Crime

Three Agencies Seek Same Armed Robbery Suspect

Three Agencies Seek Same Armed Robbery Suspect

Three local law enforcement agencies believe the same suspect committed armed robberies in their various jurisdictions: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Orange Park Police Department.

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Remember the pizza-flyer scam talked about in January?

Police were concerned that the flimsy pieces of paper advertising $9.99 pizza pies and a 1-800 number were really scams to get hungry tourists to fork over their credit card information. Florida legislators ultimately passed a law - with Walt Disney World's backing - to crack down on flyer distribution.

Body Found in Regency Retention Pond

Body Found in Regency Retention Pond

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are trying to figure out how a body ended up in a Regency area retention pond.

According to JSO, the body of an adult male was found behind the Linens and Things in the 600 block of Commerce Center Drive Friday evening.

Investigators are calling the incident an undetermined death and said they do not suspect foul play.

Sex Trafficker Sentenced to More Than 26 Years

U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Tyrone Townsend 45 to 320 months in federal prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for sex trafficking by force, threats of force and fraud; transporting women across state lines for prostitution; enticing, inducing and coercing a woman to travel across state lines for prostitution; and conspiracy to transport a woman across state lines for prostitution.

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a terrifying five minutes for one First Coast family after being carjacked in a Krystal drive-thru.

"I thought 'he's going to kill me. This is really happening. He's going to kill me,'" said Kelli Broadfoot.

Just after placing her order at the drive-thru, police said James Johnson forced his way into Kelli Broadfoot's truck- and she didn't waste any time fighting back.

"I'm hitting him and kicking him, and he's hitting and kicking and pushing," she said.

Johnson said Broadfoot hit her in the face several times, before forcing her out of the car, and speeding off with 13-month-old Lindsey still in the truck.

"When she hit the ground, she bounced right back up (and screamed) 'My baby!' It was not good," said witness Ben Kelly.

He was in the drive-thru line right behind Broadfoot and witnessed the whole thing.

School Employee Being Investigated for Writing School Checks to Herself

School Employee Being Investigated for Writing School Checks to Herself

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are investigating whether or not a Duval County school employee wrote checks to herself from Justina Road Elementary.

According to the police report, the school's principal contacted police.  The principal said an auditor found that 14 checks totaling $2,981.13 were written by a school employee to herself.

The report notes that there was no documentation showing what the checks were written for.

The checks were signed by the principal, Angela Maxey, but Maxey told police her name was forged.

According to the report, the employee left her job in November, 2010, telling staff she was having medical problems.  The principal told police the employee never brought any proof that she was having medical issues.

The school staff has been trying to reach the employee since November with no luck.

 

JFRD: Thermal Imaging Camera Stolen During House Fire

JFRD: Thermal Imaging Camera Stolen During House Fire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Susannah Carter home burned down in 2003. She knows the loss that comes with a house fire.

"We unfortunately lost a couple of pets," Carter said. 

But she's thankful that firefighters were there to help keep her family safe using, among other things, a thermal imaging camera. The camera can find hot spots and body heat easily in a fire, but one of the 60 cameras the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department owns, was stolen right off a truck on Sunday.

"These tools are life saving products and they should be left alone," said JFRD spokesman Tom Francis.

According to the police report, Fire Station 21 used the camera at an apartment fire on Barnes Road on Sunday.  Firefighters put it back in its charging station and went back to fighting the fire.