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Jun 14, 2021

Daughter needs help burying WW II veteran dad

Until a few days before he died, Ruben Patterson was living with his daughter in her Holley By The Sea home.

The veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam war was not Shannon Henson’s biological father. But he was the only dad she’d ever known, having taken her in relatively late in his life. She was his late wife’s granddaughter, though they both adopted her as a child.


Jun 14, 2021

Pace infant dies after being left in locked vehicle

A 9-month old child who’d been left in a locked vehicle for several hours on June 9 could not be revived. The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office got the call on June 9 at 7:45 p.m. about an unresponsive child in the 4600 block of Ephrem Lane in Pace. Deputies arrived and immediately began life saving measures. Shortly after, EMS assumed advanced life support efforts. The child was subsequently pronounced deceased.

Major Crimes Detectives and Crime Scene arrived to begin an investigation and the case remains active, according to a Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office press release.


Jun 14, 2021

Toddler found drowned Sunday evening may have died hours earlier

The father of a 1-year-old who was found drowned in a Navarre Beach canal Sunday night is responsible for her death, according to his Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Through “culpable negligence,” he failed to supervise his daughter, the report said.

Although his daughter, Makennah Potter, who turned 1 last week, was found in the evening, the failure of supervision took place between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. that afternoon.


Jun 14, 2021

History in the Making: Pensacola Beach Casino

On June 13, 1931, the counties of Escambia and Santa Rosa celebrated the opening of not only the Pensacola Bay Bridge that joined Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, but also a bridge that crossed Santa Rosa Sound to a newly constructed casino at Pensacola Beach.

Jun 13, 2021

UPDATED: Father of drowned toddler charged with manslaughter

The father of a 1-year-old found dead in a canal on Navarre Beach Sunday night has been charged with homicide negligent manslaughter. Tracy Colton Potter was booked early this morning. His daughter was found drowned in a canal about 8:30 p.m. by a concerned neighbor.

Jun 13, 2021

First tropical system dialing up, stormy weather on the way

Thunderstorms will likely move into the area again today and a low pressure area over the Bay of Campeche has a 50% chance of forming into a tropical depression in the next five days.

Forecasters warn that even if a tropical depression doesn’t form, the system could bring heavy rainfall to the area. The risk of rip currents is also likely to increase.


Jun 13, 2021

It’s turtle time year-round on Navarre Beach Fishing Pier

When guests step out onto the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, they probably don’t realize how much work goes into keeping it safe and family friendly.

And that safety extends to the welfare of the marine animals that call the area around the pier home. 


Jun 13, 2021

Second child drowns in Navarre waters in just over a week

A 1-year-old child was pulled from the canal adjacent to 7372 Grand Navarre Boulevard Sunday evening, according to Navarre Beach Fire Rescue Chief Danny Fureigh. The little girl’s death marks the second child drowning death in Navarre in just over a week.

Emergency officials were called to that home just after 8 p.m. A concerned neighbor pulled the body of the toddler out of the canal at about 8:30 p.m.

The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office has been called and is handling the investigation.


Jun 12, 2021

Weekly trash pick-up to continue on Navarre Beach

The decision has been made to stick with once-a-week trash pick-up on Navarre Beach despite some concerns from residents.

Jun 11, 2021

Expect nighttime restrictions on Bay bridge

Drivers will encounter nighttime lane restrictions on the Pensacola Bay Bridge Thursday evening, June 10 through Friday morning, June 18 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Construction crews will be performing repairs needed to restore four lanes of traffic for the entire bridge. Drivers should anticipate travel delays while the work is underway.

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