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.

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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.

No injuries reported at Orange Park VFW fire

ID=32376145ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Flames caused thousands of dollars of damage at a Veterans of Foreign Wars facility in Orange Park Tuesday night, authorities said.

Jacksonville Fire Rescue and Clay County Fire Rescue were called to the facility, located on Aurora Boulevard, before 9 p.m. after a worker inside smelled smoke.

Crews knocked down the fire, which appears to have started near the air conditioning unit, according to CCFR.

There were no injuries reported. But the fire did cause between $15-30,000 in damage, firefighters said.

Active shooter false alarm triggers panic at private school

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A false alarm warning students and parents about an active shooter brought Clay County Sheriff's deputies to St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park Tuesday evening, authorities confirmed to First Coast News.

In a Facebook post, the school's administration said technology staff members were working on the school's alert system when an accidental message went out before 8 p.m., causing panic for parents. The Sheriff's Office confirmed deputies responded to the school, located in the 3100 block of Doctors Lake Drive, and swept the premises for signs of a gunman.

The school quickly sent out two follow-up alerts, clarifying that everyone was fine and that the initial message was just a false alarm, according to CCSO.

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Clay Humane: Puppies abandoned on I-10 rebounding

ID=32309557ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- A month after he and his pal Scout were rescued from along Interstate 10 near Macclenny, Dodger and his pal Scout are recovering at an astonishing pace, Clay Humane of Orange Park reports.

In fact, based on before and after pictures provided by Clay Humane, you wouldn't even recognize Dodger now. He and Scout were in terrible shape -- badly emaciated and suffering from skin conditions -- when they were saved July 22.

Sadder still, another dog with them had already been killed in traffic.

A/C unit sparks fire at Orange Park HS portable building

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Firefighters and school officials are at the scene of a fire that broke out at Orange Park High School Wednesday afternoon, authorities told First Coast News.

Firefighters called to the school about 4 p.m. found only smoke at a portable building on campus, according to Clay County Fire Rescue. A problem with an air conditioning unit is suspected to have sparked the fire, a spokesperson for Clay County Schools confirmed.

The building was vacant at the time, spokesperson Gavin Rollins said. Firefighters have since cleared the scene.

"They think it was something minor with the A/C," Rollins told First Coast News.

No injuries were reported. If there is damage to the building, it's minor, firefighters said.

CCFR has handed over the situation to school maintenance staff.

Bicyclist in serious condition after being hit by pickup

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — A pickup struck a bicyclist on Roosevelt Boulevard near Holly Point Road in Orange Park Friday morning, Orange Park Fire Rescue said.

According to OCFR, the bicyclist was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted to UF Health Jacksonville.

The pick up driver is still on scene and authorities are still investigating the cause of the wreck.

This is a developing story, stay with First Coast News for updates.