Looking Back: A chase ended with a hidden suspect in ‘98

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, July 11, 2018

It has been 20 years since 1998 and it has just flown by.

Noted in The Atmore Advance, Addie Daniels turned 104. She had been active until a stroke put her in the hospital overnight for the first time in her lifetime.

Now that is a good record for anyone of any age.

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A chase across the county ended with the suspect hiding in a culvert near Flomaton. The suspect was wanted for robbery. He had his two children in the car with him at the time of the chase.

Now what kind of dad would take his children to a robbery and then drive across the county with those children in the back seat?

And speaking of robbery; two armed gunmen robbed the Piggly Wiggly in Century, Fla. One suspect was apprehended and the other got away, but probably not for long.

It was bad news for Touch 1 who filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Employees received paychecks only to have them returned. Later in the month, Touch 1 was back in business.

Masland Carpet was in better shape. The company signed a contract agreement extension creating new jobs.

Harold Allen’s Mobile Home Outlet suffered a major catastrophe, which occurred at the outlet in the middle of the night. A fire, thought to be started by some trash that blew under one of the mobile homes was blamed. The fire destroyed two buildings, one new mobile home and eight used mobile homes. The incident brought out the fact that the fire department realized the need for some improvements. Old equipment and low man-power hampered them from their work.

Emilie Mims was named as president of the Rotary Club, the first time for a woman.

A robber, who was called the “Monster Bandit,” was apprehended and confessed to four armed robberies. He said that he was on crack cocaine and was trying to support his habit.

A robber, who was apprehended earlier hiding in a culvert, made matters worse by trying to escape with another inmate.

Dr. Margaret Breland-Bradley was named as superintendent of the Escambia County School Board.