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December 15, 2019
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Wednesday Morning Headlines: Mark Jacobs

GAETZ/SCHIFF

Matt Gaetz believes a key Democrat is blocking us from learning the whole truth about the infamous phone call between President Trump and Ukraine’s leader.  The First District Congressman, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, was on Fox News yesterday to discuss the impeachment process.  Gaetz says Congressman Adam Schiff, who chairs the Intelligence Committee, is the only one who knows the whistleblower, but Schiiff is blocking anyone from questioning the person.  Gaetz says Schiff was once open to having the whistleblower answer questions, but that all changed when the whistleblower’s connections to members of Schiff’s committee started to leak out. 

INTRUCTOR PILOTS WANT TO BE ARMED

Some stationed at NAS-Pensacola believe a simple policy change could have prevented the deadly mass shooting.  A group of instructor pilots want the Navy to lift a ban that prevents them from carrying guns on the base, and they say they have no confidence that the base’s armed security guards can be counted on in an emergency.  They also tell Fox News the gunman in last week’s shooting went 10 minutes before being confronted by anyone with a gun, and that amounts to an eternity.  Meanwhile, Senator Rick Scott tweeted yesterday that he has been assured that all Saudi students will remain in the area until the investigation concludes. 

SAUDIS GROUNDED

Changes are in place for the countrymen of the NAS-Pensacola shooter.  The Navy announced this week that over 100 Saudi Arabians training at NAS-Pensacola and NAS-Whiting are now grounded.  Those affected will still be able to get classroom training.  The gunman who killed three people in last week’s shooting was from Saudi Arabia, and investigators are looking to see if it was an act of terrorism. 

ACTING NAVY SECRETARY AT NAS

The Acting Secretary of the Navy paid a visit to NAS Pensacola on Tuesday.  Thomas Modly and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith praised first responders from the base and the surrounding community for their response to the situation and the care they’re providing for all who are affected by this incident. Department of the Navy patrol officers and master-at-arms with the Naval Security Force were the first responders on the scene and confronted the shooter. NSF was joined by officers from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office who assisted with the eventual takedown of the shooter. In the end, three sailors and the shooter were killed and eight individuals were injured.

POSTHUMOUS AWARDS TO NAS VICTIMS

The Navy posthumously awarded Wings of Gold to the three sailors killed during last week’s attack at NAS Pensacola. Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly proclaimed Ensign Joshua K. Watson as a naval aviator, and Airman Mohammed Haitham and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters as naval aircrewmen. 

CHILD ABUSE

A Cantonment woman was charged with aggravated child abuse after a baby was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital with multiple fractures.  22-year old Chyianne Lee Smith is being held without bond in the Escambia County Jail.  An arrest report says the baby had a displaced shoulder and fractures of both arms.  The report also noted hospital staff believed the injuries were indicative of someone pulling on the child’s arms.

CYBER ATTACK UPDATE

Pensacola city officials confirm an ongoing cyber attack is a ransomware attack, but have not released any details about any potential demands. City spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde tells the PNJ that the city is experiencing a ransomware attack, but said she couldn’t provide any details because of the ongoing investigation. Other Florida cities have paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to recover encrypted data in similar attacks.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Wreaths Across America is set to still go on this week at Barrancas National Cemetery.   Martin Maygood with the Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon tells Channel 3 he spoke with Captain Tim Kinsella, who said the community would be allowed on base in an effort to heal from last week’s tragedy.  The event will be held Saturday at the Barrancas National Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. Gates will open to the community at 7:30 a.m.  You will need to show your license, and say you are there for Wreaths Across America.

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