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Looking Back: 30 years ago, Craft was arrested for racing

Thirty years ago, in 1990, an Atmore man, John Lewis Craft, was arrested after racing through a roadblock and narrowly missing two officers, according to Sheriff Tim Hawsey. The truck that Craft was driving was spotted on I-65 going about 100 miles per hour. An Escambia County deputy began pursuit and were joined by two Atmore police units. The truck slowed down near the Atmore exit at Highway 21 and law enforcement thought he was stopping. Instead, Craft sped up Highway 21 just missing hitting the police officers. The officers began to fire their guns at the truck as it raced toward them. Several bullets were fired and one hit and injured Craft. A package, that the police thought was marijuana, was thrown from the truck before Craft and his truck came to a stop.

A later newspaper said that the Alabama Bureau of Investigation had begun looking into the shooting.

Rep. Frank “Skippy” White was pleased with a bill pertaining to abortion cinics.

The Alabama Highway Department was to study the cost of four-laning Highway 29 from Hardee’s in Flomaton to Highway 113.

A Jay, Fla., couple, Edward William Brunson and his wife, Denise Brunson, were arrested and charged with drug trafficking after a six-month investigation. They were booked on $500,000 bond each.

People on Johnson Road in Nikomis were complaining about the condition of the road and getting little help due to the lack of funding.

Students from Escambia County were to participate in the American  Unit 90 Student Government participation Day.

Twenty-five students took part in the special day.