PENSACOLA ATTORNEY FRED LEVIN DIES FROM COVID-19
An icon in Pensacola and a long-time leading attorney and philanthropist in the community, Fred Levin, has died. A spokeswoman with the Levin-Papantonio law-firm says Levin died Tuesday afternoon due to complications from COVID-19. Levin died at a Pensacola area hospital with a relative and one friend present. He was 82 years old.
STATE COVID NUMBERS
The latest numbers from the state health department show Florida added nearly 14-thousand-900 new coronavirus cases. Overall, the state has now exceeded one-point-five-million infections since the start of the pandemic. The positivity rate for new cases is up slightly to more than ten-point-six percent, and there have been 161 more deaths. Florida hospitals are treating more than 77-hundred COVID-19 patients.
LOCAL COVID NUMBERS
There were 12 additional COVID-19 deaths and 343 new cases reported Tuesday in Escambia County by the Florida Department of Health. Santa Rosa County had 112 new cases and two new deaths.
DESANTIS VACCINE PLAN
Governor DeSantis believes Florida’s vaccine plan could be a model for the rest of the country. On Tuesday, DeSantis discussed his decision to make vaccinating seniors a priority over others, including teachers. DeSantis says CDC guidelines would have prioritized a healthy 20-year-old over a 74-year-old grandparent, and that ignores how the virus has affected the elderly. He also says he expects the federal government to realize Florida’s way is the better way and change its recommendation.
Starting tomorrow, COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at Publix stores in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The vaccine will be available at no cost at six Publix locations in Escambia County and five in Santa Rosa County for residents 65 and older by appointment only. Appointments can be made beginning today at publix.com/covid-vaccine. Each location will be able to administer 100-125 vaccinations per day.
RUBIO/2K STIMULUS CHECKS
A Florida Republican is urging Joe Biden to send a powerful message to the American people. In a letter to the president-elect yesterday, Senator Marco Rubio called on Biden, on his first day in office, to call on Congress to approve stimulus checks of two thousand dollars. Rubio says it would send a positive message to the American people and the world if both parties could come together. In the letter obtained by Axios, Rubio also says Biden has the ability to help break the paralysis in Washington by delivering desperately needed relief.
ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES
A Cantonment man is the third person charged in an October shooting at a convenience store on Olive Road. 43-year old Michael DeWayne Robinson faces first degree premeditated attempted murder charges, as well as kidnapping and aggravated battery. He’s being held in the Escambia County Jail on more than a million dollars bond. Two other people, 17-year old Quaundre McGee and 40-year old Tawanna Lewis, are also charged. The shooting happened October 24 at the Xpress Mart on East Olive Road during what was described as a drug deal gone wrong. A woman suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle.
PACE MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN
A Pace man is charged with attempting to produce child pornography, traveling to meet a minor for sex and three other felonies. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office says 23-year old John Collins was arrested last week after he traveled from Alabama to Okaloosa County to engage in unlawful sexual activity with a child under the age of 15.
Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident on Mobile Highway. It happened just before 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon near Michigan Avenue and involved two vehicles, one of which flipped onto it’s side. FHP says a 72-year old Pensacola man died when he turned onto Mobile Highway in front of an oncoming car. The driver of that car suffered only minor injuries.
A homeless man was taken to the hospital after being stabbed in Escambia County Tuesday afternoon. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office tells Channel 3 they responded to the scene in front of Chaser’s Lounge on North W Street. Deputies say the victim was uncooperative about what happened.
FAMILY DOLLAR ROBBED
Deputies say a suspect fled the scene after robbing a Family Dollar in Pensacola Tuesday afternoon. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office tells Channel 3 the robbery happened on West Michigan Avenue when the suspect, described as a black man wearing all black and a black mask, left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. ECSO says the suspect’s black sweatshirt had orange lettering. Anyone with information is asked to call deputies or CrimeStoppers.