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What I saw…

August 27, 2009

The videos from the surveillance cameras from the Billings’ residence are haunting. The 16 cameras captured both the inside and outside of the home while the seven intruders drove onto the property and five masked men…

Escambia County

Valentino fined

August 27, 2009

This morning Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino pleaded no contest this morning to a noncriminal violation of the state’s public records law. Actually it was his attorney, Ed Fleming that entered the written plea through his…

Escambia County Politics

Favorite Rex Blackburn moment

August 27, 2009

Over the years, Lt. Rex Blackburn has done his best to intimidate and harass the IN. My favorite moment was when he delivered a gift to the office during the 2007 Christmas holidays. It was a…

Escambia County Politics

48 minutes with 48 Hours

August 26, 2009

I spoke with a producer from 48 Hours yesterday about the Billings case. We talked about the dozens of twists and weird angles in this story: the 17 children, the brutality of the murders, the histories…

Escambia County

Toned down PNJ article in USA Today

August 25, 2009

The table talk around town yesterday was the daily newspaper’s Sunday cover story on the Billings’ case in which the paper called those arrested a gang of fools and mocked Sheriff David Morgan for calling the…

Escambia County

Billings’ camera system

August 25, 2009

On Thursday, the media will be allowed to view the video from the surveillance system at the Billings’ residence. The State Attorney released more documents yesterday that describe what the cameras captured inside the house. 7:06:11…

Escambia County

Save the Post Office

August 24, 2009

Press Release: Dear Supporters Of The Downtown Post Office: As you know, the downtown Pensacola post office is on the chopping block. Despite a meeting with almost 100 individuals opposing closure of the downtown post office…

Escambia County

Daily News reports on FWB connection

August 23, 2009

The Daily News picked up on the same Fort Walton Beach connection with earlier home invasions in Okaloosa County (Read article) that I reported earlier. The Pensacola News Journal believes the seven men involved in the…

Escambia County

Casino could come to Greyhound track

August 22, 2009

NorthEscambia.com is reporting that the Poarch Creek Indians – not the tribe that Commissioner Gene Valentino was working with on his bingo caper- has a contract to buy the greyhound tracks in Mobile and Pensacola. The…

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Oops, naysayers are wrong…again

August 21, 2009

For the past three months, we have seen letters to the editor and viewpoints from C. C. Elebash and his boys telling us that City of Pensacola would never get any financing for the Community Maritime…

Escambia County Politics

Are you kidding me?

August 20, 2009

We are hearing the Escambia County Commission will turn down the $3M+ COPS Hiring Recover Program grant that will fund 20 additional deputies over three years. Yes, the deputies will have to be retained once the…