Crime

Mayor's Communications Director Arrested on DUI Charge

Mayor's Communications Director Arrested on DUI Charge

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Communications Director for Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown is facing a DUI charge in Bradford County.

Jail records show Abel Harding was arrested Saturday near U.S. 301 by the Hampton Police Department. He was booked on a DUI charge late Saturday, then released early Sunday.

Three Agencies Seek Same Armed Robbery Suspect

Three Agencies Seek Same Armed Robbery Suspect

Three local law enforcement agencies believe the same suspect committed armed robberies in their various jurisdictions: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office and Orange Park Police Department.

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Taking a Weekend Trip to Orlando? Don't Order Pizza

Remember the pizza-flyer scam talked about in January?

Police were concerned that the flimsy pieces of paper advertising $9.99 pizza pies and a 1-800 number were really scams to get hungry tourists to fork over their credit card information. Florida legislators ultimately passed a law - with Walt Disney World's backing - to crack down on flyer distribution.

San Marco Residents Alert for Burglary Suspect

San Marco Residents Alert for Burglary Suspect

Residents in the San Marco area are alerting their neighbors of a burglary that occurred in a garage. They are telling people to, 'lock your doors.' According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the burglary occurred around 4 p.m. Monday on San Jose Lane, just north of the Miramar Shopping Center.  

Lt. Matt Nemeth said a man approached a woman in her garage and hit her on the head and the abdomen, then searched through her garage.  Nemeth said it appears he didn't go into the house.  

Police went door to door in the neighborhood looking for the suspect, who was believed to be a man wearing a red shirt.  Today, Nemeth released a composite sketch of the suspect. 

If you know anything that can help, call our partner First Coast Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).  You will remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a terrifying five minutes for one First Coast family after being carjacked in a Krystal drive-thru.

"I thought 'he's going to kill me. This is really happening. He's going to kill me,'" said Kelli Broadfoot.

Just after placing her order at the drive-thru, police said James Johnson forced his way into Kelli Broadfoot's truck- and she didn't waste any time fighting back.

"I'm hitting him and kicking him, and he's hitting and kicking and pushing," she said.

Johnson said Broadfoot hit her in the face several times, before forcing her out of the car, and speeding off with 13-month-old Lindsey still in the truck.

"When she hit the ground, she bounced right back up (and screamed) 'My baby!' It was not good," said witness Ben Kelly.

He was in the drive-thru line right behind Broadfoot and witnessed the whole thing.

Tony Nelson Found Guilty

Tony Nelson Found Guilty

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It took the jury two days to convict former JAXPORT vice-chairman Tony Nelson.

The guilty verdict came down around lunchtime on Friday.

Nelson is with his family and not available for comment.  But his attorney, Curtis Fallgatter, says he and Nelson are in disbelief.

"We're both just in shock. Just didn't see it coming. We thought the trial had gone very well. We thought we'd done a good job communicating the truth of his services to the Port," said Fallgatter.

Nelson was found guilty on 36 corruption-related charges, including bribery, mail fraud, money laundering and lying to the FBI.

The US Attorney's Office says Nelson demanded and accepted $143,500 in bribes between August 2006 and March 2008.

Police Looking for Man who Added "Outrageous' Tips to Restaurant Bills

Police Looking for Man who Added "Outrageous' Tips to Restaurant Bills

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are looking for 19-year old Jacob Terry, who they say added hundreds of dollars to credit card bills as "tips" while working at a San Marco restaurant which has since closed.

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report said that owners Kelly and Donna Mathis began getting "charge backs" for disputed credit card purchases at The Black Bean in April. The restaurant had closed in late March.

The owners told police they discovered outrageous tips had been added to the original credit card purchases of food items.

For example, a $75 dollar tip was added to a bill for $8.75, another time $110 was added to a $22.43 sale. In all tips totaled more than 700 dollars  on about 80 dollars worth of food purchases.

Police said the same employee was working each time the fraudulent transactions occurred, according to timesheets, and he asked to do extra work by cleaning the closed business.