Crime

Man Faces New Charges in Mike McCue's Death

Man Faces New Charges in Mike McCue's Death

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- A man recently extradited from Arizona to the First Coast is now facing new charges in the shooting death of a former firefighter.

The state attorney added a charge of second degree homicide against Charles Pearce in the death of Michael McCue.

Pearce was formally charged earlier this month in St. Johns County court with assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $1.3 million bail. He was arrested in Arizona, then extradited to Duval County earlier this month to face charges in the shooting death of the Jacksonville Beach man.

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking Rally Today in Jacksonville

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking  Rally Today in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Students from all of Duval county's public high schools are participating in the Stop Teenage Underage Drinking (S.T.U.D.) Rally.

The event addresses issues relating to underage drinking and lifestyle choices that teens face on a daily basis.

The S.T.U.D. Rally begins at 7 A.M. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium.

Bicyclist Dies after Wreck; Father Questions Response Time

Bicyclist Dies after Wreck; Father Questions Response Time

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- Christian Davis died early Wednesday morning after fighting for his life following a collision with a car in Neptune Beach Thursday.

Davis was thrown off his bike and into the road on impact.

His father, William Davis, said he cannot help but wonder if Christian's prognosis would have been better had help arrived more quickly.

"That extra half an hour or whatever that it took for rescue to get there may have had some impact...," said William Davis.

According to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue spokesman Tom Francis, the closest rescue unit was not able to respond to Davis' accident because it was already on another emergency call.

Instead of Rescue 55, which is based nearby, Rescue 30 took the call. Rescue 30 is based near Regency.

Francis said the average response time for JFRD in an urban area is about four minutes, but that time increases if the closest unit is not available. 

Possible 'Home Owner' Energy Audit Phone Scam

For well over a week now, a call comes in from 904-525-2895, a cell phone with a recording telling me about a free energy audit appointment I can set up and get $3,700 from a government program. I pressed one, as prompted, to ask a few questions about this free energy audit that was going to put $3,700 in my pocket (if I qualify).

Details Emerge in Fatal Jacksonville Beach Shooting

Details Emerge in Fatal Jacksonville Beach Shooting

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police said an ongoing dispute between two neighbors led to the fatal shooting in Jacksonville Beach Tuesday.

According to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, at least two eyewitnesses saw 74-year-old Vannie Collier shoot 38-year-old Robert Moore in the 600 block of Third Avenue South at about 1:45 p.m.

One of those witnesses was Collier's son.

The first detective on the scene reported that Collier was still standing about 10 feet from Moore when he arrived.  Moore was taken to Shands and pronounced dead.

Police booked Collier into jail on a murder charge.

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Jacksonville Beach Shooting Suspect in Arizona Court Wednesday

Jacksonville Beach Shooting Suspect in Arizona Court Wednesday

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Jacksonville Beach man will be in court in Arizona Wednesday.

Charles Edward Pearce was arrested over the weekend in Arizona, after he was found sleeping in a vehicle around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Border Patrol agents who found him near Yuma checked him for warrants prior to releasing him, and discovered he was wanted in Jacksonville Beach in connection with the death of 42-year-old Michael McCue.

He will have an extradition hearing at 10 a.m. in Arizona Wednesday.

Extradition of suspects between states starts as a request from one governor to another.

Pearce faces an aggravated assault charge based on an incident in which he reportedly fired shots toward his stepfather. None of the shots hit him.

JEA Warns Customers to Beware of Scams

JEA is warning its customers to beware of scams involving utility bill payments.

Recently, some JEA customers have been called, texted or visited in person, requesting a payment be made on a credit card number to avoid disconnection of services. JEA does not call its customers to make such requests.  Additionally, some JEA customers are being offered payment of their utility bill for up to half off the total amount due. The scam works like this – a customer is approached and told their bill will be paid in full if the customer gives an amount in cash. Unfortunately, the account is then paid with a stolen credit card or check. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.