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November 18, 2018
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FIERY CRASH INJURIES

A fiery collision Sunday morning left two people in serious condition.

It happened just after 3 a.m, on Interstate 10 eastbound near the Florida Welcome Center when a car and 18-wheeler collided.  Two people inside the car were taken to a hospital.

RHIANNA INSTAGRAMS SUPPORT FOR GILLUM

A pop star is urging Florida voters to make history tomorrow. Rihanna made an Instagram post yesterday encouraging Floridians to vote for Andrew Gillum for governor.  She says the US has only had four black governors ever, and it’s time for a fifth.  She also called for a ‘Yes’

vote on Amendment Four, which would restore voting rights to some felons who have finished their sentence.

BROWNSVILLE CHURCH UNVEILS MEMORIAL

A Pensacola church has what one member calls a new symbol of pride.  The Brownsville Assembly of God Church yesterday unveiled a new memorial to those killed in battle and a new American flag. Local fundraising paid for the additions.  Besides giving the church something to be proud of, a parishioner tells Channel 3 News the new additions are a way to show veterans our honor and respect.

CHARGES UPGRADE IN CHASE INVOLVING ESCAMBIA COUNTY DEPUTY

Charges have been upgraded against a duo charged in connection with a wild, shots fired,  10-mile long police pursuit early October 7 through Escambia County. A deputy’s vehicle was struck by gunfire at least twice during the pursuit that ended on Nine Mile Road. There were no injuries reported.  North Escambia dot com reports 29-year old Christopher Chancey is charged with attempted first degree premeditated murder with a firearm, three counts of attempted second degree murder with firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing and eluding and resisting an officer. He is accused of the attempted murder of four deputies.  Brittany Wagner is charged with with principal to attempted first degree murder with a firearm and three counts of principal to attempted second degree murder with a firearm.

TWO  HIT AND RUNS UNDER INVESTIGATION

Police are searching for the driver in a hit and run crash in Cantonment on Sunday morning.  A car headed west on County Road 297A near Pine Forest Road around 10:30 Sunday morning pulled into the parking lot of a convenience store and made a U-turn. when the car tried to re-enter the roadway, it crashed into a Toyota Camry that was crossing in front of the driveway. The Florida Highway Patrol says the car then took off.  No one was hurt. Meanwhile, authorities are looking for a driver who struck a fence, two utility poles, a street sign and a stop sign Sunday before taking down a third utility pole and bringing down power lines across Pace Boulevard.  FHP says the driver ran from the scene after the crash at about 11 a.m. Witnesses told authorities the woman said she did not have a valid driver’s license and then collected her belongings from the car and ran from the scene.

TIGER POINT LAND SALE MOVES FORWARD

The Santa Rosa County School District finally has land for a new school in Tiger Point. The PNJ reports after months of negotiations, including a previous deal approved by the school district and the city of Gulf Breeze, the Gulf Breeze City Council signed off on the sale of 45 acres on the west course of Tiger Point Golf Course for $1.9 million. The City Council approved the sale during its executive session meeting last week. The council is expected to finalize the sale without additional discussion during its regular meeting tonight at Gulf Breeze City Hall.

TRUMP SAYS GILLUM "NOT EQUIPPED" FOR THE JOB

President Trump is claiming Tallahassee Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum does not have what it takes to be the governor of Florida. At a rally in Pensacola Saturday, Trump said Gillum is "not equipped" for the job and called him a "radical socialist."  The Democrat is bidding to become the first black governor of Florida, and Trump’s remarks ignited instant backlash on social media.  New accusations of racial hostility are coming forth as Trump also called Georgia’s Democratic candidate for governor Stacy Abrams, who is aiming to become the nation’s first black female governor, "not qualified."

THREE TYNDALL SQUADRONS RELOCATE TO EGLIN

While some key missions are returning to Tyndall Air Force Base, others however are being relocated to Eglin Air Force Base.  The Air Force says the 43rd and 2nd Fighter Squadrons’ F-22 Fighter Training and T-38 Adversary Training Units are relocating to Eglin.  Also, the 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 4, will relocate with the F-22 Fighter Training Units.  The Air Force says academic and simulator facilities at Tyndall AFB will be used to support training requirements, as well as Tyndall AFB’s surviving low observable maintenance facilities.  The shift is creating a need for local housing for the 800 military members and approximately 1,600 family members.  Navarre Area Board of Realtors Executive Angela Campbell is asking its members to help airmen find new homes.

STAFFORD HAS TIPS FOR VOTERS

A few last minute tips for Escambia County residents planning to vote tomorrow.  Supervisor of Elections David Stafford says while the deadline for new voters to register passed last month, you can still update your address today.  You should also confirm your polling location today by either checking your sample ballot, voter registration card, on online at EscambiaVotes.com.  Stafford says several polling locations have changed and are listed online along with a sample ballot.  If you have a vote-by-mail ballot and choose not to return it, you will still be allowed to vote in person, but you must surrender your unvoted ballot package so it can be cancelled.

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DRUG RAID LEADS TO TRAFFICKING CHARGES

A Pensacola man is facing numerous drug trafficking charges.  The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit raided a home on the 800-block of South Madison Drive on October 30th.  Deputies found 34-hundred grams of the meth, 680 grams of heroin and fentanyl, as well as cocaine, seven hydrocodone pills, one AR-15 style rifle and a handgun and more than $9,400 in cash.  36-year old Jerrel Lamar Leverette is facing numerous charges of drug possession and trafficking charges along with being a possession of a firearm by convicted felon.  He was released on 25-thousand dollars bond.

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