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48 minutes with 48 Hours

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 of the suspects, Mexican mafia and overall seediness of the used car business in Pensacola. I've [...]

Toned down PNJ article in USA Today

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 case a "humdinger." The News Journal's take on the 1000 pages of documents released by [...]

Billings’ camera system

Billings’ camera system

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 pm Camera 2 - which covers kitchen and living room - Bud [...]

Will City Council act on Museum funding?

The CMPA board passed the recommendation to use New Market Tax Credits as a funding mechanism for the Maritime Museum. Today the Pensacola City Council will have a presentation of the funding plan. There is a worry that the Council and city staff will drag their feet on this---as they do with [...]

Save the Post Office

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 this past Tuesday evening, the closure process is still moving [...]

Geraldo at Large

Geraldo at Large

I'll be on the Fox News show tonight at approximately 9:40 p.m. I guess I'm the "Large."

Daily News reports on FWB connection

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 murders of Bud and Melanie Billings were hastily pulled together and Patrick [...]

Time covers Billings case

Time covers Billings case

Duwayne Escobedo helped with the reporting on this article - Pensacola murders. The blog gets plug at the end.

Casino could come to Greyhound track

Casino could come to Greyhound track

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 Poarch Band of Creek Indians PCI Gaming Authority has held the $3,450,000 [...]

Oops, naysayers are wrong…again

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 Park and that Maritime Museum would never be built. Like a Gene Valentino press release, Elebash [...]

Are you kidding me?

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 grant is up, but that is the only catch. With all the news about gangs, drive-by [...]

Another robbery recruit speaks out (updated)

Anthony Joseph Eisa of Gulf Breeze told investigators that Patrick Gonzalez had tried to recruit for the home invasion two and a half months ago. According to the investigator's report, Eisa said that he did travel with Gonzalez to Fort Walton Beach two weeks before the murder. Telephone records [...]

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