Atlantic Beach commissioner faces ethics complaint


ID=72291654ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. — Commissioner Maria Mark is facing an ethics complaint following her actions last month at the home of someone who supported her opponent. Mark lost her bid to get reelected to a second term.

Sheri Lawhun provided a copy of the complaint she filed last week that stems from an incident Aug. 27 when officers where called to her home after Mark showed up to talk about the election.

Lawhun, in her 911 call, described that happened that evening. "She (Mark) just jerked my front door open, but it is locked. OK she jerked it open, but it is locked. No she tried to jerk it open," said Lawhun from inside her home as she waited for officers to arrive.

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Police: 1 dead, 1 injured after single-car crash in Jax Beach


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — A single-car crash Saturday morning off JTB Boulevard north of Sanctuary Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach has left the driver dead and the passenger in critical condition.

According to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, just before 3 a.m. on Saturday a car lost control near Sanctuary Parkway and crashed into the wooded area nearby.

The driver, Bill Joe Pate III, 33, of Jacksonville, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The passenger, Joseph Gaines, of Jacksonville was reportedly airlifted to UF Health Jacksonville with critical injuries. Police said he is improving.

Toxicology results are pending and the investigation is ongoing, according to police.

As more information becomes available, this post will be updated; stay with First Coast News for updates.

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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.

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.

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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.

Incumbents, mayor included, ousted in Atlantic Beach


ID=32376787ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- Tuesday night wasn't kind to incumbents on the Atlantic Beach City Commission as challengers ousted two incumbents, including Mayor Carolyn Woods.

Challenger Mitch Reeves edged out Woods by 41 votes in the commission seat 1 race, taking 50.64 percent of the tally, according to results reported by the Duval County Supervisor of Elections.

Challenger John Stinson breezed past incumbent Maria Mark in the commission seat 2 race with nearly 55 percent of the vote, the SOE reports.

Man killed by SUV while on sidewalk in Jacksonville Beach


JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — A pedestrian was struck and killed while on the sidewalk of 4th Avenue North in Jacksonville Beach early Sunday morning, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

Michael Allen Gunderson, 24, was visiting from out of town and walking on the 200 block of 4th Avenue North shortly when he was hit by SUV speeding down the sidewalk, police said.

The SUV was first parked in a private lot near 3rd Street North and 4th Avenue North and then, for unknown reasons, jumped the parking curb and sped down the sidewalk on the side of the road, according to JBPD.

The driver of the SUV hit Gunderson, then a tree, then a Honda Civic, and then a JTA trolley before coming to a final rest.