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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.…