Jacksonville Sheriff's Office


The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in finding a baby stroller that is evidence in the kidnapping and murder of Cherish Perrywinkle.

Director of Investigations Annie Smith says the stroller was placed in the van of suspect Donald Smith by Cherish’s mother when they drove to Wal-Mart but the it was missing when he was arrested.

Annie Smith wouldn’t elaborate why the stroller is important to the investigation. She says it is a needed piece of evidence.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has released this account of the night Cherish Perrywinkle, 8, was abducted from the Walmart on Lem Turner Road.

11:18pm:  Call received by dispatch from victim’s mother advising her daughter was taken from the Wal-Mart at 12100 Lem Turner Rd

11:20pm:  Call is dispatched to patrol officers

11:28:  First two officers arrive on the scene

11:36:  Officers broadcast a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the victim and suspect vehicle

11:41:  Air Unit is requested

Sex Offender Charged With Death Of 8-Year-Old Cherish Perrywinkle

Jun 23, 2013
Florida Department of Law Enforcement

The body of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, who was abducted at a Walmart Friday night, was found near a creek off of Broward Road a little before 10:00 Saturday morning. Donald James Smith, 56, has been charged in her slaying. Smith is a registered sex offender who was recently released from jail on May 31.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office is holding a gun buy back next weekend.

The guns will be purchased for $50 each, no questions asked.

JSO Director Alan Williams says its an opportunity for people to safely dispose of weapons they no longer want.

The buy back is Saturday, June 29, from 10am to 2pm at the Elks Lodge at 712 West Duval Street in downtown Jacksonville.

Kevin Meerschaert

    The Jacksonville Sheriff’s office has arrested one of their own for illegally recording conversations with a fellow officer.

Hazel Moore is a ten-year veteran. Undersheriff Dwayne Senterfitt says Moore says she was having problems with her sergeant and used her JSO issued laptop computer to secretly record their conversations with him and two other officers without their consent.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday the arrests of two people who were allegedly renting out seven properties they didn’t own.

55-year-old Rosemary McCoy and 38-year-old Elton McCall have been charged with racketeering, organized fraud and trespassing, among other things.

Bill Whitney, with JSO’s economic crimes unit, says the two advertised the houses on Craigslist, which, he says, is rife with illegal activity.

Department of Justice, FBI

Monday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court means the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and other state and local law enforcement agencies can continue collecting D.N.A. samples from people arrested for certain felony crimes. 

Florida is one of 28 states that collects D.N.A. samples upon a person’s arrest for any felony crime on an approved list. 

Kevin Meerschaert

With Memorial Day weekend upon us more people will be hitting the waters of Jacksonville Duval County in their boats.

There are 30,000 registered boaters in Duval County. The Jacksonville Sheriff's office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other law enforcement agencies held a press conference on Friday to remind boaters about the manatee protection zones and to boat safely.

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UPDATE 05/17/13 4:20: JSO has just announced that Rodney Lorenzo Addison walked into the police station today and turned himself in. He is currently being charged with Auto Theft, Possession of Cocaine, Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, and Driving While License Suspended

What follows is our report from Thursday about the incident:

Jacksonville police are still looking for a 20-year-old Jacksonville man involved in a police shooting yesterday at Jacksonville International Airport.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

A new law enforcement initiative that launched today in Duval and a dozen other northeast Florida counties gives the public a bigger role in the fight against terrorism. 

The iWatch initiative counts on people to be observant and to report anything that doesn’t look, smell or sound right.

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford, who co-chairs the 13 county Regional Domestic Security Task Force, says the information gathering program lets authorities get out ahead of the danger.

Kevin Meerschaert

One suspect was wounded, another arrested and at least one more is at-large after an officer involved shooting Wednesday at Jacksonville International Airport.

The incident occurred about 2:30 in the JIA rental car parking garage.


JSO Chief Tom Hackney says officers followed a suspected car thief in a white Ford Crown Victoria into the garage who had eluded arrest last week.


First Coast News

First Coast News is reporting that S.P. Livingston Elementary School is no longer on lockdown after gunshots were reported near the school.

The lockdown was put into effect at 11:20AM today, but was lifted at 12:20PM.

Police have yet to say what led to the lockdown and investigation.

WJCT will be following the investigation throughout the day.

Kevin Meerschaert

Local officials gathered with families of Jacksonville Sheriff's Office officers who have died in the line of duty for Police Memorial Day today.

The memorial is held every year to honor the fallen. 60 officers have lost their lives on duty in Jacksonville history.

Due to rainy weather, the public ceremony, usually held on Bay Street in front of the Police Memorial Building, was moved inside.

The JSO Honor Guard performed a 21-gun salute. Sheriff John Rutherford and Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Amos placed a memorial wreath in remembrance.

The Florida Times-Union is reporting that the two adults living in the house where 13-year-old Titania Williams Mitchell was shot have been charged with negligence.

Lamborghini Sold At JSO Auction

Apr 4, 2013
Chris Mills

With all of the expensive cars and luxurious jewelry lined up, it looked like an episode of MTV Cribs, but it was more like an episode of Cops.

Today, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office held an auction selling at least 30 vehicles and thousands of dollars in jewelry that was once owned by convicted felons.

The Sheriff’s Office has several car and jewelry auctions each year to raise money for various programs and investigations the Sheriff’s Office are working on.