Ethics commission finds probable cause Atlantic Beach commissioner misused position

The Florida Ethics Commission found probable cause that Atlantic Beach City Commissioner Jonathan Daugherty attempted to use his position as a public official to try to get preferential treatment during traffic stops when pulled over by Atlantic Beach police.

The commission also determined there was no probable cause to believe Daugherty misused his position to avoid the consequences of failing to register his vehicles and switching license plates between his vehicles.

New entrance proposed for Hanna Park

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The buzz of this coastal community is whether or not another entrance is needed for easier access to Hanna Park.

What's being considered is placing a gate at the end of Seminole Road where it dead ends. Currently, a tall fence separates the park from the road.

The idea has surfaced before, but has never been acted on.

Opponents fear the traffic from both vehicles and bikes could create problems for the area leading up to the fenced area that borders the park.

"They are being distracted by the gate," said Mike Grossberg, who on Monday was handing out flyers detailing the history of the proposal to provide another entrance to Hanna Park.

"It is a public health, safety and welfare issue," said Grossberg who lives along Seminole Road and is not supportive of the plan that is up for debate.

Police: Missing teen returns home safely

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- Police in Jacksonville Beach have found a missing teen who reportedly was last seen Dec. 3, authorities said Tuesday.

The teen, identified as Sierra Jade Morgan, returned home safely about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

She was last seen leaving her home in the 300 block of South 1st Street to go get the mail about 5 p.m. that evening, according to a news release from the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.

Police: Woman kidnapped, attacked and robbed

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- Investigators are searching for three men accused of beating, robbing and kidnapping an Atlantic Beach woman while she was out for a walk over the weekend, police said Monday.

The victim of the alleged attack was out walking near the intersection of West 14th and Begonia streets when a dark-colored car with three masked men inside pulled up about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the Atlantic Beach Police Department.

Investigators said one of the men attacked the victim, knocked her unconscious and forced her inside the vehicle. When she awoke, she was being attacked by at least two men in a wooded area, the victim told investigators. Police found her after the victim called for help, the release said.

At some point, her jewelry was taken.

Two people die after crash in Jacksonville Beach

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. --- The Jacksonville Beach Police Department is investigating a double traffic fatality. According to Police, the crash happened at 12:30 AM at 11th Avenue, South and A1A.

Police say a Honda Accord driven John Groves, 31, was northbound on AIA at a high rate of speed and witnesses reported he was driving recklessly. At 11th Ave., South, the Honda crossed the median into the southbound lane. The Honda struck a VW Golf, driven by Bloneva Palmer, 27, who was headed southbound in the inside lane. Palmer was killed instantly.

The fire department had to extract and cut the driver of the Honda out of the car. He was life-flighted to UF Shands where he died a short time later.

U.S. Coast Guard ends official search for missing boater

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The official search for a missing boater from Atlantic Beach has been suspended.

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The United States Coast Guard issued the following statement overnight Thursday in reference to its attempt to find Peter Rodrigues:

"Despite the exceptional efforts of our many different partner agencies and volunteers from across the region, we made the difficult decision to suspend our search. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rodrigues family during this very difficult time. Tragically, this case highlights the dangers of venturing out on the water alone."

Alleged hit & run drunk driver to appear in court

ID=13861143ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- One man is facing several charges after police said he drove drunk and crashed into a clothing store.

According to jail records, the charges against Lareese Japell Fields, 42, include leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and DUI with property damage.

On Sunday at approximately 1 a.m., police were called to the 300 block of Atlantic Boulevard at State Road A1A for a vehicle that struck a business.