Crime

Police Looking for Bondsmen's Target after Police-Involved Shooting

Police Looking for Bondsmen's Target after Police-Involved Shooting

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have released the names of the victims of a police-involved shooting Tuesday morning.

Antonio "Tony" Cooks, 32, a bail bondsman who was trying to get a warrant served at an apartment complex, was shot to death.

Family members said Cooks was a father of four. They spent the day making funeral arrangements.

Bondsmen Verne Williams, 37, was hospitalized with gunshot wounds and Rhys Worton, 27, was unhurt, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The three, all bail bondsmen working for Downtown Make it Happen Bail Bonds in Jacksonville, were looking for Frederick Walker, 31. He is still at large and wanted for attaching a license plate not assigned and driving with a revoked license, JSO said today.

DCF Gives Day-Care License, Foster Parent Approval to Woman with Child Abuse Past

DCF Gives Day-Care License, Foster Parent Approval to Woman with Child Abuse Past

MORE: Foster children's lawsuit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Annette Smith was licensed as a day care operator in 2001 and as a foster parent in 2004.

"The fact she was a foster parent is mystery number one," said attorney Brian Cabrey.

Smith was convicted of child abuse more than a decade before she opened a day care and was approved as a foster parent. "The irony is she lost her own children and was convicted of child abuse on her own children back in 1991, here in Jacksonville," said Cabrey, who recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of two foster children once in Smith's care. 

It was all missed, he said, and he wants to know why.

"If it hadn't been missed or if anybody had bothered to look, our children would not have been in that home. That home would not have existed."

Person Found Dead in Car at Arlington Apartment Complex

Person Found Dead in Car at Arlington Apartment Complex

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The sheriff's office is trying to figure out what killed a person found dead in a car at an Arlington apartment complex.

Officers responded to Spanish Oaks Apartments on the Arlington Expressway Friday afternoon.

Investigators believe the body had been there for several days and are investigating the death as a homicide.

Tony Nelson Found Guilty

Tony Nelson Found Guilty

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It took the jury two days to convict former JAXPORT vice-chairman Tony Nelson.

The guilty verdict came down around lunchtime on Friday.

Nelson is with his family and not available for comment.  But his attorney, Curtis Fallgatter, says he and Nelson are in disbelief.

"We're both just in shock. Just didn't see it coming. We thought the trial had gone very well. We thought we'd done a good job communicating the truth of his services to the Port," said Fallgatter.

Nelson was found guilty on 36 corruption-related charges, including bribery, mail fraud, money laundering and lying to the FBI.

The US Attorney's Office says Nelson demanded and accepted $143,500 in bribes between August 2006 and March 2008.

Man Wearing Large Orange Hat Robs CVS

Man Wearing Large Orange Hat Robs CVS

On April 29, at 8:16 p.m., JSO was dispatched to the CVS at 9118 Atlantic Boulevard in reference to a robbery.

Arlington Store Robbed at Gunpoint, Suspect Escapes

Arlington Store Robbed at Gunpoint, Suspect Escapes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An armed robbery suspect in Arlington has not been identified, and police are looking for help from the public in solving the crime.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the robbery happened at the Metro PCS store at 6009 Merrill Road.

Police believe the suspect robbed the store at gunpoint, then fled.

A surveillance camera captured an image of the suspect in the store.

If you recognize him or know anything that can help, call our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477). You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

Man Robbed at Gunpoint on UNF Campus

Man Robbed at Gunpoint on UNF Campus

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police at the University of North Florida are looking for two men they said were involved in an armed robbery Monday afternoon.

According to a release the school sent to students, the two men were playing basketball with the alleged victim, who is a former UNF student, when the pair asked him if they could buy drugs from him.

When the trio went to the victim's vehicle, the victim claims the men pulled a gun on him and made him give them his backpack, phone, and car keys in addition to the drugs they asked for before they ran away.