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December 15, 2019
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Tuesday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs


There’s good news for most of those injured in the mass shooting in Escambia County.  NAS-Pensacola announced yesterday that five of those hurt in last week’s shooting, including two deputies, have been released from the hospital.  Three people were killed in the shooting, along with the gunman.  Investigators are looking into terrorism as a possible motive. 


NAS Pensacola shooting victim Ryan Blackwell has posted a video expressing his thanks for community support. He is a active duty Navy, wrestling coach for the Gulf Breeze wrestling club and assistant wrestling coach at Gulf Breeze High School. Blackwell was one of eight injured in the shooting last Friday morning. Five of the injured have been released from the hospital.


Three days after a deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola that killed three men and injured eight people, Santa Rosa County passed a resolution declaring the county a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”  The mostly ceremonial resolution outlines the Second Amendment and several court cases that reaffirmed American citizens’ rights to bear arms. It also recognizes and re-affirms the Santa Rosa County militia, which was first established in 1994. The resolution was put on the agenda Thursday, a day before the deadly shooting. But Salter said he felt Friday’s shooting made the timing of the resolution even more appropriate.


Democrats are moving forward with what Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz calls the most partisan presidential impeachment in American history.  House Democrats are expected today to deliver articles of impeachment against President Trump for obstruction and abuse of power.   Gaetz tweeted yesterday the impeachment process demonstrates the worst in all of us, and Democrats should work, instead, on critical issues that are far more important.


The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Escambia County has issued a rabies alert for the county. FDOH says the alert covers the entire county and will last for 60 days. On December 5th, FDOH received a positive test result for rabies in a raccoon, which was anonymously left in a box outside of a local wildlife sanctuary.


A Pensacola man will spend the next 15 years behind bars after pleading no contest to charges stemming from an argument that led to him strangling his victim.  30-year old Larry Saulsberry entered the plea to a list of charges from a domestic dispute in July 2018 in which he demanded keys to the victim’s car.  But when she refused, he punched her repeatedly with a closed fist and then choking her when she tried calling for help.  The victim suffered permanent scarring and vision loss.  Saulsberry’s 15-year prison sentence will be followed by 5 years probation.


Gun control supporters are asking Florida’s Supreme Court to sign-off on a proposed assault weapons ban.  They filed a series of briefs on Friday asking the court to approve the language for the proposed constitutional amendment.  Attorney General Ashley Moody says ban is too vague and is opposing the amendment.  It would prohibit the possession of most semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition at once. 


A multi-vehicle crash in Santa Rosa County leaves two people with minor injuries. It happened around 7 Monday morning on Avalon Boulevard and Santa Monica Street.  Forty seven-year-old Beverly Cooley of Milton was driving a white Chevy Tahoe going south in the left lane.  When she attempted to change lanes, she collided into the back of a black Honda Civic that was in the right lane.  The Civic was then pushed forward into the back of a white Ford Mustang.  All three vehicles ended up blocking the southbound lanes. The Civic and Mustang drivers were transported to local area hospitals.  Cooley has been charged with Improper Change of Lane and Pulling Out in Front of a Vehicle Going in the Same Direction.

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