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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 [...]

Living in Pensacola online survey

715 people have completed in the past 7 days this survey by the Better Pensacola Forum and Mason-Dixon. Check it out - here.

ECSO gets $3.3M from feds

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced $1 billion in funding across the nation including $3,344,620 for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office to hire 20 deputies. Under the COPS Hiring Recovery Program, the ESCO will be required to maintain the positions in their own budget for an [...]

SH-60B Seahawk Helicopter – Naval Museum

SH-60B Seahawk Helicopter – Naval Museum

Press release: The National Naval Aviation Museum will acquire a new aircraft to add to its collection with the delivery of an SH-60B Seahawk, the third example of this helicopter transferred to the Museum, but the first of its type to be displayed in Pensacola. Rear Admiral Gary Jones, [...]

Plaza de Luna Statue Dedication

Plaza de Luna Statue Dedication

Press release: In celebration of the 450th anniversary of de Luna founding the first Spanish settlement, the Fiesta of Five Flags Association and Celebrate Pensacola are hosting the unveiling and dedication of the memorial monument on Thursday, August 13 at 5:15 p.m. in Plaza de Luna at Palafox [...]

Ex hexes Tice

Ex hexes Tice

Henry "Cab" Tice has been mentioned as a person of interest in the murder investigation of the murders of Byrd "Bud" and Melanie Billings. Sources have told us that the authorities are focusing on whether Tice paid Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. to kill the Billings during a home invasion on July 9. In [...]

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