State Rep. Mike Hill’s supporters are ready to take on what they call fake news media sensationalism. The Pensacola Republican’s supporters announced yesterday they’ll hold a rally this weekend outside the News Journal’s office on North Palafox Street. They’re accusing the paper of spreading propaganda. Hill has faced criticism from both parties since the PNJ first reported that he chuckled at a suggestion made by a constituent that gays should be executed.
Drugs appear to be a factor in two separate shootings in Escambia County. The more recent shooting happened early yesterday on Camelia Drive where a man was shot in the leg. He’s expected to survive. Two people were arrested for that shooting, and a third person was arrested for a shooting Sunday in Myrtle Grove in which no one was hurt. ECSO plans to host a press conference today to discuss the two shootings — the latest in a string of gun violence reported throughout the area over the last several weeks.
A woman is dead and two others are hurt after a head-on crash in Escambia County. It happened yesterday morning on North Blue Angel Parkway. FHP says 20-year old Casey Robbirds crossed the centerline and collided with an SUV driven by Donna Creel. The 49-year-old woman was killed. 21-year-old passenger, Jana Creel, has improved from critical to good condition. Robbirds is in critical condition.
CHURCH BUS ACCIDENT
One person was injured in a wreck involving a loaded church bus in Cantonment Monday afternoon. The injured person was the driver of a Buick Enclave that was apparently rear-ended by the church bus just before 1 o’clock on Highway 29 near International Paper. The adult male was transported to an area hospital with injuries that were not considered serious. Two adults and about 17 juveniles on the church bus were not injured. The bus was from NorthLife Baptist Church in Ohio. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.
It’s time to raise awareness and money to fight Alzheimer’s. Right now, you’ll see purple ribbons lining the streets of downtown Pensacola to raise awareness – specifically Palafox Street, from Garden Street to Main Street. About 560,000 Floridians are living with Alzheimer’s. More than 6,900 of those people live in Escambia County. On June 21, an Alzheimer’s fundraiser will be held at O’Riley’s Irish Pub. Volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Association will be located in front of O’Riley’s on June 21.
YMCA LAND SWAP
The final vote on the land swap between the City of Pensacola and the YMCA on Langley Avenue will happen on Thursday. The swap will make room for an additional soccer field and will move the YMCA and its activities about two miles away. This idea hasn’t gone without opposition. On Monday, Mayor Grover Robinson talked about the upcoming vote, but some people living in this area feel like this final vote snuck up on them. Robinson, says he’s worked with the community to help calm the concern. On Wednesday, there will be a town hall meeting for district one where this swap will be a topic of discussion. It will take place at the Vickrey Center at 5:30 pm.
WALMART TO RAISE MONEY FOR SACRED HEART CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Two of the area’s biggest retailers are raising money for a local hospital. All Northwest Florida Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs are kicking off this year’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising campaign today to directly benefit The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart. All money raised during this campaign will help treat local children who are sick or injured. The donations will help fund critical treatments, pediatric medical equipment, research, and charitable care. You can participate by donating one dollar or more at the checkout lane or self-checkout at any Walmart or Sam’s Club in Northwest Florida. The campaign runs through July 7th.