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Sunday August 2nd 2015

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Walker Holmes: Chapter 13

Another chapter in the Walker Holmes mystery, "Deadline": Chapter 13 March on the Jail. You can read the other chapters here.

Last batch of Valentino emails

Last batch of Valentino emails

I will try to summarize all these emails and give my analysis by Sunday morning. Part 2 pages 1-20 Part 2 pages 21-35 Part 2 pages 36-50 Part 2 pages 51-72

Actual Valentino emails for you to read

I realize it may be frustrating for you to get the emails in a piecemeal fashion. Here is the first batch received as part of the third public record request made by attorney Gregory Smith. I apologize for the lightness of some of the emails, but these are copies of copies of copies. Pages [...]

Valentino is a murder suspect

My Crackerjack staff found this tidbit in Bella: June 13 Murder Mystery Theater: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at New World Landing. The Escambia Federated Republican Women will present a murder mystery fundraiser, "The Case of the Hardhearted Housekeeper." Some of the featured actors in this [...]

Valentino claims PNJ will spin his side

Commissioner Valentino tells Cy Keefer on March 15: "I have called the publisher at the newspaper. While he keeps his professional distance, he is a good friend. I am meeting with him next week and with Jamie Page (a reporter better than Carlton Proctor) and will put OUR spin on what's been [...]

County property values drop more than city

County property values drop more than city

I realize I'm trailing the PNJ on releasing this information, but I've been working on the Valentino emails. According to County Budget Director Amy Lovoy: "Based on the Property Appraiser’s estimate, the County’s property taxes will be about $6.5 million less than in the current year. [...]

GE land was considered as casino site

GE land was considered as casino site

There is a very brief email from Commissioner Gene Valentino to Cy Keefer dated 12/2/08 in which he mentions GE and Jeff DeWeese: "Cy...FYI... this what I got back from Jeff DeWeese on the GE site on Scenic Hwy." Valentino did not release the attachments ---which means he still hasn't [...]

“He sees bingo people”

“He sees bingo people”

On February 23, Commissioner Valentino ran into Haley Joel Osment, the child actor in the "Sixth Sense," at the Jellyfish Bar. According to an email from Valentino to Stephania Wilson, Osment, now in his 20s, was in the area with his business partners looking to buy a lot of 'repo's' in the area. [...]

Why Valentino hid emails

It gets worse for Commissioner Valentino. I can see why he hid these so long before he released them. Here is a March 06 email to Cy Keefer in which Valentino discusses the need to meet with School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, how they can say the bingo casino will "help the kids" and how mad [...]

Even more Valentino emails….you have to read them

More than 150 pages of emails have been released by Commissioner Gene Valentino on his dealings with the proposed bingo casino on Perdido Key. I’m pouring through them now. Here is one interesting set that was sent out on the day Carlton Proctor wrote in the PNJ about a meeting between Valentino [...]

Aronberg to run

State Senator Dave Aronberg (D-Greenacres) has announced that he will run for Florida Attorney General in 2010. He won't be the only Democrat running. Fellow State Senator Dan Gelber of Miami Beach and 2006 Dem. governor candidate Rod Smith may also file soon. According to one party insider, [...]

Pensacola property values drop less than expected

Many people worried that the property values inside the Pensacola city limits would drop 5 to 8 percent. The preliminary valuation report from County Property Appraiser Chris Jones show only a little over 2.6 percent decrease---$84.6 million. The impact on the budget is about $382,000.

RJR to appeal $28.3 judgment

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that R.J. Reynold will appeal the $28.3 judgment awarded the estate of Bennie Martin by a Pensacola jury. "It is our position that the trial proceedings were unconstitutional and otherwise inconsistent with law," David Howard, a Reynolds spokesman, said. "We [...]

Consolidation Commission almost set

The officers of the Escambia County Consolidation Commission were elected last night. Two positions have yet to be appointed--one by NAACP, one by Ministerial Alliance. Former Florida Supreme Court Judge Ken Bell is the chair. Dr. Rick Harper of the UWF HAAS Center is the vice chair and retired [...]

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