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.

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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.

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.

Mandarin residents blame construction for shallow Deep Bottom Creek


ID=31884349JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Deep Bottom Creek is no longer deep, it's shallow.

"It is a mess," said resident Frank Peterson.

There have been historic concerns about the condition of the creek, but the recent widening of Interstate 295 seems to have made matters worse.

""When we have a rain all that dirt from I-295 goes into a retention pond," said Peterson, "it can't hold it and so then it starts overflowing, coming down the creek."

Four years ago, Rick and Roslyn Karstedt purchased a home near the creek. There was a problem then but they say it has gotten worse.

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JFRD puts out fire at Mandarin pool hall


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Fire Rescue knocked down a fire at a Mandarin billiards hall apparently started while the owner was making repairs to the building's roof Friday morning, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to the business, located at 3853 Old St. Augustine Road, about 9:30 a.m., according to JFRD. When they arrived, they found the roof in flames.

Firefighters were able to quickly bring the fire under control and put it out, Battalion Chief Neal White told Ken Amaro, adding that much of the damage was to the roof.

"The business owner, I believe, was doing some repair work on the roof with a torch and started the roof on fire," White said.

It's believed the owner was making repairs to damage caused by last week's storms.


Police: Anonymous tip leads to meth bust


ID=24396683JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An anonymous tip led to a list of drug charges for a local man after investigators uncovered the remnants of a meth lab inside a Mandarin home Tuesday.

Steven Kaai Andrin, Jr., 45, is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, along with misdemeanor marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges, according to an arrest report obtained by First Coast News.

Local deputy injured after traffic crash in Mandarin


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A local sheriff's deputy was injured Monday morning after a traffic crash in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville.

It happened at approximately 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of San Jose Boulevard and Loretto Road.

A marked cruiser from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office and a small sports car were involved.

The deputy's injuries are not believed to be serious. The condition of the other driver has not been released publicly.

Both vehicles sustained extensive front-end damage.

The second car ended up crashing into a utility box, which knocked out power to the traffic signals.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was needed to direct vehicles until power was restored.

The cruiser ended up blocking one of southbound traffic on San Jose, which led to significant delays.