Don Fletcher

Motorcycle rider seriously injured
A 45-year-old Andalusia man was seriously injured Sunday night (March 19) when he missed a sharp curve in an unfamiliar Escambia County road, causing his motorcycle to run off the roadway and slide into the yard of a mobile home. Michael Wayne Wehrly was taken by Med Flight Air Ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola after the crash, which occurred around 9:05 p.m., on Curtis Road, about 100 yards…
Drug trafficking charged
An Atmore man remained behind bars this week, under a half-million dollar bond and facing mandatory prison time, after narcotics officers from three agencies raided his home last week and found more than a kilo of marijuana, packaged for sale. Derek James Staples, 28, was arrested on two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge after agents from the Atmore Police Department, Poarch Creek Police Department and Escambia County Sheriff’s Office…
Commission seeking countywide 1-cent sales tax
Escambia County Commissioners, faced with steadily dwindling revenues and steadily increasing expenditures, have exercised about the only option they have left to balance the equation – and the county’s budget – without making drastic cuts in the county’s workforce or in the services provided. Commissioners voted unanimously on Monday, March 13, to approve a resolution asking the Alabama Legislature to authorize the implementation of a countywide one-cent sales tax. “Actually,…
4 arrested on drug charges – Arrests made at affordable housing complex
Four people, apparently living undetected in an elderly relative’s Point Escambia apartment, were arrested last Tuesday (March 7) after a neighbor reported the odor of methamphetamine coming from the one-bedroom living quarters. Point Escambia is a federally subsidized housing complex for senior citizens and disabled individuals. Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks confirmed Friday afternoon that the arrests came after the tenant, who was not involved in the criminal activity, allowed…
Trailer fires ‘suspicious’
Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office have been asked to look into two fires that destroyed two unoccupied trailers here, almost exactly four days apart. Atmore Fire Department Capt. Daniel Love said this week that AFD officials asked for the state examination due to several suspicious aspects of the fires, each of which occurred on Old Ship Circle. One happened early Thursday morning, while the other took place early…