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Ninja epidemic in Gulf Breeze

There was another bank robbery involving someone dress in Ninja grab. In November 2007, the SunTrust Bank on Hoffman Drive in Gulf Breeze was robbed. Description of robber: White male, approximately 5 foot 8 inches tall, weighing around 160 pounds, dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, black [...]

Who are my sources?

The Buzz in and out of the county courthouse and around dinner tables and bars is-- who are my sources on the Billings case? I'm not telling...but let me say this. I have lived here for nearly 30 years, the last 10 publishing a newspaper that built its reputation on being fearless and aggressive [...]

“Face” of a suspected killer

“Face” of a suspected killer

IN reporter Sean Boone interviewed the "friends" on the Facebook page of suspected killer of Byrd and Melanie Billings, Patrick Gonzalez, Jr. Read "The Face of a Suspected Killer."

Who does this sound like?

Who does this sound like?

Last November, a man walked into Pen Air/Members First Credit Union in the Live Oak Village Shopping Center, Gulf Breeze. He is described as a white male in a black hood sweatshirt and wearing blue jeans, black or brown shoes, black gloves and carrying a gun. He looks to be in his late 20s to early [...]

Blog article at hit

My article on The Daily Beast is the second most popular one on that site. Thank you, CBS News, CNN and Fox News.

CBS reports couple not killed by contract

CBS reports couple not killed by contract

CBS News is reporting that "Florida police have now unequivicably stated they are not investigating the murder of Byrd and Melinda Billings as a contract hit." Further in the report: Sheriff's spokesman Ted Roy said Tuesday that investigators only considered a contract hit as a possibility [...]

More today

Working on three leads on the Billings murders. I hope to post something significant on the case later today. Yesterday was our print day for the newspaper so I had to wear my publisher hat most of the day. The Thursday, July 23 issue has a solid cover story on the Billings case. The phone [...]

Recordbreaking day for blog (Updated)

Rick’s Blog had a record day on Monday, July 20 – 18,108 visitors and 134,140 page views. The report from The Daily Beast is that my story is getting a lot of traffic, too. Tuesday, July 21 beat those numbers - 22,621 visitors, 165,587 page views.

WKRG: Gonzalez Jr. lone shooter

WKRG is reporting that Sheriff David Morgan has confirmed Fredrick Thornton and several other suspects told investigators that Leonard Gonzalez Jr was the sole shooter. Read more.

No relationship between Gonzalez and Billings

Attorney Crystal Spencer is emphatic that Byrd Billings never loaned any money to his suspected killer, Patrick Gonzalez. "We have gone through all the company records," says Spencer, who represents the Billings family. "We can no record that Gonzalez ever worked for Billings or that any loans [...]

Tice-Billings business relationship

According to the Crystal Spencer, the attorney for the Billings children, there was a business relationship between the Billingses and Henry "Cab" Tice. "I spoke with Ashley (Markham) and this is what we know," Spencer says. "Markham Auto financed the floor plans of Henry Cabell Tice's auto [...]

CNN confirms suspects cased home

CNN confirms suspects cased home

As I reported on Sunday, the suspects in the Billings murders did visit the couple's home before the home invasion. CNN is now reporting it, too: "Suspects in the slaying of a Florida couple known for adopting special-needs children cased the victims' home about a month before storming the [...]

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