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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 [...]

Newsweek reports Tice investigated in Ala. too

Newsweek has an online article on the Billings case. Senior Reporter Catharine Skipp spent nearly two weeks in the area working on the story. In it, she reports: Another individual made similar allegations against Tice to police in Foley, Ala., home to another of his businesses. There, Det. [...]

The longest day..it’s a humdinger

The longest day..it’s a humdinger

August 6, 2009 will go down as one of the longest days in my life as a journalist. We were dealing with two rumors all day. One was the Escambia County Sheriff's Office was once again pushing to get an arrest warrant for Henry Cab Tice, the used car dealer who I had reported over a week ago as a [...]

Tice arrested for grand theft

Press release Pensacola, Fla--The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Henry Cabell Tice, 61, on warrant. Tice faces one count of Grand Theft over $10,000 related to financial dealings with Byrd Billings’ business Worldco Financial Services. These charges are related to a criminal [...]

Tice is being questioned at ECSO

From ECSO: Press Release Pensacola, Fla--The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is currently questioning Henry “Cab” Tice, in the conjunction with the Billings Murder case. More details to come.

Gonzalez charges set for grand jury (updated)

On July 31, the State Attorney's Office set the charges on Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. to second degree murder not premediated. The same goes for his father and all the other suspects. According to asst. State Attorney Greg Marcille, the second degree is the highest charge that their office can set [...]

Nodine won’t run for Mobile mayor

Mobile County Commissioner Steve Nodine has apparently decided not to run for mayor of Mobile against incumbent Sam Jones (Read). Nodine tried to use crime as the catalyst for his campaign trial balloon. He was shot down by local officials and the media for hurting the city's image internationally [...]

WEAR reports Tice will be back on Thursday

WEAR TV 3 did broadcast a report by Dan Thomas that states that Cab Tice is a person of interest in the Billings case. It's a video version of what I reported last week. Thomas did talk with an employee of the Eddy English Auto Sales who said that Tice is out of town and will be back by Thursday, [...]

Questioning the DROP of Rusty Wells

This email has been sent to the Pensacola City Council. DROP stands for Deferred Retirement Option Program. City employees are allowed to announce their retirement date and begin collected retirement checks (in an escrow account) while they work for the next five years. ----- Original Message [...]

Pilot in Ecuador killing is Fausti

Thanks to faithful readers of the blog. More has been discovered about Brandon Fausti - ex-husband of Tabatha Gonzalez, wife of the suspected killer of Byrd and Melanie Billings. A follow up article was sent to me on the two men, a Navy sailor and Navy helicopter pilot, that faced court-martial [...]

Sordid tale of woe from T. Gonzalez’s ex

The ex-husband of Tabatha Gonzalez, wife of the Patrick Gonzalez, Jr, was convicted of trafficking cocaine in September 2004. Judge Linda Nobles sentenced him, Brandon Anthony Fausti, to two years of community control supervision and four years of probation. I reviewed Fausti’s case file and [...]

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