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SEARCH FOR HIT AND RUN DRIVER
Pensacola Police need help in finding a vehicle that hit a pedestrian on Palafox Street early last Saturday and then left the scene.  PPD officer Brad Buddin says it happened just after 1 last Saturday morning on Palafox between Garden and Romana Streets and was caught on surveillance video.  A 22-year-old man was in the crosswalk on Palafox with a group of people when he
was hit by a newer white Toyota Tundra.  Police say the truck may have possible damage to the driver’s side mirror or the left front fender.  The man was hospitalized with serious injuries but has since been released.  You can see the video on our Facebook page and if you have any information, you are asked to call PPD or CrimeStoppers.

SHOOTING UPDATE
We have an update on the latest shooting incident in Escambia County.  Officials first said a man was shot while breaking up a fight between two teens.  But, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, that is not what really happened.  Instead, deputies now say the shooting stemmed from a domestic violence situation.  It happened just after 5 o’clock Wednesday afternoon on Topaz Avenue. Deputies say the victim walked into Sacred Heart Hospital with a gunshot wound to the hip. 30-year old Xiaomae (zhow-may) Jenkins is being held without bond in the Escambia County jail on aggravated battery and drug charges. The unidentified victim is still in the hospital but is expected to be okay.

MAN SENTENCED FOR CAR BURGLARY
A man on parole in Alabama for robbery has been convicted by a jury in Pensacola for a car burglary.  Domonic Marquis Culliver was convicted today by an Escambia County jury for making off with 530-dollars in cash from an unlocked car parked in a club parking lot on Davis Highway last July.  Culliver was immediately sentenced to 15 years in prison.  Prosecutors say Culliver also has another case pending where he’s charged with armed robbery, aggrevated assault with a deadly weapon, and grand theft. 

BLUE WAHOOS STADIUM ADVANCES TO SEMIFINALS
The Blue Wahoos Stadium has advanced to the semi-finals to be named the best ballpark of 2019. Voting is now underway in the Best of the Ballparks 2019 Double-A fan vote, presented by Ballpark Digest dot com, and runs until June 18th at 3 PM. You can vote multiple times, but only once per day. The finals will begin immediately following the semi-finals. Ballpark Digest released its own rankings of Double-A ballparks, with the Blue Wahoos Stadium coming in second.

FL PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CUT FROM MIAMI DEM DEBATE
When the 2020 Democratic debates take place in Miami in a few weeks, a Floridian who is running for president will not be involved. Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam is one of three candidates that did not qualify.  To be included in the debates candidates have to have received 65-thousand dollars in donations, or get one percent support in three polls.  Twenty Democrats did make the cut.

DRIVERLESS CARS COULD BE ON FLORIDA ROADS SOON
Governor Ron DeSantis is signing a bill to allow autonomous vehicle testing in Florida.  DeSantis says the move will bring jobs to the state and many believe this will also help increase transportation options.  Under the bill, autonomous technology installed on the vehicle is deemed the operator regardless of if a human is actually in the vehicle or not.  The bill also calls for funding, construction and operations of test facilities across the state. 

WINN-DIXIE REMOVES FAIRLIFE
Winn-Dixie releases a statement after Fairlife goes under fire for alleged animal abuse and fraud.  A video that has become viral shows workers at Fair Oaks Farms, one of Fairlife’s dairy farms, kicking and throwing young calves, despite Fairlife’s claim to promote the “extraordinary care and comfort” of its cows.  Winn-Dixie is a carrier of the Fairlife product, but in a statement released last Friday, the company announced it is removing all Fairlife products from its shelves immediately.  Winn-Dixie says they believe all animals raised for food should be cared for and treated humanely.

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