WOMAN TRIES TO SET MOM‘S HOUSE ON FIRE
A Pensacola woman is accused of trying to burn down her mother’s house. 33-year-old Lakeia DeLoach was arrested yesterday for arson for an incident that happened four months ago on Millet Circle. Deputies say DeLoach and her mother got into an argument over child discipline, and DeLoach then tried setting the garage on fire before her mother stopped her. Her mother says DeLoach threatened to burn down the house twice before.
MAYOR REACTS TO FERRY DECISION
Hopeful that a new operator can be found for the Pensacola ferry service, Mayor Ashton Hayward is already thinking about what to do with the Commendencia slip property. The current operator of the ferry service called it quits after losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in the first few months of operations. Hayward speculates the park service will go to the second place bidder to see if they want to give it try.
POLL GIVES DEMS LEAD IN GOVERNOR, SENATE RACES
A new poll gives Democrats the lead in Florida’s two major statewide races. The Reuters/Ipsos/University of Virginia survey of likely voters shows Andrew Gillum leading the race for governor by six points over Republican Ron DeSantis, 50-percent to 44-percent. And incumbent Bill Nelson has a five-point lead over Republican Governor Rick Scott in the U.S. Senate contest, 49-percent to 44-percent. The poll’s margin of error is just under three-and-a-half-percent.
BRACE THANKS FIRST RESPONDERS
The Pensacola and Escambia County communities took a moment to just say, "thank you" to its first responders. A appreciation luncheon was held on Wednesday to honor and celebrate emergency workers. It was the inaugural "Salute to First Responders" appreciation luncheon. The event was hosted by Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE). Jim Sanders, with Escambia County Fire Rescue has dedicated 46 years of his life in service to this community through almost every first responder agency. He was presented with the Lifetime Service Award.
ELECTION VOTING GRADES
One effort to get out the vote isn’t sitting well with some voters. Neighbors in Santa Rosa County recently got a mailing from the Club for Growth that grades them and their neighbors on how often they vote. Santa Rosa County resident Carly Perreault was upset to find the PAC gave her a ‘D’ grade based on her voting history. The mailings aren’t breaking any laws, but she tells Channel 3 News she feels like she’s being targeted. The mailers were sent out by the group Club for Growth, a right-leaning Political Action Committee, based out of Washington.
GILLUM CAMPAIGNS IN PENSACOLA
Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum appeared in Escambia County on Wednesday. He stopped by St. John Divine Church and Arlene’s Barbecue and encouraged the crowd to vote. Gillum says, he hopes people who live in this part of the state, which is typically a GOP stronghold, will consider him. He spoke on a number of issues, including an expansion of Medicaid and teacher’s salaries.
MAYORAL RACE MAY BE MOST EXPENSIVE IN HISTORY
No matter the outcome of the Pensacola mayor’s race next week, it will likely go down in history as the most expensive mayor’s race in the city’s long history. The PNJ reports the two candidates running for Pensacola mayor have raised nearly $425,000 collectively. That number is more than double the $195,760 raised during the first "strong mayor"
race in 2010 between the five candidates who filed to run at that time. Pensacola City Councilman Brian Spencer has out-raised Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson by more than $90,000, for a campaign chest of $258,164. Robinson has raised $166,747 for his
RIBBON CUTTING AT BILL GREGORY PARK
Work has been completed on improvements at Bill Gregory Park in Pensacola. Tomorrow, a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the new stormwater treatment facility and other improvements. Mayor Ashton Hayward says the 5.9 acre park on North W Street will help with water quality in Bayou Chico. An 11-million dollar grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation helped fund the improvements.