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Wednesday Afternoon Headlines: Joe Ford

ANOTHER COVID SPIKE AT BLACKWATER PRISON?
There’s sufficient reason to believe that the vast majority of 28 new coronavirus cases reported in Santa Rosa County came from the Blackwater Correctional Facility. According to the state’s individual case report, 26 of the 28 are males aged between 27 and 68. According to the News Service of Florida’s Wednesday briefing, over 100 inmates have tested positive at the Blackwater Correctional Facility. As of six days ago, the total number of cases at Blackwater was 69.
DAVID DALE TURNS HIMSELF IN
The primary suspect in a 2003 cold case is now in custody and has made his initial court appearance. The Escambia Sheriff’s Office says 39 year-old David Dale turned himself in on Tuesday night and is now being held in the Escambia County jail without bond. Dale is charged with homicide in the death of Marcus Virgin. Back on May 8th of 2003, Virgin went out with friends and never returned. When the sheriff’s office announced Dale as the suspect two weeks ago, they said they had DNA evidence back in 2007, but not enough for an arrest at the time.
PENSACOLA WOMAN DIES IN BALDWIN COUNTY CRASH
The Alabama Highway Patrol says a Pensacola woman was killed in a one-car accident on I-10 in Baldwin County. At around 1:15 Wednesday morning, troopers say a 2013 Dodge Dart was driving westbound near Mile Marker 53 in Baldwin County when it veered off the roadway and struck a tree. A passenger in the car, 26 year-old Brittany Johnson Hans, was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene. No word on the condition of the driver.
SANTA ROSA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM
The Santa Rosa County School District will continue its summer feeding program. Its contractor Sodexo, in cooperation with the school district’s bus service, has been serving meals since March. The program is currently scheduled to continue through early August. You can find more information on the district’s website.

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