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Transcript of Tice interviews

The State Attorney has released the transcripts of the interviews with Henry "Cab" Tice. In his interview, Tice described Salvano Gonzalez as a good salesman that worked for him and later for Bud Billings collecting on accounts, after Tice's Hispanic-American Auto Sales closed. According to [...]

Reports reveal more on the Billings’ murders

The interviews by the Escambia County Sheriff's Office with dozens of witnesses give the picture of a horrible, grisly double homicide that defies the motive a simple robbery. Seven men invaded the Billings’ home and while some may have thought the motive was robbery, the investigators’ [...]

Patrick Gonzalez mentions contract hit, Tice and MS13

The State Attorney released over 1,000 pages related to the murders of Bud and Melanie Billings. In those documents is a report from Chief Deputy Bill Chavers who interviewed Patrick Gonzalez, the suspected killer, on July 12. Chavers knew Gonzalez as Pat Poff and had taken karate classes with [...]

Blog attracts NY Times

Blog attracts NY Times

In today's edition of the New York Times: "The official storyline was clear. The state attorney said it was a robbery; Byrd and Melanie Billings, the parents of 13 adopted children with special needs, were murdered in their nine-bedroom house just a few miles from here because they were [...]

Wiggins may lose 1971 Buick

Early this week the Escambia County Sheriff's Office had a forfeiture hearing before Judge Frank Judge concerning the 1971 Buick Gran Sport Convertible that Pamela and Hugh Wiggins own. As part of that hearing, Investigator Thomas Watts submitted an affidavit as how the car is involved with [...]

MPDP has update for CMPA board

Maritime Park Development Partners will present a progress report to the Community Maritime Park Associates Board. The big news is that construction is set to start Sept. 18, 2009. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 17 pending CMPA approval. More: Development [...]

Leadership evaluations

Leadership evaluations

Why doesn't the Pensacola City Council evaluate its two hires - City Manager Al Coby and City Attorney Rusty Wells? Why doesn't the Escambia County County Commission evaluate Bob McLaughlin, the county administrator? The Mobile County School Board appoints its schools superintendent and it [...]

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 [...]

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