DESANTIS CALLS FOR CONTINUING ‘BOLD’ PLANS
Gov. Ron DeSantis formally started the 2020 legislative session Tuesday by urging lawmakers to boost pay for many public-school teachers, continue addressing Everglades restoration and water quality and curb business regulations. DeSantis used his annual State of the State address to tout taking a “bold step” by setting a minimum salary of $47,500 for teachers, a $602 million proposal that will be a key issue during the 60-day session. DeSantis also used the address to focus on frequent themes of Republicans, including eliminating “Common Core” standards in education, holding down taxes and pitching a deregulation plan that would reduce occupational licensing requirements on professions such as barbers and interior designers. DeSantis also briefly touched on support for a controversial proposal that would require parental consent before minors can have abortions. The proposal is ready for a vote in the full House and is scheduled to go before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
SENATE RECOGNIZES NASP
Those killed and wounded during the December 6th attack at NAS Pensacola were honored today in the Florida legislature as members gathered to begin the 2020 session in Tallahassee. State Senate President Bill Galvano read the names of those killed in the attack: Ensign Joshua Watson, Airman Mohammed Haitham, and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters. Among those attending today’s ceremonies were the Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies Johnson Glass and Matthew Tynch, who were both wounded in the attack. Galvano also recognized other deputies and members of the Florida Highway Patrol who responded to the attack and assisted caring for those who were wounded.
12 SAUDIS EXPELLED WERE AT NAS PENSACOLA
Many of the 21 Saudi nationals training at U.S. military bases that were expelled yesterday, were stationed at NAS Pensacola. The FBI confirms 12 of those sent back to Saudi Arabia yesterday were taking part in training programs at NAS Pensacola. U.S. Attorney General William Barr says the 21 Saudis were terminated from the program because they were found with Jihadist materials and child pornography. No other details were provided by the FBI on those expelled or what other bases they were at.
ECSO LOOKING FOR FEMALE SUSPECTS
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in identifying two suspects who allegedly stole from a local hospital. Two women were caught on camera on November 24th stealing several items, including credit cards from Sacred Heart Hospital. Both of them used the stolen cards at several locations in Escambia County the same day. You’re asked to call ECSO or Crime Stoppers with any information. They photos are up on our News Radio Facebook page.
THIEVES MAKE OFF WITH CASH FROM ATM
Thieves made off with a bunch of cash after destroying an ATM. Milton Police say at around 3:30 this morning, unknown suspects went to the Bank of America on Caroline Street with a stolen vehicle. There they wrapped a chain around the ATM and pulled it with the vehicle, damaging the machine and made off with an unknown amount of cash. The stolen car was found just up the street. Milton Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information regarding the crime.
The search is on for two missing Northwest Florida children. FDLE issued a statewide missing child alert for 7-year old Brylee Pate and 7-year old Braylen Pate, both from Washington County. The two are believed to be in the company of 39-year old Vanessa Cotromano. They were last seen in Chipley and may be in a 2020 blue Nissan Altima with Florida tag GIDV22. Both girls are described as white, 4 feet tall and 50 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. If you see them, call law enforcement immediately.
BANK ROBBER ARRESTED
The man wanted for robbing an Escambia County bank last week is in jail. 55-year old Timothy Langford was arrested this morning after deputies say he robbed the Synovus Bank on Nine Mile Road at University Parkway last Tuesday. The FBI says Langford also robbed a bank last Friday in Knoxville, Tennessee. Langford also has active warrants in Colorado.
A 63-year old Pace man is dead after being hit while riding his bike. FHP says it happened last night on Woodbine Road in Milton when a woman driving a pickup hit Anthony Hill. Troopers say Hill was in the center lane as he was crossing Woodbine when 62-year old Debra McBride of Milton attempted to go around another car in a no passing zone and hit him. The impact knocked Hill into the northbound lane where he was hit by the other car, driven by a 23-year old man from Alabama. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
A sewage spill in West Pensacola could have some it making its way to Pensacola Bay. In a report to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, ECUA says rags and grease clogged a line that cause sewage to overflow at the intersection of North L and West Strong Streets yesterday afternoon. ECUA says about 400 gallons overflowed from a manhole and entered a storm drain that leads to Pensacola Bay. The blockage has since been cleared and the area cleaned up.
GUN CONTROL MEASURE ADVANCES
Florida would require background checks before weapons could be sold at gun shows and would require private gun transactions be documented under a bill unanimously approved by a Senate committee. The Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee approved the bill Monday. The legislation also would require health care professionals tell law enforcement if they believe a patient is threatening to carry out a violent act that would seriously harm or kill someone. The bill also would ban sales of weapons in public, including gun shows and flea markets, unless a criminal background check was completed.
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA WILL NOT BE ON 2020 FLORIDA BALLOT
Pointing to a “narrow timeframe” for meeting petition-signature requirements, backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to allow recreational marijuana use in Florida said Monday the measure will not go on the November ballot. The political committee Make It Legal Florida had been hurrying to try to meet a requirement to submit 766,200 valid petition signatures to the state by a February 1st deadline — and went to court to try to get more time. But the committee’s chairman says supporters will try to put the issue on the 2022 ballot instead. The state Division of Elections had tallied 299,216 valid petition signatures for the measure. 766,200 valid petition signatures are required.
APPLE REFUSES REQUEST
Apple is refusing a Justice Department request to help unlock the Pensacola shooter’s two iPhones. A Saudi Air Force officer shot and killed three people and injured eight others last month at NAS Pensacola in what Attorney General William Barr calls an act of terrorism. Apple rejected Barr’s assertion that it has not provided substantive assistance in the case, saying it has provided “gigabytes of information” to law enforcement. The tech giant has refused to build a “backdoor” to help unlock encryption for law enforcement. Apple believes it could be exploited and may jeopardize security.