Officials: Florida fire chief is arrested on murder charge
The chief of a volunteer fire department in Florida is accused of fatally shooting a business owner because the victim owed him money, authorities said. Brian Keith Easterling, 52, was taken into custody earlier Monday at his home in Holt, Florida and is awaiting extradition from the nearby county of Okaloosa, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said. Easterling is chief of the Baker Fire District, a volunteer fire department in the Florida Panhandle.news.yahoo.com
‘The Graveyard … Is Bigger Than Anyone Thinks’: Florida Officials Say Human Bones Discovered Under City-Owned Building Likely Linked to African-American Cemetery
The Florida Department of State has confirmed that human remains found under a community building at a Pensacola park belonged to an African-American cemetery. A […]news.yahoo.com
Sheriff: Navy officer accused of fatally shooting husband
A 34-year-old chief petty officer at Naval Air Station Pensacola is accused of locking her husband in their garage and fatally shooting him as he spoke to a 911 dispatcher, officials said. Bree Kuhn of Gulf Breeze was arrested Wednesday night and charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the death of Collin James Turner, 34. “It’s just a sad case — a very sad case — of people arguing, and then, it gets to this point,” Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said during a news conference Thursday.news.yahoo.com
Florida Teen charged as adult in rigged homecoming election
A Florida teen accused of rigging a homecoming queen election with her mother is being charged as an adult, prosecutors said. Emily Rose Grover was still 17 when she was arrested in March. While employed as an assistant principal at Bellview Elementary School in the same county, Carroll accessed the school district’s internal system to cast fraudulent votes for her daughter so that she would win, officials said.news.yahoo.com
Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days
Trump’s remarks came hours before the White House announced that a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence had tested positive for the virus. Pence has been in close contact with the adviser, the White House said, but still planned to keep traveling and holding rallies around the country. More than two dozen people linked to the White House have contracted COVID-19 since that gathering, as have campaign aides. “It's always cases, cases, cases. “You know why we have cases?” Trump asked.
Wildfires and hurricanes disrupt final weeks of 2020 census
The Census Bureau is contending with several natural disasters as wildfires and hurricanes disrupt the final weeks of the nations once-a-decade headcount. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)ORLANDO, Fla. – Already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic and a tightened deadline, the Census Bureau must now contend with several natural disasters as wildfires and hurricanes disrupt the final weeks of the nation's once-a-decade headcount. A coalition of cities and civil rights groups are suing in federal court in San Jose, seeking an extra month. “This is not usually the time of the year that the Census Bureau is doing the counting." In some places where census takers cannot go out, they are trying to reach households by phone, according to Census Bureau officials.
Hundreds of thousands still without power in Sally cleanup
While the cleanup pressed on, the record-shattering hurricane season notched another milestone: Forecasters ran out of traditional names for storms after three new systems formed in about six hours. In Loxley, Alabama, Catherine Williams lost power and some of her roof to Sally. The same practice will govern storm names for the rest of hurricane season, which lasts until the end of November. The only other time the hurricane center dipped into the Greek alphabet was the deadly 2005 hurricane season, which included Hurricane Katrina's strike on New Orleans. She was concerned because more than two months are left in hurricane season.
Rescuers reach people cut off by Gulf Coast hurricane
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)PENSACOLA, Fla. – Rescuers on the Gulf Coast used boats and high-water vehicles Thursday to reach people cut off by floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Sally, even as a second round of flooding took shape along rivers and creeks swollen by the storm’s heavy rains. Crews carried out at least 400 rescues in Escambia County, Florida, by such means as high-water vehicles, boats and water scooters, authorities said. Also on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said a new tropical depression formed in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters said the depression could become a tropical storm as it moves slowly over the western Gulf during the next few days. Meanwhile, Hurricane Teddy strengthened to a powerful Category 4 storm in the Atlantic.
Pressure mounts on FBI for answers on Florida naval base shooting
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. investigators face mounting pressure on Monday to deliver answers on the motive that led a Saudi Air Force lieutenant to shoot and kill three people and wounded eight others at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida. He questioned whether it could have been prevented by better vetting of foreign military officers who train in the United States. You have foreign military personnel coming to our base. The FBI confirmed on Sunday that Alshamrani had legally purchased somewhere in Florida the Glock 9mm pistol he used in the shooting. His fellow Saudi students were speaking directly with American investigators and were restricted to the base on order of the Saudi military, Rojas said.feeds.reuters.com
Saudi is lone suspect in Florida naval base rampage; fellow Saudis cooperating
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Reuters) - Investigators believe a Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone when he killed three people and wounded eight at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, before being fatally shot by a deputy sheriff, the FBI said on Sunday. Royal Saudi Air Force 2nd Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, airman accused of killing three people at a U.S. Navy base in Pensacola, Florida, is seen in an undated military identification card photo released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation December 7, 2019. According to U.S. regulations, it is legal for a foreigner in the United States on a nonimmigrant visa to buy a gun if certain conditions are met - including if they simply have a hunting license. Alshamrani was on the base as part of a U.S. Navy training program designed to foster links with foreign allies. His fellow Saudi students were speaking directly to American investigators and were restricted to the base on order of the Saudi military, Rojas said.feeds.reuters.com
Marines, soldiers presumed dead in Florida Panhandle crash
Marines, soldiers presumed dead in Florida Panhandle crash Seven Marines and four soldiers are feared dead following an Army chopper crash near Pensacola, Florida. CBS Radio News correspondent Cami McCormick joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano and Meg Oliver with the latest details.cbsnews.com
Florida jail explosion: Inmates' families want answers
Florida jail explosion: Inmates' families want answers Officials are looking into the cause of a deadly explosion at a jail in Pensacola, Fla. Two inmates are dead, and 150 inmates and corrections officers are hurt. CBS News' Omar Villafranca reports from outside the jail.cbsnews.com
Deluge triggers widespread flooding in Florida
Deluge triggers widespread flooding in Florida In 24 hours, 24 inches of rain fell in parts of Pensacola, where flash flooding washed away roads and bridges. Florida's governor declared a state of emergency in 26 counties, and more than 300 911 callers requested evacuations. Mark Strassmann reports.cbsnews.com