'Darth Vader' arrested after Jacksonville Beach attempted robbery

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla — The Jacksonville Beach Police Department says they've arrested a man who they say tried to rob a Jacksonville Beach convenience store wearing a Darth Vader mask Sunday.

Police say Jacob Jeremy Mercer, 32, entered the 8 til Late store, located a 1375 3rd Street South, with a gun.


Surveillance photos caught the masked man tape.

"We looked at each other for a couple of seconds it was a little scary," said a man who only wanted to go by the name Ricardo.

Ricardo did not want his face shown on camera. He says the suspect had a bloody face as he was leaving the 8 til Late store.

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Beaches report 12 inches of rain in some places

ID=75484134ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The Beaches are use to heavy rain, but nothing like what happened on Sunday and the wee hours of Monday -- reports of 12 inches in some places.

A measuring marker at City Hall showed the water line, one that easily topped Tropical Storms Debby and Faye.

"Have you ever seen anything like this? Never in my life," said Atlantic Beach Mayor Mitch Reeves on his first day on the job as mayor.

Jim McCue who has lived in Atlantic Beach for 24 years hasn't either.

Lillie's Coffee Bar closing its doors Oct. 31

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Lillie's Coffee Bar, a beloved Neptune Beach coffee shop, is shutting its doors for good on Halloween.

Atlantic Beach man arrested after police find cornucopia of drugs

ID=73907762ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — An Atlantic Beach man was arrested after a traffic stop unearthed a large amount of various drugs in his vehicle Oct. 6, authorities said.

An Atlantic Beach police officer witnessed a man run a red light on Mayport Road just after 9:30 p.m. and pulled David Haddad, 33, over. During the traffic stop, the officer reported Haddad stared at him blankly and sweating heavily.

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Police: Missing man located by family out of state

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Beach man reported missing Monday has been located out of state, authorities said.

His family believes David Edward Diehl, 26, is not in any danger, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

He was reported missing after he never showed up to a doctor's appointment, police said.

Parking fixes floated for delays at Beaches Town Center

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Parking at the beaches can be challenging at times, and most of the time at the Beaches Town Center parking is a topic of conversation.

The center is located where Atlantic Boulevard meets the Atlantic Ocean and borders both Neptune and Atlantic Beach.

"There is too much valet parking and too much restricted parking," said Neptune Beach Mayor Harriet Pruette on the common complaints she hears from residents.

Freebird Live to become new restaurant bar concept

ID=72449224JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The famed concert venue Freebird Live was still having shows Friday night and says they plan to through at least December.

Nonetheless, the sounds of Jacksonville Beach are soon going to change.

Freebird Live is being sold and will become 'Surfer the Bar'. A news release from the group says the bar and restaurant concept will occupy the space and be managed by the same group that operated Salt Life Food Shack, which has two locations on the First Coast.