Hot, Hot, Hot – 8/28/06

August 29, 2006

Rick's BlogTop 10 hot items

  1. Stop Our City Blab Show #1 – review
  2. PNJ takes editorial stand in favor of CM
  3. PNJ scares up sells
  4. SOC supporter plays What if game
  5. Deputy breaks 21 yr old’s arm…then arr
  6. Is the U.S. falling apart?
  7. Hurricane questions for SOC Blab TV Show
  8. Marty shows lack of class
  9. BSoc has new yard signs
  10. Why SOC closed the 8/22/06 meeting?



Our runaway jail remains out of control without any accountability.

We have had 13 deaths while being confined in the Escambia County Jail, 11of those deaths were black men and two white men. These deaths occurred from 2000 to 2005; Mr. Robert Boggon, Mr. Hosea Bell, and Mr. Jerry Preyer died within a span of 10 months.

Now, we have had two inmates have died with in 3 months while working in the Work Release Program. A total of 15 inmates have died since Sheriff Ron McNesby has been elected Sheriff without any accountability. Sheriff McNesby must be removed from office.

The Tasers Kill, Stop the Abuse March and Rally need you to join us in the community Labor Day March and Rally. The march will start at Wayside Park at 10:00a.m. and proceed to Seville Square. The rally will consist of speakers and some entertainment. Those of you who would like to be a speaker please contact LeRoy Boyd or Betty Franklin at 850 432-4411.

Thank you,

LeRoy Boyd

Movement for Change, President

Tel: 850 432-4411

Hot, Hot, Hot – 8/24/06

August 25, 2006

Rick's BlogTop 10 posts of the day

  1. Has Mark O’Brien lost it?
  2. SOC declares war…pro-park signs stolen
  3. SOC shows waterfront plan
  4. Stop Our City kicks DeWeese out of meeti
  5. W.D. Childers – prison mug shot
  6. Who is stealing Grover’s signs?
  7. Park recap…while you were sleeping
  8. It’s late …..and I’ve had too much to
  9. Powerful new ad for Community Maritime P
  10. Tie Deputy breaks 21 yr old’s arm…then arr/ Health of Escambia County is Bleak

gunThis all sounds too familiar.

Three friends- Oscar Gudbrandsson (Age 21, carpenter), James Jackson (Age 21, Waiter @ The Fish House) and John D. Howard (Age 21, Cook, Fire Mountain) – saw a friend of theirs at the Cabana Lounge on Tuesday night. She had obviously had too much to drink so they offer to drive her home (Crestview @ Oakleigh Apartments).

Howard drives her car. Jackson and Gudbrandsson follow. When they arrive at the apartment complex, the girl – Kat Atwater- jumps out of the car and starts vomiting in the grass by the car. Howard holds her hair back while Atwater is bending over.

Suddenly a guy comes charging Howard and Atwater – shining a flashlight in their eyes – shouting that Howard “Get the F#$# away from the girl.” Howard and the others try to explain what’s happening but the guy (dressed in gray shirt and khaki pants) keeps shouting obscenities.

Finally Howard pushes the flashlight away from his eyes. The man starts beating him with the flashlight, knocking the 21 year old to the ground. The man then starts yelling, “I’m going to arrest you for assault.”

Howard realizing that the man beating must be an law enforcement officer raises his arms  – Escambia Co. Sheriff Deputy Aaron Mandell (the man with the flashlight) proceeds to jump on top of Howard and keep beating him until Howard was knocked unconscious.

Howard was taken to Baptist Hospital for treatment. His arm was broken and he had to have 16 stitiches on his head. He was then discharged and arrested for battery on a officer and resisting arrest.


In the arrest report: Mandell claims he was awaken by loud music and loud voices. He dawned his Sheriff’s Office issued hurricane uniform. He says he “hailed the people by flashing his light at them and announcing, ‘I am Deputy Mandell.'” And that he hailed several times  as he walked towards them.

Mandell says he saw Gudbrandsson and Jackson talking loudly and that they appeared to be intoxicated (RO: Neither were charged for public drunkenness). He says he commanded them to leave the area or they would go to jail.

“At that time, I heard another male voice coming from the other side of the vehicle and then I observed a larger white (RO: The arrest report lists the ht and wt of Gudbrandson  and Jackson, but not Howard – probably the injuries kept them from getting that info) male pop up from a bent over position. I observed the larger white male, later identified as John Damon Howard, standing over a smaller framed white female, later identified as Kathryn Atwater. Howard had both of his legs on either side of the female and was shouting down at her.

He began to yank her from the ground. She was positioned with most of her body from the female more than once. I told him to get back from the female and go back to his apartment. I also issued another command to the first two white males to go to the apartment or leave the area.

Howard bent over and yanked on Atwater with both hands. Atwater appeared to be in distress and not capable of freeing herself. It appeared I was witnessing an act of a violent domestic violence unfolding.

I told Howard he was under arrest and reached for him with my left hand while illuminating the area under the building light with my flashlight.  Howard yelled, “F#$# (RO: my editing) you.”

Howard struck me in the face at least twice with his closed fist and tackled me, causing me to strike the ground with my back. I attempted a clavicle strike using my flashlight in a defensive motion.

Howard, however, was bigger and stronger and laid me flat on my back. I realized I could no longer keep the other two males in sight and Howard pressed his advantage, continuing the fight as I commanded him to put his hands behind his back. I began to fear for my life as I was outnumbered and Howard had me on the ground.

I could no longer make coordinated defensive strikes against Howard, but I made defensive strikes against Howard until I was able to free myself from his grasp. I rolled away from him and grabbed my radio, which was knocked from my person when I was tackled.

I took a position of advantage over Howard and started calling for backup. I located the two other white males and kept constant surveillance on all three subjects. I observed blood on me and Howard and I made a request for EMS. I maintained position until backup Deputy Tod Day #320 arrived.”


Howard has reportedly hire Barry Beroset as his attorney. Who will a jury believe?

Also, Howard is the son of the head of family residency at the Naval Hospital. He has no prior arrests.  The arrest report does state that Atwater tried to tell the officers that Howard was “helping her, not hurting her.”

Hot, Hot, Hot – 8/4/06

August 5, 2006

Rick's Blog

The top posts of 8/4/06

  1. Sorry, Todd – You are a monkey’s uncle
  2. Stop Our City, Part 4
  3. Port may land big fish
  4. Stidham stalls
  5. Studer Group/Covenant Hospice Alliance
  7. UWF prez speaks
  8. Drinks on the house
  9. Charlie Crist’s double life
  10. IN Your Head Radio – 8/3 show

March for Justice

August 4, 2006

Boggan coverRobert Boggon Family March

In Honor of Robert Boggon who was killed in Escambia County Jail in Fall of 2005

Date: Saturday August 12, 2006

Time: 12 Noon until 1:15 pm

Starting at: Plaza Ferdinand (on the corner of Government and Palafox)

Marching to Martin Luther King Plaza

For more information contact Mary Epps at 432-7028 or Cynthia Wilson at 453-5833

Read IN Cover story: The Death of Robert Boggon

gunAugust 3, 2006

News Release # 06-0803-workrelease


Death Investigation  


The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is handling the death investigation of a 47-year-old white male at the county’s work release facility. He was transferred to the Escambia County Community Corrections Department, Work Release Program under administrative order for violating his probation (driving while license suspended) on July 25, 2006.  He was scheduled to complete his sentence on April 8, 2007. 


The Escambia County Community Corrections Department is cooperating fully with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.


Work-release inmate is found dead


Choice quote: Cushman had suffered medical difficulties Wednesday while working at University Auto Recyclers, Escambia Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Ward said.


This is the fifth death of a prisoner in less than a year.


Escambia Co. Jail: 3 – Boggan (Aug 2005), Bell (Nov 2005), Preyer (June 2006)


Escambia County Corrections: 2 Kimbrough (July 4, 2006), Cushman (August 3, 2006).


Is there some type of competition going on?




Rick's Blog New record for hits

Today’s Top 10 Posts 

  1. WCOA Blog down
  2. Steve K corrects Outtakes column
  3. Healthcare for some, Part 2
  4. Democratic Chair goes after me
  6. School Salvation
  7. Arnold stands up for Paul
  8. Fetterman Night Success
  9. Good news, bad news
  10. Stop Our City ironies


Here are the Top 10 for the month of July

  1. Stop Our City Video
  2. Stop Our City Video – Part 2
  4. Democratic Chair goes after me
  5. WCOA Blog down
  6. Oh, my God! or is it Todd’s God?
  7. What is next for Stop Our City?
  8. Who is stealing Grover’s signs?
  9. SOC tapped out
  10. School Salvation

Good news, bad news

July 29, 2006


Good News: Escambia County is projected to have an increase in property tax revenues of $31,344,191.

Bad News: County doesn’t plan to drop the ad valorem tax rate – which is the second highest in the state.

Good News: County budget is increasing $15,356,633.

Bad News: None is going to public health.

Most of the increase revenue will go to reserves – not to deal with our most pressing problems.

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