Don Fletcher

No serious injury when car, welder collide
The Camry burst into flames while airborne By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer An Atmore woman miraculously escaped serious injury last Thursday night, June 3, when her car slammed into a welding machine that was sitting in the middle of the darkened eastbound lane of U.S. 31.Atmore Police Department reports show that 27-year-old Savannah Baggett was driving her 2020 Toyota Camry eastward into Atmore when she encountered the machine just east…
Off-duty cops patrol local Walmart
By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer While Federal Bureau of Investigation agents search for three “persons of interest” in fires at four Gulf Coast Walmart stores – including two in Mobile – company officials are taking steps to prevent another fire from happening.Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks confirmed Monday, June 7, reports that off-duty APD officers have been hired to help keep watch over the local store.“Walmart has hired off-duty officers…
Peeping Tom
Atmore man charged Boyter By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer An Atmore man is free on $100,000 bond after an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigation determined that he was engaged in illegal surveillance of a young woman.Robert Gray Boyter, 32, was arrested May 26 and charged with one count of aggravated criminal surveillance, a Class A misdemeanor under Alabama law. He was released from the Escambia County Detention Center May 28,…
Crook regains control of music, releases new single
Crook By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer There are several reasons Atmore resident and country singer Ricky Crook is excited about his newest single, which dropped on all major online music platforms less than two weeks ago.First, the new release, “How Can I Believe in You (When You’ll Be Leaving Me),” was co-written and first recorded by country legend Vern Gosdin, one of Crook’s musical heroes. Second, it’s the first song…
No parole for lifer, convicted burglar
McFarley Peters By DON FLETCHERNews Staff Writer Two longtime state inmates, each of whom was convicted in Escambia County of crimes committed while they were already behind bars, were denied parole during hearings held recently by the Alabama Bureau of Pardons & Paroles.James Christopher McFarley, who turned or will turn 52 this year, has spent more than 30 of the past 32 years in jail or prison. He was sentenced…