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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 [...]

ECSO takes over Jail infirmary

At midnight last night, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office took control of the Escambia County Jail infirmary from Armor Correctional Health Services. The move is part of Sheriff Morgan's efforts to cut his budget. The projected savings is $1.8 million annually. Armor Correctional Health [...]

Probability, Possibility Press Conference

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan called a press conference in response to the CNN news report that the State Attorney's Office was investigating whether the July 9 murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings were contract hits. Morgan did admit that his agency was investigating the possibility of a [...]

Press Conference tonight

From ECSO: Press Release Pensacola, FL-In response to media reports that the Billings Murders were contract killings, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan is stating that the possibility that these murders were a contract killing is still being investigated as well as other motives. The case [...]

UWF Named “A Best In The Southeast College”

Press Release: The University of West Florida has once again been named one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast according to “The Princeton Review.” The education services company selected the school as one of 141 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the [...]

Comm. White questions use of budgets and more

Escambia County Commissioner Kevin White has asked County Administrator Bob McLaughlin to sent a letter to all the commissioners in which he tells McLaughlin "the budget you have presented is not sustainable and it is absurd to use reserves to balance a budget." Ouch! Read Bob 7-29-09

CNN reports Billings murders a contract hit

From CNN: "A source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN the state attorney's office believes there were two motives in the home invasion murder of Florida couple Byrd and Melanie Billings -- robbery and a contracted hit." Read more. We reported it on July 19. Read here.

Pamela Long Wiggins arrested for bigamy (Updated)

Pamela Long Wiggins - who has already been charged with being an accessory after the fact in the Billings murders - has been arrested today on bigamy charges. She posted $5,000 bond. The charges were filed in Okaloosa County by the State Attorney's Office.

Inside Billings dealership

Inside Billings dealership

A former of employee of a used car dealership tied to the late Bud Billings recalls his time with Billings as a rollercoaster of shady deals and high pressure collections. He saw his former boss Ronald “Ronnie” Phillips, the owner of Beach Autos, Inc, forced out of the dealership by Billings [...]

Missing cars

Missing cars

According to our sources, the business issue between Bud Billings and Henry "Cab" Tice involved "disappearing" cars from the Tice car lots. Billings' finance company, Worldco Financial Services, financed Tice's floor plan ( See UCC). Worldco was to be paid as cars were being sold off the [...]

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