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November 21, 2019
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Thursday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs


Pensacola police are looking for an aggravated battery suspect, believed to be armed and dangerous. PPD is looking for Lawrence Andrew Seghetti. He is described to be a white, bald male with a beard, black pants, and gray shirt. PPD also believe he may have a female suspect with him. Several officers and a K-9 spent much of the night are in the area of Ames Road looking for Seghetti.


A Pensacola man is sentenced to life in prison for killing his next-door neighbor earlier this year.  State Attorney Bill Eddins says 45-year old Kalvin Allison was convicted last week of second-degree murder for killing his neighbor Charles Locke, tampering with evidence and three counts of grand theft. A woman discovered Locke’s body, covered by a tarp, at the end of Idlewood Drive on May 23rd while walking her dogs. His wrists, legs, nose and mouth had been bound by duct tape and string, and sheet rock and a kitchen tile were found near the body.


Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says for the first time that his agency has formed an internal taskforce with 30 deputies who are focused on preventing and investigating shootings in high-crime neighborhoods. ECSO leadership collaborated across the agency’s departments to form the taskforce after an uptick in shootings this past summer. Since the beginning of August, Morgan says the internal taskforce has made 16 arrests and seized four guns and narcotics. Morgan says they suspect that two of the three shootings in the past week were drug-related.


An Escambia County crash claimed the life of a 41-year old motorcycle rider last night. FHP says Shannon Thorp was westbound on her motorcycle on Highway 98 approaching Fairfield Drive when she turned into the path of a car driven by 55-year old Mary Gibson of Pensacola.  Thorp was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where she died. Gibson was not injured, but a 22-year old passenger in her vehicle was taken to Sacred Heart with minor injuries. While troopers were investigating that accident, they say 33-year old Andrew Kauffman of Cantonment crashed into a pickup and a car that stopped at the motorcycle wreck. The driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries. Kauffman was cited for careless driving.


A member of the Pensacola City Council is speaking out on behalf of all women who have been silenced.  That’s what Councilwoman Sherri Myers wrote in a letter this week explaining why she wants to be council president.  In her letter, she recounted a history of sexist behavior from her colleagues, which she believes has prevented her from being council president in the past.  Myers particularly called out former colleagues Sam Hall, Brian Spencer, Larry Johnson, and P.C. Wu, but Johnson told the PNJ that Myers has not been council president because she doesn’t work well with her colleagues. 


The Santa Rosa County School District and Northwest Florida State College are receiving state grants to support vocational training programs. Florida’s Pathways to Career Opportunities Grant Program provides funding for the creation or expansion of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs. The Santa Rosa School District will use the money for programs that prepare students for skilled trades, including heating and air conditioning service, pipefitting, and plumbing. The funding will support Northwest Florida State College’s machinist, plumbing, and carpentry programs.


The Escambia County School District has narrowed their list of finalist for Teacher of the Year to five. The top 5 are:

Kadee Barnett – first grade teacher, Beulah Elementary
Jacqueline Chabot – third grade teacher, Montclair Elementary
Maureen Harden – sixth grade math teacher, Bailey Middle School
Cheyenna Novotny – chemistry and other science topics teacher, West Florida High School
Jodi Woods – sixth grade reading teacher, Ransom Middle School

The Escambia County School District’s Teacher of the Year will be named at the Golden Apple Awards in January.

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