Crime

Update to Jax Beach Hit and Run Fatality January 22

Alan Shepard was arrested today.  Mr. Shepard was wanted in connection with the hit and run fatality on January 22.  Mr. Shepard was arrested in the Chicago area by the U.S. Marshals.  He will be extradited back to Duval County.

Burglar Hits a Roadblock While Breaking Down Business' Walls

Burglar Hits a Roadblock While Breaking Down Business' Walls

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A couple of businesses in a Sandalwood area strip mall were broken into overnight. Police said whoever did it, was trying to smash through the walls to get into a pawn shop a few stores over. However, the burglar hit a wall -- a firewall.

"It is a concrete wall straight down so they couldn't get through," said Kim Allen, owner of Pet Approved Grooming. 

That concrete firewall stands between a pawn shop and a vacant store on at a Beach Boulevard strip mall. A JSO police report said the burglar got into that vacant store by smashing through the wall of Pet Approved Grooming.

"They had gone through the wall into the next unit," said Allen, as she stood in front of her newly patched up wall. 

Allen said the burglar broke down the back door to get in, but once the suspect realized the walls next door were unbreakable, she was targeted.

Two Arrested for Atlantic Beach Burglary

Two Arrested for Atlantic Beach Burglary

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- A call about suspicious behavior led to a police pursuit and two arrests.

According to the Atlantic Beach Police Department, Wednesday morning around 9 a caller said two men were "acting suspicious" near the caller's vehicle.

Police responded, and while they were on the way, they got another call from a resident saying he had found several electronic items on the side of his house and saw two males walking away.

As the officers were gathering information from witnesses, they saw the two males running, and chased them along Oceanforest Drive West, where they made the arrests.

Matthew Byron Knight, 20, and James Calvin Bailey, 19, are both charged with burglary to a dwelling, and loitering and prowling, though police today said additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues.

Former Duval County School Teacher Sentenced to More Than 17 Years in Federal Prison

U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Ripley Ridenour (55, of Jacksonville) to 210 months in federal prison and lifetime supervised release for receipt of child pornography. The Court further ordered Ridenour to register under federal and state law as a sex offender and forfeit computer media used as part of the crime. Ridenour pled guilty on August 30, 2010.

Hit and Run Accident

Hit and Run Accident

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is attempting to locate Adam Lloyd Shepard to interview him regarding an incident in which a person was struck and killed by a vehicle.  Mr. Shepard owns a white 2005 Acura TL, displaying Florida tag# 925IRG

The incident occurred on January 22, 2011, at approximately 7:38 p. m. in the 1200 block of Shetter Ave. in Jacksonville Beach.  Anyone with information regarding the incident, or the location of the owner of the vehicle or his vehicle is asked to contact the Jacksonville Beach Police Department at (904) 270-1661.

Crimestoppers has added a $1,000 reward for this case.

Thefts of Vases from Graves Suspects

Thefts of Vases from Graves Suspects

Detectives were made aware of some recent thefts of vases from graves in Jacksonville.  Investigation led by Detective Kelley Burroughs revealed the suspects had taken the vases to local scrap metal yards around Jacksonville after they were stolen in exchange for money.  Investigative work led to the identity of the three suspects.

State of Florida v. Misty Croslin Cummings Sentencing Hearing

State of Florida v. Misty Croslin Cummings

Charges: Trafficking in Hydrocodone and/or Oxydcodone

Sentencing Hearing, Monday, January 10, 2011 at 1:30 p.m., Putnam County Courthouse