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December 15, 2019
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Thursday Afternoon Headlines

DEPUTY RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
The deputy injured in a shootout yesterday afternoon has been released from the hospital.  The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says the unnamed deputy is expected to make a full recovery.  The deputy was shot four times when deputies arrived at a home on Limerick Drive yesterday afternoon.  41-year old Daniel Hux has been charged with attempted murder.

IMPACT FEES SENT TO PUBLIC HEARING
A plan to impose impact fees on new development is Santa Rosa County is moving forward.  Commissioners debated the measure today and voted to advance the measure to a public hearing.  The public hearing has been set for January 9th at 9:30am.

FBI UPDATE
Hundreds of investigators continue to look into the shooting at NAS Pensacola.  The FBI says more than 600 personnel from 30 FBI field offices, headquarters, the FBI Laboratory, and local, state and federal partners have been at NAS Pensacola working on the 24 hour / seven day a week investigation.  The FBI says they are still trying to determine if the shooter acted alone, or if anyone assisted, provided support for, or had knowledge of his attack in advance.

OLD CAPITOL GOES BLUE AFTER PENSACOLA SHOOTING
Florida’s Old Capitol is going blue to support the Pensacola community after the fatal shooting last week at Naval Air Station Pensacola.  Governor Ron DeSantis says he has ordered the historic building to be bathed in blue light nightly through Sunday.  Mohammed Alshamrani, a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force studying at Pensacola’s Naval Aviation Schools Command, killed three U.S. sailors before being killed by an Escambia County sheriff’s deputy.

NAVAL ACADEMY TO HONOR SHOOTING VICTIMS AT ARMY-NAVY GAME
The U.S. Naval Academy will honor the victims in last week’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola during the Army-Navy football game. Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson was a recent academy graduate. Airmen Mohammed Haitham and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters also will be honored at the game Saturday in Philadelphia. Watson’s shipmates from the academy’s 10th Company will wear red, white and blue ribbons pinned to their lapels. Navy defensive co-captain Nizaire Cromartie will wear a memorial patch from the Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Florida, where the three men were assigned. Academy leaders and midshipmen will wear NASC patches from flight suits of Watson’s Pensacola classmates.

MOST SEE PENSACOLA SHOOTINGS AS TERRORIST ACT
Most voters view the recent mass shooting by a Saudi aviation student at NAS Pensacola as terrorism.  They also continue to question whether Muslims are treated unfairly in this country.  A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that just 23% of likely voters view the Pensacola shooting that left four dead and eight wounded as a criminal act.  54% describe it instead as a terrorist act.  23% say they are not sure.

CYBERATTACK UPDATE
The City of Pensacola continues its recovery from a ransomware attack.  The city says they’re bringing their networks and email servers back online.  Online bill payments for Pensacola Energy and Sanitation Services are now working again.  Pensacola Energy is operational, but the call center is not fully restored yet, but most other city landlines have been restored.  A city spokeswoman says Pensacola Energy customers may get a busy signal when they call because there are few phone lines available, so they ask for your patience and to keep trying.  City IT staff continue to check each computer before bringing them back online.

DOLLAR GENERAL ROBBERY SUSPECTS NAMED
The suspects in an armed robbery that occurred on December 4th at the Dollar General located at 4818 Mobile Highway have been identified.  The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says 37-year old Donald Lamar May is wanted for the armed robbery and is considered armed and dangerous.  A second suspect is identified as 25-year old Thomas Darrell McNeal is currently in custody in Atmore, Alabama on unrelated charges.

FLORIDA LAWMAKERS CONSIDER PAID FAMILY LEAVE BILLS
Legislation creating paid family leave for new parents is being considered in the Florida House and Senate.  The bills would require businesses to give employees up to three months of paid maternity or paternity leave following the birth, adoption or fostering of a child.  To qualify, workers must be employed at a company for at least 18-months.  The Senate bill notes that the majority of workers in Florida are unable to take family leave because they can’t afford to take time off without pay.

FREE COMMUNITY COOKOUT
A local law firm is giving back to its community today.  The law firm of Gross and Schuster hosted and annual free lunch event for anyone who stopped by.  Attorney Terrance Gross says this is their fourth year doing it and over 200 people were served, a number of them were homeless.

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