Escambia County is dealing with the resignation of another official. Interim County Administrator Amy Lovoy announced yesterday she will step down in July. In her resignation letter, she wrote it’s hard to do her job when allegations can ruin reputations before all the facts are known, but she did not get into specifics. She is the fourth county official to resign this month after Fire Chief Rusty Nail, Public Safety Director Mike Weaver and HR Director Erik Kleinert. She has worked for the county for nearly 20 years and was named acting interim administrator after the Jack Brown stepped down from the job due to his wife’s health condition. The county commission plans to interview the final candidates for administrator on April 29th.
BISHOP ON NOTRE DAME FIRE
Out of tragedy, all things begin anew. That’s the message from Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee Bishop William Wack on the Notre Dame fire. Bishop Wack says he has heard from Catholics and non-Catholics about the heartbreak they feel after watching the cathedral burn. Wack says buildings are symbols of God’s presence among us and Holy Week is about celebrating new life and new hope.
NOTRE DAME REACTION
A former Pensacola man feels blessed to be one of the last people to see a Paris landmark before it was altered forever. Booker T. Washington High grad Anthony Louisiana is in Paris where he attended Mass Sunday at the Notre Dame Cathedral. Yesterday, he watched as the 800-year-old building was heavily damaged in a fire. He tells the News Journal he and the locals were crying as they watched in shock and disbelief.
A stabbing suspect is behind bars in Escambia County. Twenty-one-year-old Ridge Brazier-Herbert was arrested yesterday after allegedly stabbing a man in the chest in Pensacola on East Scott Street. There’s no word on the victim’s condition, and no word on a motive.
Five people were taken to the hospital after a crash involving an Escambia County Area Transit bus Monday afternoon. It happened on 9th Avenue between Fisher and Baars Streets when a Dodge truck hit the bus, sending it into an oak tree. Five people — the driver of the truck and four people who were on the bus — were taken to the hospital. Their injuries and conditions are not known.
Over the next two weeks, the U-S Navy will be conducting annual exercises to make sure they are ready for hurricane season. NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field will be participating in the drills the ready the Navy to be ready to respond to adverse weather conditions and maintain the ability to deploy forces under severe weather conditions.
DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR DEBRIS CLEANUP
A new deadline is set in the efforts to clean up after Hurricane Michael. May 1st will now mark the final date for debris pickup by the state in Northwest Florida. The deadline was initially today, but Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered the Florida Department of Transportation to continue helping residents clean up after the storm. The governor says getting debris removed will lessen the threat of wildfires.