809 Area Code Scam

A community member wrote us today about returning calls to the area code 809. The community member claims she actually received a call last week from the 809 area code. A woman called and said, “Hey, this is Karen. Sorry I missed you- get back to us quickly. I have something important to tell you.” Then she repeated a phone number beginning with 809.

Southside Man Believes He Was the Target of a Flat Screen TV Scam

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man thought he was getting a good deal on a television. However, he said he almost got scammed when two men offered to sell him what "looked like" a flat screen television that was still in the shrink wrap.

The "TV" even came with a remote control in bubble wrap. That turned out to be cardboard wrapped in black tape and bubble wrap. It was a fake, just like the 50-inch television.

"It looked like it was brand new, coming out of the box," said "James."

The Southside man didn't want to show his face or use his real name, but did he wanted to tell First Coast News all about two men who he said tried to sell him what looked like a television set late Sunday night.

"I asked him how much it was, he said $500." 

The man, who we'll call "James," acknowledges this was pretty much a "street deal."

He said he was approached by two men in a parking lot off University Boulevard.

Possible Pick Pockets at the Town Center

We received an unconfirmed tip on Friday from a community member. Her daughter was ating lunch at Panera Bread at the Town Center with her friend and she had her purse on the bacek of her chair, like many women do. A couple walking out of Panera, the man bumping her chair and then apologized very nicely. Her daughter turned around to make sure her purse did not fall off of the chair and it was still there. When her daughter went to the car and looked in her purse for something and saw that her wallet was gone. She was upset but began to call her credit card companies and bank. By the time she got in contact with all of them the couple had been to many stores and charged up to $8000.00 in expenses. Her daughter contacted JSO, filed a report, went to the stores with the charges and saw the couple on the security tapes. JSO is now looking for this couple.

Three Arrested Following Club Menage Teen Shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three people have now been arrested in connection with a shooting in Arlington that left one teen dead.

Horace Lee James, 14, was shot to death outside Club Menage while attending a teen party after a fight broke out outside the club Sept. 25.

After nearly a month of investigation, 18-year-old Jeremiah Brylon Corbett was charged with James' murder Friday.

Two others, 20-year-old Bryant Lee Smith and 19-year-old Raphael Leonardo Thompson have also been arrested in connection.

"He lost his life for nothing, but he is in a better place now," said Leon Romer, Horace's stepfather.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, several witnesses reported a van with four males inside drove up to a nearby parking lot, and shots rang out from inside the van toward the crowded parking lot.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest

Hubbard House announced September 20th the launch of its first-ever Domestic Violence Awareness Month Youth Art Contest in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence among youth.

The contest, open to youth ages 5-12 living in Northeast Florida, runs from Sept. 20 through Oct. 21 and highlights Hubbard House’s newest prevention program WAVE (Working Against Violence Every day, Everywhere, Every time). The program teaches youth healthy relationship skills before abuse occurs, how to identify and prevent bullying and helps them gain a better understanding of how violence affects their lives.