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Monday Morning Headlines – Mark Jacobs

TWO DEAD IN ACCIDENT

Alcohol is suspected in a crash that killed a brother and sister from Pensacola.  It happened early Saturday morning in Gonzalez at Kingsfield Road and Kingslake Drive.  Police say Cantonment 24-year-old Hunter Black was drunk when his car crossed the center line and hit a car driven by 22-year-old Antoinette McCoy.  She and her 15-year-old brother, Sean Banks, who was a three-sport athlete at Tate High School, were killed, and Black was arrested.

TATE GRIEF COUNSELORS

It’ll be a somber day at an Escambia County school.  Grief counselors will be available today at Tate High School after student Sean Banks died in a car crash this weekend.  The 15-year-old played football, basketball and baseball, and at the football team banquet Saturday night, the coach announced they will retire Sean’s number 53.  The school’s Quarterback Club called Sean a hardworking student with an enthusiastic view on life and a smile as bright as the sun.  

DUI MANSLAUGHTER SUSPECT RELEASED

The man accused of DUI manslaughter in the deaths of a Tate High School student and his sister in a Cantonment crash early Saturday morning has been released from jail.  24-year old Hunter Russell Black was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $25,000 bond just after 1 a.m. Sunday, about 24 hours after the wreck on East Kingsfield Road. The crash claimed the life of driver 22-year old Antoinette McCoy and her 15-year old brother, Sean Banks. Black is charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter and reckless driving causing serious bodily injury.

PERFECT PLAIN BREWING

An impasse in Washington is having repercussions for companies in Northwest Florida.  Pensacola’s Perfect Plain Brewing Company needs federal approval to sell its newest beers, but the agency that gives such approval is closed because of the government shutdown.  The company estimates it has already lost out on five thousand dollars worth of sales.  Reed Odeneal tells Channel 3 they feel helpless and hopeless as they wait for the nation’s leaders to end their stalemate. 

WALK FOR LIFE

Hundreds of people turned out for the third annual Emerald Coast Walk for Life and Rally on Saturday. The rally was held at Community Maritime Park and ended with a two-mile walk through the streets of downtown Pensacola. Guest speakers included Alveda King, niece of the late civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King weighed in on Representative Mike Hill’s new bill that would make it a third-degree felony for physicians who perform abortions on a fetus that has a “fetal heartbeat”.  Hill’s bill will be considered during the upcoming legislative session in March.

GOVERNMENT PAY HELP

Two local financial organizations are doing what they can to help federal workers who aren’t getting paychecks during the government shutdown.  Navy Federal says it’s Government Shutdown Loan Program offers it’s members loans up to 6-thousand dollars.   PenAir Federal Credit Union is also offering loans to it’s members who are going without a check.

BROWARD SHERIFF RESPONDS

Ousted Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is defending his record following his suspension.  Israel says politics motivated Governor Ron DeSantis’ decision to suspend him. DeSantis says the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland might have never happened if leadership was better at the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.  Israel fiercely defended the agency under his leadership, saying the blame falls on the issue of gun violence.

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