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Help Find Tiffany Daniels

Help Find Tiffany Daniels

On Tuesday evening, I hosted an online radio show for Columbia Southern University. The topic was human trafficking and my guest was CSU criminal justice instructor Barry Goodson. Human trafficking is a serious issue in the United States and from big cities to small, rural communities. The crime [...]

NorthEscambia reports suspected murderer caught in Alabama

NorthEscambia reports suspected murderer caught in Alabama

NorthEscambia.com reports Derrick Ray Thompson, the person of interest in a weekend double murder in Santa Rosa County, is now behind bars. He was arrested without incident in Troy, AL, on a Bay County warrant for homicide in the death of Allen Johnson, a former deputy and owner of the strip club [...]

Social media helps deputies arrest homicide suspect

Social media helps deputies arrest homicide suspect

Press Release: Thanks to shares on social media and tips from the community, homicide suspect Terrance Jarod Hartley was located last night in the area of Jordan Street and Grandview Street. Hartley was wanted for the April 14th murder of Dequarius Durant. Deputies, the ECSO Bike Unit and [...]

Wild West Florida: Felons can use ‘Stand Your Ground’

Wild West Florida: Felons can use ‘Stand Your Ground’

An appeals court Wednesday said a convicted felon could use the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law to seek immunity from prosecution in the shooting of another man. The decision by the 4th District Court of Appeal came as the Florida Supreme Court prepares to consider whether felons --- [...]

Chief Simmons press release comes back to bite him

Chief Simmons press release comes back to bite him

Cops and athletes are a superstitious lot. No baseball pitcher wants to hear the press box announce that he is pitching a no-hitter. A basketball player dreads the announcer mentioning that he hasn't missed a free throw, because surely the next one will clank off the rim. Homicide detectives [...]

Sheriff Morgan on trainee caught with pants down: ‘Good Riddance’

Sheriff Morgan on trainee caught with pants down: ‘Good Riddance’

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan took swift action in the terminating a trainee who admitted to having sex while on duty. The woman has accused Deputy Sheriff Trainee Chris Majors of committing a non-consensual, sex act against her while on a call for service. That charge is being [...]

The Billings murders occured five years ago today

The Billings murders occured five years ago today

At dusk on a hot humid night five years ago, a beat-up red van drove onto the front yard of the large two-story, ranch-style house owned by Byrd “Bud” and Melanie Billings on a secluded tract of land in Beulah. When the van pulled away ten minutes later, the couple was dead and nine special [...]

Five top publisher/writer moments over past 15 years

Five top publisher/writer moments over past 15 years

I have been fortunate to work with some very talented writers, designers and editors over the 15 years: Duwayne Escobedo, Christine Born, Tony Baker, Nick Claeboe, Hilary Moreno, Steve Mraz and Jason Whited are just a few of the names that come to mind. I learned from all of them - as well as my [...]

Commissioner May To Attend Violent Crimes News Conference

Commissioner May To Attend Violent Crimes News Conference

Community and religious leaders will be joined by Escambia County Chairman Lumon May and Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward during a special news conference at 11 a.m. Monday, June 16. The news conference will take place at St. John Divine Missionary Baptist Church, located at 620 East Jordan [...]

Major heroin distributor busted by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

Major heroin distributor busted by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff David Morgan, flanked by State Attorney Bill Eddins, announced his Narcotics Unit with the assistance from S.W.A.T arrested yesterday morning James Jonathan Mitchell, age 50, for trafficking in heroin. Morgan and Eddins described Mitchell as the major distributor of heroin in Escambia [...]

A Punishment That Fits the Crime: FL Reviews Sentencing Law for Juveniles

A Punishment That Fits the Crime: FL Reviews Sentencing Law for Juveniles

By Stephanie Carroll Carson, Florida News Connection Today the Florida Senate is scheduled to consider a bill that would bring the state in compliance after two Supreme Court decisions determined the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. It's too little, too late for inmates [...]

Patrick Gonzalez conviction upheld by Florida Supreme Court

Patrick Gonzalez conviction upheld by Florida Supreme Court

In a murder case that drew widespread attention, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday turned down an appeal by a Death Row inmate who was convicted of killing an Escambia County couple during a 2009 home-invasion robbery. Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr., and four other men entered the home of [...]

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