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Weekend Buzz: Filing deadlines, Jack is back and Miracle Max headline

Weekend Buzz: Filing deadlines, Jack is back and Miracle Max headline

The qualifying deadline for county and city offices is noon on Friday, June 20. Candidates who have pre-filed must submit petition signatures or pay the filing fee. City Hall is anxious to see if anyone else jumps into the mayor's race and whether Councilman Larry Johnson of District 4 will get a [...]

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 [...]

Main Jail without hot meals and laundry

Main Jail without hot meals and laundry

My sources inside the Main Jail have shared how much more things have deteriorated in the Main Jail since Central Booking and Detention exploded on April 29. Yesterday's gas leak has closed down both the kitchen and the laundry -for a facility that is already overcrowded. In the past, CBD was the [...]

County Road Camp is hell for those injured in jail blast

County Road Camp is hell for those injured in jail blast

Commissioner Lumon May has been handling dozens of calls from the families - white and black - of those prisoners caught in the April 29 explosion at the Central Booking and Detention Center. Those hurt in the blast and currently housed at the county road camp are being treated harshly if they ask [...]

Escambia County website has expired

Escambia County website has expired

The Escambia County website, myescambia.com, has been redirected. We've sent an email to County PIO Bill Pearson requesting information. According to my research, it looks like its registration expired on May 24.

Report of gas leak shuts down Escambia County Sheriff’s dispatch temporarily

Report of gas leak shuts down Escambia County Sheriff’s dispatch temporarily

We received a phone call that the Escambia County Sheriff's Administration building was being evacuated tonight. I called Commission Chairman Lumon May and he had not heard of any problems from county staff. We did reach Sheriff David Morgan. He told the Independent News that the gas leak was a [...]

ECSO shut off the gas to CBD after 2012 flood

ECSO shut off the gas to CBD after 2012 flood

In the days after the county's Central Booking and Detention exploded, county officials were telling commissioners, away from the public, that the gas explosion would have occurred whether the county or Sheriff David Morgan controlled the facility. Two years ago, the first floor of the CBD [...]

Major heroin distributor busted by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

Major heroin distributor busted by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff David Morgan, flanked by State Attorney Bill Eddins, announced his Narcotics Unit with the assistance from S.W.A.T arrested yesterday morning James Jonathan Mitchell, age 50, for trafficking in heroin. Morgan and Eddins described Mitchell as the major distributor of heroin in Escambia [...]

County explains why it rebuilt the CBD basement to ‘pre-flood’ conditions

County explains why it rebuilt the CBD basement to ‘pre-flood’ conditions

Yesterday, I posted a November 2012 letter (ObjectionbySheriff ) from Sheriff David Morgan to Interim County Administrator Larry Newsom. At the time, the county commission was poised to rehire George Touart as the county administrator, Gene Valentino was set to be the new commission chairman and [...]

Sheriff warned county not to rebuild CBD basement in 2012

Sheriff warned county not to rebuild CBD basement in 2012

Sheriff David Morgan warned Interim County Administrator Larry Newsom in November 2012 not to restore the basement of the Central Booking Detention building to 'pre-flood conditions, without any safeguards against flooding" or the county would risk "a repeat of the consequences of the event of June [...]

Most bizarre statement on jail explosion

Most bizarre statement on jail explosion

Jon Stewart would have fun with this statement from Escambia County Public Information Bill Pearson that he told the media at the county's first and only press conference on the April 29 jail explosion: "From everything that we've been told--we've actually gone through our 9-1-1 calls--we did [...]

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