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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 [...]

Santa Rosa Co. tax math

We got our notice of proposed property taxes for the upcoming fiscal year for our Gulf Breeze home. The total projected tax bill is 1.8 percent more than last year, $24.52. Here's the breakdown: County taxes up $0.75 School Board up $16.19 City of Gulf Breeze up $7.58 Here is the [...]

Grand jury indicts Beulah Seven

The grand jury has indicted Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Jr., Leonard Patrick Gonzalez, Sr., Wayne Thomas Coldiron, Gary Lamont Sumner, Jr., Frederick Lee Thornton, Jr., Rakeem Chavez Florence and Donnie Ray Stallwortheight people in the Byrd and Melanie Billings murder case. The six men and one [...]

Nodine catches heat

Nodine catches heat

Steve Nodine, the Mobile County commissioner who was paraded before the Escambia County Commission as an expert of economic development, is being criticized by the Mobile Press Register for jeopardizing economic development efforts in their area. According to the paper, Nodine is trying to [...]

New council, same problems

New council, same problems

Today the Pensacola City Council has a workshop on the proposed new city charter. The word is the council will do nothing. They will do as their predecessors have done--vote to study it more. As in years past, this council that was elected to change things will try make us believe that studying an [...]

Inside Car City: Bud, Cab

The used car business is a closed society, a private club that doesn't like outsiders. Since the murders of Bud and Melanie Billings, I have tired to gather information on two figures tied to the used car business - Bud and Cab Tice. No one will go on the record, but several have been willing [...]

OPERATION DUAL IDENTITY

Pensacola is not the only Florida city with a car smuggling problem. On March 24, the FBI and local law enforcement arrested 13 individuals in Tampa and Miami, Florida and Chicago, Illinois without incident. Four individuals are still being sought by authorities in connection with OPERATION [...]

Drive-by

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for suspects wanted in connection with drive-by around 10 p.m. Sunday near New Mexico Drive in the Oakcrest area. No one was injured. We are hearing that the drive-by shootings are part of an gang initiation. No one has to be hit, but a gun has [...]

Mexican organized crime moving into Pcola?

The possible Mexican mafia connection to the Billings case has been rumored from the very beginning. Our sources that told me about the contract hit motive also mentioned the Mexican mafia, but I couldn’t find anything to substantiate the rumor. There have been two major drug busts in the [...]

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