‘Escambia County’ Archives
Escambia County Sheriff's Office is reporting another drive-by shooting this morning. Darrius Howard and Kary Howard were shot about 9:40 a.m. in the 1100 block of Webster Drive, north of West Fairfield Drive. Last week, one of our sources told us a man from New Orleans stopping irecently at a [...]
Council member Maren DeWeese's idea of starting a fund to pay for the college tuition for local high school students was the talk of the weekend. Parents are excited about the concept which is modeled after Kalamazoo Promise. It definitely would give families are reason to live inside the city [...]
The Florida Legislature gave school districts the option Saturday to shift funds intended for capital improvement to day-to-day operating budgets. However, the school boards must raise taxes to replenish their capital funds. A tax increase will require super-majority, like two-thirds or [...]
WEAR TV reports two men are accused of shooting a Myrtle Grove man in the head on Saturday. The victim survived. See video.
Okaloosa County developer Jay Odom is in trouble again. It was his airplane hangar that Odom got buddies former House Speaker Ray Sanson and ex-college president Bob Richburg to build with state dollars that lead to Sansom and Richburg's indictments. Now Odom has been caught tricking Okaloosa [...]
Just got back from the Fiesta Crawfish Festival. The IN staff took a break and walked done to Bartram Park. The crawfish are excellent!
2005 was a very bad year for the K-9 unit...particularly two deputies that cost the ECSO at least two lawsuits. February 2005 Gulf Breeze teen, Addison Salter, is bitten by K-9 after a disturbance at Valentine’s Day dance. Salter later won a lawsuit against the ECSO. James Sullivan, [...]
Superintendent Malcolm Thomas' press release and the PNJ article on the FCAT are based on the percentage of students that did 3.5 or greater on the FCAT writing test. A higher standard is the percentage of students who did 4.0 or higher. The state average is 73. Escambia County had 12 Elementary [...]
Former Superintendent Jim Paul deserves some credit for the increase FCAT writing scores over the past seven years....but don't expect Malcolm Thomas to mention it in his press releases. In fact, new Superintendent Thomas has also failed to mention how the cash reserves that Paul built up have [...]
WEAR TV 3 reported last night that K-9 unit at the Escambia County Sheriff's Office has been temporarily shutdown by the Department of Justice. According to WEAR, the Department of Justice - which is investigating complaint filed against the McNesby administration - says the ECSO was not properly [...]
This comment was posted elsewhere on the blog. I think it deserves more attention: After the pension workshop I had a few thoughts I felt compelled to write down… you; however, are not compelled to read this. Feel free to share this page of ranting… I type fast… I appreciate the forum [...]
Pensacola shop owner sent me this photo: "I enjoyed reading your article about the shootings in Pensacola. On a recent Saturrday I got to work to discover a bullet hole in one of my store front widows. I thought you might like the picture. The police officer who came out really just wrote [...]
Rick's Blog began in the spring of 2006. To date, I made 4,016 posts - about four per day. We have had 27,386 comments - an average of 6.8 comments per post. Of course, we have also had 267,607 spam comments.
Political analyst Roger Stone reports Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is the early favorite to be the Republican nominee for Governor if Charlie Crist choses to run for the U.S. Senate. A recent Fabrizio-McLaughlin poll of Republican primary voters showed the AG with about 30% of the vote [...]
The Board of Trustees of Northwest Florida State College meets today to discuss the status of its college president, Bob Richburg. Richburg was recently indicted by a Tallahassee grand jury. He has retired from the college before and was rehired one month later....Yes, he is getting a pension and a [...]
Just got a text message the local bill to form a consolidation commission passed the Florida Senate, YEAS 38 NAYS 0
The Fort Walton Beach Daily News reports that the marital argument that led to the deaths of two Okaloosa County deputies was over a tube of Clearasil. An offense report filed against Cartwright the day he died outlines an angry husband who threatened his wife, kept guns and knives on hand, [...]