Police: Missing teen returns home safely


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police in Jacksonville Beach have found a missing teen who reportedly was last seen Dec. 3, authorities said Tuesday.

The teen, identified as Sierra Jade Morgan, returned home safely about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

She was last seen leaving her home in the 300 block of South 1st Street to go get the mail about 5 p.m. that evening, according to a news release from the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.


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Police: Woman kidnapped, attacked and robbed


ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- Investigators are searching for three men accused of beating, robbing and kidnapping an Atlantic Beach woman while she was out for a walk over the weekend, police said Monday.

The victim of the alleged attack was out walking near the intersection of West 14th and Begonia streets when a dark-colored car with three masked men inside pulled up about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the Atlantic Beach Police Department.

Investigators said one of the men attacked the victim, knocked her unconscious and forced her inside the vehicle. When she awoke, she was being attacked by at least two men in a wooded area, the victim told investigators. Police found her after the victim called for help, the release said.

At some point, her jewelry was taken.

Two people die after crash in Jacksonville Beach


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. --- The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is investigating a double traffic fatality. According to Police, the crash happened at 12:30 AM at 11th Avenue, South and A1A.

Police say a Honda Accord driven John Groves, 31, was northbound on AIA at a high rate of speed and witnesses reported he was driving recklessly. At 11th Ave., South, the Honda crossed the median into the southbound lane. The Honda struck a VW Golf, driven by Bloneva Palmer, 27, who was headed southbound in the inside lane. Palmer was killed instantly.

The fire department had to extract and cut the driver of the Honda out of the car. He was life-flighted to UF Shands where he died a short time later.

U.S. Coast Guard ends official search for missing boater


ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The official search for a missing boater from Atlantic Beach has been suspended.

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The United States Coast Guard issued the following statement overnight Thursday in reference to its attempt to find Peter Rodrigues:

"Despite the exceptional efforts of our many different partner agencies and volunteers from across the region, we made the difficult decision to suspend our search. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rodrigues family during this very difficult time. Tragically, this case highlights the dangers of venturing out on the water alone."

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Alleged hit & run drunk driver to appear in court


ID=13861143ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- One man is facing several charges after police said he drove drunk and crashed into a clothing store.

According to jail records, the charges against Lareese Japell Fields, 42, include leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and DUI with property damage.

On Sunday at approximately 1 a.m., police were called to the 300 block of Atlantic Boulevard at State Road A1A for a vehicle that struck a business.

Human Rights Ordinance clears hurdle in Atlantic Beach


ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- An ordinance prohibiting discrimination for members of the LGBT community in Atlantic Beach cleared its first hurdle Monday.

"It makes a statement that leaders are willing to go on record saying these are important protections," said Judy Sheklin with the Jacksonville Coalition for Equality.

In a 3-2 vote, commissioners voted for the ordinance which protects LGBT residents and tourists against discrimination when it comes to housing, jobs and services.

The ordinance goes up for a second vote in August.

To read the ordinance, click here.

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Police locate sexual battery suspect


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Beach Police Department located a man sought in connection with a possible sexual battery.

Police were searching for a man who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning near 6th Avenue North. The victim claimed to have sustained several injuries during the assault.

The man accused in the alleged assault was located and interviewed by the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. No charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.