Crime

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.

Bomb Squad Called to Jacksonville Beach; Part of First St. Closes

Bomb Squad Called to Jacksonville Beach; Part of First St. Closes

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A section of First Street North was blocked off Saturday night due to a bomb scare.

A police bomb squad Saturday afternoon was called to an area near First and 15th streets because of a suspicious package.

Police were on hand at the scene near the Comfort Inn & Suites as evidence markers were placed on the street. 

Someone who answered the phone at the hotel said they had no comment and that they were trying to calm guests.

Authorities with Jacksonville Beach Police could not be reached for further information, but said they would have more details Monday.

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.

Man Charged with Starting Land Fires

Man Charged with Starting Land Fires

Atlantic Beach Police charged Keil Buechner, a 22 year old, with starting three recent land fires within the city limits. 

New Details Released in 2009 Fatal Waffle House Killing

New Details Released in 2009 Fatal Waffle House Killing

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police will release new details and announce a reward in the case of a fatal shooting two years ago at a Waffle House.

On May 18, 2009, officers in Jacksonville Beach responded to the fatal shooting of Roderick Batts, who died in the parking lot outside the restaurant. Police said it did not appear to be a robbery, but didn't release much more than that.

Police said the case has gone cold and they need the public's help.

They will announce a reward later this morning for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest.

Jacksonville Beach Police Department Sgt. Thomas Bingham said at the time of the shooting the victim was inside the restaurant.  He walked out to the parking lot and that's when Bingham said someone shot him several times.

Sun Trust Bank Robbed this Morning

Sun Trust Bank Robbed this Morning

The Sun Trust bank at 3720 Third Street South in Jacksonville Beach was robbed shortly after 10 a.m. this morning.

Man Robbed at Gunpoint on UNF Campus

Man Robbed at Gunpoint on UNF Campus

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police at the University of North Florida are looking for two men they said were involved in an armed robbery Monday afternoon.

According to a release the school sent to students, the two men were playing basketball with the alleged victim, who is a former UNF student, when the pair asked him if they could buy drugs from him.

When the trio went to the victim's vehicle, the victim claims the men pulled a gun on him and made him give them his backpack, phone, and car keys in addition to the drugs they asked for before they ran away.