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The case of the rogue chemist

February 6, 2014

The full impact of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab supervisor who has been arrested on 12 counts of tampering with physical evidence and nine counts of drug trafficking is not yet fully known.…

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Escambia County crime rate down in 2013

February 5, 2014

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…

Crime

More on rogue FDLE chemist

February 2, 2014

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,…

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FDLE chemist at Pensacola lab being investigated

February 1, 2014

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…

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Buzz: Pensacola crime lab under scrunity

February 1, 2014

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…

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Hate crimes double in Pensacola

January 2, 2014

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…

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News story #5: When Love Is Not Enough

December 27, 2013

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…

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IN cover #5: A Mother’s Pain

December 27, 2013

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…