Arnaud and Naja Girard

Arnaud and Naja Girard, owners and editors of the new, digital, Key West the Newspaper (The Blue Paper) previously reported for the former Key West The Newspaper, Key West’s longest running independent weekly, published by Dennis Reeves Cooper, Ph.D., from January 1994 until November 2012. The Girards are perhaps best known for their discovery of the US Navy’s 1951 claim of ownership of Wisteria Island but are also responsible for top investigative stories including coverage of the highly controversial in-custody-death of Charles Eimers on Thanksgiving Day 2013, the catastrophic police tasing of Matthew Shawn Murphy, and the property tax scandal involving Balfour Beatty to name a few. Arnaud and Naja have lived in Key West since 1986.

Jul 102015
 
Goombay Controversy Exposes Key West's Racial Tensions

Do you think White business owners should take over the management of a Black heritage festival? That’s the tricky question that City Commissioners were set to resolve last Tuesday when once again they were faced with having to choose between two groups that wished to run the coveted Goombay Festival. One group consists of nearly [more…]

Jul 032015
 
Hostage Standoff on Duval Street: “In typical Key West fashion: 'Nothing' happens in the most spectacular way.” ~ Mike Mongo

  UPDATE Thursday July 2, 3:35 pm by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The 911 call went something like this: ‘I stabbed my wife. I stabbed her in the chest and the abdomen, both. I have a shotgun. I’m in my room at Duval House and I’m holding my 13-year old niece hostage.’ KWPD went running, [more…]

Jul 022015
 
Mysterious Hostage Standoff on Duval:  A Hoax

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Developing story… A hoax… Key West police shut down the 800 block of Duval Street at about 7 p.m. last night amid reports of a “possibly armed person” having barricaded himself inside a bed and breakfast. According to police spokesperson, Alyson Crean, a man had called police claiming he had knifed a woman in [more…]

Jun 262015
 
To Tase or Not To Tase:  CRB Exonerates Officer Responsible For Catastrophic Tasing of Matthew Murphy

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…. The controversy over police use of tasers in Key West and Monroe County has recently received a lot of attention. The results of separate investigations in two high-profile taser cases in the Keys have just been announced. Four months ago we published cellphone video showing an unidentified man who’d been tased [more…]

Jun 262015
 
Trooper Out of Control

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… OIG Investigation Report just in… In February we reported on the shocking tasing of an older gentleman by a state trooper on US 1 near the 18-mile stretch. Before a bystander’s cell phone video was made public, the trooper, Eloy Arias, had written in his incident report that he had [more…]

Jun 122015
 
FDLE Special Agent and Ex-Husband former KWPD Captain Saved By Statute of Limitations

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…… A long awaited investigative report on a scandal that greatly tarnished both FDLE’s and KWPD’s image in the community is finally complete. FDLE Special Agent Kathy Smith and her ex-husband, former KWPD Captain Scott Smith, could have been prosecuted for the criminal acts of perjury and mortgage fraud in connection [more…]

May 292015
 
The White, the Black, the Blue ... and His Dog [Video]

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…………….. This week Blue Paper reporters stumbled across a very secretive drug interdiction operation in the Florida Keys. And what we discovered is a trove of information that brings us closer to understanding the issue of racial profiling in the Keys. The operation was called, “Blue Lightening Strike Force.” It took [more…]

May 152015
 
FROM KEY WEST HIGH TO ART SCHOOL IN INDIA [FULL VIDEO]

by Naja and Arnaud Girard………………………………………… We got lot’s of calls from readers last week who were eager to see the rest of our story about Key West High senior Clementine Girard’s search for an art college in India. [For those of you who saw Part I last week – this is the full length version.  You [more…]

May 012015
 
THE KEYS AND THE 'RIGHT TO POLLUTE'

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… “The water would turn green,” says Dr. James Fourqurean. “The effluent coming out of the sewer plant will basically be fertilizer.” Dr. Fourqurean, a marine biology expert, testified last Tuesday about the effects of injecting approximately 1 Million gallons of treated sewage into a shallow well in Safe Harbor on [more…]

Apr 242015
 
Selective Enforcement:  Blacks 6X's More Likely To Be Arrested On Drug Charges

by Naja and Arnaud Girard… The issue of racially selective law enforcement has finally erupted at the highest levels of Monroe County’s criminal justice system. Sheriff Rick Ramsay is “outraged” at the words of Chief Assistant Public Defender Trish Gibson. Data and statistics are flying around. This is a taste of the problem: A female [more…]