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School locked down after suspect chased through school


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Crown Point Elementary School in Mandarin was briefly placed on a "Code Yellow" lock down after a police chase went through part of the campus Tuesday afternoon, the Duval County Public Schools have confirmed to First Coast News.

Mandarin Middle schooler admits to bringing gun to school


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A student at Mandarin Middle admitted to bringing a gun to school a few weeks ago, according to Duval County Public School officials.

Police then checked to make sure there were no guns at the school, and didn't find any, according to a letter sent home to parents on Friday.

The preliminary investigation shows that no students were put in harms way.

Police and school officials ask that parents talk with their children about the dangers of firearms at Duval County schools.

No information was released regarding the student that brought the gun to school.


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.