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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE HOMOCIDE

Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a death that occurred Tuesday evening. Deputies were dispatched to the area of North S Street and Lee Street just before 7 p.m. on the report of a shooting victim. At the scene, deputies found a person dead in the middle of the road.  Deputies are investigating the victim’s cause of death. They’re not releasing the victim’s name pending next of kin notification.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY SCHOOLS

A major change appears to be in the works for Escambia County schools’ drug policy.  The school board next week is expected to vote on allowing students to use medical marijuana on campuses. Under the proposal, parents would come to the school to administer the dosage to their child, and the drugs would not be kept on any campus. In 2017, Florida Statutes required Florida school districts to come up with policies about medical marijuana use at school. Superintendent Malcolm Thomas tells Channel 3 he expects the proposal will pass at next Tuesday’s meeting.  Santa Rosa County adopted a similar policy in September.

TELECOM BUILDS BIKES FOR KIDS

Some Escambia County kids are benefiting from one company’s decision to do something different for its holiday party.  Atmore, Alabama’s Telecom recently decided to spend a day building 14 bicycles for students at Bratt Elementary School.  A company official tells NorthEscambia.com instead of a typical office Christmas party, they wanted to give back to the community. Besides the bikes, the kids also got free bike helmets.

JAY WOMAN INJURED IN MOLINO ACCIDENT

A Jay woman was critically injured in a wreck Tuesday evening on Highway 29 at Highway 97 in Molino.  FHP says 76-year old Benny Wolfe of Jay, was northbound on Highway 29 just before 6 when he tried to turn onto Highway 97 and collided with a pickup driven by 58-year old David Wade of Pensacola. Wolfe’s passenger, 71-year old Johnnie Wolfe, was taken by LifeFlight to Sacred Heart Hospital.

SUV CRASHES INTO SHORELINE DELI

No one was hurt when an SUV crashed into a Pensacola deli on Tuesday morning. It happened around 9, when the SUV jumped the curb and slammed into the side of the Shoreline Foods International Market and Deli.  The front end of the SUV punched a small hole in building’s wall.

COUNTY WILL ADVERTISE FOR NEW ADMINSTRATOR

It will be at least next summer before Escambia County has a new county administrator. The Escambia County Commission met Tuesday morning to discuss the search process for the new administrator and agreed to hire the Florida Association of Counties to screen the candidates and help advertise for the position. Current County Administrator Jack Brown is on terminal leave to take care of his ailing wife and will officially retire in February.  The county will advertise the position nationwide until mid-March to ensure it isn’t lost during the holidays and will continue to advertise it during the National Association of Counties conference in Washington D.C.

INPUT SOUGHT ON LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES <<…>>

Members of the state legislative delegations for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will hold hearings next week to listen to the public about priorities for the spring legislative session. At both hearings, delegation members will consider local bills, hear presentations from government entities and take public testimony on proposals for the 2019 legislative session, which will begin in March. Escambia County’s delegation will hold its hearing on Monday evening at Pensacola State College.  Santa Rosa County’s hearing will take place Wednesday evening at the Santa Rosa County Commission Chambers in Milton.

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