‘Escambia County’ Archives
Kris Wernowsky of the PNJ is reporting that Patrick Gonzalez Jr. - who Sheriff David Morgan identified as the organizer of the Billings crime - claimed at his first court appearance this afternoon that the authorities are relying on the "confession of a mentally ill man with a history of giving [...]
Sheriff David Morgan reported the arrests of three more people in the Billings murder case - Fredrick Lee Thornton, Donald Ray Stallworth and an unnamed juvenile (age 16). All seven suspects will be charged with open counts of murder, including Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Sr who had been charged [...]
UWF has released its administration salaries as part of its negotiations with the UWF faculty union. The salaries on the spreadsheet are in thousands...not sure why. Read UWF AdminSalaries.
Forbes Magazine ranks the Federal Prison in Pensacola as the sccond cushiest in the system. Why? Prisoners can visit with their families on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in a tree-filled park. The Pensacola camp also has a relatively rare feature that is desirable among federal inmates: proximity [...]
Rick's Blog had a record day on Monday, July 13 - 11,172 visitors and 73,579 page views. The best we have done since the blog began in February 2005.
An interesting aspect of the Billings murder case is the national media attention. The local news - both WEAR TV 3 and the PNJ - have done a good job of covering the murders. We've done our little part but we don't have the resources to provide the same level of coverage. The PNJ had five people at [...]
In all the hubbub over Blue Angels Week, Santa Claus wanting Ferdinand Plaza and the numerous Sunshine Law investigations, Councilwoman Diane Mack's proposal for putting the Port of Pensacola up for sale got lost. Mack visited the IN offices today to discuss her idea. "I have spoken with [...]
Sheriff David Morgan announced tonight at an 8:30 pm press conference the arrest of Gary Lamont Sumner, Jr. Sumner is one of the two black males in the Gulf Breeze WalMart photo with Patrick Gonzalez. Sumner had been arrested by Okaloosa County law enforcement during a traffic stop for [...]
WEAR TV 3 interviewed the step daughter of Wayne Coldiron. Coldiron has been arrested for the murders of the Billings. The step daughter, Dawn Center, told WEAR that Coldiron did landscape work for the Billings. See interview.
Wayne Coldiron is the second person suspected of murdering the Billings. I got this post to the blog. We can't verify that the rape took place and only post to show that someone has posted this poem on the Internet. The poem was posted August 17, 2004 at 20:04:51. There is the post: Rick, [...]
Here is the video that the ECSO released today on the intruders entering the north side of the Billings residence. The camera had filmed every three seconds.
Sheriff David Morgan said at the 3 p.m. press conference that the ECSO is looking for three black males and possibly white male who were involved in the Billings murder. Morgan release a video of two males dressed in "Ninja garb" entering the northside of the Billings residence through an unlocked [...]
http://www.facebook.com/patpoff?v=wall&viewas=1126945178 His last post is Saturday night two days after the murders. The day after the murders, Gonzalez posted: "Was feeling a little ill yesterday, but today I feel great. Now Tabatha isn't feeling so hot. 24 hr. bug? Anyone else got it?" Fri [...]
Check out this link: http://www.myspace.com/billherkel. His last post on his mood, dated July 8 - night before murders ---Patrick Gonzalez "making a move for humanity" Mood: adventurous adventurous. According to his page, Patrick and his wife Tabitha Gonzalez received the SERVICE TO MANKIND [...]
Patrick Gonzalez's self defense group was called "Project FIGHTBACK." It was described as providing Abduction Awareness and Kidnap Prevention Training to children in the North West Florida Area and Women's Self Defense and Rape Awareness Classes free of charge to All participants.
I think this is the last set of emails to/from Commissioner Valentino with BPM on economic development. There are some duplicates from earlier posts. I am posting as I received them without comment. (more…)
Patrick Gonzalez (Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr.), one of the two men accused of murdering Byrd and Melanie Billings, is a south Santa Rosa County resident who tried to make a living as Taekwondo instructor teaching self defense to women and children in the Gulf Breeze area. Part of his sale pitch [...]