St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

St. Augustine double murder suspect in custody

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

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Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

Suspect in double murder of wife and friend in court hours before shooting

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Hours before his wife and a family friend were shot to death inside a South Bellagio Drive home Thursday, a St. Augustine man suspected in their killing had been in court pleading no contest to violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence ordered by a judge last month, court records show.

Ebron charged in plot to escape from jail

Ebron charged in plot to escape from jail

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The chief suspect in the disappearance of 21-month-old Lonzie Barton faces new charges following his arrest for an alleged plot to escape from the Duval County Pretrial Detention Facility.

William “Ruben” Ebron, 32, is accused of concocting a plot to stash keys in his sock and mouth and then use them to slip out of his handcuffs, jump out of a jail van and escape in a getaway car, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Investigators found out about the plan Monday when another inmate came forward with multiple recorded conversations detailing how Ebron allegedly planned to escape from custody. “Ebron directed the inmate to have the getaway car placed east of the jail,” the report said.

Ebron was arrested Thursday on charges of attempted escape from a jail, criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of a concealed handcuff key, and smuggling contraband into a detention facility, all felonies, jail records show.

Man killed after driving into St. Johns River


ID=13471641JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 76-year-old is dead after his vehicle ended up in the St. Johns River early Friday morning.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said a witness at the south bank boat ramp in the 1000 block of Museum Circle Drive saw a van go into the water around midnight.

Off-duty officer, Mark Muchowicz, who First Coast News has learned lives in the San Marco area and was on his way home from a side job at a local hospital, heard the emergency call go out and responded to the scene.

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Homeowner fights city hall over property damage


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Property owners are surprised to learn that when there's a disaster involving trees the city has marked for removal or trimming help is not readily available.

"My house is still leaking in the corner and the living room," said Robert Daly.

Daly, 68, lives in the St. Nicholas community at the corner of Flesher Ave. and Wooddale Street.

Customer looking for fur coat in consignment shop that is closed


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ron Kaminski, 75, has had his share of mistakes but said this is one he regrets.

"It it was a hundred dollars, I would have wrote it off as a bad experience," he said, "but being it was four thousand brand new."

Kaminski said last November, he decided to get rid of a fur coat, the remnant of a failed relationship.

"I bought it for a lady friend and we broke up and I ended up with the fur coat," he said.

Kaminski, who was living in the San Marco community, met the owner of the now closed consignment shop My Best Friend's Closet.

"She said it was such a beautiful coat she might be able to get me a good price," he said. "I said 'fine.'"

Kaminski said in December he moved from San Marco to the Baymeadows area, in January, he went to the store to check on the status of his coat and the store was closed.

Man arrested for painting messages on public property


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Driving through San Marco, you likely have seen graffiti on several traffic control utility boxes. On Tuesday afternoon, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested Kevin "Chip" Southworth in connection with that graffiti.

First Coast News spoke to Southworth in January about the images appearing on the traffic control boxes, but at the time Southworth just called himself "Keith Haring's Ghost."

He told FCN's Heather Crawford the graffiti had a pretty clear meaning.