Last night, the public got its first look at a new roundabout at the foot of the new Pensacola Bay Bridge and 17th Avenue interchange. FDOT says construction is expected to begin this summer and says there’s two functions for the revamped intersection. One of them is a new flyover coming off the Pensacola Bay Bridge to allow traffic to flow continuously to and from Pensacola on Bayfront and Gregory Streets and those coming off the bridge will be able to flow onto those streets without stopping and those wanting to get onto 17th Avenue will use the roundabout.
I-10 HIT AND RUN AND CHASE
A Milton man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and another man is in jail following a crash on I-10 that ended up in a police pursuit. FHP says it happened at 6 this morning when 38-year old Joshua McKean of Milton was heading eastbound on I-10 at milemarker 37 in Santa Rosa County when he was struck from behind and was thrown from the bike landing in the median. That’s when the car’s driver, 24-year old Justin Moorer of Wilmer, Alabama took off. A trooper later spotted Moorer in Crestview and Moorer is said to have police on a pursuit onto State Road 85 and back onto I-10 where he crashed at milemarker 65 and fled into the woods. Moorer was caught by a K-9 and booked into the Okaloosa County Jail. No word on McKean’s current condition. Moorer is being charges with Felony Hit and Run, Driving without a license, careless driving, no proof of insurance and driving while license suspended with injury.
Two Century residents are in critical condition after a crash between a motorcycle and moped. It happened last night just after 7 o’clock on Highway 29 near Whirlpool Road. FHP says 45-year old James Cooko was riding his Harley Davidson when 49-year old Susan Nichols, who was on a moped, changed lanes in front of him. Both riders were thrown from their bikes and landed in the grassy median. FHP says they were both airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital.
PIT BULL SHOT
Authorities say a man has been arrested for shooting his neighbor’s pit bull after it wandered onto his property near Pensacola. 55-year-old Rickie Joe Fontenot was arrested last week for the shooting that happened on May 18. He’s charged with firing a weapon and causing cruelty, pain and suffering to an animal. The dog survived the shooting.
DEATH WARRANT SIGNED
A confessed killer will be put to death in Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis signed the death warrant yesterday of Gary Ray Bowles. The 57-year-old confessed to killing a man in Jacksonville Beach in 1994 and was sentenced to death. He also pled guilty to three other murders and claims to have killed five other men. One of his victims lived in Daytona Beach, and one lived in Nassau County. All the victims were gay. Bowles’ execution is set for August 22nd at 6:00 p.m at Florida State Prison in Starke.
GULF POWER GRANTS
The Gulf Power Foundation will host a celebration for 36 Northwest Florida organizations who were awarded nearly a million dollars in Amplify Northwest Florida grants. Gulf Power officials say the funds were provided to organizations which implemented effective programs throughout the area. The foundation is funded entirely through resources independent of Gulf Power’s customers.
DUCKLINGS SAVED FROM STORM DRAIN
Nearly a dozen ducklings are back safe with their mother after being rescued from a storm drain. According to Channel 3, Escambia County Fire Rescue was called to J and Avery Streets this morning to help the ducklings. They used a hose to flow water through the drain and flush them out. The ducklings were all placed in a cage until they could be checked out. All appeared to be doing well.
DAUNTLESS RETURNS TO PENSACOLA
The Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless returns to its homeport in Pensacola. This morning, the crew of the Dauntless docked after a 58-day patrol in the Gulf of Mexico. The mission included search and rescue, fishing enforcement, and border security near the maritime boundary line. The Coast Guard says the crew collaborated with the Mexican Naval Warship Arm Independencia to share operational best practices and demonstrate the ability to work with Mexico in combating transnational threats.