Crime

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A Jacksonville husband and wife who owned a couple of local convenience stores will each spend a year-and-a-half behind bars for ripping off the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps needy families put healthy food on their tables.

Man Accused Of Hacking DeSantis' Voter Records Reaches Plea Deal

Jun 24, 2021
Via Fresh Take Florida

The man charged with hacking the voter registration records of Gov. Ron DeSantis days before the 2020 election will plead no contest next week in the case in southwest Florida and expects to be sentenced to two years of probation under an agreement with prosecutors, his lawyer said.

Daytona Beach Police Department Officer In Critical Condition After Being Shot

Jun 24, 2021
Via WMFE

Federal and state police agencies are assisting in the search for a man wanted for shooting a Daytona Beach Police Department officer in the head last night.

The Florida Supreme Court says it will not review an appellate court decision that overturned Denise Williams's murder conviction and life sentence.

Williams was found guilty of murder, conspiracy, and accessory after the fact in the death of her first husband Mike Williams nearly two decades ago. Williams is still guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and obligated to finish the rest of her 30-year prison sentence.

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Georgia authorities said Monday no charges have been filed against the pizza delivery driver who shot and killed a man he says attacked him while on a delivery run Saturday night in Brunswick. 

Jax Gas Station Owner Among 8 Indicted On Drug Trafficking Charges

Jun 4, 2021
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Eight members of an armed drug trafficking organization who were recently indicted on federal charges include a 44-year-old Jacksonville woman who played a major role in the operation, according to court documents.

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National Gun Violence Awareness Day is Friday, June 4.  Advocates of reducing gun violence in America are taking part in a campaign called Wear Orange Weekend.

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The public defender representing 14-year-old Aiden Fucci entered a written not guilty plea on his behalf Thursday in the murder of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey.

JSO Undersheriff Pat Ivey discusses Zachary Taylor's DUI arrest Thursday Morning at a press conference. Taylor has been with JSO for 3-and-a-half years.
Tristan Wood / WJCT News

An officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has been arrested for being under the influence while driving a police car.

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Kenyan Shondre Scott has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to tax fraud in February.

Tristyn Bailey and Aiden Fucci
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Editor's Note: This story contains graphic details. 

Jacksonville Launches New Search, Rescue Program For Missing People

May 27, 2021
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A new step-by-step search procedure for missing people is getting police and firefighter boots on the ground faster as well as drones, helicopters and fire engines on and above the streets in Jacksonville.

Family Of Slain Tristyn Bailey Receives Outpouring Of Community Support

May 11, 2021
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In a large showing of support for the family of Tristyn Bailey, members of the community gathered in St. Johns County for a vigil Monday night to remember the 13-year-old.

Teenage Boy, 14, Accused Of Killing Tristyn Bailey, 13

May 10, 2021
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

St. Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick announced Monday morning that the body found in the woods near Durbin Crossing just after 6 p.m. Sunday is that of Tristyn Bailey, and a fellow student at her school has been arrested and charged with her murder.

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A divided federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown on fraud and tax charges, ruling that a juror was improperly removed from her trial because he said the “Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty.

Battle Over Shielding Identities Of Police Officers Headed To Supreme Court

May 5, 2021

A legal battle about whether a 2018 constitutional amendment known as “Marsy’s Law” can shield the identities of police officers went to the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The city of Tallahassee filed a notice that is a first step in asking the Supreme Court to decide whether the constitutional amendment, which is designed to bolster crime victims’ rights, can apply to police officers who were threatened in use-of-force incidents.

Fresh Take Florida

A father was suspected of killing his two young sons early Tuesday – including an 11-year-old who was regularly the bat boy for the No. 10-ranked University of Florida baseball team – then killing himself before setting on fire his family’s waterfront vacation home in nearby Cross City, authorities said.

Woman Killed, Man Shot As Camden County Deputies Serve Search Warrant

May 4, 2021
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Two people were shot - one fatally - while Camden County deputies were serving a search warrant before dawn Tuesday morning on U.S. 17 south of Woodbine, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

JSO Vehicle
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A 37-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself while driving around Jacksonville's Murray Hill neighborhood.

Jury Recommends Life In Prison Without Parole For Russell Tillis

Apr 16, 2021
Russell Tillis
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A jury of 12 men and women have recommended a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for Russell Tillis, the man convicted in the murder and dismemberment of Joni Gunter.

Fernandina Beach Woman Gets 30 Day In Jail For Coughing In Face Of Cancer Patient

Apr 9, 2021
Via News4jax

A Fernandina Beach woman who coughed on and then threatened another shopper inside a Jacksonville Pier 1 Imports was sentenced to 30 days in jail Thursday, followed by six months of probation.

Jacksonville Judge Tells Russell Tillis To Be Quiet As Murder Trial Begins

Apr 7, 2021
News4Jax

The long-delayed trial of Russell Tillis charged with kidnapping, first-degree murder and abuse of a body in the death of 30-year-old Joni Gunter began Wednesday with explosive evidence and comments from the defendant.

Sgt. Tamara Hardin
JSO Twitter feed / Via News4Jax

A veteran Jacksonville police officer is facing two felony charges and will likely lose her job after she was accused of passing information from a confidential law enforcement database to a family friend.

JSO Officer Arrested After Punching Handcuffed Suspect Who Spit On Him

Apr 1, 2021
Florida Times-Union

A 28-year-old police officer is under arrest after a handcuffed man was struck after a spitting incident outside an Arlington pool room, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

Florida State University law professor Dan Markel was killed outside his Tallahassee home in a murder-for-hire plot in 2014, amid a bitter child-custody dispute with his ex-wife Wendi Adelson.

As Ruth and Phil Markel continue to grieve the death of their son, their loss has continued to grow.

It’s been five years since the Markels have seen their grandsons Benjamin and Lincoln, after Adelson stopped allowing the boys to have contact with their “bubbe” and “zayde.”

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Foreground photo: City of Jacksonville Beach / Background photo: Bill Bortzfield/WJCT News

The city of Jacksonville Beach announced Wednesday its city attorney has been arrested.

Jacqueline Larma / Associated Press file photo

In the decades after the Civil Rights era, some Black communities in Jacksonville have remained disproportionately impoverished, blighted, and policed. 

Video screengrab via Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Teri Sopp’s former self stares down from a wall in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office in Jacksonville. The painting, a gift more than a dozen years ago, bears silent witness as she works to free people also frozen in time, serving lifelong sentences for crimes committed before they turned 18.

Updates On Floridians Facing Charges In Capitol Siege

Mar 12, 2021

Two months ago, a man was photographed walking with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern hefted over his shoulder in the U.S. Capitol.

Top Florida Law Official Describes 'Extremely Lax' Security At Hacked Water Plant

Mar 9, 2021
Fresh Take Florida

A top Florida law enforcement official told Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state leaders Tuesday that "extremely lax" security at a municipal water plant northwest of Tampa allowed hackers to break into its computers to try to poison residents earlier this year.

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