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What I saw…

The videos from the surveillance cameras from the Billings’ residence are haunting. The 16 cameras captured both the inside and outside of the home while the seven intruders drove onto the property and five masked men stormed into the house. The cameras caught on tape everything but the actual [...]

Valentino fined

This morning Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino pleaded no contest this morning to a noncriminal violation of the state’s public records law. Actually it was his attorney, Ed Fleming that entered the written plea through his lawyer. He was fined $500.

Favorite Rex Blackburn moment

Favorite Rex Blackburn moment

Over the years, Lt. Rex Blackburn has done his best to intimidate and harass the IN. My favorite moment was when he delivered a gift to the office during the 2007 Christmas holidays. It was a large box wrapped in old issues of our newspaper. The box came with a card that had Barack Obama's face [...]

Pensacola City Council refuses blame

The Pensacola City Council and city staff are still upset over the City losing Avalex and Appriver to the City of Gulf Breeze. No, let me clarify. They are upset that they are being blamed. The truth is the City of Pensacola doesn't adapt well to businesses. There is no one with an attitude of "how [...]

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 [...]

Arrest in Okaloosa County home invasion

On Dec. 3 three armed Hispanic men forced their way into a home on Glory Place in Fort Walton Beach and stole the money. One of the men knocked on the door of the home and identified himself as a delivery person when a woman answered. He then forced his way in, pointed a gun at the woman’s head [...]

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 [...]

Buzz: State GOP leaders and their lavish spending

Conservative political analyst Roger Stone blasts State Republican Party chairman Jim Greer for his lavish spending. Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom was roasted in the news for his credit card - GOP AMEX card- spending on a lavish European vacation for himself and his family, expensive [...]

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 [...]

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