Police: Missing Jacksonville Beach woman found safe


UPDATE: Janice Bogen was located about 2 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police in Jacksonville Beach are searching for a missing woman who was last seen by family two weeks ago, authorities said Tuesday.

Family members haven't seen or spoken with Janice Marie Bogen, 51, in about two weeks. The last time her mother reportedly heard from Bogen was a text message sent before noon Feb. 6, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

Bogen's family reported her missing on Tuesday. They're reportedly concerned about her safety because they believe Bogen doesn't have medication for her medical conditions.


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Jax Beach targeting plan to fix parking problem


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- By the time April rolls around, hundreds of thousands of vacationers will flock south to catch some Florida rays.

As great as that is for beach towns like Jacksonville Beach, there is one consistent problem that never seems to go away: Parking. That's why Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham is making parking a top priority in the new "Downtown Action Plan".

"We're the victim of our own success," says Lathtam. "When you make a nice environment like we have here, you get a lot of people who want to move in and a lot of people who want to visit."

When the vacation season hits, it becomes a balancing act for the city.

"Three nights a week for six or seven months a year we need extra parking, other than that they'd sit empty."

Ethics commission finds probable cause Atlantic Beach commissioner misused position


The Florida Ethics Commission found probable cause that Atlantic Beach City Commissioner Jonathan Daugherty attempted to use his position as a public official to try to get preferential treatment during traffic stops when pulled over by Atlantic Beach police.

The commission also determined there was no probable cause to believe Daugherty misused his position to avoid the consequences of failing to register his vehicles and switching license plates between his vehicles.

New entrance proposed for Hanna Park


ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The buzz of this coastal community is whether or not another entrance is needed for easier access to Hanna Park.

What's being considered is placing a gate at the end of Seminole Road where it dead ends. Currently, a tall fence separates the park from the road.

The idea has surfaced before, but has never been acted on.

Opponents fear the traffic from both vehicles and bikes could create problems for the area leading up to the fenced area that borders the park.

"They are being distracted by the gate," said Mike Grossberg, who on Monday was handing out flyers detailing the history of the proposal to provide another entrance to Hanna Park.

"It is a public health, safety and welfare issue," said Grossberg who lives along Seminole Road and is not supportive of the plan that is up for debate.

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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.


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.