Arrest made in recent pharmacy theft

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in connection to a recent Mandarin pharmacy theft, according to a JSO press conference.

Michael Allen Lee was arrested 5 a.m. Friday at a Extended Stay Hotel according to a JSO police report.

Lee, 52, allegedly confessed to walking into the Publix pharmacy and demanding pills on June 12.

The report said Lee allegedly told the pharmacy his wife had cancer and did not have insurance. He demanded pills from behind the counter and said he had a gun. When he received the pills, he fled on foot.

An employee followed the suspect out of the store, when Lee allegedly pulled out a knife and said, "If you step any closer, I'll slice you."

The suspect was seen driving a white Ford Explorer, which was tracked to the hotel.

Lee was transported to the Pre-Trial Detention Facility and charged with armed robbery with a firearm or other deadly weapon.

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Another armed robbery at a Mandarin pharmacy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office began investigating what may be the third armed robbery of a pharmacy on San Jose Boulevard, on Wednesday.

According to a JSO report, it is believed that the most recent incident is connected with other supermarket pharmacy
robberies in the area recently.

First Coast News reported similar incidents that took place at 9:32 a.m. Thursday May 29 and another on Monday June 10.

The report detailed that the suspect has the same physical description as those in the other crimes. The suspect also threatens to display or use a gun, which has never been shown.

Mandarin residents tired of power outages

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The lights are on for now, but any moment residents of this Mandarin home may find themselves sitting in the dark. 

"We're without power at least once a week," said Marcia McLaughlin. 

In her neighborhood, at any moment there could be a power outage.

"We built this house in 2000 and we've had power outages from the moment we moved in but it is worst now," she said. 

Recently there was a power outage on May 4, June 3, June 9 and again on June 10.

"You come home if it's during the day and everything is bleeping," McLaughlin said. "You have to reset your clocks, it is hard on your appliances. The power surge and it is unbearable in the heat."

So, why are there recurring power outages in her Mandarin community? McLaughlin has been looking for answers.

Claim denied: Man may lose his Hoveround

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It is difficult to miss Leon Exum: He's the one going back and forth in his Hoveround powered wheelchair with a flag flying on the back of it.

"I was hurt in 1979 on a construction job," said Exum, "I had three tons of steel fall on me that took out my ankle, my knee and my hip."

Exum, 62, said he has been disabled since his accident. The former construction worker said since 2009, he has used a powered  wheelchair, but now he may have to give it back.

"They're threatened to come and pick it up and I will be stranded," he said. 

This week, Exum was notified by Hoveround, the manufacturer, that his 2009 Medicare claim was denied.

"The default is on them. I have been on the phone with Medicare for the last three days," said Exum.

Why now, after four years? The company said the claim has been appealed five times and each time it was denied, the latest being March 2013.

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Man wanted for drug robbery in Mandarin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating an alleged robbery at a Publix on the 10000 block of San Jose Boulevard.

The robbery took place at 9:32 a.m. Thursday, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office release.

The release said that an unknown suspect entered the store, went to the pharmacy and allegedly demanded prescriptions narcotics. The suspect also allegedly threatened to shoot if his demand wasn't met and made a motion as if to pull a gun.

The suspect obtained the narcotics and fled, according to the release.

Anyone who has any information in regards to the identity or location of the suspect is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500 or email JSO at To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1 (866) 845-TIPS.

JSO investigating traffic crash in Mandarin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a traffic crash near San Jose Boulevard and Pall Mall Drive that left one woman with life-threatening injuries.

According to police at the scene, a gray pickup truck ran a red light and slammed into a blue Chevrolet.

The woman driving the Chevrolet was transported to UF Health at Jacksonville in life-threatening condition and a child passenger in that same car has non-life-threatening injuries.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash and the driver of the pickup truck will likely be arrested, police said.

Parent: Son is 'trapped' by school bullying

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- David Thompson, 43, is a protective father concerned about the impact bullying has had on his 12-year-old son.

"He's always looking behind his shoulders, that's why he hates going to school," said Thompson.

Thompson said he's been trying to get the problem resolved and his family feels trapped by the situation.

"I don't know how to deal with this," he said. 

He has written email after email to the school, Twin Lakes Academy Middle, asking for help.

"My son has been dealing with it for three months and he can't get any resolution," he said.

Thompson, a retired combat engineer, suffers PTSD and in a recent meeting with school officials, after his son was elbowed in the neck, he lost it.

"When it went from verbal to physical I told the cop I want to press charges and I was told 'you can't press charges,'" he said.