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Tuesday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs

DEATH ROW WISH

A killer’s warning appears to have come true in Santa Rosa County.  Rocky Beamon pleaded guilty last week to strangling his cellmate to death at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution.  Beamon was already sentenced to death for killing another inmate seven years ago. After that case was resolved, Beamon sent a letter to a judge warning that he would continue to take lives until his wish of being placed on death row was granted. 

TRAIN HITS TRUCK

A Pensacola man is lucky to have escaped injury after a scary collision.  Roley Kiker was driving on East Kingsfield Road yesterday afternoon when his pickup truck was hit by a train going 35 miles an hour.  FHP says the 63-year-old failed to stop for the railroad crossing signal before the collision.  No one was hurt, but Kiker was cited for failing to obey the traffic signal.

MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELD

Help is needed to make sure some kids in Escambia County get to play on their field of dreams.  The Miracle League of Pensacola allows kids with special needs to play baseball, but one of its fields on East Nine Mile Road is in need of cleaning.  About 50 volunteers showed up last night to help, but more will be needed throughout the week.  Those interested can contact the league through their website, MiracleLeaguePensacola.Net-At-Hand.com. 

EGLIN CAPTAIN DIES

A captain with the U.S. Air Force died early Saturday, hours after experiencing health complications following a fitness test.  Eglin Air Force Base officials say 29-year old Captain Tranay Tanner completed the fitness test early Friday and was taken to the base hospital later that morning.  She was later transferred to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center where she died Saturday afternoon. Tanner was assigned to the Operational Test and Evaluation Center and her death is under investigation.

MEDICAL EXAMINER

Northwest Florida is another step closer to getting a new medical examiner, with Santa Rosa County on Monday voting to approve an interlocal agreement with Escambia, Okaloosa and Walton counties that would make Santa Rosa the administrator of the medical examiner’s contract. The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the agreement, which represents a new approach the four counties are taking to funding the medical examiner’s office. The biggest change involves forming a nonprofit organization through which the counties will contract for autopsy services, as opposed to contracting with a private business as they do now.

CRITICAL INJURY CRASH

Two Pensacola drivers were critically injured Monday morning in a head-on crash on Blue Angel Parkway near U.S. 98.  FHP says 33-year old Anthony Burgett was driving north on Blue Angel Parkway, approaching U.S. 98 when he veered from the northbound lane into the southbound lane.  He collided with an SUV driven by 30-year old Joshua Fogle.  Both men were critically injured.

FIREWORKS COULD BECOME LEGAL IN FLORIDA

Floridians could soon be able to use fireworks legally. The push to make the sale of fireworks legal on Independence Day, Memorial Day and New Year’s Eve is being pushed by State Senator Travis Hutson of St. Augustine, and Representative Ana Maria Rodriguez of Doral. Under Florida law devices like sparklers are legal for Floridians to buy, but firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, dago bombs, and any fireworks containing an explosive substance is not. The measure is set to be considered in the 2020 legislative session.

REDUCED SPEED ON 297A BRIDGE AT ELEVEN MILE CREEK

Drivers on the 297A bridge over Eleven Mile Creek will have to slow down this week for construction work.  Crews began working last night to make repairs along the southbound lane of the bridge.  The traffic speed is reduced to 25 miles per hour for southbound drivers.  Work is expected to continue through Friday.

UWF LAUNCHES CYBERSECURITY FOR ALL PROGRAM

More cybersecurity courses are coming to the University of West Florida.  UWF’s Center for Cybersecurity is launching the Cybersecurity for All program seeks to address a critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals.  Cybersecurity job openings top 13-thousand in Florida and exceed 300-thousand nationally according to Cyber Seek dot org.  Courses and advanced certificates will be available for organizations and individuals starting in September.  Available courses and certificates include cybersecurity fundamentals, network defense, risk management, and cloud security.

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