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Wednesday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs


A drunk driver is getting the maximum punishment for a deadly crash in Escambia County.  Jamie Hamrick was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday for DUI manslaughter.  His blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit when he crashed his car into a tree last year in Ensley.  The 29-year-old’s two passengers were killed.


Two women are accused of threatening a customer at a store in Escambia County.  Deputies last week arrested Zella Richmond and Sharon Walker of Pensacola for an incident at Alvin’s Island on Pensacola Beach.  Richmond allegedly pushed the customer inside the store, and Walker allegedly pointed a gun at the customer in the parking lot.  No one was hurt, and the suspects claim the customer started the whole thing.


A Molino man threatened his grandfather with a machete and hit him with an apple, leading to two felony charges.  The Escambia County Sheriff’s office says 28-year old Ricardo Molina is being held in the county jail 54-thousand-500 dollars bond. The grandfather told deputies that he became involved in an heated argument with Molina, who had a machete. Fearing his safety, he said he went to his bedroom and closed the door. Molina began to kick the door, and the victim opened it briefly to tell him to stop.
The arrest report says the grandfather pepper-sprayed Molina as he advanced toward him with the machete. Molina then threw an apple at the victim, striking him in the chest.  Molina also allegedly told his grandfather “he would cut his head off”.


A semi truck driver from Cantonment that stepped out of his truck into a north Santa Rosa County highway was hit by another vehicle Tuesday morning.  FHP says 52-year old Curtis Hazard stopped his semi on Highway 182 between Chumuckla and Allentown, stepped out and was hit by a pickup  driving in the opposite direction. Hazard was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in critical condition. The driver of the pickup, 61-year old Joseph L. Trawick of Milton, was not injured. The FHP is continuing its investigation and any charges are pending.


Florida Democrats are calling for a special session to address gun violence. Several lawmakers sent letters Tuesday to Secretary of State Laurel Lee saying the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton “serve as a stark reminder of the inadequate measures taken to-date to safeguard our citizenry.” At least 20% of state representatives and senators sent identical letters calling for a special session. That’s enough to require a poll of the entire legislature. If three-fifths of the legislators agree, a special session would have to be scheduled.

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