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Blue Angel pilot killed in Tennessee crash identified | AL.com

June 03, 2016

A U.S. Navy F-A 18 assigned to the Blue Angels crashed outside Nashville today, killing the pilot.

Navy officials said the crash occurred as the plane was in its beginning stages of afternoon practice at the Smyrna, Tennessee airport.

The pilot has been identified as Capt. Jeff Kuss of the U.S. Marine Corps., according to the Associated Press. Kuss was a native of Durango, Colorado. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006 and joined the Blue Angels in 2014.

via Blue Angel pilot killed in Tennessee crash identified | AL.com.

Orange Beach officer injured in accident on Perdido Pass Bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

June 02, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Police officer Gavin Kostelecky, assigned to beach patrol in Orange Beach, was injured and transported to a Pensacola hospital after he was struck on Perdido Pass Bridge driving one of the city’s “beach buggy.”

City Administrator Ken Grimes said the officer was stable and talking with other officers before he was taken by ground to Sacred Heart Hospital.

via Orange Beach officer injured in accident on Perdido Pass Bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Pedestrian hit & killed in front of Flora-Bama prompts changes to dangerous Hwy | WEAR

May 20, 2016

WEAR — The Florida Department of Transportation is looking at changes on Highway 292 after a pedestrian died from injuries sustained while crossing the road over the weekend.

Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar confirmed that the pedestrian that was struck in front of their building Saturday night was one of their employees, though they would like law enforcement to release the identity.

via Pedestrian hit & killed in front of Flora-Bama prompts changes to dangerous Hwy | WEAR.

Paying tribute to former Gulf Shores High School athlete – FOX10 News | WALA

May 14, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Nathan “Nate” Harris, 19, a student-athlete at Troy University and a former gridiron star at Gulf Shores High School, died in a motorcycle wreck.

“If there was one person I wanted to be like. It was him. He was my role model,” Nate’s friend classmate Rodger Strick said.

via Paying tribute to former Gulf Shores High School athlete – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Missing Woman FOUND In Baldwin County

May 11, 2016

It was a search that lasted all night and into Tuesday morning–while they can’t all end with someone being found safe, rescuers are glad this one did.

“This happens to be a good day,” said Ray Mooney with Klass Kids.  After a full night of searching, this wrapped up pretty quickly Tuesday morning.  One of the first search teams of the morning found her not far from the parking lot.

via Missing Woman FOUND In Baldwin County.

Memorial service held for Gulf Shores, Troy football player Nath – FOX10 News | WALA

May 06, 2016

A memorial service for former Gulf Shores High School and Troy football player Nathan Harris was held Thursday. Dozens of friends and family attended the service at First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores to pay their last respects.

The young student athlete died in a motorcycle accident Saturday on Fort Morgan Road. The outpouring of support to the Harris family has been tremendous and has meant the world to Nathan’s family and friends.

via Memorial service held for Gulf Shores, Troy football player Nath – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Former Troy, Gulf Shores football player Nathan Harris remembered as an ‘encourager,’ a ‘fisher of men’ – al.com

May 06, 2016

Nathan Harris lived 19 years on this earth.

His impact will last far longer.

The Troy University football player and former Gulf Shores High quarterback died in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning on Fort Morgan Road.

Hundreds packed the sanctuary at First Baptist Gulf Shores on Thursday afternoon for an emotional two-hour ceremony celebrating the way Harris lived his life and the people he influenced along the way.

via Former Troy, Gulf Shores football player Nathan Harris remembered as an ‘encourager,’ a ‘fisher of men’ – al.com.

Services announced for Gulf Shores grad Nathan Harris – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 03, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Services have been announced for Gulf Shores High graduate Nathan Harris who was killed in a motorcycle accident on April 30.

A memorial service will be at Gulf Shores First Baptist Church on Thursday, May 5. There will be a visitation from 1-3 p.m. on the same day at the church.

via Services announced for Gulf Shores grad Nathan Harris – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Family, coach mourn loss of local football star: “He was going t – FOX10 News | WALA

May 02, 2016

The family and former coach of Nathan Harris, the 19-year-old Troy University football player who died in a tragic motorcycle accident Saturday morning, are speaking out.

The exact details of the accident are still unclear, but family members tell us Harris’ motorcycle was hit by another car while he was turning into Council Lane off Fort Morgan Road.

via Family, coach mourn loss of local football star: “He was going t – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Former Gulf Shores quarterback killed in motorcycle crash remembered | WPMI

May 02, 2016

The Gulf Shores community is mourning the death of one of their former quarterbacks. Nathan Harris died in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning. Those who knew him spoke about his generous nature. Gulf Shores Principal Ernie Rosado says former Gulf Shores Quarterback Nathan Harris never met a stranger and made a point to be a friend to everyone.

via Former Gulf Shores quarterback killed in motorcycle crash remembered | WPMI.

2015 Gulf Shores graduate Nathan Harris killed in accident – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 01, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Gulf Shores Police are reporting that a two-vehicle crash about 8:30 a.m. on April 30 on Fort Morgan Road resulted in the death of a 2015 Gulf Shores High School graduate.

Nathan Harris, a former football quarterback and baseball player at the school, was killed in the accident. Officials said Harris was riding a motorcycle when he was killed.

via 2015 Gulf Shores graduate Nathan Harris killed in accident – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Troy University football player, Gulf Shores native, killed in motorcycle crash | AL.com

May 01, 2016

A Troy University football player was killed Saturday morning while operating a motorcycle in Gulf Shores, police say.

Nathan Harris, 19, was killed when the motorcycle he was driving struck the end of a flatbed truck with tandem trailer carrying lumber, Gulf Shores Police Sgt. Jason Woodruff said.

via Troy University football player, Gulf Shores native, killed in motorcycle crash | AL.com.

Florida man charged with murder in death of missing Gulf Shores boater | AL.com

April 27, 2016

A Florida man is now charged with murder in the death of a Gulf Shores man who went missing on April 2 while sailing to Port St. Joe, Fla.

Michael Paul Rodgers, 36, is currently being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, La. after allegedly being caught using the missing man’s credit cards and passport, NOLA.com reported.

via Florida man charged with murder in death of missing Gulf Shores boater | AL.com.

Death penalty sought in boater’s murder

April 23, 2016

Local officials announced Friday that a Milton man will be charged with murder in the death and disappearance of an Alabama boater.

In a press conference, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said that investigators would be serving a homicide warrant to 36-year-old Michael Paul Rodgers, who is jailed in Louisiana on fraud and theft charges. Rodgers was arrested in Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana, after allegedly trying to assume the identity of a missing Gulf Shores man, 62-year-old James Gunther.

via Death penalty sought in boater’s murder.

Milton man accused of murdering a Gulf Shores boater | WEAR

April 23, 2016

WEAR — The state attorney says he will go after the death penalty for a Milton man now accused of murdering a Gulf Shores boater.

Michael Rogers is currently in a Louisiana jail charged with fraud.

Police there say he tried to use 62-year-old James Gunther’s passport and credit cards to get a Lousiana ID.

via Milton man accused of murdering a Gulf Shores boater | WEAR.

Missing boater’s death now a homicide investigation, suspect nam – FOX10 News | WALA

April 23, 2016

The Escambia County, Fla. Sheriff’s office says the the death of 62-year-old missing boater James Bradley Gunther of Gulf Shores is now a homicide investigation.

That means more answers for a Gulf Shores community, mourning the loss of a fellow boater. Investigators say Brad Gunther was killed after he left this dock on his sailboat. Gunther had been missing for nearly three weeks.

via Missing boater’s death now a homicide investigation, suspect nam – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Missing Sailor Case Now A Murder Investigation

April 23, 2016

The body of 62-year-old Brad Gunther was discovered by family members a week ago. Now investigators in Florida are calling it a homicide and have a warrant for the arrest of Michael Paul Rodgers.

“Our office working with the sheriff’s office has obtained a warrant for homicide and has put a detainer on Mr. Rodgers.”

via Missing Sailor Case Now A Murder Investigation.

Daphne Helping Friends in Ecuador – FOX10 News | WALA

April 19, 2016

By Monday night, the death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Ecuador had jumped to 413.  The number is expected to rise as the search continues for people trapped in the rubble.

Kathryn Cockrell can’t get over the devastating images that have been pouring in, especially considering she just returned from that area.

“I actually just got back from a three week long mission trip in Ecuador last week…so this earthquake happened within a week of me coming home,” Cockrell explained.

via Daphne Helping Friends in Ecuador – FOX10 News | WALA.

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No ID on body found Friday, is Gulf Shores boater still missing? – FOX10 News | WALA

April 19, 2016

PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - We’re still asking questions about a missing boater from Gulf Shores.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has not identified the body that was found at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola on Friday. It could be that of missing Gulf Shores boater, Brad Gunther.

No officials have confirmed that. What we do know is investigators haven’t released any official information about the identity. In the meantime, we’re learning more about the timeline of this mystery, thanks to a picture (see right).

via No ID on body found Friday, is Gulf Shores boater still missing? – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Silver Alert issued for Pensacola woman – FOX10 News | WALA

April 18, 2016

PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - A Silver Alert has been issued for an 85 year-old Pensacola woman.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials say Jean Rodriguez Yenzer was last seen in the tenth block of Mohawk Trail in Pensacola Sunday.

Officials say she may be traveling in a 2005 black Ford Focus with a Florida tag number DK117.

via Silver Alert issued for Pensacola woman – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County remembers victims of crime – FOX10 News | WALA

April 15, 2016

It’s National Crime Victims’ week. To mark the occasion candlelight vigils are being held across the country, including in Baldwin County.

In attendance at the 5th annual “Candlelight on the Delta” were family members whosee loved ones were murdered.

“We called him Bomma… Willie Young Jr. The 3rd day of August 2011 he left us… For a stabbing 23 times,” said Willie Young, Sr.

via Baldwin County remembers victims of crime – FOX10 News | WALA.

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