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UPDATE ON OVERNIGHT SHOOTING
The victim in an overnight shooting in Escambia County has been identified.  Around 1:30 this morning, ECSO deputies responded to a shots fired call at Massachusetts Avenue and Stara Circle.  That’s where they found the body of 26-year old Rashud Dexter with multiple gunshot wounds to his body.  Investigators says there were witnesses to this shooting, but they’re not talking.  Dexter was also a shooting victim on September 26th on 900-block of Lucerne Avenue.  Dexter went to Lucerne Avenue to buy narcotics when he was robbed and shot.  Dexter wouldn’t tell deputies who shot him in that incident.  If you have any information about either shooting involving Rashud Dexter, you’re asked to call ECSO or Crime Stoppers.

ATTEMPTED MURDERER GETS TWO CONSECUTIVE LIFE SENTENCES
A Pensacola man who shot his girlfriend earlier this year has beenn sentenced.  On February 24th, Jeremy Alexander Bedgood followed his girlfriend and her sister home from a downtown night club.  While they were still in their vehicle in front of their grandmother’s residence, Bedgood shot his girlfriend and attacked her and her sister with a hatchet. Just days before, Bedgood pulled his girlfriend by her hair off the sidewalk and into a car.  After the shooting, Bedgood fled the state and was arrested in Dallas, Texas on February 27th.  Bedgood will serve two consecutive life sentences for attempted premeditated murder.

WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER STRIKES PLEA
A Booker T. Washington High School teacher arrested on charges of soliciting an explicit video from a female student has entered a plea.  The State Attorney’s Office Mark Lua entered a plea of no contest today to one count of Promoting the Sexual Performance of a Child and three counts of Unlawful Sexual Activity with Certain Minors.  In January 2019, it was discovered that Lua used a fake social media account in which he posed as an adult female and encouraged a female student to send Lua a sexual video.  Lua admitted to Pensacola Police to using the fake account to obtain the video from the student.  After Lua was initially arrested, additional female students came forward and testified that Lua had sex with them at his home while his wife was away.  Lua was not interviewed regarding the additional allegations, but text messages provided by one of the students corroborated her account.  Lua will be sentenced in December and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and will also be designated a Sexual Offender for the remainder of his life.

POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE ROBBERY OUTSIDE NAVY FEDERAL ATM
Three suspects remain on the loose following last night’s robbery and shooting outside the Navy Federal brach on Davis Highway.  Pensacola Police say around 10:15 last night, a female was withdrawing money from the ATM when three black suspects approached her and took the money she had.  Upset that she only had 20-dollars, the suspects shot at her car and took off in a black four door car possibly with chrome rims.  The victim was not injured.

CAR TAKES OUT UTILITY POLE
Three teens suffered minor injuries in a crash on Scenic Highway this afternoon.  FHP says it happened at 12:40pm when a Jeep driven by 16-year old Sydney Andrulot of Pensacola was driving north on Scenic Highway approaching Addision Drive.  When Andrulot entered the left turn lane, she lost control of the car and struck a utility pole.  The pole fell to the ground bringing wires down across the roadway closing the road for an hour.  Two 15-year old passengers were also in the car.

DEADLY HIT AND RUN SUSPECT ARRESTED
Pensacola police have arrested a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash on Cervantes Street last month.  25-year old Kyle Harger of Pensacola was arrested last night and is being held without bond in the Escambia County jail.  The hit-and-run happened in the early morning hours of September 21st when 31-year old Ryan Torrens was hit by a blue Honda Civic near Cervantes and 19th streets. Torrens was taken to the hospital, where he died several days later.  Police found and impounded he blue Honda Civic two days after the incident and a warrant was issued for Harger’s arrest yesterday.

FLORIDA HIRES DISASTER RECOVERY MENTAL HEALTH COORDINATOR
Florida has its first Disaster Recovery Mental Health Coordinator.  This morning, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the hiring of Darcy Abbott by the Florida Division of Emergency Management.  Abbott is a licensed clinical social worker and will be focused solely on helping communities obtain mental health services following a disaster.  She’ll be deployed to the Panhandle to help with the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Michael. 

DAUNTLESS RETURNS TO PORT
The Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless is back in Pensacola after completing a 47-day, 8-thousand nautical mile patrol.  The 78-member crew returned to port this morning after patrolling the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.  Shortly after getting underway, the Dauntless crew was assigned command of a task force conducting Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Southeastern United States.   After the storm passed by, the crew patrolled the Caribbean and worked with the Bahamian government to intercept a dozen illegal Hatian migrants.  The cutter made a stop in Grand Turk and met with royal governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

FLORIDA AG ASHLEY MOODY ADDRESSES TEEN VAPING EPIDEMIC
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is announcing an investigation into 20 different vaping companies doing business in Florida.  Her announcement was made today in Tampa as she works to address the teen vaping epidemic across the state.  Moody said they’re going to look into their marketing practices, highlighting that eight in ten high school students say they’ve seen online advertisements for vaping products.  She also wants to investigate how many companies actually check ID’s of who they are selling to.  Moody says she refuses to sit back and watch children become the targets as new addicts to a nicotine product.  7 out of 8 who got sick said they vaped products containing THC, the marijuana ingredient that causes a high.

PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO MAKE BIBLE COURSES REQUIRED IN FLORIDA SCHOOLS
A new state of Florida House bill calls for making Bible courses mandatory at all public schools. Current state law says it’s okay to offer the classes, but it’s not required. If it passes, House Bill 341 would involve instruction in both the Old and New Testament.

FLORIDA LAWMAKER PROPOSES SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH DAYS
Students in Florida would be able to take a day off from school for mental health reasons under proposed new legislation.  The bill would allow students to take off one day each semester as a mental health day.  Parents would have to justify the absences.  Oregon and Utah have similar laws.

TROPICAL WAVE HEADS TOWARD GULF
A tropical wave over southern Mexico is drifting north toward the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say gradual development is possible once the system gets over warmer waters. The National Hurricane Center gives it a 50-percent chance of development in the next five days. It will likely mean more rain chances in Northwest Florida this weekend.

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