Articles from the January 11, 2024 edition


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  • One suspect free; one gets life

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    One person scheduled for trial last week in Escambia County (Ala.) on capital murder charges was set free and a second was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after plea agreements were reached with the district attorney's office. Yeldon Devonta Rothchild, 29, of Atmore was charged with capital murder for the 2017 murder of Donta Demorris Russell, 20, and has spent the past six years in jail awaiting a trial that could have led to the death penalty. Last Wednesday,...

  • Search continues for murder suspect

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    Federal and state law enforcement agencies searched for almost two days trying to take Ladarius Fantroy into custody after he was involved in a two-car wreck last Wednesday in Conecuh County. Fantroy has been hiding from law enforcement as he is wanted for two counts of murder. The double homicide occurred in the Johnsonville Community last summer and 10-year-old "Joe Joe" Rankin and Jatonio Williams were shot when the arrived at the home that night. Warrants were issued for Fantroy's arrest,...

  • White arrested on multiple drug charges

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    The former head of a drug addiction recovery group in Escambia County (Ala.) was arrested last week on drug and theft charges. Meagan Malone White, 34, 1040 Jordan Road, Flomaton, was arrested Jan. 2 and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of prescription medication, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of property I. Flomaton police were dispatched to 623 Upper Creek Road on Jan. 2 in reference to a white male and a white female, later...

  • Fountain is named to council position

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    On the recommendation of Flomaton Mayor Jim Johnson, the Flomaton Town Council voted unanimously to appoint Susan Fountain to fill the unexpired term of Charlie Reardon's unexpired District 1 council seat, which runs until 2025. Reardon, 81, resigned his position on the council about two weeks ago. During Monday morning's town council meeting, Mayor Johnson recommended naming Fountain to fill the seat. After the council voted to declare the seat vacant, Councilman Roger Adkinson made the motion...

  • County spends $1.7 million on roads

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    Through different funding programs, the Escambia County (Ala.) Commission spent about $1.7 million on roads in fiscal year 2022-2023 through the Alabama Rebuild program. Assistant County Engineer Brad Solomon presented the annual report to the commission Monday morning and the board voted to approve the report, which is required to be sent back to the state. Solomon reported through the County Rebuild Alabama Fund and the Federal Aid Exchange fund, the county spent $116,223 in local funds to...

  • First baby of the year

    Jan 11, 2024

  • Century home destroyed

    Jan 11, 2024

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