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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 [...]

Families beg for more medical care for loved ones hurt in jail blast

Families beg for more medical care for loved ones hurt in jail blast

About 30 people gathered Tuesday night for the “Justice For All People” meeting at Powerhouse Assembly of God to share their stories and problems since the Escambia County Central Booking and Detention Center blew up from a gas leak Wednesday, April 30. Sheila Travis, a bailbondsman and [...]

New photos show the flooding at Central Booking and Detention Center

New photos show the flooding at Central Booking and Detention Center

For days, we have been searching of photos that show flooding at the Central Booking Detention Center. County officials have said that it was a little over two feet deep in the basement. This looks to be higher than 26 inches. The first picture is before the explosion, the second after the blast. [...]

Weekend Buzz: Jail story unfolding

Weekend Buzz: Jail story unfolding

More than 26 inches of water in the basement At the Thursday afternoon press conference, Director of Corrections Gordon Pike told the media that the basement only had 26 inches of water in it. We have talked with the attorney of an inmate that was in the basement of Wednesday morning. He said that [...]

Weekend Buzz:

Weekend Buzz:

FDLE Chemist The announcement of a Saturday press conference by the FDLE commissioner almost escaped our notice, except it concerned its Pensacola lab. Last summer, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office had issued a statement that an employee had been placed on administrative leave when some [...]

Weekend Buzz: Touart praises Hayward, DOJ backs Sheriff, County makes IHMC expansion possible

Weekend Buzz: Touart praises Hayward, DOJ backs Sheriff, County makes IHMC expansion possible

I thought last week was going to be quiet, my bad. Maybe--just maybe--this week we can step away from the melodrama of Pensacola politics. In the days between Christmas and New Year's Day, I will post my top five IN Cover stories, Outtakes, News stories and Florida Voices/Context Florida [...]

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