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Top 2009 IN cover stories

January 1, 2010

The Independent News is built on solid cover stories that either offer a behind-the-scenes look at top news stories or investigate issues that truly impact our quality of life. The year 2009 may be remembered as…

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Billings case: Wednesday, July 15 part 2

January 1, 2010

MAKING MONEY Wednesday, July 15 Jean Duncan and her boyfriend Glenn Burnett come around 6 p.m. to the ECSO to proved statement to Investigator Tama Barber., who interviews them separately. Duncan tells Barber that she had…

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Billings case: Wednesday, July 15

January 1, 2010

Search for Pamela Long Wiggins Wednesday, July 15 The Sarasota Herald Tribune opens the day with an article on Patrick Gonzalez cyberstalking in his ex-wife and in-laws, “Suspect in slaying of Pensacola couple haunted Sarasota family.”…

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Billings case: Tuesday, July 14 part 2

December 31, 2009

MEDIA CIRCUS Tuesday, July 14 At 6 p.m. Sheriff Morgan appears on “CNN Headline Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell.” After teasing the viewers about segments on the death of pop star Michael Jackson and the latest episode…

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Billings case: Tuesday, July 14

December 31, 2009

“We Have Found Them” Tuesday, July 14 Sheriff Morgan creates a new stir on Tuesday morning about the involvement of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Agency. It begins during a live interview with…

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Billings case: Monday, July 13 part 2

December 31, 2009

OKALOOSA GANG OF FOUR Monday, July 13 At around 2 p.m. Okaloosa Investigator Jeremy Peaden surveys Gary Sumner’s business, 5th Dimension at the 8 and 9 Duval St. in Fort Walton Beach. The area consists of…

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Billings case: Monday, July 13

December 31, 2009

NINJAS ON VIDEO Monday, July 13 The national media onslaught is in full swing. The ECSO parking lot is filled with media vans. Sheriff Morgan’s day begins with interviews on Good Morning America, CBS Early Show…

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Billings case: Sunday, July 12

December 31, 2009

HUMDINGER Sunday, July 12 At noon, Sgt. Hoard interviews Leonard Gonzalez again. The evidence was stacking up against him. The Investigators knew that he had bought two cans of red spray paint the day after the…

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Billings case: Saturday, July 11 part 3

December 31, 2009

CAB AND THE MEXICAN MAFIA Saturday, July 11 On Saturday while the other investigators are searching for the Dodge van, Tom Watts and Bobby Guy contact Henry Cabell “Cab” Tice, age 61, at 4337 Highway 90,…

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Billings case: Saturday, July 11 part 2

December 31, 2009

THE DAM BREAKS Saturday, July 11 FATHER AND SON INTERVIEWED Around 3 p.m. Leonard and Patrick Gonzalez arrived at the ECSO. Sgt. Hoard meets them in the rear parking lot. The CNN van is still parked…

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Billings case: Saturday, July 11

December 31, 2009

HUNT FOR RED VAN Saturday, July 11 On Friday, Deputy Greg Smith of Baldwin County, Alabama contacted the ECSO. Investigator Hardy followed up on the call. Smith discovered on Sunday, July 5 at 3:58 a.m., a…

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Billings case: Friday, July 10 – part 2

December 31, 2009

FAMILY TIES Friday, July 10 While Sheriff Morgan is holding his press conference, Investigator Lee Tyree is speaking with Kristyn Billings in one of the interview rooms. Kristyn, who graduated from Pine Forest High School in…

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Wow, St. Pete Times can investigate

December 31, 2009

The St. Petersburg Times is the best newspaper in the state. They have put together an amazingly in-depth investigative package on Scientology leader David Miscavige. Former executives of the Church of Scientology, including two of the…