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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON HEADLINES – BRIAN LEWIS

CHILD HIT BY CAR A young female child has died after being run over by a car in Escambia County.  Channel 3 reports it happened today just before 2:00 p.m. on the 1800 block of Brenda Avenue near 61st Avenue in Myrtle Grove.  While details are limited, they report it was a 4-year old and believed to have been run over by a family member.
LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL SERVICE Dozens of law enforcement officials, dignitaries and citizens gathered today in Milton at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office to remember Florida officers who lost their lives in the line of duty this past year.  A rifle salute was followed by taps and bagpipes playing Amazing Grace.  Senator Doug Broxson of Gulf Breeze was on hand after returning from Washington, DC where he read the name of his father, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bart Broxson who was killed in the line of duty by a drunk driver on Christmas Eve in 1959.  Broxson’s name is now on the National Law Enforcement Memorial and is the only fallen officer in the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office more than 175 year history.
RESTAURANT SHOOTER SENTENCED A man who tried to shoot a co-worker in a 9th Avenue restaurant is sentenced.  26-year-old Johnnie Lyons walked into Chow Tyme through the back door in April of last year and tried to shoot an employee. Pensacola Police said Lyons pulled the trigger twice, but the weapon malfunctioned.  Lyons was convicted by an Escambia County jury in March, and sentenced yesterday to 30 years in state prison.  Police say Lyons was involved in an argument with the victim earlier in the day and returned with a gun, chasing the victim through the restaurant into the parking lot where one shot was fired.  No one was injured from the incident.
ANOTHER BOMB THREAT Two bomb threats in as many days targets another federal building.  Pensacola Police responded this morning to a threat that was mailed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office on West Garden Street.  The FBI is now taking the lead in the investigation. Yesterday afternoon, a threat was received by mail at the Social Security Administration office on West Garden Street.
SALES TAX HOLIDAY CONFIRMED Florida will again have a sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies this year.  Governor Ron DeSantis has signed the bill into law which sets aside May 31st through June sixth for the annual event.  During that time things needed for hurricane survival will be sold with no tax. The items include flashlights, portable radios, tarps, and generators.

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