 10 properties for potential future schools.  Five of the plots are in the north end and five are in the south end. Three of those properties, one on the Tiger Point Golf Course and two on Navarre Parkway near Edgewood Drive, are currently under contract.  The school board voted in September to buy land off Woodbine Road in Pace for 1-point-6 million dollars, but the deal fell through when the district couldn’t secure a second egress to the property, as required by state law.

DESANTIS UNVEILS $91.4-BILLION BUDGET PROPOSAL
Teacher pay raises and tax relief are parts of a 91-point-four-billion-dollar budget proposal unveiled today by Governor Ron DeSantis.  The governor says next fiscal year he wants to spend more than 600 million dollars to raise the minimum salary for Florida teachers to 47-thousand-500 dollars.  That means 101-thousand teachers would see a raise.  An additional 300-million dollars is earmarked for teacher and principal bonus programs.  The spending plan includes a continuation of the annual back-to-school and disaster preparedness sales tax holidays.  The budget also includes millions of dollars for transportation and economic development initiatives, hurricane recovery aid, public safety and elections security.

NIKOLAS CRUZ HEARING POSTPONED
A pre-trial hearing for the accused Parkland school shooter is on hold.  Nikolas Cruz was set to make an appearance in Broward County Circuit Court for a so-called calendar call today, but court records show the hearing has been pushed back to December 9th.  Cruz is accused of killing 17 people and injuring 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year.  His death penalty trial is set to begin January 27th.

HURRICANE SEASON ALMOST OVER  
The 2019 Hurricane Season is almost over. There’s about two weeks left. There is one storm that could develop. It’s currently east of the Leeward Islands, but forecasters say it will stay away from Florida and the United States.

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