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State troopers are searching for a driver after he took off during a traffic stop and threw marijuana out of a car window. FHP says two troopers stopped a car that left an apartment complex on Royce Street around 7:30 last night with no headlights on. When troopers asked the driver to put the car in park, he drove off. Troopers started following the car and say they saw the man throw a large quantity of marijuana out of the vehicle. Several other state troopers and Pensacola Police Department officers responded to nearby areas to try to intercept the driver, but were not successful. Troopers are actively searching for the vehicle, which is a white 2010 Mercedes with tag IL59WE.


Developers are back with a plan to replace the Pensacola Bay Center.  Pensacola Area Development Partners, or PADP, presented their plan this week to the Tourist Development Council.  The plan calls for building a new center in the parking lot of the current one, and then tearing down the old building once the new one is complete.  A similar plan unveiled a couple years ago ran into funding problems before it was scrapped. 


Three malnourished horses were surrendered to Escambia County Animal Control this week after an investigation.  North Escambia dot com says the horses were removed from Meander Lane off Highway 297A in Cantonment and are currently being cared for by Panhandle Equine Rescue.  An Escambia County spokeswoman says the Animal Control  investigation is still active and charges may be forthcoming. PER President Diane Lowery says the horses will have a vet check on Friday.


Escambia County officials are monitoring a possible green algae bloom in East Bay. The PNJ says the bloom, discovered earlier this week by environmental officials, can easily be seen on the surface of the water. The county’s marine resources director collected samples on Wednesday to be sent to St. Petersburg for testing to confirm the type of algae.


A certified nursing assistant in Gulf Breeze is accused of abusing an elderly man. 27-year-old Kayla Oeth is facing felony charges in the alleged incident in August Bay Breeze Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center. Sgt. Rich Aloy with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a warrant was issued on September 16 – more than one month after the incident. According to a report from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the victim’s arms were bloodied and bruised from his wrists to his elbows. Oeth claims the victim was in a “horrible mood” and his injuries were sustained as she was trying to help him into bed. She says he fought with her and spit in her face.


A deadline to make sure your driver’s license is REAL ID compliant is coming soon.  As of October 1st, if a driver’s license doesn’t comply with the post-9/11 guidelines, you won’t be able to get onto an airplane or into federal government buildings.  Santa Rosa County Tax Collector Stan Nichols says 91-percent of drivers licenses meet the requirements. Nichols says if you see a gold star in the upper right corner of your driver’s license, it’s already REAL ID compliant.


If you get an email from Gulf Power asking you to update your contact info, it’s not a scam.  Gulf Power’s Sarah Gatewood says they’re asking customers to update their info because we’re in an active hurricane season.  Gatewood says it’s especially important for long-time customers to update their info because they may have a new phone number or email address.


A Pensacola woman is in the Escambia County Jail after being charged with child abuse.  43-year old Melinda Caporale was arrested Tuesday after deputies she was drunk and shoved a child against a coffee table and stood over him yelling at him while he was lying on the ground.  Then a witness tells deputies when the child was outside, Caporale shoved him to the ground again and then grabed him by the neck.  Deputies are treating it as a case of domestic violence child abuse.


A Santa Rosa County School Resource Officer is back on active duty after recovering from a stroke.  Six months ago, 39-year old Matt Robinson was working as an SRO at Milton High School when he suffered a stroke.  Sargeant Rich Aloy says things didn’t look good at the time, but Deputy Robinson has made a full recovery.  Robinson returned to work this week as an SRO at Holley-Navarre Primary School.

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