Don Fletcher

Amtrak returning? Not so fast
When embattled Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned in April, some members of the Southern Rail Commission wondered whether the change in leadership would affect the effort to restore passenger rail service to the Gulf Coast. Instead, it was another hostile takeover that actually put the plan on a sidetrack. Negotiations that had lowered the anticipated cost of the project from $2.3 billion to less than $800 million were rendered useless…
Charged in home invasion, robbery – More arrests expected
An Atmore man remained in the Escambia County Detention Center on Tuesday, charged with two felony crimes, after a June 5 incident during which he and two other men allegedly forced their way into another man’s home, hit the resident in the head with a handgun, then robbed him. According to a press release issued last week by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Lambert, 24-year-old Mikeal Starks is…
Former WSN coach faces new charges
A former W.S. Neal High School coach, arrested in May on a charge of having sexual contact with a student under the age of 19, was arrested again last week after at least one more student claimed that the coach also attempted to have sexual contact with her. Jason Paul Blaney, 38, of a Jay, Fla., address, was taken into custody around 4 p.m. Friday, June 9, according to a…
Council upholds rezoning denial
Atmore’s city council, meeting for the first time since May 8, made quick work of a two-item agenda during the panel’s Monday, June 12, session. Actually, it became a one-item agenda when Tonya Hudson, organizer of Fight Against Darkness Warfare Walkers, was not in attendance to ask approval for an upcoming event, the details of which were not disclosed, that was to encompass both Tom Byrne and Houston Avery parks.…
Children left alone when suspect flees
A Brewton man, already the subject of a felony arrest warrant, was further charged with leaving two children alone in the East Brewton house from which he apparently fled to avoid arrest. According to Escambia County Sheriff’s Office reports, deputies were sent to 402 Victory Street shortly after midnight last Wednesday (May 31) to arrest 24-year-old Timothy Tyrone Dees, for whom a felony warrant on unspecified charges had been issued.…