At the noon press conference, Sheriff David Morgan said that the ECSO is looking for Pamela Laverne Long (DOB 10/22/61), a realtor who rented a home to Patrick Gonzalez Jr. The ECSO have not been able to locate Long in the past 48 hours and are asking for help in locating her. Long is not a suspect [...]
The Billings daughter, Ashley Markham, held a press conference at 6 a.m. This is her statement. PRESS RELEASE – ASHLEY BILLINGS MARKHAM JULY 15, 2009 Again, we would like to thank all law enforcement agencies, the community, our family and friends. We are relieved that the people involved [...]
The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that Patrick Gonzalez jr. would call once or twice a year, the Herkel residence in Sarasota and demand to see his daughter. The daughter is the one that Gonzalez refers to on his Myspace page. Herkels live in northern Sarasota and run Bill's Mobile Home Repair. [...]
The Sheriff said that at least one of the people arrested for the Billings murders did confess. He said that the robbery team had practiced the home invasion. Patrick Gonzalez graduated from Gulf Breeze High School - under the name Pat Poff. I spoke with a few of his classmates. They said he [...]
The Florida Police Benevolent Association is claiming TEAM Santa Rosa has not complied with its public record request concerning Management Training Corporation. They requested copies of the minutes from a TEAM Santa Rosa meeting on November 18, 2008 and were told by Cindy Anderson, the executive [...]
Sheriff David Morgan opened the noon press conference honoring the men and women at the Escambia County Sheriff's Office that worked around the clock to solve the Billings murders. He said over the past five days that he had seen the worse in man with the killing of Boyd and Melanie Billings and [...]
Kris Wernowsky of the PNJ is reporting that Patrick Gonzalez Jr. - who Sheriff David Morgan identified as the organizer of the Billings crime - claimed at his first court appearance this afternoon that the authorities are relying on the "confession of a mentally ill man with a history of giving [...]
Sheriff David Morgan reported the arrests of three more people in the Billings murder case - Fredrick Lee Thornton, Donald Ray Stallworth and an unnamed juvenile (age 16). All seven suspects will be charged with open counts of murder, including Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Sr who had been charged [...]
UWF has released its administration salaries as part of its negotiations with the UWF faculty union. The salaries on the spreadsheet are in thousands...not sure why. Read UWF AdminSalaries.
Forbes Magazine ranks the Federal Prison in Pensacola as the sccond cushiest in the system. Why? Prisoners can visit with their families on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in a tree-filled park. The Pensacola camp also has a relatively rare feature that is desirable among federal inmates: proximity [...]
Rick's Blog had a record day on Monday, July 13 - 11,172 visitors and 73,579 page views. The best we have done since the blog began in February 2005.
An interesting aspect of the Billings murder case is the national media attention. The local news - both WEAR TV 3 and the PNJ - have done a good job of covering the murders. We've done our little part but we don't have the resources to provide the same level of coverage. The PNJ had five people at [...]