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Fifteen charged in cocaine trafficking ring stretching from Texas to Panhandle

Fifteen charged in cocaine trafficking ring stretching from Texas to Panhandle

Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced today 13 individuals from the Houston, Texas, and Pensacola areas were jointly indicted on federal drug trafficking and money laundering violations. They include: Rodney D. Butler, 48; Vernetta E. [...]

Case dismissed over crime lab breach

Case dismissed over crime lab breach

Last February, Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported a breach in its Pensacola crime lab. Evidence, primarily prescription drugs, was either missing or had been replaced with other pills. Former Pensacola crime laboratory chemist Joseph Graves was arrested on charges of grand theft, [...]

Police arrest report on man found dead in jail gives more details

Police arrest report on man found dead in jail gives more details

James Beacher Brumley, age 48, was found dead on the night of Sunday, Nov. 2 in the Escambia County Jail. It appeared to be a suicide, but the county is awaiting the Medical Examiner's determination. Brumley was arrested five days earlier by the Pensacola Police. Inweekly obtained a copy of his [...]

Kipling Manor administrator arrested for witness tampering

Kipling Manor administrator arrested for witness tampering

NorthEscambia.com reports that Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested yesterday Adrienne Taylor, the facility administrator of Kipling Manor Retirement Center, for allegedly tampering with or harassing a witness, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and [...]

Former Crestview bank president indicted for bank fraud

Former Crestview bank president indicted for bank fraud

U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh's office announced this morning that Michael “Sean” Davis, 43, of Crestview, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for nine felony counts, which included one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and/or mail fraud affecting a financial institution, one count of [...]

Breaking news: Jail death reported

Breaking news: Jail death reported

A death occurred at the Escambia County Main Jail last night. The public information office is reporting the death of white male prisoner, age 48, happened at 10:45 p.m. The Escambia County Sheriff's Office is investigating. Name of the victim and cause of death will be released [...]

Thorntons indicted for first degree murder of convenience store owner

Thorntons indicted for first degree murder of convenience store owner

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced yesterday an Escambia County Grand Jury indicted Dontonio Diaz Thornton and Willie Mae Thornton for one count of First Degree Murder – Premeditated or Felony, in the death of Phuong Truong. On September 13, 2014, Phuong Truong, the owner/operator of T&M [...]

TaxWatch recommends paroling elderly prisoners

TaxWatch recommends paroling elderly prisoners

Florida's prison population is rapidly increasing despite declining crime rates, and the latest report from Florida TaxWatch recommends options to prevent increasing costs from overwhelming taxpayers. The report, Florida's Aging Prisoner Problem, warns that the steadily growing elderly prison [...]

Breaking News: Seminole Booster Club official accused of misusing over half a million dollars

Seminole Boosters Chief Executive Officer and President Andy Miller announced today that Sanford Lovingood, comptroller at Seminole Boosters, has been terminated after allegedly misappropriating what is believed to be between $500,000 and $700,000. The alleged misappropriation was discovered [...]

Wall of Silence broken in Truong homicide

Wall of Silence broken in Truong homicide

At noon press conference on Saturday, Sheriff David Morgan announced two arrests in the Sept. 13 homicide of Phuong Truong at TM Mart on Michigan Avenue. Dontonio Diaz Thornton, 19, has been charged with homicide and robbery, and his mother, Willie Mae Thornton, 39, charged with violation of [...]

Three Wanted for Questioning in Truong Homicide

Three Wanted for Questioning in Truong Homicide

Escambia County Sheriff's investigators would like to talk to Willie Mae Thornton, 39, Devarian Tevion Weatherspoon, 19, and Brittany Janeisha Dixon, 20, concerning the Sept. 13 homicide of 50-year-old Phuong Nguyen Truong. They are wanted are wanted for questioning only. Investigators had been [...]

Federal Grand Jury indicts Osceola County Deputy and four others in tax refund scheme

Federal Grand Jury indicts Osceola County Deputy and four others in tax refund scheme

Deputy Titus Lee Dixon, 48, Perrissa Dixon, 40, Orman Curtis Witherspoon, 40, Stefondra Monroe, 23, all residing in Kissimmee, Florida, and Katrina Pratt, 39, of Tallahassee, have been charged by a federal grand jury with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, theft of government funds, and aggravated [...]

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