Articles from the February 1, 2024 edition


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  • Murder suspect pleads guilty

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    One of three people charged with capital murder for the Aug. 12, 2017, murder of a Flomaton couple has pleaded guilty to felony murder and her sentencing date was deferred to Aug. 21, 2024. Jacqueline Bernice Rolin, who had an Atmore address at the time of her arrest, pleaded guilty last Tuesday in front of Circuit Judge Todd Stearns. Rolin was then released on a $25,000 signature bond. Jermaine Lavelle Smith, whose address was listed as the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton, and Kenne...

  • Expired tag leads to drug charges

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    A traffic stop for an expired tag Tuesday on old Old Atmore Road in Flomaton sent two people to jail; one for drugs and one who fled the scene with an illegal firearm. Treniece Shuntell Wimes, 35, 115 Swift St., Atmore was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (spice), unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. She was also issued traffic citations for having an expired tag and no proof of insurance. Gregory Davis, 30, 271 Dixon Road, Flomaton,...

  • I-65 stop nets drugs

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    A Detroit, Mich., man traveling down Interstate 65 heading to Mississippi to visit relatives was diverted to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton on multiple drug charges, that included trafficking. Reginald Phillip Shorter, 48, from Detroit, was charged with two counts of trafficking marijuana, two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. During an appearance before...

  • Water takeover bill stalls in Legislature

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Feb 1, 2024

    The town of Jay and the Mt. Carmel Water System were two nine public utilities that would be directly affected by a bill proposed by State Sen. Doug Broxson to take control away from local boards, but it appears the bill to do that has failed in the Florida Legislature and the Santa Rosa County legislative delegation is asking the county commission to move forward with the plan. In a letter recently submitted to the Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners, Sen. Broxson suggested the commission...

  • Seatbelts save lives

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  • Doing it Jordan's Way

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