12/08/2016 Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Firing at a Man Inside a Vehicle

A Pensacola man was arrested around 9 p.m. Wednesday after he fired at a motorist who had followed a reckless driver to a house. 

Keyshawn Johnson, 18, of 34 Patton Drive, Pensacola, was charged with attempted murder. 

The incident began at the intersection of Mobile Highway and Fairfield Drive. Andrew Rao, 20, of Pensacola called police and initially reported he was following a reckless driver. Rao said he was behind the vehicle when the driver stopped in the middle of the intersection and Rao almost struck it with his vehicle.  

Rao stayed on the phone with police while he followed the vehicle to the 1800 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive where the occupants exited the vehicle and went into the house. At that time, Johnson came outside and began firing at Rao’s vehicle. Rao left the scene but said Johnson continued firing. He was not injured.

Officers found empty bullet casings in the street and seized the gun Johnson used during the incident.

 

12/07/2016 Four People Injured and One Man Arrested After Traffic Crash

Four people were taken to a local hospital for treatment and one man was arrested Tuesday after a domestic dispute resulted in a traffic crash. 

Derrick Hemphill, 47, of the 1800 block of Loyola Street, Pensacola, was charged with four counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated child abuse and one count of resisting an officer. 

The crash occurred around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of North Ninth Avenue and Airport Boulevard.

According to police reports, Hemphill’s 2008 Ford Fusion intentionally rammed a 2002 Mitsubishi SUV in which the victims were riding as they traveled south on Ninth Avenue toward Airport Boulevard. When the victims’ vehicle turned east onto Airport Boulevard, Hemphill’s vehicle rammed them again, which caused the Mitsubishi to flip and roll multiple times before coming to rest in the Krystal’s parking lot.

Hemphill then fled northbound on Ninth Avenue in his vehicle; police found him near Spink Lane and Ninth Avenue. The suspect then fled on foot toward Schwab Drive. He was found hiding underneath a house at Schwab Drive and Langley Avenue.

The suspect and a 48-year-old female in the Mitsubishi are parents of two children – ages seven and ten – who were injured. The 38-year-old female driver of the Mitsubishi and the 48-year-old female also were injured.

Hemphill was not injured in the incident.

 

12/07/2016 Suspect Who Shot at Pensacola Police Officer has Been Arrested

Tijuan Johnson
Tijuan Johnson

A man who shot at a Pensacola Police officer Friday night (December 2) has been arrested. 

Tijuan Deonte Johnson, 23, of the 4300 block of Acacia Drive, Pensacola, turned himself in at the Escambia County Jail around 6 a.m. today. He was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. 

Sgt. Stephen Bauer said Johnson was identified as the suspect during the investigation. The suspect left a bicycle, his cell phone and the handgun at the scene after he fled on foot. 

As part of the investigation, police department SWAT members and detectives served a search warrant at Johnson’s home Monday in an attempt to find him and evidence. Johnson was not home at the time. However, evidence was found that will assist in the investigation. The type of evidence recovered is not being released at this time. 

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, officers responded to Highland Drive after a male confronted a woman while armed with a handgun. The woman said the male approached her vehicle after she backed out of a driveway, and confronted her while holding the gun. Fearing for her safety, she accelerated her vehicle to escape and the man fled.  

Officer Matthew Mercado found the suspect riding the bicycle south on Sixth Avenue near Tunis Street. The suspect dismounted the bicycle at Torres Avenue and Tunis Street, turned toward Mercado, fired one shot, and fled the area. Mercado was not injured. 

The incident occurred during a Violent Crime Suppression Operation, which had eight officers saturating known problem areas.

 

12/06/2016 Photographs Released of Rolex Watch Suspects

A white and gold Rolex watch is still missing since it was stolen from a local jewelry store on November 17, and police need help in finding the suspects. 

A sales associate at Jewelers Trade Shop, 26 S. Palafox St., told police two unidentified Middle Eastern males walked into the store around 2:30 p.m. on November 17. At first, they wanted to look at male necklaces, but then changed their minds and wanted to look at watches.

After showing the men five watches, they told the employee they wanted to purchase a white and gold Rolex. The employee said she put two watches back in the case and two others in the vault. The men told her they’d pay half in cash and the rest on a card. They asked her to ask her supervisor for the best price and said they would return with the credit card. The suspects then left the store.

Approximately five to ten minutes after they left, the employee noticed the Rolex was missing. Police were then notified.

Anyone having information on the theft is asked to contact Detective Gilbert Galloway at 435 – 1974 or Crime Stoppers at 433 – STOP.

One Rolex watch theft suspect
One Rolex watch theft suspect
Second Rolex watch theft suspect
Second Rolex watch theft suspect
Both Rolex watch theft suspects
Both Rolex watch theft suspects

 

12/05/2016 Warrant Issued for Man Who Shot at PPD Officer

Tijuan Johnson
Tijuan Johnson

A warrant has been issued for a man who shot at a Pensacola Police officer Friday night. 

Tijuan Deonte Johnson, 23, of the 4300 block of Acacia Drive, Pensacola, is wanted for attempted murder and aggravated assault. He is a black male, approximately 5 feet 5 and 150 pounds. 

Sgt. Stephen Bauer said Johnson was identified as the suspect during the investigation.

Bauer said as part of the investigation, police department SWAT members and detectives served a search warrant at Johnson’s home today in an attempt to find him and evidence. Johnson was not home at the time. However, evidence was found that will assist in the investigation. The type of evidence recovered is not being released at this time.

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, officers responded to Highland Drive after a male was seen holding a handgun while riding a bicycle. A woman said the male approached her vehicle after she backed out of a driveway. Fearing for her safety, she accelerated her vehicle to escape and the man fled.

Officer Matthew Mercado found the suspect riding the bicycle south on Sixth Avenue near Tunis Street. The suspect dismounted the bicycle at Torres Avenue and Tunis Street, turned toward Mercado, fired one shot, and fled the area. Mercado was not injured.

The incident occurred during a Violent Crime Suppression Operation, which had eight officers saturating known problem areas.

Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone having information Johnson’s location is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900 or Crime Stoppers at 433 – STOP. Callers can remain anonymous.

 

12/03/2016 Police Searching for Man Who Shot at Officer

Pensacola Police are searching for a man who shot at an officer and then ran from the scene late Friday night.

The officer – Matthew Mercado – was not injured in the incident, which occurred in the area of Torres Avenue and Tunis Street.

The incident occurred during a Violent Crime Suppression Operation, which had additional officers saturating known problem areas. Since September, the city has experienced an increase in gun related crimes.

“Public Safety is my number one priority,” said Mayor Ashton Hayward, “This incident brings to light just how dangerous police work can be. I’m thankful that Officer Mercado was not injured, and I support the police department’s efforts 100%.”

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, officers responded to Highland Drive after a male confronted a resident while armed with a handgun. The woman said the male approached her vehicle after she backed out of a driveway, and confronted her while holding the gun. Fearing for her safety, she accelerated her vehicle to escape and the man fled. Mercado found the suspect on Sixth Avenue near Tunis Street.

The suspect turned toward Mercado, fired one shot and fled the area on foot.

Sgt. Stephen Bauer, who is coordinating the operation for the department, said the suspect is wanted for attempted murder on the officer and aggravated assault. The suspect was described as a black male, thin build and wearing dark pants and a dark jacket with a hood. During a K-9 track for the suspect, officers smelled marijuana coming from a residence in the 3000 block of North Torres Avenue.

A search of the home resulted in the seizure of six firearms – one of which was stolen – and approximately 425 grams of marijuana. One person was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Also during the operation, officers saw several people gambling in the area of the Fricker Center, 900 North F St. Two males were charged with possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and gambling.

The suspect in the shooting was not located.

The Violent Crime Suppression Operation lasted approximately 11 hours, and will continue for the foreseeable future.

Anyone having information on the attempted murder of the police officer is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900 or Crime Stoppers at 433 – STOP. Callers can remain anonymous.

 

12/01/2016 Police Addressing Increase in Gun Violence

Pensacola Police will be saturating areas within city limits at various times and days in the near future in an effort to address an increase in gun violence.

Since September 11, there have been at least 10 incidents reported where people heard gun shots and/or people were shot.

“We’re doing this because we must remain vigilant in keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe for all of our citizens, especially during the holidays when everyone wants to be able to celebrate with family and friends,” said Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III. “We’re asking the public to enjoy the holidays and if they see something, to please say something.”

The following are recent gun crimes that currently are under investigation by the department:

– Around 3:20 a.m. September 11 in the area of West Maxwell and North Baylen streets. Police were called after gun shots were heard. Approximately 21 gun casings were found near the intersection; no injuries reported.

– Around 2:35 a.m. September 24 in the area of North Ninth Avenue and Airport Boulevard. A 32-year-old male told police he was driving southbound on Ninth Avenue when he heard several gunshots. He went to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot in the back of his head.

– Between 9 and 9:10 p.m. October 7 in the 2800 block of North Ninth Avenue. Police were called after gun shots were heard. No injuries were reported.

– Between 5 and 5:30 p.m. October 8 in the 2400 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Police were called after gun shots were heard. A 37-year-old male was found on the ground on the southwest side of the 400 block of East Scott Street. He went to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

– Around 7:45 a.m. October 25 in the 6800 block of North Ninth Avenue. Police were called after the body of a 47-year-old male was found outside a business. The man died from a gunshot wound.

– Between 8 and 8:20 a.m. November 20 in the 300 block of North G Street. A 58-year-old male told police he was walking his dogs when a man pointed a gun at him and demanded his money. When the victim began yelling for help, he said the suspect shot him before leaving the area.

– Between 7:20 and 7:30 p.m. November 21 in the 400 block of North DeVilliers Street. Two males ages 26 and 29 were sitting in a vehicle when they were shot and taken to a hospital for treatment. A third male inside the vehicle was not injured.

– Around 10 a.m. November 25 in the area Ninth Avenue and Maxwell Street. Police were called after gun shots were heard. A 29-year-old male was found with a gunshot wound in the area of North Sixth Avenue and East Maxwell Street. The male was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

– Around 2 a.m. on November 27 in the area of Ninth Avenue and Baars Street. Police received multiple calls of shots being fired in the area of Ninth Avenue and Baars Street. No injuries were reported.

– Between 11:40 p.m. and midnight November 28 in the 1300 block of West Cervantes Street. Two 19-year-old males were taken to a local hospital for treatment after they were shot while sitting inside a vehicle. A 16-year-old male who was in the vehicle was not injured.

One outreach effort during the violent crime suppression operation will involve officers on foot patrol in targeted areas to inform the public of the increased police activity and to make contact with residents in the affected neighborhoods.

“We have a zero tolerance approach to violent crimes, said Sgt. Stephen Bauer, who is coordinating the operation for the department.

Officers also will be making targeted traffic stops and conducting field interviews in addition to staying in contact with the public to ensure they are successful in reaching people who need assistance from police.

Anyone having information on the recent shootings is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900 or Crime Stoppers at 433 – STOP. Callers can remain anonymous.

 

11/26/2016 Why I Wear The Badge Canvas to be Signed November 29

A simple blank canvas will be unrolled on a wall Tuesday (Nov. 29) morning at the Pensacola Police Departments. 

Officers will be handed permanent markers and asked to finish an important statement: Why I wear the badge. 

“I wear the badge because I want to make a positive difference in the Pensacola Police Department and in the community,” said Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III. 

A law enforcement officer’s badge is a symbol of courage, strength and integrity and along with displaying it comes great responsibilities. 

Why I Wear the Badge is a campaign designed to highlight “the diversity and commitment of the law enforcement profession,” according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Law enforcement agencies nationwide are being challenged to join the #WhyIWearTheBadge campaign and to share their stories and statements.

 

11/22/2016 Two Men Injured in Shooting

Pensacola Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Monday night and resulted in two males being injured. 

The incident occurred around 7:20 p.m. in the 400 block of North DeVilliers Street. Three males were sitting in a car when two other males walked up to the vehicle and began shooting into the vehicle. 

Two of the males – ages 26 and 29 – went to a local hospital for treatment. The third male was not injured. 

Anyone having information on the incident is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900 or Crimestoppers at 433 – STOP.

 

 

11/16/2016 Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrant for Battery DV Strangulation

A man wanted on an outstanding warrant after he was shot during a domestic dispute earlier this month has been arrested.

Jaquon Ladaryl Lee, 23, of Pensacola was taken into custody without incident Tuesday night at a residence in the 1100 block of Wilcox Street. He was charged with battery domestic violence by strangulation.

The incident was reported to police just prior to 7 a.m. November 1. A 26-year-old woman shot Lee during a physical altercation where he tried to strangle her at a house in the 200 block of Ariola Avenue, said Sgt. Steve Bauer.

Lee was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but left the hospital against medical advice late that night or early the next day.

11/09/2016 Ten People Arrested in Narcotics Investigation

A four-month narcotics investigation that targeted known drug areas within city limits has resulted in 10 people being arrested and warrants issued for four additional suspects.

Officers assigned to the Pensacola Police Department’s Vice & Narcotics Unit and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Unit participated in the investigation.

Sgt. Martez Lawrence, who supervises the V&N Unit, said crack cocaine, marijuana and promethazine were seized during the investigation, which involved undercover officers purchasing drugs from the suspects.

Arrested were:

  • Lucesia Lanae Salter, 36, of Pensacola. Charged with selling crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana, trespassing, and conspiracy to sell crack cocaine.
  • Lloyd Demetrius Grice, 40, no permanent address. Charged with selling crack cocaine, conspiracy to sell crack cocaine and trespassing.
  • William Harold Williams, 69, of Pensacola. Charged with selling crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of public housing, intent to sell marijuana within 1,000 feet of public housing and possession of marijuana over 20 grams with intent to sell.
  • Antione Terence Black, 36, of Pensacola. Charged with selling crack cocaine.
  • James Eugene Beasley, 22, of Pensacola. Charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and gambling.
  • Frederick Lavon Finklea, 40, of Pensacola. Charged with selling crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a place of worship.
  • Quinlan LaRon Brown, 21, of Pensacola. Charged with selling crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine.
  • Kerry Delarain Silas, 53, of Pensacola. Charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, resisting without violence and open container violation.
  • Desmond Henry Moorer, 23, of Pensacola. Charged with selling crack cocaine.
  • Aurterious Donte Bargnare, 25, of Pensacola. Charged with selling crack cocaine sell, selling crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and conspiracy to sell crack cocaine.

Outstanding warrants have been issued for:

  • Jamar Glenn Williams, 25, of Pensacola. Wanted for selling crack cocaine, selling crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school and conspiracy to sell crack cocaine.
  • Kenneth Jerome Daniels, 26, of Pensacola. Wanted for selling crack cocaine and possession of synthetic narcotics.
  • Keshawn Arthur Lindsey, 20, of Pensacola. Wanted for selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of public housing.
  • Lahorace J. Pickett, 37, of Pensacola. Wanted for selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of public housing.

Anyone knowing locations of the suspects wanted on outstanding warrants is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 433 – STOP.

11/09/2016 Escapee Caught by Police This Morning

A teen-aged male who escaped from a police officer July 19 while he was being taken into a local correctional facility has been arrested.

Jajuan Luzell Millender, 17, of the 100 block of East Yonge Street, Pensacola was taken into custody this morning in the 7900 block of Perth Avenue. He was wanted on outstanding warrants for escape, larceny, battery on a law enforcement officer, grand theft of a vehicle, and resisting with violence.

The arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred around 8 a.m. July 19 when officers were dispatched to the area of Tarragona and Yonge streets on a report of a suspicious vehicle backed into a vacant lot. When police arrived, the suspect – later identified as Jajuan Millender – drove out of the lot in a stolen vehicle.

Millender and the stolen vehicle were found a short time later in the 2300 block of North Spring Street, but the suspect fled from police. Millender was taken into custody after he ran from his house, but he struggled with officers and kicked one officer in the mouth. He also damaged a right rear panel in a police vehicle by kicking it from the outside.

Millender, who was handcuffed at the time, managed to escape from an officer while he was being taken into the Department of Juvenile Justice, 1800 St. Mary Ave.

 

11/3/2016 Man Wanted on Warrant for Domestic Violence – Strangulation

A warrant has been issued for a Pensacola man who was shot during a domestic disturbance earlier this week. 

Jaquon Ladaryl Lee, 23, is wanted for domestic violence – strangulation. 

The incident was reported to police just prior to 7 a.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 1). A 26-year-old woman shot Lee during a physical altercation where he tried to strangle her at a house in the 200 block of Ariola Avenue, said Sgt. Steve Bauer. 

Lee was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but left the hospital against medical advice late Tuesday or early Wednesday. He may seek medical attention for treatment of the gunshot wound. 

Bauer said Lee should be considered dangerous. He said people should call 911 if they see Lee and not approach him.

Anyone having information on his location is asked to contact Detective Chris Grantham at 435 – 1970, Detective Amy Parsons at 435 – 1977 or Crimestoppers at 433 – STOP.

Jaquon Lee
Jaquon Lee

 

 

10/27/2016 Crash Causes Vehicle to Hit House

 No one was seriously injured today after two vehicles crashed and the impact forced one of them through a fence and into a house. 

The crash occurred around 11 a.m. at the intersection of Spanish Trail and Langley Avenue. 

Officer Michael Gibowski said a 2007 Toyota Tundra driven by Braydon Chance Dewberry, 17, of Pensacola was northbound on Spanish Trail approaching the intersection of Langley Avenue on a green light. Meanwhile, a 2014 BMW – driven by Ayfer Wilcox, 58, of Niceville – was eastbound on Langley Avenue approaching the intersection on a red light. 

Gibowski said Wilcox ran the red light and struck the Tundra on its driver’s side. The collision forced the Tundra off the road, through a fence and two walls of a house in the 4200 block of Spanish Trail Place. The house received significant damage. 

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and went to a local hospital for treatment. Wilcox was given a citation for running a red light, Gibowski said.

 

 

10/26/2016 PPD Investigating Homicide After Man’s Body Found Tuesday

 A homicide investigation is in progress after a man’s body was found Tuesday morning on the ground behind a local business.

 A woman called police after finding the man’s body around 7:45 a.m. behind a business in the 6800 block of North Ninth Avenue.

 The victim has been identified as Wes Burkhalter, 47, no permanent address. An autopsy confirmed Burkhalter did not die from natural causes.

 Anyone having information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Chad Willhite at 435 – 1972, the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900 or Crimestoppers at 433 – STOP.

 

10/20/2016 PPD to Undergo Review to Maintain Accreditation Status

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) are scheduled to be at the Pensacola Police Department December 6, 7 and 8 to examine all aspects of the department’s general orders, management, operations, and support services.

The department has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to maintain accredited status, which it first acquired in November 2013. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available through Lt. Bruce Martin at 435 – 1948 or via email at Bmartin@cityofpensacola.com.

Martin is the Accreditation Program Manager for the Pensacola Police Department. He said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the department will maintain accredited status. Accreditation lasts for three years.

Verification by the team that the department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

For more information regarding CFA or for people wishing to offer written comments about the Pensacola Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write to CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302 or email info@flaccreditation.org.

 

10/17/2016 Lt. Scott McDonald Retires from PPD Today

Lt. Scott McDonald
             Lt. Scott McDonald

A law enforcement career that began as a cadet and ended as a lieutenant concludes today when Scott McDonald retires from the Pensacola Police Department.

McDonald was hired by the department as a cadet on January 10, 1983. Among his assignments during the next 33 years would be Community Relations, Property Management, Uniform Patrol, TAC, and Vice and Narcotics.

He was promoted to police officer on March 5, 1984; to sergeant on June 19, 1995; and to lieutenant on December 23, 1999.

On April 10, 2006, he transferred to the Administrative, Technology & Services Division and remained there until his retirement today. Among his duties as a lieutenant in ATSD were fleet management and updating mobile radios in police vehicles and officers’ portable radios.

He also supervised a two-year $7 million overhaul of the department’s Communications Center. The upgrade brought state-of-the-art equipment into the department and also offered a work environment designed to offer various degrees of comfort for telecommunicators.

McDonald recently was presented the Chief’s Award from Chief David Alexander III in recognition of his diligence and dedication to improving the Communications Center.

10/15/2016 PPD Video Featured at International Chiefs of Police Conference

The Pensacola Police Department is one of approximately 15 law enforcement agencies nationwide being featured on videos this week at the 123rd International Chiefs of Police annual conference in San Diego, CA.

A video on the Pensacola Police Department recognizing it as a 21st Century community oriented policing agency will be shown at various locations throughout the conference, which is taking place Oct. 15 to 18.

“We focus our attention on the intentional…going out and building relationships with people,” said Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander III.

In addition to spotlighting the Pensacola Police Department, the video also includes comments from Alexander; Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward; local NAACP President Eladies P. Sampson; Andrew Maxwell, executive director Camelot Academy; and Drake White, Camelot Academy student; and scenes of Pensacola.

The annual conference features educational programs, keynote speakers, community building special events, and collections of tactical equipment and technology solutions for local, state, federal, and other law enforcement agencies.

The approximate six-minute video can be found on YouTube.com. It is #18 under WebsEdgeGovernment IACP TV 2016.

10/13/2016 Three Males Arrested After Fleeing from Police

Three males were arrested Wednesday night after the stolen car they were in was involved in a crash in Gulf Breeze, fled the scene and ended up in Pensacola.

Arrested were:

  • Jessie Earl Rowe, 19, of the 6000 block of Enterprise Drive, Pensacola. Charged with fleeing and eluding, grand theft of a motor vehicle, and resisting an officer.
  • Deshun Devonte Haynes, 19, of the 7000 block of Lanier Drive, Pensacola. Charged with resisting an officer.
  • Kordell Deshawn Johnson, 18, of the 8200 block of North Davis Highway. Charged with resisting an officer.

Officers initially were dispatched shortly after 5 p.m. to the 17th Avenue/train trestle bridge on a reported traffic crash that had occurred in Gulf Breeze. One of the vehicles involved in the crash had been reported as stolen to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. A woman told police she followed the stolen vehicle after it collided with her vehicle in Gulf Breeze and fled the scene.

Officer Tony Garza found the vehicle headed west on Gadsden Street from 17th Avenue. Garza activated his emergency lights and siren, followed the vehicle and radioed its location to additional officers responding to the area.

Officer Richard Ghigliotty spotted it traveling westbound on Blount Street where it went through a vacant piece of property and came to a stop behind a house in the 1100 block of East Blount Street.

Three males – Rowe, Haynes and Johnson – ran from the vehicle but were taken into custody after foot chases with officers.

Detectives Darlene Loftin and Matthew Mercado conducted multiple interviews of the suspects and witnesses.

10/13/2016 Sgt. Carl Hawkins Retires Oct. 17

Sgt. Carl Hawkins
Sgt. Carl Hawkins

A law enforcement career spanning almost three decades with the Pensacola Police Department will end Monday (Oct. 17) when Sgt. Carl Hawkins retires.

Hawkins was initially hired as a police officer on February 1, 1988 and worked until January 4, 1991 when he left to pursue other interests. He was re-hired as an officer on January 14, 1992 and promoted to sergeant on January 22, 2005.

He has an additional five years of law enforcement experience with agencies in Mississippi, Georgia and Texas.

Among his assignments at the Pensacola Police Department have been Uniform Patrol, Community Relations, Neighborhood Policing Unit, and Pensacola International Airport.

He also was a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer at Cordova Park and Allie Yniestra elementary schools and the Jacqueline Harris Preparatory Academy. Hawkins currently supervises the department’s School Resource Officers.

The reception is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday at police headquarters, 711 N. Hayne St.

10/11/2016 Name of Traffic Fatality Released

The name of a bicyclist who died Saturday from injuries he received in a traffic crash on Friday has been released. 

Frank Lewis, 70, no permanent address, was riding his bicycle on the edge of the road northbound on Ninth Avenue toward Ash Drive. A 2012 Ford Fusion driven by Kaitlynn Pemberton, 22, of Pensacola was also northbound on Ninth Avenue in the left-hand lane. 

Lewis suddenly turned in front of Pemberton’s vehicle, collided with it and was thrown from the bicycle. The bike landed in a southbound lane of Ninth Avenue and was struck by a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by William Deakle, 26, of Pensacola, said Officer Richard Ghigliotty.

Lewis was wearing dark clothing and was not wearing a helmet. He was taken to a local hospital where he died just before 4 a.m. Saturday, said Officer Jason Browning.

The incident occurred around 11:45 p.m. Friday

An investigation is continuing into the incident, which occurred around 11:45 p.m. Friday.

 

 

10/10/2016 Man Wanted for Attempted Murder has Been Arrested

A man wanted on an attempted murder charge in in connection with a shooting that occurred Saturday has been arrested.

Ray Charles Bullard, 24, of Pensacola was taken into custody around noon today in the 500 block of East Fairfield Drive. He also was charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. October 8. An officer found the victim lying on the ground on the southwest side of a home in the 400 block of East Scott Street.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment and remains in critical condition. A motive remains under investigation.

The victim’s name is not yet being released because of the on-going investigation.

Anyone having information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Gilbert Galloway at 435 – 1974 or the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900.

Ray Charles Bullard
Ray Charles Bullard

10/09/2016 Man Wanted for Attempted Murder

Police are searching for a man wanted for attempted murder in connection with a shooting that occurred Saturday. 

The warrant has been issued for Ray Charles Bullard, 24, of Pensacola. He is a black male, approximately 5 feet 9 and 180 pounds. 

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. in a yard in the 400 block of East Scott Street. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment and remains in critical condition. A motive remains under investigation.

Bullard should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone having information on his location or the incident is asked to contact Detective Gilbert Galloway at 435 – 1974 or the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900.

Ray Charles Bullard
Ray Charles Bullard

10/08/2016 Bicyclist Dies from Injuries Received in Traffic Crash

An investigation is continuing into a traffic crash that resulted in the death of a bicyclist early this morning. 

The incident occurred around 11:45 p.m. Friday. 

The bicyclist, age 70, whose name is not being released pending family notification, was riding his bicycle on the edge of the road northbound on Ninth Avenue toward Ash Drive. A 2012 Ford Fusion driven by Kaitlynn Pemberton, 22, of Pensacola was also northbound on Ninth Avenue in the left-hand lane. 

The bicyclist suddenly turned in front of Pemberton’s vehicle, collided with it and was thrown from the bicycle. The bike landed in a southbound lane of Ninth Avenue and was struck by a 2002 Ford Explorer driven by William Deakle, 26, of Pensacola, said Officer Richard Ghigliotty. 

The bicyclist was wearing dark clothing and was not wearing a helmet. He was taken to a local hospital where he died just before 4 a.m. today, said Officer Jason Browning.

 

10/06/2016 Arrest Made in Connection with Homicide

An arrest has been made in connection with a homicide that occurred in July.

Willie Charles McKay, 14, of Pensacola was arrested around 4:25 p.m. today and charged with murder.

The incident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. July 20 at the corner of East Avery and North Tarragona streets.

The victim – Mark E. Freeman, 34, of Pensacola – died at the scene.

A woman reported the incident to police after hearing at least one gun shot.

Sgt. Stephen Bauer said a motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

Willie McKay
Willie McKay

10/06/2016 Name of Traffic Fatality Released

The name of a woman who was struck by a vehicle and died this morning has been released. 

Brunetta Poindexter, 47, of Pensacola died at the scene of the incident, which occurred around 5:55 a.m. at the intersection of South M and West Garden streets. 

Officer Tony Garza said a Yellow Cab driven by Sherri Mae Cooper, 52, of Pensacola, was eastbound on Garden Street in the inside lane. Poindexter, who was walking in the road, stepped in front of the cab as it was passing her. 

Traffic was diverted from the area for approximately three hours.

 

10/06/2016 Police Investigating Traffic Fatality at M and Garden streets

Pensacola Police are investigating a traffic fatality that occurred this morning. 

The incident occurred around 5:55 a.m. at the intersection of South M and West Garden streets when a woman stepped into the path of an eastbound Yellow Cab. The woman, whose name is not being released until family notification, died at the scene. 

Officer Tony Garza said a Yellow Cab driven by Sherri Mae Cooper, 52, of Pensacola, was eastbound on Garden Street in the inside lane. The pedestrian, who was walking in the road, stepped in front of the cab as it was passing her. 

A preliminary investigation indicates the driver was not at fault. Traffic was diverted from the area for approximately three hours.

 

10/06/2016 PPD Receives Three Recognitions in Best of the Coast 2016

Thank you, Pensacola! 

The Pensacola Police Department has received a first place in In-Weekly magazine’s Best of the Coast 2016.

The department received first place in Best Business to “like” on Facebook, second place for Best Website, and third place for Best News Story regarding the rescue of a puppy left in a hot vehicle.

“We have recently embraced social media as a means for improving our communication with the public, and we appreciate this recognition,” said Assistant Chief Tommi Lyter.

Thank you for voting, and thank you for choosing us!

 

10/05/2016 Homicide Suspect Charged in Death of Elderly Woman

Perry James Ford Jr.
Perry James Ford Jr.

A Pensacola man who murdered an elderly woman with a stolen gun last month has been arrested. 

Perry James Ford Jr., 19, was arrested Tuesday night. He was charged with an open count of murder and armed robbery.

Ford was charged with the murder of Carolyn Barnes, 75, whose body was found September 10 in her home in the 5300 block of Flintwood Circle. A friend of the victim found her body when she went to check on her after she didn’t answer her phone.

Detective Christopher Forehand said the autopsy determined Barnes had been shot once in the back of her head. The gun had been stolen in a vehicle burglary that occurred August 9. 

Forehand said Barnes had hired Ford on several occasions to do odd jobs for her at her home. The investigation determined she is believed to have opened her door when he showed up at her house around 12:52 a.m. on September 9 and allowed him inside.