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Markhams to block release of images

Ashley Markham, the daughter of Bud and Melanie Billings, has asked the courts (Case 2009 CA 002655) to stop the public release of the images taken from the surveillance cameras of inside the Billings' house, where the murders of her parents took place. The images of at least one minor child were [...]

Turner: “Gonzalez tried to ‘hit’ me”

“Gonzalez tried to ‘hit’ me,” says Mark Turner, Gulf Breeze resident and former used car dealer. That’s how our conversation began. I had contacted Turner after someone had sent me a tip about his December 2007 home break-in and his website. We had a copy of the incident report [...]

Valentino refuses to apologize

In a statement released to the daily newspaper, Commissioner Gene Valentino refuses to take responsibility or apologize for his public records violations. Instead he blames the people who asked for the records and their attorney "who opposed economic development on Perdido Key." As you may [...]

ECSO responds to TaxWatch

ECSO RELEASES RESPONSE TO TAXWATCH SPECIAL REPORT Pensacola, Fla -- The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has released a response to a 2009 Special Taxwatch Center for Local Government Studies Report that identified potential cost reductions for the ECSO between $12.3 and $27.3 million in [...]

Hall not guilty, Valentino guilty

State Attorney Bill Eddins has issued his reports on the Sunshine Law investigations of Pensacola City Councilman Sam Hall and Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino. Eddins ruled that Hall and Valentino did not violate Sunshine Laws when they met at City Hall on April 28, 2009. However [...]

Grand jury indicts Beulah Seven

The grand jury has indicted Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr., Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Sr., Wayne Thomas Coldiron, Gary Lamont Sumner, Jr., Frederick Lee Thornton, Jr., Rakeem Chavez Florence and Donnie Ray Stallwortheight people in the Byrd and Melanie Billings murder case. The six men and one [...]

New council, same problems

New council, same problems

Today the Pensacola City Council has a workshop on the proposed new city charter. The word is the council will do nothing. They will do as their predecessors have done--vote to study it more. As in years past, this council that was elected to change things will try make us believe that studying an [...]

Inside Car City: Bud, Cab

The used car business is a closed society, a private club that doesn't like outsiders. Since the murders of Bud and Melanie Billings, I have tired to gather information on two figures tied to the used car business - Bud and Cab Tice. No one will go on the record, but several have been willing [...]


Pensacola is not the only Florida city with a car smuggling problem. On March 24, the FBI and local law enforcement arrested 13 individuals in Tampa and Miami, Florida and Chicago, Illinois without incident. Four individuals are still being sought by authorities in connection with OPERATION [...]


The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for suspects wanted in connection with drive-by around 10 p.m. Sunday near New Mexico Drive in the Oakcrest area. No one was injured. We are hearing that the drive-by shootings are part of an gang initiation. No one has to be hit, but a gun has [...]

Mexican organized crime moving into Pcola?

The possible Mexican mafia connection to the Billings case has been rumored from the very beginning. Our sources that told me about the contract hit motive also mentioned the Mexican mafia, but I couldn’t find anything to substantiate the rumor. There have been two major drug busts in the [...]

Tice and Mexican mafia

Sheriff David Morgan's comment about Henry "Cab" Tice and the used car dealer's admission that he was involved with the Mexican mafia has almost been overlooked by most of the media. I interviewed Sheriff Morgan yesterday about Tice's organized crime connections. Morgan said that Tice not only [...]

Dateline NBC interviews Cab Tice

The Mobile NBC affiliate - WPMI 15- has started running promo pieces for the Monday Dateline NBC show that will focus on the Billings murders (see). Dateline has an exclusive interview with Cab Tice. In the clip shown, Tice is choked up, nearly sheds a tear, when he talks about Bud and Melanie [...]

Tice arrest report

On 5/22/08, Tice wrote twelve checks to Worldco that were returned non-sufficient funds. Total checks is $17,342.51. They were to pay for vehicles and services conducted through Worldco and Hispanic-American Auto Sales. Billings had provided legal copies of the checks to the ECSO in [...]

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