Crime

Six Teens Arrested for Attempted Murder

Six Teens Arrested for Attempted Murder

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Six teenagers have been arrested following a shooting that left another teen hospitalized.

Antone Hixford Bent, 18, and Corey Montrell Newman, 19, were arrested, as were four juveniles. All six are charged with attempted murder.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the victim left his apartment on Saland Way to walk his dog around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police said they believe he was assaulted as soon as he walked outside, and that the incident stemmed from a previous altercation.

The victim was beaten with brass knuckles then shot in the neck. His father said he remains in critical condition.

The suspects fled, but detectives tracked down the vehicle reported at the scene.

The victim's stepfather Kelly Mabry identifies him as 19-year old Jordon Gavin.

Two JU Football Players Arrested, Suspended from Team

Two JU Football Players Arrested, Suspended from Team

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two Jacksonville University football players have been arrested and now their future with the team is in question.

Bradley Burns, 22, and Jordan Dewhirst, 19, are both charged with felony battery after police said they beat up a classmate following an incident in the parking lot at Club Rain.

According to the police report, the victim, Daniel Meyer, reportedly bumped into Dewhirst in that parking lot, and the men exchanged words. 

Meyer told officers he knew Dewhirst was on the school's football team, and got into his car and drove away after other players began to approach him.

When he got back to campus, Meyer told school security officers he was worried that the young men would follow him home, and the report shows that they did just that.

Thief Busts Through Gas Station Wall, Causes Thousands of Dollars in Damage

Thief Busts Through Gas Station Wall, Causes Thousands of Dollars in Damage

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The owner of an Arlington gas station is offering a reward for anyone who can help him find the person who broke into his store and cost him about $41,000.

The owner of the Mega Shop in the 1500 block of Cesery Boulevard said a man used a code to get into a locked vehicle storage facility located behind his store, cut a hole in the fence and then busted through the back wall of his store.

Store surveillance cameras show the thief cutting power to the store and systematically pulling out the batteries for the alarm system and cash register, then ransacking the area behind the counter.

The thief managed to get away with just over $8100 along with 300 cartons of cigarettes and 21 cases of Black and Mild cigars.

If you recognize the man in the surveillance video, call 904-607-6529.  The store's owner is offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that leads to the thief's successful arrest and prosecution.

JEA Warns Customers to Beware of Scams

JEA is warning its customers to beware of scams involving utility bill payments.

Recently, some JEA customers have been called, texted or visited in person, requesting a payment be made on a credit card number to avoid disconnection of services. JEA does not call its customers to make such requests.  Additionally, some JEA customers are being offered payment of their utility bill for up to half off the total amount due. The scam works like this – a customer is approached and told their bill will be paid in full if the customer gives an amount in cash. Unfortunately, the account is then paid with a stolen credit card or check. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Six Gas Cans, 2 Shovels Removed from Home of Michelle McCoy's Ex-Boyfriend

Six Gas Cans, 2 Shovels Removed from Home of Michelle McCoy's Ex-Boyfriend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are searching the home of Larry Thompson, the ex-boyfriend of 20-year-old Michelle McCoy and the suspect in the case of her apparent murder.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office found remains Thursday night  that have not been positively identified as those of McCoy, though police believe they are hers.

The JSO arrived around 2:30 p.m. today to execute the warrant on the house at 8579 Darlington, just two blocks from the McCoy home.

Moments ago they removed six gasoline cans and two shovels from the home as evidence.

According to Sheriff John Rutherford in a news conference this morning, 52-year-old Thompson is the suspect in the case. Rutherford said Thompson is at large. He has a lengthy arrest record dating back to an unspecified charge in 1977.

Former Duval County School Teacher Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Federal Prison

U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Ripley Ridenour (55, of Jacksonville) to 210 months in federal prison and lifetime supervised release for receipt of child pornography. The Court further ordered Ridenour to register under federal and state law as a sex offender and forfeit computer media used as part of the crime. Ridenour pled guilty on August 30, 2010.

Arrests in Venetian Blvd. Area Car Burglary

Arrests in Venetian Blvd. Area Car Burglary

Three St. Johns County men were arrested early Monday morning in connection with at least one car burglary in the Venetian Blvd. area. They also face additional charges as detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes Unit continue the investigation.