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Wednesday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs

SHOTS FIRED

Shots were reportedly fired at a home in Molino late Tuesday night. The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a mobile home on Barth Road just before midnight. Shots reportedly hit a vehicle in the front yard of the mobile home. The vehicle had an obviously shattered rear passenger side window, but deputies have not confirmed it was hit by gunfire. There were no serious injuries reported, and no word on any possible suspect.

PERSON HIT AND KILLED

One person was struck and killed on Nine Mile Road early Wednesday morning. It happened on Nine Mile Road at the Dodge’s convenience store just before 2 a.m. Further details have not been released as the Florida Highway Patrol continues the investigation.

MORE LUA CHARGES

The charges continue to mount against an Escambia County teacher accused of having sex with his students.  Washington High School teacher Mark Lua was charged last week with five more counts, including sexual battery.  An 18-year-old claims the 30-year-old raped her in December, and another girl claims they had sex when she was as young as 15.  Lua, who is on administrative leave, is now facing 14 charges and possibly up to 125 years in prison.

THREE INJURED

Three people, including two children, are hurt after a crash in Escambia County.  FHP says an Alabama woman drove her car yesterday into the path of a box truck in Cantonment on 10 Mile Road.  The woman and two children, aged seven and 10, were taken to the hospital where they’re in critical condition. 

GAETZ OPPOSITION

Whoever runs against Matt Gaetz won’t have to start from scratch.  A crowdfunding website, CrowdPAC.com, has raised more than 40-thousand dollars for a campaign called MakeMattPay.  The fundraiser was started after the First District congressman got into an argument with the father of a Parkland school shooting victim last week.  The money raised will go toward Gaetz’ opponent next year, but so far, no one has declared to run.

UPDATE ON I-10 REST STOP DEATH

New information in the case of a man found dead at a rest stop on I-10 in Santa Rosa County.  FHP says the man found in his tractor-trailer Saturday morning at the westbound rest stop at mile marker 30 is identified as Allen Patin Jr, of New Roads, Louisiana.  The medical examiner says Patin died of natural causes.  No foul play is suspected.

REGIONAL ROUNDUP RESULTS

20 tons of household hazardous waste, electronics and tires are now safely disposed of after the latest Escambia County Regional Roundup.  Over 400 residents dropped off the items Saturday at Escambia High School.  About half of the items dropped off were paint, pesticides, pool and household chemicals and automotive oils.  Hundreds of tires were collected along with 7 tons of electronics. 

SILVER AIRWAYS OFFERS DAILY FLIGHTS TO FLL

Starting today, Silver Airways is offering daily nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale.  The discount airline is offering 89-dollar flights for a limited time.  Airport Director Dan Flynn says the new Silver Airways route connect Pensacola to one of the top ten market areas and offers connections to Key West and the Bahamas.  The first flight from Fort Lauderdaile arrives tonight and the first departure from Pensacola is Thursday morning.

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