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Thursday Afternoon Headlines

ACTIVE SHOOTER STOPPED
An active shooting situation is stopped by an Escambia County Deputy.  ECSO spokesman Major Andrew Hobbs tells News Radio they got a call about an active shooter around 2:40 this afternoon at the Grocery Advantage on Lillian Highway near New Warrington Road.  Hobbs says deputies rushed into the store and confronted the shooter in the back of the store and shot him.  That shooter was taken to a local hospital.  No other injuries were reported.  FDLE is now on scene investigating.

MASSAGE PARLOR RAID
Two area massage parlors have been raided.  Special agents from the FBI Jacksonville office conducted what is being called “court-authorized law enforcement activity” at the Asian Pro Walk-in massage parlor on New Warrington Road and the All Day walk-in massage parlor in Gulf Breeze.  An FBI spokesperson tells News Radio they cannot confirm any other connection between the two locations and wouldn’t give any other details citing an ongoing investigation.  The U.S. Treasury Department and several other agencies including Homeland Security and FDLE have also been on the scene of the New Warrington Road location.

MURDER UPDATE
New information in the death of man whose body was found behind a hair salon on Wednesday.  A 49-year-old man is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 71-year old Hector Torres. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says Donald Barbee killed Torres, wrapped him in linens and left his body behind the business. ECSO says both men were previously homeless and lived together at a building on North Pace Boulevard. Barbee is being held without bond in the Escambia County Jail.

FATAL BIKE SENTENCE
A Pensacola man will serve 10 years in prison in the death of a bicyclist who was hit and killed on Creighton Road at 9th Avenue on September of 2017.  37-year old Jason Lee Huff was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death.  54-year old Kevin Frick died as a result of his injuries. The day after the crash, a witness reported seeing a man matching Huff’s description abandoning the vehicle involved in an apartment complex parking lot. Ultimately, Huff admitted to fleeing the scene and was arrested in March. There is no parole in Florida, so he will have to serve 85% of his sentence.

TROPICS HEATING UP?
The 2019 hurricane season has been relatively quiet so far, but forecasters are eyeing the potential for a tropical system to form soon in the Gulf of Mexico. Various models are beginning to show signs of potential development by late next week and forecasters say it’s a good time to make sure you’re prepared. This weekend, a local disaster preparedness expo is taking place.  On Saturday, the Gulf Coast Disaster Preparedness family resource fair will take place from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on East Heinberg Street.  Featured speakers will include first responders and emergency management personnel, providing information about what to do before, during and after a storm.

SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT
An accident involving an Escambia County School bus this morning.  It happened around 6:30 on Alexandria Drive near Edison Drive in the Mayfair neighborhood.  FHP says a car being driven by 33-year old Christopher Callaway of Pensacola crossed into the path of the bus, was carrying 15 students. No one was hurt.  Callaway was cited for driving on the wrong side of the road.

HIGHWAY 29 RAMP SHIFTS
A big traffic shift this weekend for Highway 29 drivers.  FDOT says drivers using the northbound U.S. 29 off- and on-ramps at Nine Mile Road will be shifted onto the newly constructed ramps between 8pm Sunday and 6am Monday.   Drivers will encounter minor delays as crews prepare for the transition and tie the ramps into the adjacent business entrances.

ARGO RALLY CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
UWF’s Argo Rally event tonight in downtown Pensacola has been cancelled due to heavy thunderstorms. The event will not be rescheduled.

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