Crime

Fire at Mandarin High Started Intentionally; No Suspects

Fire at Mandarin High Started Intentionally; No Suspects

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There are no suspects yet in the fire at Mandarin High School in the school auditorium this morning.

State Fire Marshal's Office detective Andy Redding said the fire appears to have been intentionally set in a trash can in a second-floor storage area in the auditorium.

Redding said it caused about $100 in damage. Investigators are still at the scene.

Another fire was started more than a week ago in a school storage shed. The shed is a free-standing building, said Duval schools spokesperson Jill Johnson.

Two students were arrested in connection with that incident, she said.

Johnson said the school is working with school police on the investigation.

Possible 'Home Owner' Energy Audit Phone Scam

For well over a week now, a call comes in from 904-525-2895, a cell phone with a recording telling me about a free energy audit appointment I can set up and get $3,700 from a government program. I pressed one, as prompted, to ask a few questions about this free energy audit that was going to put $3,700 in my pocket (if I qualify).

JEA Warns Customers to Beware of Scams

JEA is warning its customers to beware of scams involving utility bill payments.

Recently, some JEA customers have been called, texted or visited in person, requesting a payment be made on a credit card number to avoid disconnection of services. JEA does not call its customers to make such requests.  Additionally, some JEA customers are being offered payment of their utility bill for up to half off the total amount due. The scam works like this – a customer is approached and told their bill will be paid in full if the customer gives an amount in cash. Unfortunately, the account is then paid with a stolen credit card or check. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Mandarin Families Frightened By Peeping Tom

Mandarin Families Frightened By Peeping Tom

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several Mandarin families living on Lake Hollow Lane near Losco Road are frightened, scared to come out of their home because of a peeping tom.

He has been looking into windows of homes along Lake Hollow Lane and so far police have been unable to catch the man.

"He was in my grass, standing there, waiting for me and my family to get out of the car," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.

It's a man they've never seen, lurking in their yard, knocking on their windows, seemingly obsessed with their family.

"He's picked back up in frequency, and he's becoming more brazen," said another neighbor.

Police have been called to the neighborhood four times in the past week to look for the man- but by the time they show up, he's vanished.

Though neighbors insist even though they can't see him, he's there.

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.

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