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Wednesday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs

SEVERE OUTLOOK THURSDAY

Tomorrow will be a day to stay Weather Aware.  The National Weather Service says severe storms are expected to move across the area late Thursday afternoon through Thursday night. The primary threats will be damaging winds and tornadoes. Forecasters say conditions may be supportive of strong tornadoes, especially across the Enhanced Risk area, which includes Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

ADMINISTRATOR SEARCH

There are now eight finalists set for interviews for Escambia County administrator. Commission Chairman Lumon May added Kimberly Washington of Molino and Ricardo Mendez of Miami, after previously expressed displeasure with the lack of diversity among the finalists. They join three candidates on a rankings list compiled by the Florida Association of Counties for the county, and three other candidates previously added to the list by commissioners. Commissioner Steven Barry added Janice Gilley of Molino,  Commissioner Robert Bender added Cedric Alexander of Pensacola, and Commissioner Jeff Bergosh added Christopher Martin of Gulf Breeze. The commissioners will meet with candidate one-on-one the morning of April 29th before the candidates appear before the entire board in the afternoon.

HIT AND RUN

The Florida Highway Patrol is searching for a driver involved in a hit and run Tuesday afternoon on Highway 29 at Kingsfield Road. FHP says the driver of a white Ford Crown Victoria failed to stop before hitting another vehicle that was stopped for a red light.  That vehicle then hit another.  After the crash, the driver of the Crown Victoria pulled over, got out of her car and asked if everyone was OK before fleeing the scene south on Highway 29. The hit and run driver was described as a black female, about 150 pounds, 5-foot 5 inches tall with short hair.  No one was hurt in the crash.

ESCAMBIA EMS

Two months after being named Escambia County’s medical director in 2018, Dr. Rayme Edler suspended a program that trained Emergency Medical Technicians to start patient IVs after discovering her name was being used on the training certificates without her knowledge.  The PNJ obtained emails though a public records request, and they show Edler raised questions about the program, which eventually led to Escambia County EMS Chief Steve White resigning in June of last year, and the launch of an internal investigation that was handed over to the Florida Department of Health in March. Since the county has handed over the investigation to the state, three more officials have resigned.

CHILD INJURED

An infant suffered head injuries during an altercation in DeFuniak Springs and had to be brought to a hospital in Pensacola.   Police responded to an apartment complex Monday night in reference to a disturbance and found a two-month-old infant with head injuries sustained from adults who had been in a fight. The child had to be airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital. 

SEXUAL PREDATOR ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

A man twice arrested for sexual battery on a child has been arrested again.  Pensacola Police say they arrested 53-year old Eddie Galloway after a woman says she found pornographic images and video on his phone of children.  Police say the phone contained videos of Galloway telling the children what to do.  Galloway was arrested Monday without incident and told police he did not understand his Miranda rights and was not questioned.  Galloway is charged with Sexual Battery.

DUI HIT AND RUN SUSPECT ARRESTED

Pensacola Police are charging a man with DUI hit and run while having a child in his car.  Police say it happened last Thursday night after residents in the area of La Rua and G Streets heard a loud crash and when they went outside to see what it was, found their parked truck was damaged with a damaged car driving off.  Police caught up with 62-year old Gilberto Andrews who they say had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath and mumbled and slurred his speech.  They also say they found a young child who was not in a car seat.  Andrews reportedly refused field sobriety and breath tests and was arrested on suspicion of DUI and other charges including hit and run.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED RAPE ATTEMPT

A Pensacola man has been arrested after allegedly attempting to rape his fiancee last year. The PNJ reports that 57 year old Cecil Young was arrested and charged with battery, second or subsequent offense. He has prior convictions for battery in 1996 and 1999, according to his arrest report. Almost a year ago on May 7, 2018, Young was accused again and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office was contacted two days later. A warrant was then issued for Young’s arrest, but Young managed to evade law enforcement until April 11th of this year when a deputy pulled him over and arrested him based on his outstanding warrant. Young was booked into the Escambia County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

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