Man pays electric bills for families about to lose power

first_imgA Florida man does a good deed after he decided to pay for the power bills of 36 families with past due accounts.Mike Esmond tells the Pensacola News Journal  that he once spent a Christmas without electricity. Esmond recalls spending the Christmas of 1983 with his 3 daughters without heat and power because he could not pay his bill. He says it was one of the coldest days on record in Pensacola at only 9 degrees and remembers there were icicles hanging off the window.Esmond who is now 73 runs a successful small business and this Christmas he wanted to make sure no one spends Christmas like he did in 1983. He went to the city of Gulf Breeze this month and requested a list of all utility accounts that were past due and at risk of having their gas and water turned off.Then he paid off all 36 of them which ended up totaling about $4,600.One woman posted her gratitude on Facebook. Angela Cascio, a mother of four who was struggling to choose between paying bills or buying presents for her kids, posted “angels absolutely walk among us.last_img read more

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Authorities arrested a man who faked his death to avoid prosecution in a child rape case

first_imgAuthorities arrested a Mississippi man who, police say, faked his own death to avoid prosecution in the alleged rape of his 14-year-old stepdaughter.On Wednesday, 43-year-old Jacob Blair Scott was arrested in the Antlers, Oklahoma, area after Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Office received a tip describing Scott and saying he was living in an RV.Scott was added to the US Marshals 15 Most Wanted list, according to US Marshals Inspector Jeremy Stilwell.Police say he was not cooperative at first, and denied his identity. Authorities were able to verify it was him by by his tattoos.The US Marshals said they believed Scott had faked a suicide on his boat to avoid prosecution and could have lived off the grid, thanks to his military training. Officials offered a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to his arrest.Scott has been indicted on 14 counts, including sexual battery, touching a child for lustful purposes and exploitation of a child. He’s also wanted by federal authorities in Mississippi for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.He’s being held in the Pittsburg County jail in Oklahoma.last_img read more

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