Florida gas prices are declining again after jumping 7 cents last week. Florida drivers are paying an average of $2.52 at the pump. The state average is 4 cents more than a week ago, 10 cents more than a month ago, and 29 cents per gallon more than this time last year. Despite the recent volatility at the pump, drivers are still paying nearly 30 cents per gallon less than last year’s high of $2.80. The average price per gallon Monday night in Escambia County was $2.43.
A high speed accident early Monday in Navarre resulted in a massive fire that destroyed the car, two RVs and two boats. The Holley-Navarre Fire District says it happened just after 4 yesterday morning on 3rd Street, at the location of an RV and boat storage center. The blaze also damaged two RVs in addition to the two RVs that it destroyed. The car involved drove past the end of Avenida de Sol, through a vacant lot, a privacy fence and crashed into several boats and RVs before coming to a stop. The driver was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center with burns and smoke inhalation. His condition is unknown. No one else was injured.
OLNEY DIES ON STAGE
Nashville musician David Olney — a celebrated songwriter whose work was recorded by Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt — died after collapsing on stage at the 30A Songwriters Festival. He was 71. On Saturday, the singer-songwriter was performing alongside Amy Rigby and Scott Miller at The Boathouse at WaterColor when he suffered “an apparent heart attack”.
Sunday’s homicide on Maria Ave. in Escambia County marked the county’s fourth fatal shooting within the past 10 days. Deputies responded to a home in the 6000 block of Maria Ave. around 8 p.m. Sunday. A man told deputies he got home, found the door open and saw his roommate dead — shot multiple times on the floor. The three previous fatal shootings all came on consecutive days. The first took place on Hernandez St. on January 11th. The second was on the 12th on 2nd Street. And on January 13th, deputies found a 25-year-old man shot dead in a car on Pipeline Road.
Police arrested a man Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in downtown Pensacola following a car chase. They’re now working to see if he’s connected to the recent gun violence in Escambia County. 41-year old Sammie Finklea of Pensacola is charged with fleeing officers, resisting arrest and a traffic violation. Police say officers tried to execute a traffic stop on Finklea, but he kept driving. He eventually abandoned the car before running into the parade crowd. According to police, Finklea was arrested after officers used a stun gun on him. No bystanders were injured in the incident.