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Weekend Buzz: Ferries, grand juries, parking…oh my

Weekend Buzz: Ferries, grand juries, parking…oh my

Ferries Are Coming The announcement of the city of Pensacola receiving a grant from the US Department of Transportation to construct in downtown Pensacola a dock and associated infrastructure to support ferry boat operations is the third leg of a project that has been studied and planned since [...]

Weekend Buzz: Critical Council vote, Abston for Mayor, Grand Jury Time

Weekend Buzz: Critical Council vote, Abston for Mayor, Grand Jury Time

Critical City Council Vote Last week, the daily newspaper cited the city's natural gas utility, Pensacola Energy, for having some of the oldest pipes in the country. The situation could be worse if not for the foresight of city leaders in 2011. Mayor Ashton Hayward, with the help of then-Chief [...]

Escambia County pledges to cooperate with grand jury

Escambia County pledges to cooperate with grand jury

From the Escambia County Public Information Office: Escambia County is in receipt of a press release from the State Attorney’s Office for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. The release announced the local State Attorney’s intention of calling a Grand Jury to further look into the [...]

State attorney to take jail explosion investigation to grand jury

State attorney to take jail explosion investigation to grand jury

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that the Office of the State Attorney has completed its review of the facts and circumstances leading up to and immediately following the explosion at the Escambia County Jail. This review follows an extensive and comprehensive investigation by the [...]

Weekend Buzz: What’s that smell, Sweetheart land deals

Weekend Buzz: What’s that smell, Sweetheart land deals

What's That Smell? The daily newspaper and WEAR TV reported that Edward Fleming of the McDonald, Fleming and Moorhead law firm, who was hired by Escambia County to look at the April jail explosion, reported Board of County Commissioners that he did not find evidence of culpable negligence in the [...]

Weekend Buzz: Jail Given A Pass, Piedmont Report, Ala. Gambling Bag Man

Weekend Buzz: Jail Given A Pass, Piedmont Report, Ala. Gambling Bag Man

DOJ Closes Book On The Jail Escambia County Attorney Allison Rogers learned last week that the Department of Justice has closed its investigation of the Escambia County Jail and will not be seeking agreement concerning its findings outlined in a letter in May 2013. Rogers said the phone call [...]

Weekend Buzz: Another gas leak, Take a Sexual Predator To Work Day and Cox Canned

Weekend Buzz: Another gas leak, Take a Sexual Predator To Work Day and Cox Canned

The Independent News received a phone call last night that another gas leak occurred at the Escambia County Jail. The facility was not evacuated, but the building is showing its age. The county should release the details this morning. The fact the Escambia County allowed Douglas Griffith to [...]

Mother of Jail Victim 14 addresses County Commission

Mother of Jail Victim 14 addresses County Commission

Here is the speech that Ms. Coburn read to the Board of County Commissioners during its open forum yesterday afternoon: Good afternoon my name is Trina Coburn and I am the mother of victim #14. I am not here today to complain or place blame. I am here today as the voice for many families that [...]

Breaking news: Jail medical director put on administrative leave

Breaking news: Jail medical director put on administrative leave

The Independent News learned yesterday that the medical director for the Escambia County Jail, David Benoit, was put on administrative leave. Commissioner Lumon May confirmed the rumor last night. May said that he had been told late Monday afternoon by incoming County Administrator Jack Brown about [...]

Expenditures associated with jail explosion exceed $13 million

Expenditures associated with jail explosion exceed $13 million

Readers have pointed out other emergency purchase orders associated with the April 29 explosion at the county's Central Booking and Detention Center. The purchases orders total $13,394,556. This time last year Commissioners Gene Valentino, Grover Robinson and Wilson Robertson said that they [...]

Jail Explosion costs county over $5.4 million in May alone

Jail Explosion costs county over $5.4 million in May alone

The emergency purchase orders resulting from the April 29 jail explosion have cost Escambia County to date: $5,435,054.  Those does not include the cost of replacing vehicles under the Department of Corrections that were damaged by flooding, another [...]

Inmates tell WKRG about smell of gas days before blast

Inmates tell WKRG about smell of gas days before blast

WKRG interviewed Malissa Purifoy, who was released from the jail the day before the explosion. Purifoy said, "For a couple of days we had smelled a gas smell and we complained to the officers about it.” (Read Inmates: Guards Ignored Gas Concerns) In our May 8 issue, you will find my story on [...]

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