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Thursday Morning Headlines – Mark Jacobs

JAIL DEMO What one neighbor calls an eyesore in Escambia County is being torn down.  Demolition started yesterday at the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Facility.  Before the work began, a moment of silence was held in honor of the two inmates killed in an explosion there almost five years ago.  Demolition is set to last into June.
CARJACK ARREST A Pensacola man is arrested for allegedly carjacking a Happy China delivery driver at gunpoint in Escambia County. 18-year old Ernest Hurst is charged with carjacking with a firearm and obstruction of justice. The armed carjacking was reported on January 15th in the 4500 block of Montpellier Drive. According to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the Happy China employee went to make a delivery and when no one answered the door, he began to walk back to his car. That’s when four unknown black men approached him, demanding cash. After the driver told them he didn’t have any cash, the men took his car, and one fired a shot into the air.
SCHOOL THREAT A Jacksonville man is facing charges after a Pensacola High School  student reported a threat against the school. Officer Mike Wood with the Pensacola Police Department said 22-year-old Jamare Campbell created a profile on Facebook under someone elses name. Campbell allegedly used that profile to make contact with a PHS student. Wood said they got into a heated exchange and Campbell threatened to come to Pensacola and open fire in the school. Campbell was arrested in Jacksonville Wednesday and is awaiting extradition to Escambia County. He’s charged with writing or sending threats of a mass shooting, which is a second degree felony.
BANKS FUNERAL Funeral services will be Saturday for a brother and sister killed in a tragic crash on East Kingsfield Road.  Sean Banks, a 15-year old sophomore scholar three-sport athlete at Tate High School, and sister Antoinette McCoy were killed early Saturday morning when their vehicle was hit by an alleged DUI driver on East Kingsfield Road. It was just hours after Banks’ last basketball game for Tate, and only about a month since McCoy graduated from college. Visitation is tomorrow from 2-8 p.m. at Tracy Morton Memorial Chapel at 55 Coast Road.  The funeral service will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Baptist Church at 900 East 9 Mile Road.
TWO DEAD Two Alabama residents died in a single vehicle wreck Tuesday night in northern Santa Rosa County. 19-year old Jessica Haveard was northbound on Highway 87 near Hopewell Road when she lost control, ran off the road and hit with a culvert.  FHP says her Jeep Patriot then overturned, ejecting the her and her passenger, 21-year old Kenneth Tanner Mason Few. Both were pronounced deceased on the scene. They were not wearing their seat belts.
SACRED HEART DOG PARK Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola is officially going to the dogs. The hospital is set to build a dog park in front of its new Studer Family Children’s Hospital this spring. It will serve as a playground for the hospital’s growing fleet of therapy dogs, and also for patients to visit with their own pets. The new dog park will be open to hospital patients and the community as a whole, and will be located on Sacred Heart’s Ninth Avenue campus.
STATE EDUCATION COMMISSION MEETING In his first board meeting as Florida’s commissioner of education, Richard Corcoran says addressing teacher shortages, improving school security and funding mental health services and new school construction are “front and center” on Governor Ron DeSantis’ agenda. Corcoran, former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, was appointed as the state’s highest education officer by DeSantis in December. The new commissioner sat down with the seven members of State Board of Education during a public meeting at Pensacola State College, and together the group laid out some of its practical and legislative priorities.

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