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Escambia County crime rate down in 2013

Escambia County crime rate down in 2013

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office annual crime report, which has been submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, shows an overall 3.3 percent reduction in total index crimes and a 9.3 percent reduction in violent crimes compared with 2012. There was also reduction in Domestic [...]

More on rogue FDLE chemist

More on rogue FDLE chemist

By Margie Menzel, The News Service of Florida A chemist at a Pensacola crime lab could have compromised hundreds of state drug cases, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey said Saturday. As a result, FDLE has begun a criminal investigation and a statewide review of [...]

FDLE chemist at Pensacola lab being investigated

FDLE chemist at Pensacola lab being investigated

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey announced at a press conference today that his agency is investigating a major case of evidence tampering by an agency chemist. Last week, in conjunction with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and State Attorney William [...]

Buzz: Pensacola crime lab under scrunity

Buzz: Pensacola crime lab under scrunity

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement late Friday announced, according to the Orlando Sentinel, that evidence tampering has been found at the agency's laboratory in Pensacola. FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey Details will address the issue at a press conference today at 11 a.m. at FDLE [...]

Police Police release crime stats that show decrease in crime for 2013

Police Police release crime stats that show decrease in crime for 2013

The Pensacola Police Department’s annual crime report has been submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and it shows an overall 14 percent reduction of the city’s crime rate compared with 2012. This represents the department’s largest annual crime reduction in over 14 years, [...]

School-to-Prison Pipeline: Southern Poverty Law Center questions Escambia County school system practices

Last week I interviewed David Utter from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on the Escambia Youth Justice Coalition. He said that in Escambia county schools, African-American students account for 65 percent of all out-of-school suspensions, but they represent only 36 percent of the student [...]

Warning Shot bill to be discussed on IN Your Head Radio today

Warning Shot bill to be discussed on IN Your Head Radio today

Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, has filed a bill that would grant immunity to people who show guns or fire warning shots in self-defense, and it will get a hearing on Wednesday. The "Threatened Use of Force" bill (SB 448) will come in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, which Evers chairs. It's [...]

Hate crimes double in Pensacola

Hate crimes double in Pensacola

The Pensacola area saw the number of its reported hate crimes double in 2012 from the prior year, according to a report released Tuesday by Attorney General Pam Bondi's office. Overall Florida saw a 22.3 percent increase in reported hate crimes from the prior year. Racially-motivated crimes [...]

News story #5: When Love Is Not Enough

News story #5: When Love Is Not Enough

The summer of 2013 was too hot and too long for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. The shooting of unarmed Roy Middleton in the driveway of his mother's house and the fatal shooting of two dogs at another residence put Sheriff David Morgan and his troops under intense scrutiny. When a [...]

IN cover #5: A Mother’s Pain

IN cover #5: A Mother’s Pain

The Independent News wanted to show the human toll of the increasing numbers of homicides in our community, many of which were going unsolved because witnesses were reluctant to come forward. A group of mothers who had lost children to street and domestic violence had formed a support group, [...]

Video on Operation Reindeer Games press conference

Courtesy of Escambia County Sheriff's Office:

Operation Reindeer Games nets over 90 arrested; Guns, Drugs, Counterfeit Money Seized

Operation Reindeer Games nets over 90 arrested; Guns, Drugs, Counterfeit Money Seized

In a joint effort, the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office hit the streets of Escambia County the past week in the second phase of an earlier round-up initiated two weeks ago, capturing some of Escambia’s more elusive and violent [...]

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