Aug 282015

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. FDLE reprimanded Special Agent Kathy Smith with a 5-day suspension. Agent Smith was accused of having intentionally signed a false affidavit in order to secure a $461,000 bank loan. Agent Smith became engulfed in controversy in 2014 while leading the investigation of the in-custody-death of 61-year old tourist, Charles Eimers. According to her critics, a serious conflict of interest had caused her to participate in a KWPD cover-up of Eimers’ death: Special Agent Kathy Smith was investigating officers who, on [continue reading…]

Jul 242015
Mid Year Stats Show Key West Crime Drop

Crime in Key West dropped over the past six months, when compared to the first half of 2014. Violent crime is down by 26 percent compared to the first six months of 2014, and overall crime is down by 6.2 percent. Each year the Key West Police Department reports its crime statistics to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. These numbers are compiled for the first six months of the year, and then again for an overall annual tally. These statistics are compiled for the [continue reading…]

 July 24, 2015  Posted by at 12:20 am Issue #124, Public Notice No Responses »
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 with a $461,500 bank loan they’d obtained for a Big Coppitt home. Could have… had the acts been discovered much sooner, that is. It took over six months for FDLE investigators and Assistant [continue reading…]

Mar 202015
Fractured Department--Free Falling In Disrepair...

by John Donnelly… The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has a significant number of ineffective leaders, compromised supervisors and rogue agents being recycled within their ranks. A plethora of documents and investigative reports have surfaced, attesting to this fact. A local (Key West) FDLE special agent is alleged to have violated her own “Ethical Standards” on how to conduct an accurate and viable investigation. In addition to disregarding these policy guidelines, it appears that this agent may have broken the law regarding her questionable [continue reading…]

 March 20, 2015  Posted by at 3:30 am Issue #106, John Donnelly, Uncategorized 11 Responses »
Jan 232015
Mortgage Fraud Investigation of FDLE Agent Kathy Smith Ongoing

by Naja and Aranud Girard The home that landed FDLE Agent Kathy Smith in the center of a mortgage fraud investigation is now being foreclosed on. We learned this week that on December 15, 2014, Capital One N.A. filed a foreclosure action against the home on 1 Emerald Drive in Big Coppitt. According to a local financial analyst [who asked to remain anonymous] any potential charges that may be filed against Agent Smith could become more serious if the lender ends up suffering a loss after foreclosure. The [continue reading…]

 January 23, 2015  Posted by at 1:25 am * Featured Story *, Issue #98 4 Responses »
Dec 052014
Eimers Grand Jury Investigation: FBI Helped State Attorney Booby Trap Her Own Case

VIDEO: KEY WEST’S LACK OF EMPATHY  IN STARK CONTRAST WITH NY AND FERGUSON by Naja and Arnaud Girard FBI HELPED STATE ATTORNEY BOOBY TRAP HER OWN CASE “It’s a very painful day for so many New Yorkers,” said New York City’s Mayor, Bill de Blasio last Wednesday following the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict a police officer accused of choking to death an un-armed black man, Eric Garner. A similar decision recently caused violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the fatal police shooting of [continue reading…]

 December 5, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am * Featured Story *, Charles Eimers No Responses »
Nov 212014
Kathy Smith, FDLE's Lead Investigator in the Eimers Investigation Put on Administrative Leave

by Naja and Arnaud Girard…. FDLE Special Agent Kathy Smith was escorted out of her Marathon office on Wednesday.  She has reportedly been put on paid administrative leave pending investigation of mortgage fraud. The Blue Paper reported last week that Agent Kathy Smith and her ex-husband Scott Smith [at the time a Police Captain employed by KWPD] appear to have signed a false affidavit associated with an advantageous mortgage.  They borrowed $ 461,500 on a house they had purchased in 2004 for $ 132,500.  The [continue reading…]

 November 21, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am * Featured Story *, Charles Eimers No Responses »
Nov 142014
FDLE and KWPD:  Partners in Crime?

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. It’s a hell of a thing when an FDLE Special Agent commits perjury.  A hell of a thing. Kathy Smith, lead FDLE agent in the Eimers death-in-custody investigation and KWPD’s Chief of Operations at the time of the arrest, appear to be partners in a perjurious plot to obtain a strangely advantageous home loan. This casts more doubt on FDLE’s “independent” investigation of the death of Charles Eimers. It is especially troubling considering that so much direct evidence including dashcam [continue reading…]

May 092014
The Eimers Investigation:  Did They Lose The Book?

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement [FDLE] is apparently beginning to feel the heat about the agency’s handling of the Charles Eimers death investigation. Last week the agency dropped its eternal “no comment” rhetoric and tried to convince the press that there is no conflict of interest between FDLE and KWPD in connection with the case. The facts: Both Keynoter and CBS reporters received statements from FDLE attempting to explain away the controversial appointment of FDLE’s Kathy Smith as the [continue reading…]

Apr 252014

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. There is now reason to believe that two plainclothes officers:  KWPD Detective Todd Stevens and another unknown officer, posing as FDLE investigators, deliberately intimidated eyewitnesses who were present during the violent arrest last November of 61-year-old Charles Eimers. Anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention to the story of the tragically fatal Thanksgiving Day arrest on South Beach has heard the Chief of Police deflect questions over and over by saying that FDLE is conducting an independent investigation [continue reading…]

Apr 182014
The Eimers Investigation: Shocking Link Between FDLE and KWPD

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. When Charles Eimers turned blue and lost consciousness while in the hands of Key West police officers on Thanksgiving morning, KWPD was informed immediately by Lower Keys Medical Center staff that Eimers would never leave the hospital.  Chief Lee decided to treat the case as a ‘death-in-custody situation’, which meant FDLE had to be called in to investigate. Lee didn’t make the call himself, though; he asked one of his officers, Captain Scott Smith to do it.  Captain Smith did [continue reading…]

Feb 072014
Charles Eimers Death-In-Custody Investigation:  TOTAL GRIDLOCK

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. An update into the death-in-custody of Charles Eimers reveals an investigation in total gridlock and it could remain that way indefinitely.  The main problem stems from the fact that apparently to date none of the officers present during the infamous Thanksgiving Day arrest has been interrogated by FDLE investigators.  How Charles Eimers ended up dead within five minutes of his altercation with Key West police is still not clear. Sources close to the case have informed The Blue Paper that [continue reading…]

Dec 202013
THANKSGIVING DAY TRAGEDY:  Increasing Doubts About What Really Happened To Charles Eimers

by Naja and Arnaud Girard……. Charles Eimers was finally going to realize his dream: leave Michigan and spend a winter in Key West.  It was Thanksgiving morning and at 61 years of age Eimers had made it to the Southernmost City. But before his first day in the ‘tropics’ was over he would mysteriously die in the hands of police, on South Beach, at the foot of Duval Street. Eimers had been a GM man, living in Michigan all his life. Now, with four children [continue reading…]

 December 20, 2013  Posted by at 12:00 am * Featured Story *, Naja and Arnaud Girard No Responses »