Crime

Jacksonville University Orders Campus Evacuation Due To Email Threat

Jan 22, 2021
Will Dickey / Florida Times-Union file photo

Jacksonville University ordered anyone on campus to immediately evacuate Friday afternoon, citing a threat that was made. 

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The FBI’s Jacksonville office has arrested a Baker County man accused of having a role in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Julio Cortez / Associated Press

An Ocala-area man is charged in connection with this week’s armed assault on the U.S. Capitol. He was taken into custody as part of a joint operation between the FBI Jacksonville Division and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

State Attorney Melissa Nelson's office

Saying she is excited to bring data and transparency to Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit, State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office has unveiled a new data dashboard website.

Gold Rush Inn's Business License Suspended After Continued Violence At Northside Motel

Dec 17, 2020
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

The business license for a Northside motel that's been the scene of multiple homicides and other crimes in the past year has been suspended by the state after efforts from Jacksonville and Florida lawmakers to shut it down.

Clay County Schools Guardian Arrested For Cocaine Possession

Dec 15, 2020
Clay County Sheriff's Office

A Clay County Schools guardian has been charged and arrested for possession of cocaine.

Couple Charged In Teacher Certification Test Scheme

Dec 14, 2020

An Estero couple, both educators, entered not-guilty pleas Friday in federal court, after being hit with more than 100 wire-fraud and racketeering charges stemming from an alleged scheme that involved selling Florida teacher-certification test information.

Authorities say that between January 2016 and March 2020, Kathleen M. Jasper, 42, and Jeremy M. Jasper, 40, allegedly sold fraudulently obtained content from the Florida Teacher Certification Exam and the Florida Educational Leadership Exam, which is for administrators.

2 Men Sought After Jacksonville Football Star Shot

Dec 10, 2020
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office / Via News4Jax

A former NFL player and Notre Dame star is recovering in the hospital after he was shot at a Jacksonville gas station.

Entire Crescent City Police Department Placed On Leave

Dec 8, 2020

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office has taken over jurisdiction from the Crescent City Police Department while the entire department is under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

St. Petersburg Police Debut New Human Trafficking App

Dec 8, 2020

St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway on Monday announced the creation of a new smartphone app that allows people to submit anonymous tips to the Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force.

"We want to tell the victims one thing: we are here for you, your voice is being heard. We're there ready to rescue you if you're ready to come home to your family," Holloway said during a Facebook Live press conference.

The app, which bears the same name as the task force, is free to download. Users can submit a subject line, location, description, and photo or video clip.

There's no clear pattern to several shootings in St. Petersburg in the last month, including Wednesday night's killing by police of a man wanted in connection to a murder.

But one thing is clear: the economic downturn caused by the pandemic is hitting minorities hard.

The Rev. Kenny Irby is pastor of the Historic Bethel AME Church and is St. Petersburg's Community Intervention Director, focusing on the city's young African American residents. The violence, he says, may be provoked by systemic racism experienced by the Black community.

FDOT / Via News4Jax

A driver was booked into the Duval County Jail after a high-speed chase across the Buckman Bridge on Thursday around 7 a.m. on Thursday.

A spokesperson for Florida Highway Patrol told WJCT News partner News4Jax the chase began at Old St. Augustine and I-295 when a trooper spotted a reckless driver going 100 mph. The trooper tried to get the driver to pull over, but a chase ensued.

Corrine Brown walks into the United States Courthouse in Downtown Jacksonville on Oct. 6, 2020.
News4Jax

Saying judges should use “utmost caution” when disqualifying jurors based on religious beliefs, attorneys for former Jacksonville area Congresswoman Corrine Brown urged a federal appeals court Monday to order a new trial in her challenge to a conviction on fraud and tax charges.

Woman Shot To Death At Westside Jacksonville Park

Nov 23, 2020
News4Jax

A woman in her 20s was found shot to death Monday morning at Normandy Park, according to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue. 

Man Shot, Killed By 4 JSO Officers During Jacksonville Traffic Stop

Nov 18, 2020
News4Jax

A passenger in a vehicle that police pulled over Tuesday night on the Westside was shot and killed when officers said he became agitated, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

More than 170 people have been arrested in the wake of a human trafficking investigation. The arrests expand beyond Leon County to Mississippi and Alabama. After seeing an online post of an underage victim being sexually exploited, TPD launched an investigation.

"In November of 2018, investigators with TPD's special victim's unit saw images of a child that were being posted on a website that advertises sex for money," Revell says.

One of the case's investigators, Elizabeth Bascom, says the victim was 13 years old:

Court Upholds GPS-Aided Jacksonville Murder Arrest

Nov 17, 2020
Legal gavel
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A state appeals court Monday backed the actions of police officers who used information from a car’s GPS system to track down and arrest a suspect in a 2016 Jacksonville murder.

JSO Corrections Officer Accused Of Bring Drugs Into Duval Jail

Nov 9, 2020
The John E. Goode Pre-trial Detention Facility, commonly referred to as the Duval County Jail.
News4Jax

A corrections officer already under investigation was arrested early Sunday morning when officers said they caught him bringing methamphetamines and marijuana cigarettes into the jail.

Ribault High Football Player Arrested In School Shooting

Oct 13, 2020
Ribault High School
News4Jax

A Ribault High School football player faces dual charges following Friday's shooting incident that left a teammate injured in the campus field house, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Ribault High Using Metal Detectors For All Students Following Shooting

Oct 12, 2020
Ribault High School
News4Jax

Ribault High School began using walk-through metal detectors for all students Monday to ensure the safety of students and staff after a student was shot Friday,

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Thursday to announce the end of a months-long investigation into illegal drug activity in South Fort Myers and Bonita Springs.

Federal Judge Eases Corrine Brown's Release Restrictions Pending Appeal

Oct 6, 2020
News4Jax

A federal judge granted a motion Tuesday to allow disgraced former congresswoman Corrine Brown to return to the same restrictions on her movements as before she was convicted of 18 charges of fraud and tax evasion in 2016 and sentenced to five years in prison.

Ted S. Warren / Associated Press file photo

Jason Brian Goff, 44, faces a minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty in a child pornography case, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

1 Dead, 1 Wounded In North Jacksonville Shooting At Amazon

Sep 30, 2020
Amazon Fulfillment Center on Pecan Park Rd.
News4Jax

A woman is dead and a man was rushed to a hospital for treatment Tuesday night after a shooting at the Amazon Fulfillment Center on Pecan Park Road, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Jacksonville Police Say Unborn Child Dies After Pregnant Woman Shot

Sep 29, 2020
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investigates the scene where a pregnant woman was shot early Tuesday.
News4Jax

Police who believe a pregnant woman was shot early Tuesday morning as she slept in her apartment on Kona Avenue said the woman’s unborn child has died.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office investivates the scene involving an officer who was shot Monday.
News4Jax

A police officer was shot Monday morning while assisting the Drug Enforcement administration in serving a high-risk search warrant in a neighborhood off Moncrief Road.

Panama City Beach police officers will soon begin using body cams while out on patrol.

City Council members unanimously voted on Thursday to spend almost $268,000 on 60 body cams for the city’s police department. Funding for the new technology was included in next year’s budget.

Police Chief Drew Whitman says he expects officers will begin using the cameras when responding to calls in November. After the department receives the equipment and software, he says, they’ll learn how to use the technology and still protect people’s privacy.

Gov. Ron DeSantis
The Florida Channel

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday he is proposing legislation that would cut off state grant funding to local governments that "slash" law enforcement budgets, as part a bigger plan aimed at curbing violent protests.

This file photo shows the Nassau County Sheriff's Office headquarters.
News4Jax

A 12-year-old Nassau County boy was arrested Thursday after deputies say he brought three guns and ammo to a private Christian school in Callahan.

The family of Malik Jackson is protesting the City of Tallahassee’s decision to release body camera image of his death in the wake of a grand jury decision. The Grand Jury determined the use of force in three officer-involved shootings was justified. One of those cases involved Tony McDade, who stabbed and killed Jackson before being shot and killed by police.

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