Blue Angels gear up for new era in F/A-18 Super Hornet
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — As the 2019 Blue Angels delight fans at air shows nationwide this year, two former Blue Angels have been busy laying the groundwork for one of the biggest changes in the...
Florida mom accused when daughter, 2, dies in hot car
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 36-year-old Florida woman slept as her 2-year-old daughter died in a car parked outside her apartment.
Satanist acquitted of disrupting government meeting
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida religious freedom activist and self-proclaimed Satanist who objects to prayers before government meetings has been acquitted of disrupting a meeting.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been convicted of causing a fatal crash while fleeing a traffic stop.
The Pensacola News Journal reports that 30-year-old Denorris Antonio Wright...
Woman gets life sentence for sitting on, smothering girl
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for killing her 9-year-old cousin sitting on her as a form of punishment.
Mule a speedy workhorse for American Magic sailing crew
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Out on Pensacola Bay, the combination of a fantastical-looking test boat called the Mule and technology from aviation giant Airbus is giving the New York Yacht Club's American...
Police: Man ends standoff for slice of pizza
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man accused of threatening his family ended a four-hour standoff with police after he was promised a slice of pizza.
Florida Panhandle fishermen reel in great white shark
NAVARRE, Fla. (AP) — Fishermen in Florida's Panhandle made a rare catch: a 10-foot-long (3-meter-long) great white shark.
Thomas Thielman told reporters his fishing team took over an hour to...
Troopers: Man faces DUI charges after hitting 8 servicemen
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to a drunken driving crash that injured eight Navy sailors.
News outlets reported this week that 58-year-old Eric Watt has pleaded...
Tulane U opens speaker series on sports and social justice
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tulane University is opening its new "Sport and Social Justice Speaker Series" this week with a movie about the first integrated Little League game.
A news release says the free event Wednesday evening will include a screening and discussion of "Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story."
The documentary is about Florida's 1955 Little League state championship between the all-black Pensacola Jaycees and the all-white Orlando Kiwanis, and the players' thoughts 60 years later.
Troopers: Man threatened to kill people at Florida rest stop
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A 40-year-old Washington man is accused of threatening to kill people at a rest stop on Interstate 10 in Florida's Panhandle.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Eddie Elmore said in a news release that Ronald Lynch of Long Beach, Washington, was arrested Saturday after troopers and Santa Rosa County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the rest stop.
Florida track ends greyhound races ahead of 2021 deadline
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Panhandle dog track has ended its greyhound racing well ahead of a 2021 deadline.
The Pensacola Greyhound Track and Poker Room's fall greyhound racing season ended Sept. 30, and races were supposed to resume Jan. 18.
But in November, Florida voters approved an amendment that will phase out live greyhound races statewide by 2021.
Police: Man drove through Florida airport fence, onto runway
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Police say a man drove through a Florida airport fence and onto an active runway.
In a Pensacola News-Journal report , police said 20-year-old Zane Alexander Carlson was arrested Wednesday at Pensacola International Airport on suspicion of trespassing and criminal mischief.
Woman gets life sentence for role in drive-by shooting
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for letting her car be used in a fatal drive-by shooting.
The Pensacola News Journal reports that Melissa Pocopanni was sentenced Tuesday. She was convicted in November of principal to second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.
Sheriff deputy shoots, kills armed man in Florida
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff deputy has shot and killed an armed man in Florida after he pointed his firearm at the officer.
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office said in a Saturday statement that deputies were told the gunman was threatening to kill another family member in a rural area north of Pensacola.
The suspect did not follow the deputies' orders and raised his gun in the direction of one of them. The man was shot and died at the scene Friday.
Longtime leader of New Jersey’s Trenton diocese dies at 83
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A longtime leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton has died.
Church officials say Bishop Emeritus John Smith died Tuesday after a long illness, but did not disclose further details. He was 83.
Smith served as the ninth bishop of the Trenton diocese, holding the post from 1997 until his retirement in 2010. He was a coadjutor bishop in the diocese for two years before that and also served as bishop of the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese in Florida from 1991-95.
Florida mayor resigns due to ‘inappropriate texting’
GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mayor is resigning due to inappropriate texting.
The Pensacola News-Journal reported that Gulf Breeze Mayor David Landfair resigned on Friday. Landfair had just been sworn in as the mayor of the northwest Florida city in December.
Man charged with 2 counts of DUI manslaughter after crash
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man has been jailed following a crash that left two people dead.
The Pensacola News Journal reports that 24-year-old Hunter Black was arrested Saturday and charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter.
Farmers reeling after record rain in 2018 destroys crops
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Rodney Helton stood in a cotton field in Atmore, Alabama, on a Thursday morning, just over the Florida state line, with puddles of wet, mushy soil and water gathering over his dirty boots.
He reached out and plucked a sopping wet cotton boll off of a brown, rotting stem and held it between his fingers, shaking his head.
Man gets 7½ years for fatal hit-and-run crash
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run crash with a pedestrian.
The Pensacola News Journal reports that 29-year-old Lucas Beaty was sentenced Friday for failure to stop at the scene of a crash involving death.
Firefighter saves dog trapped under dock in cold water
GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida firefighter is being credited for saving the life of a dog that was trapped under a dock in cold water.
Florida deputies shoot and kill man holding meat cleaver
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say they shot and killed a man who was holding a meat cleaver.
The Pensacola News Journal reported that Escambia County deputies responded early Saturday morning to a call about a murder in an apartment complex.
Good Cheer: Police officers reward kindness with gift cards
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — "Operation Police Navidad" is underway in Pensacola, where police officers are handing out $50 gift cards to people they see doing good deeds.
Florida charter school operator gets 20 years for fraud
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The founder of a company that operated charter schools in several Florida counties has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Drenching rain, severe weather possible on Gulf Coast
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters are warning about the potential for drenching rain and severe weather on the northern Gulf Coast.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch Monday for much of southern Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and southwestern Georgia. That includes areas where thousands of people are still trying to recover from Hurricane Michael devastating landfall last month.
Trump’s Road Show: In Florida, says Democrats too extreme
Six days, eight states, 11 rallies. Scenes from the road as President Donald Trump sprints to Election Day (all times local):
SATURDAY, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Pensacola International Airport, Pensacola, Florida
RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Lots of pink "Women for Trump" signs in the crowd.
Trump says Democrats would ruin Florida, his second home
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday used his final Florida campaign event before next week's elections to implore supporters to send Republicans to the governor's mansion and the U.S. Senate, claiming that allowing Democrats to win either office would bring ruin to the state he also calls home.
It’s Trump vs. Jimmy Buffett as Florida enters campaign push
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump attacked Democrats in one corner of Florida on Saturday, while Margaritaville king Jimmy Buffett took musical shots at him and Gov. Rick Scott in another as the state's tight Senate and gubernatorial races reached the final weekend of campaigning.
The Latest: Trump says Democrats have a ‘wrecking ball’
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):
President Donald Trump is sharing the stage at a Florida rally with the state's Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor, at the same time taking swipes at their Democratic opponents.
Trump's appearance Saturday night in Pensacola, Florida, followed a rally earlier in the day in Montana, part of a multistate sprint by the president toward Tuesday's midterm elections.
Trump, Democrats vying for support in final midterm push
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrats are delivering competing closing arguments during the final weekend before Tuesday's elections, but their messages are complicated by a deadly shooting in a politically pivotal state.
Trump aimed to drum up voter turnout with events Saturday in Belgrade, Montana, and Pensacola, Florida, about 200 miles west of Florida's capital, Tallahassee, where two people were shot to death and five others wounded at a yoga studio on Friday night.
Low levels of red tide have spread to Pensacola Beach
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Low concentrations of red tide have been detected in the westernmost reaches of the Florida Panhandle.
The Pensacola News Journal reported that samples collected off the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier found "very low" levels of red tide, indicating the bloom that appeared off Panama City in September is spreading west.
Alabama man fatally hit by tractor-trailer in Florida
JAY, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say an Alabama man has been killed by a tractor-trailer that ran him over while he was cleaning the vehicle's undercarriage.
Blue Angels sunset flyover honors Hurricane Michael victims
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels used a special fly-over to show support to victims of Hurricane Michael.
Lt. Commander David Gardner tells the Pensacola News Journal that the Sunday evening flyover was to let "those affected by Hurricane Michael to know that everyone at the Blue Angels is thinking of them."
Fair manager: Unclear how person suffered injury on ride
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — One person was injured on a fair ride in Florida, and the manager says how it happened is a mystery.
Retired teacher may be fined for her butterfly garden
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A retired teacher who started a butterfly garden in the yard of her Panhandle home might be subject to homeowners' association rules against breeding animals.
WEAR-TV reports Krissa White started her a butterfly garden six years ago. Her front yard has butterfly-friendly plants and trees.
10 days after hurricane, football offers a welcome escape
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Castor Gay knew his life had changed the moment he watched his back fence disappear into the howling wind and water started pouring from his ceiling. Mike Maddox sensed the same thing when he packed into a tiny pantry closet with his mom, brother and five dogs while his house shook.
Hurricane Michael delivered quite a punch when it hit the teenagers who make up the Mosley High Dolphins football team.
Florida couple charged after child found on roadway
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida couple has been charged after authorities say a child in their care was found on Gulf Beach Highway.
The Pensacola News Journal reports 37-year-old Leslie Bailey and 33-year-old James Bailey were charged with offenses including child neglect.
Florida charter school operator convicted of fraud
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The founder of a company that operated charter schools in several Florida counties was found guilty of using those schools to steer millions of dollars into his personal accounts.
Rattlesnake washes ashore on Florida beach, stuns crowd
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Florida beachgoers were stunned when they watched a rattlesnake appear in the surf and struggle onto the sand.
Rhonda Saunders was at the beach with her daughters Tuesday when she and others watched the snake struggling to keep its head above the water. Saunders said a crowd gathered to watch as the snake fought its way to shore, appearing very weak. She said they felt sorry for it, but she had not intentions of helping it.
Man gets life sentence for DUI crash that killed 2
MILTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for driving drunk and getting in a fatal crash while fleeing a deputy.
The Pensacola News Journal reports that 35-year-old Kailen Kelly was sentenced Monday after pleading no contest to two counts of DUI manslaughter and other charges.
Florida man fleeing traffic stop dies after crashing car
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man trying to escape a traffic stop died after crashing his car.
The Pensacola News Journal reports that 20-year-old Michael Crumpton was pronounced dead early Tuesday morning at a Pensacola hospital.
Stolen smokes: Florida man gets 20 years for cigarette theft
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who stole $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison.
A jury in Pensacola convicted 48-year-old Robert Spellman of burglary and grand theft in August. Authorities say Spellman took 10 cartons of cigarettes from a stock room in the store manager's office last December. He was sentenced Friday.
Navy: Sailor was struck by propeller on carrier flight deck
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy says a sailor who died aboard an aircraft carrier was struck by the turning propeller of a plane.
The Navy said in a statement on Wednesday that Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak had just secured an E-2C Hawkeye radar plane to the flight deck. Naglak's death occurred Monday aboard the USS George H. W. Bush while it was in the Atlantic Ocean.
Gold Star monument planned for families who lost loved
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Ashley Lukasiewicz envisions a place where her children, ages 3 and 5, can reflect on the sacrifices they have made for their country.
The kids are young, but they know their father, a Marine pilot, died helping others. They are growing up without him because of his dangerous 2015 mission, which saved many lives.
Column: A seminal game that hardly anyone knows about
ATLANTA (AP) — It was a seminal moment in the civil rights movement.
In hindsight, one of the most significant games in American history.
Yet most people have never heard the baseball story.
Not even Hank Aaron, who is all too familiar with this nation's resistance to racial equality.
"I didn't know anything about this game," the Hammer conceded.
Well, it's about time that everyone learns what happened in Orlando, Florida on Aug. 9, 1955.
Inmate gets 8 years for bomb, anthrax threat to judge
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida inmate has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for threatening a judge who presided over his case.
Court records show 30-year-old Craig Pope was sentenced Tuesday in Pensacola federal court. He pleaded guilty in June to mailing threatening communications and threatening use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Federal appeals court says Florida cross must come down
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court says that a Florida city must take down a cross that has been in a city park for nearly 50 years.
The Pensacola News-Journal reports that the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday to uphold a lower court ruling that the cross was unconstitutional and needs to be removed.
The Latest: Weakening Gordon still dumping lots of rain
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Depression Gordon (all times local):
Tropical Depression Gordon is piling up huge rainfall totals in parts of the South, including more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) in the Florida Panhandle.
The Southeast Regional Climate Center reports that about 10.5 inches (26.6 centimeters) fell at Florida's Pensacola International Airport. The National Weather Service says that number will rise as rain continues to fall.