Daniel Smithson, WKRG

Daniel Smithson


Gainesville, FL, United States

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Past articles by Daniel:

Blue Angels getting ready for Pensacola Beach airshow

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are getting ready for the Pensacola Beach Airshow this Saturday. The airshow starts at 11 a.m. The Blue Angels hosted members of the media on Thursday. “There’s so much hometown pride for the Blue Angels around Pensacola. We feel the very same way,” said Lt. Cmdr. […] → Read More

Lifeguards urge beachgoers to prepare for extreme heat during Blue Angels airshow

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — Thousands of locals and tourists will flock to Pensacola Beach this weekend for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Airshow. The Blues’ dress rehearsal is Friday, and the official airshow starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday. With temperatures expected to be scorching this weekend, WKRG News 5 asked Pensacola […] → Read More

Fireworks can trigger vets with PTSD, doctor urges neighbors to be courteous during July 4th

Fireworks will light up the sky this weekend and July 4 as the country celebrates its independence and freedom. But for veterans who helped fight for that freedom, fireworks can bring them back to wartime. → Read More

Police: Man accused in Pensacola double homicide posted about ‘spraying’ bullets hours before shooting

A Pensacola man accused of shooting and killing two young adults last week at a Pensacola apartment complex posted on Facebook about “spraying” bullets hours before the shooting happened, according to Pensacola Police. → Read More

Manatees seen in Blackwater River escalates concern over wastewater treatment facility

Manatees were spotted in Blackwater River in Milton over the weekend. With the endangered species in the area, residents are now expressing a heightened concern with a new wastewater treatment facility proposed to be built near the river. → Read More

‘This is an everybody problem’: Pensacola police, community activists seek solutions to gun violence

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Recent gun violence in Pensacola has community activists and police coming together to try to find solutions. Just steps away from where two young adults were killed last week, leaders from across Pensacola met Monday morning to express their disgust with gun violence in Pensacola and Escambia County. “Of course, this […] → Read More

Man wanted for double homicide at Attucks Court apartments

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — Pensacola Police are looking for a man wanted in connection to a double homicide that happened at Attucks Court apartments. Tavarras Vonshay Thomas, 42, is wanted for two counts of first-degree premeditated murder for the shooting death of Cieric Parker, 24, and Dominique Bullard, 18. The pair were shot at […] → Read More

Downtown Pensacola nightclub permanently closed following shooting

The Pelican's Nest, the downtown Pensacola nightclub where five people were shot early Saturday morning, has announced it has closed for good following the shooting. → Read More

Pensacola barber reaches 150,000 haircut milestone

A Pensacola barber has accomplished quite the haircutting feat. Creighton Road Barbershop owner and barber Bob Eckols completed his 150,000 haircut Thursday morning. → Read More

‘Stop the violence’: Community concerned, angry after Pensacola double homicide

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — The Pensacola community is shaken once again after a double homicide Wednesday morning. Pensacola Police said they were called before 11 a.m. to Attucks Court off West Desoto Street in Pensacola and found one man shot and killed. A woman was also shot and transported to a local hospital, where she […] → Read More

Cantonment woman charged with robbery after deputies say she stole $3 lighter

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — A Cantonment woman was arrested Monday and charged with robbery after deputies say she pulled a knife on a woman and stole her $3 lighter. Sandra Renee Lewis, 58, was charged with robbery by sudden snatching with a weapon and aggravated assault. Deputies say Lewis approached the woman near her […] → Read More

Nightclub shooting could cause city to make changes: Pensacola mayor

Rule changes or forced closures could soon hit bottle clubs in Pensacola after a shooting at a downtown nightclub that left five injured over the weekend, according to Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson. → Read More

Sheriff: No ‘rhyme or reason’ to Louisiana murder suspects dumping body in Milton

MILTON, Fla. (WKRG) — The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man found dead in Milton as a murder victim from Louisiana. Sheriff Bob Johnson said Friday that 32-year-old Joshua James, from St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, was the man whose body was found floating in a canal at Jakes Bayou in Milton on […] → Read More

Woman’s body found in Pensacola park

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Pensacola Police Department officials confirmed a woman’s body was found near the waterline at William Bartram Memorial Park. Officers said she was found by a city worker who was cutting the grass. The death of the woman is currently being classified as suspicious. The park is located near Alcaniz Street and […] → Read More

Crestview officers indicted for manslaughter released on $10,000 bond

The three Crestview police officers indicted Monday by a grand jury on manslaughter charges were released from jail on a $10,000 bond each, court records show. → Read More

2 juveniles shot in Escambia Co., deputies investigating

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after two teenaged boys were shot near Brownsville Friday afternoon. Deputies say the victims, both 15, were shot before 2 p.m. in the 1300 Block of North V Street. The Sheriff’s Office says the shooting stemmed from an argument between two groups. One of the […] → Read More

U.S. Coast Guard’s Barque Eagle arrives in Pensacola

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — A massive military sailing ship docked in downtown Pensacola Thursday morning. The Barque Eagle, the flagship of the U.S. Coast Guard, is docked in downtown Pensacola near Plaza De Luna. “This by the way is the Eagles’ first ever visit to Pensacola, Florida,” said Dan McCort with the Pensacola Navy League. […] → Read More

Officials urge Escambia Co. residents to prepare for hurricane season

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — June 1 marks the start of hurricane season. With the tropics becoming more active, emergency managers are urging residents to get prepared. Escambia County’s emergency manager Travis Tompkins said Wednesday the county has been pushing residents to get their hurricane plan ready, including knowing their evacuation route, as well as making […] → Read More

Detention center sergeant accused of choking, hitting teen inmate in Pensacola

A sergeant with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice was arrested Saturday after investigators say he choked and punched a 16-year-old detained at a juvenile detention center in Escambia County, Florida. → Read More

‘Comes down to freedom’: Thousands flock to Pensacola Beach on Memorial Day

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — Thousands flocked to Pensacola Beach Monday to enjoy the blue skies with their families as the Memorial Day weekend came to a close. But while locals and tourists soaked up the sun, many at Pensacola Beach said they aren’t losing sight of why they had a three-day weekend. “Absolutely comes […] → Read More